2022 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start/Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2023 Fantasy Football Start-Sit

Welcome Fantasy nerds! It is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start/Sit article.

In the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start/Sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position. I'm here this week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week, but with whom I disagree.

It's crazy that this is the final week of most fantasy football seasons already. This season has taken us on a roller coaster ride, and I do not expect this weekend to be any different.

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2022 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start/Sit

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Start

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (ECR QB10)

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I think Daniel Jones has earned our trust enough to be startable in your fantasy football championships. Over the past six weeks, Jones has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in four of those games.

It hasn't just been the rushing floor that has carried Jones within these past six matchups. He has at least 27 passing attempts in all six of those games, so the volume is much better than what we saw earlier this season.

The Matchup

The matchup for Jones and the Giants is a good one. The Colts are about middle of the road against opposing quarterbacks. However, they have allowed the most rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks this season with seven, and the second most passing touchdowns as well. Start Jones with confidence this week.

Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams (ECR RB20)

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Man, If you have had the trust in Cam Akers for the past four weeks he has done you a solid. Akers has finished as a top-24 back in each of his last four games. That's including last week's RB1 performance with 33.7 fantasy points carrying you to fantasy championships.

According to Derek Brown from Fantasy Pros, since Week 11, Akers is fifth in missed tackles forced and seventh in PFF's elusive rating. Akers looks to be finally healthy and back to his old self from before the Achilles injury.

The Matchup

The matchup for Akers and the Rams is a nice one on the ground. The Chargers are allowing the eighth most fantasy points to the running back position this season. They have also allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns on the season, and Akers has six in his last four games. Find a way to get him in your lineup.

Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons (ECR WR29)

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We are still waiting for the explosion week from Drake London, but it is trending in that direction. Since Desmond Ridder has taken over for the Falcons, London has seen a team-high 20 targets, while catching 14 of them.

London has even had over 70 yards in both of those games. The only thing missing from London's stat line is a touchdown. That could change this week.

The Matchup

The matchup for the Falcons offense is a nice one against a struggling Cardinals defense. They do usually hold opposing wideouts down this year, but this team has quit on the season. The Cardinals have also allowed the most receiving touchdowns to wide receivers this season. London will score this weekend.

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (ECR TE15)

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Cole Kmet was my sit tight end last week in that brutal weather they had in Chicago and it worked out. But this week I like him much better inside a dome. Let's not forget that with all the injuries in that Bears wide receiver room, Kmet will most likely lead this team in targets.

The Matchup

Cole Kmet has TE1 upside every week. In fact, the last time he played the Lions he did finish as the TE1. Kmet caught four balls in that game for 74 yards and two touchdowns. I do not expect him to do that again, but I do expect him to have double-digit fantasy points though. Kmet being ranked outside the Top 12 is insane to me.

Sit

Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks (ECR QB12)

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It's time to put Chef Geno on the bench. It has been a great season for Smith and I am glad to see him succeed but he has finished outside the top-14 quarterbacks in his last two weeks and this matchup isn't getting any easier.

The Matchup

The Jets are limiting quarterbacks to just around 15 fantasy points per game which is eleventh-best in the NFL. With Geno struggling the last few weeks, I just do not see him fairing any better in this matchup.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (ECR RB6)

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Josh Jacobs was outstanding weeks 10-15 finishing as a top-10 running back in all six of those games. But since then he has cooled off. The last two games while dealing with an injury Jacobs has finished as RB20 and RB39, and the matchup this weekend doesn't get any better.

The Matchup

I have benched running backs going against the 49ers the past few weeks and it has worked every time. I believe it will work once again. The 49ers allow the fewest fantasy points to the running back position.

It will be hard to put Jacobs on your bench, but it might even be harder for him to score double-digit fantasy points.

Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts (ECR WR26)

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Michael Pittman is now onto his third quarterback this season, and for fantasy purposes, we all wish they would have stayed with Matt Ryan. Pittman did see seven targets from Foles, but Foles has lost it; he is just done. Pittman has finished outside the top 50 wideouts in two of his past four games. I could see him doing that once again in this matchup.

The Matchup

The Giants rank 13th-best against opposing wide receivers this season. It's not even really about the matchup for me in this one. The Colts offense is in shambles right now, and I am out on it.

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR TE7)

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Goedert came back from last week after sitting five games with an injury. He only saw three targets from Garner Minshew and caught all three of them for 67 yards. The emergence of Devonta Smith in this offense has moved Goedert down the pecking order in this offense to the third wheel, at least with Minshew.

The Matchup

It will be hard to sit Goedert but if there was any week to do so it would be this one. The Saints are only allowing 5.9 fantasy points to the tight end position this season. I would even say I would start Kmet over Goedert this week.

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