2023 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start Sit

by Dennis Sosic
2023 Fantasy Football Start-Sit

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to my weekly Start and Sit advice column with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start Sit.

We are getting in the victory formation with the weekly Start Sit, the season's final edition. Since you are still reading this, here is hoping that you are fighting for your championship in Week 17!

Following last week's advice from Joe Flacco, Aaron Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, and Tee Higgins, you reached your championship round. Hopefully, you didn't go down the sitting Derrick Henry path with me and didn't sit Henry, who threw a scoring pass while also running one in for a score.

If you survived Henry's advice, cheers! Let us get you that championship with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start Sit.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 17 Start Sit

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Start - Baker Mayfield, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The much-maligned Baker Mayfield has football fans respecting his game now. Mayfield has a career resurgence in Tampa Bay. With formidable weapons around Mayfield, he continues to climb up the Fantasy quarterback rankings.

Mayfield has thrown for eight touchdowns across his last three games and has the Bucs on top of the NFC South. The Buccaneers welcome their division rival, New Orleans Saints, to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. In his last matchup against the Saints in Week 4, Mayfield threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, finishing as the QB7. The path that this season is going for Mayfield, a repeat performance, seems to be in the cards.

Other QBs to Start: Nick Mullens, Minnesota Vikings; Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts 

Sit - Jake Browning, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

Jake Browning has sometimes flashed promising results for the Cincinnati Bengals after taking over for the injured Joe Burrow. And sometimes, he makes some ugly decisions about what should be expected from an inexperienced quarterback.

Browning continued to make Ja'Marr Chase Fantasy relevant until he suffered his shoulder injury. He is making Tee Higgins more money in his free-agent season by feeding the ball to Higgins for big plays. Chase looks to be out again this week in their Week 17 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Higgins is a stud wideout but will get the L'Jarius Sneed treatment this week. Sneed slowed Davante Adams to just one catch on six targets for four yards last week. He has also slowed down Tyreek Hill and Garrett Wilson earlier this season. Concerns are that the Bengals would take a massive downturn and kill your Fantasy championship hopes.

Other QBs to Avoid: Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars; Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns 

Running Backs

Start - Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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With a juicy matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals this week, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the Chiefs look to bounce back from their embarrassing loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas Day.

The Chiefs will likely be without Isiah Pacheco this week after he exited the game with a concussion. The Chiefs' offense is already without running back Jerick McKinnon, which leaves the backfield duties to CEH.

CEH should provide the Chiefs with a solid running game, and we know he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Combining those factors provides optimism that he will give Fantasy managers substantial numbers to help you win your championship.

*Editors note: Pacheco cleared concussion protocol and is likely active. Check before starting CEH.

Start - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, New England Patriots

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His demise was greatly exaggerated and very premature, but Ezekiel Elliott is leading many Fantasy rosters to their championship game. Elliott is a volume-dependent back who has scored in two out of the last three weeks. The former Buckeye is also a PPR monster who has averaged over six receptions per game across his past four contests.

Elliott and the Patriots head to Buffalo this week to take on the Bills, who are fighting for their playoff lives. Elliott scored the last time he took on the Bills in Week 7. Look for history to repeat this week, giving Fantasy managers a solid flex option in your championship lineup.

Other RBs to Start: Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens; Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Sit - Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Tony Pollard continues to disappoint Fantasy managers. The preseason hype was deafening that Pollard would be the bell cow back in Dallas, and some were even projecting Pollard as the RB1 overall?!? Unfortunately, he has struggled to regain the explosiveness after his injury in the playoffs last season.

Sitting Pollard will take some guts to pull off, but it's one week, AND it's for the championship. You need to plug in your best-performing players and get that victory. Pollard is barely producing RB2 numbers and will face off with the tough Detroit Lions defense, who rank as the second-best run defense in the league.

Don't look at the name in your lineups but the production or, in this case, the lack of production. Go big or go home.

Other RBs to Avoid:  Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos

Wide Receivers

Start - Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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The Kansas City Chiefs' offense is not the scoring machine we remember. Whether it's a Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce issue, an offensive line, or Taylor Swift problem, the Chiefs offense can not be an offense that Fantasy managers can depend on.

However, one player has shined this season. Wide receiver Rashee Rice continues to improve and impress. Rice is the top wideout in this offense and has produced three touchdowns in the past five games, averaging over ten targets per game. In a get-right game, the Chiefs take on a Cincinnati Bengals defense that surrendered the fourth-most yards to wide receiver this season.

After being embarrassed by the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas Day, the Chiefs will make a statement in their home matchup against the Bengals. Start all of your Chiefs.

Start - K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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The inclusion of KJ Osborn is predicated on rookie wideout Jordan Addison being unable to go with an ankle injury he suffered early in the game last week.

Osborn stepped up with more playing time and volume, with five receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. Osborn is a sneaky start with their Week 17 opponent, the Green Bay Packers,  concentrating on Justin Jefferson. I project a similar stat line as last week and someone you can plug into your flex spot this week.

Other WRs to Start: Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Demarcus Robinson, Los Angeles Rams 

Sit - Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Drake London disappointed last week with three receptions for 39 yards in a home matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The Atlanta Falcons head on the road in Week 17 in a matchup against the tough Chicago Bears defense.

The disappointment continues this week with the London and the Falcons offense stymied by the improving Bears defense.

Sit - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Tennessee Titans

The quarterback play for the Tennessee Titans has been a wild roller coaster ride. Rookie Will Levis arrived with a first-game bang, and it has been an extensive hunt to get that feeling back for DeAndre Hopkins and the Titans offense.

Levis is banged up but expected to suit up in their Week 17 matchup against the Houston Texans. These two teams just faced off in Week 15, which saw Hopkins only go for two receptions on nine targets for 29 yards. With consecutive poor outings in the Fantasy playoffs, do you want to trust Hopkins in your Fantasy championship? Not me!

Other WRs to Avoid: Garrett Wilson, New York Jets 

Tight Ends

Start - Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Chargers

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Without Justin Herbert behind center for the Chargers, Fantasy managers are wise to stay away from any Chargers in their lineups this week. However, with the tight-end position being the typical black hole, plugging in a consistent point producer like Gerald Everett should provide a decent floor.

Everett has seen eight targets in three consecutive games and produced 17 receptions for 122 yards. Realizing it won't win your matchup single-handled, but it can keep you in it. Everett and the Chargers head to Mile High this Sunday to take on the Denver Broncos, who surrendered five receptions for 39 39-yard stat line in Week 14. As I said, it's not earth-shattering, but I would instead start Everett over Dalton Kincaid, Pat Freiermuth and Kyle Pitts this week.

Other TEs to Start: Chigoziem Okonkwo, Tennessee Titans; Tucker Kraft, Green Bay Packers 

Sit - Dalton Kincaid, TE, Buffalo Bills

Kincaid has regressed significantly with the return of Dawson Knox (wrist) after the team's Week 13 bye week. The rookie tight end has only six receptions on 12 targets for 28 yards and zero scores across his last three games.

The Bills welcome the New England Patriots to Orchard Park this Sunday in a tough matchup for tight ends, with the Patriots allowing only 7.4 Fantasy points per game this season. Fantasy managers need to avoid Kincaid in their championship quest this week.

Other TEs to Avoid:  Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints; Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers 

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