2021 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2021 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start-Sit

Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start-Sit article.

It's Fantasy Football championship time! Congratulations to everyone who advanced in the playoffs after an absolutely wild week in Fantasy Football. Sorry to everyone who didn't, Unfortunately, COVID-19 is killing some team's playoff hopes.

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start-Sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.

In addition, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.

This season went by very fast, and it's crazy to think this is my last article of the season.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start-Sit

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Trey Lance, QB, San Fransisco 49ers (ECR QB13)

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It sounds like the rookie Trey Lance will be getting the starting nod this week due to a thumb injury that starter Jimmy Garopolo suffered last week. In weeks four and five Lance started and was pretty solid for fantasy purposes because of his rushing floor.

Lance finished with just over 20 fantasy points in his first start and just over 15 in his second start.

He didn't throw for over 200 yards in either start, but rushing for over 120 yards in two games will prop up your fantasy numbers and that's exactly what happened.

I expect after sitting and watching the rest of the way, Lance will look more comfortable under center for the rest of the season.

The Matchup - Houston Texans

The 49ers are welcoming the Houston Texans to town in a must-win for the Niners. The Texans are allowing the 24th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, but have been playing much better as of late.

The matchup isn't a great one, but the Niner's offense should move the ball on this defense. With Lance's rushing floor he should return Top 12 QB value this week.

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (ECR RB15)

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After three disappointing injury-plagued seasons from Rashaad Penny, he is finally healthy and finally producing for the Seahawks and his fantasy owners.

He had a down week against the LA Rams in Week 15 as he battled back problems. But Penny's other two games since taking over the backfield have been phenomenal.

Week 14 Penny finished with 16 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns for 26 fantasy points and finished as RB2 on the week behind only Jonathon Taylor.

Then last week against the Chicago Bears in a snow game, Penny finished with 17 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown finishing as RB6 on the week.

The Matchup - Detroit Lions

The Seahawks take on the Detroit Lions who have been just beaten up by opposing running backs all season.

They are allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs at just over 27 fantasy points per game.

The Seahawks should be leading for most of this game so we should see a positive game script for Penny. He should return Top 12 fantasy value once again this week.

Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angelos Rams (ECR WR29)

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It has been a rough few weeks for Van Jefferson. In the last two weeks, Jefferson has only caught three of eight targets for 29 yards and hasn't found the endzone only scoring just over five fantasy points combined.

But the three weeks before that Jefferson was on a tear. In weeks 12-14 Jefferson was WR7 in all fantasy football averaging 14.7 half-point PPR per game.

Jefferson also saw 20 targets during that span and caught a touchdown in each game.

So after not scoring the last two games, I expect Jefferson to once again find his way to the endzone With Jefferson's touchdown upside, he has WR1 upside every week in my opinion. But he is a bit boom or bust.

The Matchup - Baltimore Ravens

The Rams are traveling to Baltimore to take on a banged-up Ravens team, especially on the defensive side. The Ravens have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

They are coming off of a week in which Joe Burrow threw for over 500 yards. Tee Higgins also went off for over 40 fantasy points. This is a prime matchup for Jefferson to bounce back.

Gerald Everett, TE, Seattle Seahawks (ECR TE12)

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I am kind of going out on a limb putting two Seahawks players in the start portion of this article when this offense has been downright poor this season.

But it is hard to ignore that Gerald Everett has been putting up solid fantasy numbers for a tight end.

Everett hasn't quite got the volume you'd like to see, only seeing 11 targets over his last three games, but he is producing with limited volume as he has caught a touchdown in two of three games.

During that span, he is TE5 averaging just over ten fantasy points per game. It's a tight-end wasteland out there right now if you don't have Mark Andrews or Travis Kelce, so Everett is a solid option at this point in the season.

The Matchup - Detroit Lions

We talked about this matchup against the Lions above in the Rashaad Penny portion of this article. The Lions' defense has been beaten up this season. They are allowing the 10th most fantasy points to the tight end position.

The Seahawks should have no problem moving the ball on the Lions' defense, which means red-zone targets for Everett, where he has been doing most of his work lately.

Everett should return TE1 value this week.


Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (ECR QB14)

UPDATE - Cousins has been ruled out

Kirk Cousins is in the midst of having one of the better fantasy football seasons of his career. In fact, before Week 13 Cousins was QB8 in all of fantasy football.

