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Week 17 Flex Rankings: Time to Take the Title

Week 17 is upon us and it represents Championship Final Week for fantasy football purposes. Before I reveal my initial Week 17 Flex rankings, I want to thank all who have taken the time to read this column throughout your fantasy football journey. If you are reading this, I would like to think I helped you in some small way this season.
As for the rankings themselves, there are plenty of injuries for fantasy managers to deal with this week. In most cases, I ranked the player as if he was playing, so use your discretion. The good news is that the late window on Sunday is rather sparse, with just three games. That means we should know who is in and who is out before setting lineups. Remember that these rankings are based on half-PPR scoring, so adjust as necessary based on your league settings. Best of luck this week and let’s take home some championship trophies and prize money!

Running Back Notes

One player I have much lower in my Week 17 Flex rankings (at least compared to industry consensus) is Tony Pollard. The funny thing about that is that I did not think I ranked Pollard low enough. Pollard has limped towards the finish line of the 2023 regular season. He has finished as the RB34 and RB46 over the past two weeks. Ironically, I think much of Pollard’s Week 17 value lies in his role as a receiver. The Detroit Lions are fourth in DVOA against the run, but just 26th in pass DVOA against running backs. Pollard has caught at least six passes on four occasions this year. Meanwhile, he has only cleared 80 rushing yards once this season. I still think he is worth starting in half-PPR and PPR leagues, but I would strongly consider benching him in standard formats this week.

Isiah Pacheco suffered a concussion last week when he was inadvertently kicked after his helmet came off. He is questionable for Kansas City’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The timing of the injury is unfortunate because Cincinnati struggles against the run. The Bengals are 28th in the NFL in DVOA in run defense. Kansas City has uncharacteristically struggled to get their pass offense going, so this would figure to be a game for them to lean on the run. If Pacheco can clear protocol in time to play, I think he is a solid RB2 in 12-team leagues with tremendous upside. Clyde Edwards-Helaire would benefit if Pacheco cannot play. I suppose the volume and matchup would be enough to consider Edwards-Helaire as a potential Week 17 Flex. But he is limited as a rusher, so his upside is much lower than Pacheco’s.

The Washington Commanders recently signed Jaret Patterson to their practice squad. Washington running backs Brian Robinson, Chris Rodriguez, and Jonathan Williams are all dealing with injuries. The Commanders do not have much incentive to push any of their injured backs to play this week. They are staring at a top-five draft pick and a Week 17 date with the San Francisco 49ers. Antonio Gibson would be an intriguing play depending on the availability of the team’s other running backs. Gibson is only two years removed from a 2021 season in which he finished as the overall RB10. The matchup is less than ideal of course. But volume is often king in fantasy football. Antonio Gibson could be a sneaky contributor to a championship roster if given 20-plus touches in this game.

Wide Receiver Notes

The list of wide receivers who are questionable at best for Week 17 will make things quite interesting for fantasy managers. Keenan Allen, Jaylen Waddle, Courtland Sutton, Jordan Addison, Christian Watson, and Marquise Brown highlight this group. All but Brown are among this year’s top 40 in fantasy points per game at the wide receiver position, so they would be sorely missed this week. The good news, as I alluded to above, is that none of these players will play on Thursday or Saturday. Therefore, fantasy managers have a couple of days to come up with contingency plans if the players on their roster do not play. Allen, Watson, and Brown all missed their respective games last week. I suppose the bright side is that you probably already have a Plan B if those players are on your rosters.

Many fantasy managers were frustrated as George Pickens and Gabe Davis went off for top-10 fantasy performances last week as soon as all hope was seemingly lost. The question now becomes whether you can trust either or both this week. I admit that I do not have much of a read on Pickens, but I believe I do when it comes to Davis. For what it is worth, I ranked both a bit lower in my Week 17 Flex rankings compared to consensus. I still think Pickens is worth a start as a boom-or-bust WR3 in 12-team leagues. While I think Davis can avoid putting up his fifth zero of the season, I would try to avoid starting him this week if possible. That decision may depend on your reliance on some of the injured wideouts mentioned above.

Tight End Notes

As anyone who has read this column for any length of time could tell you, I try to avoid putting a tight end in my Flex spot whenever possible. The upside is just not there in comparison to other positions. However, if you have been ravaged by wide receiver injuries, I can see starting a tight end in the Flex this week. Having said that, I still think that it is not an ideal situation, to say the least. Even if you remove the six wide receivers I discussed earlier from the player pool, I still have over 50 wide receivers ranked ahead of my TE13. Of course, some teams are heavier at other positions than others, so it is not that cut and dried. Just do not force a tight end into the Flex if you have other options available to you.

More Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Half-PPR by Position | Flex Rankings | Positional Ranks w/ K & DST | Dynasty | Superflex Dynasty

Week 17 Flex Rankings

1Christian McCaffreySFRB1@WAS
3Tyreek HillMIAWR2@BAL
4Justin JeffersonMINWR3GB
5Kyren WilliamsLARRB2@NYG
6James CookBUFRB3NE
7Rachaad WhiteTBRB4NO
8Jahmyr GibbsDETRB5@DAL
9Travis Etienne Jr.JACRB6CAR
11Breece HallNYJRB7@CLE
12Saquon BarkleyNYGRB8LAR
13Deebo SamuelSFWR5@WAS
14Alvin KamaraNORB9@TB
15Jonathan TaylorINDRB10LV
16Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR6@DAL
17Bijan RobinsonATLRB11@CHI
18D'Andre SwiftPHIRB12ARZ
19Kenneth Walker IIISEARB13PIT
20Puka NacuaLARWR7@NYG
21Mike EvansTBWR8NO
22Aaron JonesGBRB14@MIN
23Davante AdamsLVWR9@IND
24Derrick HenryTENRB15@HOU
25Stefon DiggsBUFWR10NE
26Raheem MostertMIARB16@BAL
27Cooper KuppLARWR11@NYG
28Joe MixonCINRB17@KC
29Rashee RiceKCWR12CIN
30Austin EkelerLACRB18@DEN
31Josh JacobsLVRB19@IND
32Ty ChandlerMINRB20GB
33Brandon AiyukSFWR13@WAS
34Travis KelceKCTE1CIN
35Chris OlaveNOWR14@TB
36Devin SingletaryHOURB21TEN
37Amari CooperCLEWR15NYJ
38Ezekiel ElliottNERB22@BUF
39Michael Pittman Jr.INDWR16LV
40DeAndre HopkinsTENWR17@HOU
41DK MetcalfSEAWR18PIT
42Tony PollardDALRB23DET
44De'Von AchaneMIARB24@BAL
45David MontgomeryDETRB25@DAL
46DeVonta SmithPHIWR20ARZ
47Tee HigginsCINWR21@KC
48Keenan AllenLACWR22@DEN
49Isiah PachecoKCRB26CIN
50Chuba HubbardCARRB27@JAC
51Nico CollinsHOUWR23TEN
52George KittleSFTE2@WAS
53Calvin RidleyJACWR24CAR
54James ConnerARIRB28@PHI
55Javonte WilliamsDENRB29LAC
56Jerome FordCLERB30NYJ
57Garrett WilsonNYJWR25@CLE
58Chris GodwinTBWR26NO
59Tyler LockettSEAWR27PIT
60Zay FlowersBALWR28MIA
61Jaylen WarrenPITRB31@SEA
62Evan EngramJACTE3CAR
63Jaylen WaddleMIAWR29@BAL
64Najee HarrisPITRB32@SEA
65Gus EdwardsBALRB33MIA
66Terry McLaurinWASWR30SF
67Jordan AddisonMINWR31GB
68Trey McBrideARITE4@PHI
69Adam ThielenCARWR32@JAC
70Sam LaPortaDETTE5@DAL
71George PickensPITWR33@SEA
72David NjokuCLETE6NYJ
73Brian Robinson Jr.WASRB34SF
74Jake FergusonDALTE7DET
75Jayden ReedGBWR34@MIN
76Jakobi MeyersLVWR35@IND
77Tyjae SpearsTENRB35@HOU
78Rashid ShaheedNOWR36@TB
79Courtland SuttonDENWR37LAC
80Noah BrownHOUWR38TEN
81Demario DouglasNEWR39@BUF
82Diontae JohnsonPITWR40@SEA
83Drake LondonATLWR41@CHI
84Curtis SamuelWASWR42SF
85Jerry JeudyDENWR43LAC
86Darren WallerNYGTE8LAR
87Dallas GoedertPHITE9ARZ
88Brandin CooksDALWR44DET
89Tyler BoydCINWR45@KC
90Gabe DavisBUFWR46NE
91Romeo DoubsGBWR47@MIN
92Josh DownsINDWR48LV
93Joshua PalmerLACWR49@DEN
94Jaxon Smith-NjigbaSEAWR50PIT
95Isaiah LikelyBALTE10MIA
96Demarcus RobinsonLARWR51@NYG
97Khalil HerbertCHIRB36ATL
98Cole KmetCHITE11ATL
99Alexander MattisonMINRB37GB