But since then, Cousins has struggled. During weeks 14 and 15 He completed less than 50% of his passes in those two games, in pretty good matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears in which the Bears had most of the secondary in covid protocols.

Cousins was QB18 during that stretch averaging just over 13 fantasy points per game. He bounced back a tad last week scoring just over 17 fantasy points and completed 71% of his passes.

The Matchup - Green Bay Packers

The Minnesota Vikings are traveling to the frigid Lambeau Field for a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

According to Paul Charchian, the temperature at kickoff will be five degrees, the average NFL passing game over the last eight years in single-digit weather or colder is 16 completions for 160 yards.

That doesn't bode well for Cousins or Rodgers in this matchup, so I would avoid Cousins in this matchup against a tough Packers secondary.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (ECR RB13)

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Through the first 16 weeks, Josh Jacobs is currently RB19 on the season averaging 10.6 fantasy points in half-point PPR formats, which isn't super exciting. I

t was good to see Jacobs get a season-high 27 carries for 137 yards in Week 16, but unfortunately, he only scored 10.9 fantasy points for the second straight week.

That's not going to kill you in your matchup by any means, but it is very hard to see him having a huge week as well, which your teams may need as well. Jacobs has yet to score 20 points in any fantasy matchup this season.

The Matchup - Indianapolis Colts

The biggest reason why I'm staying away from Jacobs this week is this tough matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have been very solid against the running back position.

They are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position this season. They have also only allowed eight touchdowns to running backs which is the fourth-fewest in the NFL.

I do not trust Jacobs in this matchup.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team (ECR WR27)

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This pains me to have to put Terry Mclaurin on the sit portion of this article for the second week in a row, after being so high on Mclaurin heading into this season in which I drafted him in multiple leagues.

Last season Mclaurin was one of the most consistent wide receivers in fantasy football with some very bad quarterbacks throwing him the football.

The quarterback position is a little better than last year, but unfortunately, Mclaurin's fantasy production has taken a dip.

Mclaurin is currently WR24 on the season which isn't awful, but he has been so boom or bust this season. He has scored over 18 fantasy points in four games this season maxing out with 27.3 fantasy points in Week 4.

Unfortunately the other 10 games Mclaurin has scored less than 11 fantasy points in those games. He is just no longer someone you can trust on a weekly basis, especially in a championship matchup.

The Matchup - Philadelphia Eagles

The Matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles is definitely not an easy one. The last time these two teams faced one another Mclaurin was held to just two catches on four targets for 51 yards.

The Eagles are also allowing the second-fewest fantasy points the wide receiver position. There is no reason why Mclaurin needs to be in your lineup any longer.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins (ECR TE11)

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Mike Gesicki started out the season as a very solid tight end option in your lineup each week. Through the first seven weeks of the season, Gesicki was TE5.

But since then Gesicki's fantasy production has plummeted, and he is TE13 since then, so not even a tight end one, which is very disappointing considering how bad the position is.

Gesicki hasn't scored more than 8.3 fantasy points in any game since Week 7. He also had a seven-target zero catch game, and that could just ruin your fantasy matchup, and now you can't afford that at this point in the season.

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The Matchup - Tennesee Titans

With the Dolphins traveling to Nashville to take on the Tennesee Titans, I am staying far away from Gesicki this week. The Titans are allowing the fourth-fewest points to tight ends this season at just over four and a half fantasy points per game.

There is no way you can trust Gesicki in your fantasy championship this week. I would much rather start someone like Gerald Everett or Tyler Higbee this week.

Be sure to not miss the  Week 17 Blurbview - with updates throughout the weekend! A concise preview of all the games, players, weather, vegas lines, advice, opinions, in the booth, and so much more!

Also, for additional help setting those lineups check out our Week 17 Rankings!

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TJ January 1, 2022 - 5:45 pm

The Packers Vikings game is Sunday night, not Monday night. You have it as Monday night when talking about why to sit Kirk Cousins. I get it, cousins wasn’t declared out with covid until after this article was submitted, but the game was always Sunday night, and not Monday night.

Keith Lott January 3, 2022 - 1:04 pm

thanks fixed


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