100Michael WilsonARIWR52@PHI
101Jameson WilliamsDETWR53@DAL
102Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB38CIN
103Dalton SchultzHOUTE12TEN
104K.J. OsbornMINWR54GB
105Odell Beckham Jr.BALWR55MIA
106Antonio GibsonWASRB39SF
107Marquise BrownARIWR56@PHI
108Kyle PittsATLTE13@CHI
109Kareem HuntCLERB40NYJ
110Tucker KraftGBTE14@MIN
111Wan'Dale RobinsonNYGWR57LAR
112Justice HillBALRB41MIA
113Christian WatsonGBWR58@MIN
114Elijah MooreCLEWR59NYJ
115Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTE15@HOU
116Darius SlaytonNYGWR60LAR
117Dalton KincaidBUFTE16NE
118Gerald EverettLACTE17@DEN
119Tyler AllgeierATLRB42@CHI
120Jonathan MingoCARWR61@JAC
121D'Onta ForemanCHIRB43ATL
122Tyler ConklinNYJTE18@CLE
123DeVante ParkerNEWR62@BUF
124Samaje PerineDENRB44LAC
125Zach CharbonnetSEARB45PIT
126AJ DillonGBRB46@MIN
127Chase BrownCINRB47@KC
128Pat FreiermuthPITTE19@SEA
129DJ Chark Jr.CARWR63@JAC
130Jahan DotsonWASWR64SF
131Roschon JohnsonCHIRB48ATL
132Jaleel McLaughlinDENRB49LAC
133Kenneth GainwellPHIRB50ARZ
134Alec PierceINDWR65LV
135Hunter HenryNETE20@BUF
136Logan ThomasWASTE21SF
137Taysom HillNOTE22@TB
138Justin WatsonKCWR66CIN
139Darnell MooneyCHIWR67ATL
140Zamir WhiteLVRB51@IND
141Parker WashingtonJACWR68CAR
142Treylon BurksTENWR69@HOU
143Zack MossINDRB52LV
144Quentin JohnstonLACWR70@DEN
145Miles SandersCARRB53@JAC
146Rashod BatemanBALWR71MIA
147Robert WoodsHOUWR72TEN
148Jonnu SmithATLTE23@CHI
149Tyler HigbeeLARTE24@NYG
150Khalil ShakirBUFWR73NE
151Tanner HudsonCINTE25@KC
152Josh ReynoldsDETWR74@DAL
153Rico DowdleDALRB54DET
154Marvin Mims Jr.DENWR75LAC
155Dameon PierceHOURB55TEN
156Jalin HyattNYGWR76LAR
157Chris MooreTENWR77@HOU
158Trey PalmerTBWR78NO
159Michael MayerLVTE26@IND
160Cade OttonTBTE27NO
161Juwan JohnsonNOTE28@TB
162Dontayvion WicksGBWR79@MIN
163Emari DemercadoARIRB56@PHI
164Andrei IosivasCINWR80@KC
165Rondale MooreARIWR81@PHI
166Michael GallupDALWR82DET
167Chase EdmondsTBRB57NO
168JuJu Smith-SchusterNEWR83@BUF
169Cedric TillmanCLEWR84NYJ
170Jamaal WilliamsNORB58@TB
171Kevin HarrisNERB59@BUF
172Noah FantSEATE29PIT
173Kylen GransonINDTE30LV
174Johnny MundtMINTE31GB
175Josh OliverMINTE32GB
176Xavier GipsonNYJWR85@CLE
177Dawson KnoxBUFTE33NE
178Greg DortchARIWR86@PHI
179Tommy TrembleCARTE34@JAC
180D'Ernest JohnsonJACRB60CAR
181Cedrick Wilson Jr.MIAWR87@BAL
182Leonard FournetteBUFRB61NE
183Allen Robinson IIPITWR88@SEA
184A.T. PerryNOWR89@TB
185Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR90CIN
186Isaiah SpillerLACRB62@DEN
187Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB63@CHI
188Tre TuckerLVWR91@IND
189Durham SmytheMIATE35@BAL
190Ronnie RiversLARRB64@NYG
191Jauan JenningsSFWR92@WAS
192Zay JonesJACWR93CAR
193Nelson AgholorBALWR94MIA
194Matt BreidaNYGRB65LAR
195Jamal AgnewJACWR95CAR
196Kalif RaymondDETWR96@DAL
197Ja'Marr ChaseCINWR97@KC
198Hunter RenfrowLVWR98@IND
199Will MalloryINDTE36LV
200Allen LazardNYJWR99@CLE
201Richie James Jr.KCWR100CIN
202Ihmir Smith-MarsetteCARWR101@JAC
203Jalen TolbertDALWR102DET
204Noah GrayKCTE37CIN
205Dalvin CookNYJRB66@CLE
206KaVontae TurpinDALWR103DET
207Daniel BellingerNYGTE38LAR
208Chris Rodriguez Jr.WASRB67SF
209Brandon JohnsonDENWR104LAC
210Tim JonesJACWR105CAR
211Jeff Wilson Jr.MIARB68@BAL
212Austin HooperLVTE39@IND
213Lucas KrullDENTE40LAC
214Mike GesickiNETE41@BUF
215Xavier HutchinsonHOUWR106TEN
216Isaiah HodginsNYGWR107LAR
217Stephen SullivanCARTE42@JAC
218Jason BrownleeNYJWR108@CLE
219Latavius MurrayBUFRB69NE
220Colby ParkinsonSEATE43PIT
221Brandon PowellMINWR109GB
222Ameer AbdullahLVRB70@IND
223Adam TrautmanDENTE44LAC
224Tutu AtwellLARWR110@NYG
225Van JeffersonATLWR111@CHI
226Elijah HigginsARITE45@PHI
227Drew SampleCINTE46@KC
228Calvin Austin IIIPITWR112@SEA
229David MooreTBWR113NO
230Foster MoreauNOTE47@TB
231Tyler ScottCHIWR114ATL
232Malik HeathGBWR115@MIN
233Pierre Strong Jr.CLERB71NYJ
234Braxton BerriosMIAWR116@BAL
235Trenton IrwinCINWR117@KC
236Trey SermonINDRB72LV
237Israel AbanikandaNYJRB73@CLE
238Julio JonesPHIWR118ARZ
239Mo Alie-CoxINDTE48LV
240KhaDarel HodgeATLWR119@CHI
241John BatesWASTE49SF
242Harrison BryantCLETE50NYJ
243John Metchie IIIHOUWR120TEN
244Kyle JuszczykSFRB74@WAS
245Trent SherfieldBUFWR121NE
246Elijah MitchellSFRB75@WAS
247Jordan MasonSFRB76@WAS
248D.J. MontgomeryINDWR122LV
249Tyquan ThorntonNEWR123@BUF
250Will DisslySEATE51PIT
251Royce FreemanLARRB77@NYG
252Kadarius ToneyKCWR124CIN
253Stone SmarttLACTE52@DEN
254Michael CarterARIRB78@PHI
255Pharaoh BrownNETE53@BUF
256Robert TonyanCHITE54@MIN
257Brevin JordanHOUTE55TEN
258Joshua KelleyLACRB79@DEN
259Jake BoboSEAWR125PIT
260Byron PringleWASWR126SF
261Charlie KolarBALTE56MIA
262David BellCLEWR127NYJ
263Jordan AkinsCLETE57NYJ
264Colton DowellTENWR128@HOU
265Dare OgunbowaleHOURB80TEN
266Dyami BrownWASWR129SF
267Donovan Peoples-JonesDETWR130@DAL
268Jalen ReagorNEWR131@BUF
269Quez WatkinsPHIWR132ARZ
270Andrew OgletreeINDTE58LV
271Marquise GoodwinCLEWR133NYJ
272Lil'Jordan HumphreyDENWR134LAC
273Lynn Bowden Jr.NOWR135@TB
274Boston ScottPHIRB81ARZ
275Deven ThompkinsTBWR136NO
276Peyton HendershotDALTE59DET
277Velus Jones Jr.CHIWR137ATL
278Connor HeywardPITTE60@SEA
279Melvin Gordon IIIBALRB82MIA
280Luke FarrellJACTE61CAR
281Elijah CooksJACWR138CAR
282Josh WhyleTENTE62@HOU
283Luke SchoonmakerDALTE63DET
284Olamide ZaccheausPHIWR139ARZ
285Kenny YeboahNYJTE64@CLE
286Patrick Taylor Jr.GBRB83@MIN
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