Eli Manning looks to send Coughlin out in style… courtesy of The Eagles D (Photo Credit: Brad Penner - USA TODAY Sports)

I was in two fantasy leagues this year, which I found to be absolutely perfect (I’ve determined that 3 is too many, and 1 isn’t enough). The first is my Chicago Comics league, which was won by Voodoo contributor CJ Sullivan (it ended in Week 16, like 90% of fantasy leagues). Congrats CJ, and welcome to the multi-title winner’s circle. The second one is my family league, which has a two-week Championship — the combined total score of Weeks 16 & 17. I’m in the Finals in this league, so I really have a vested interest in Week 17.

This week’s rankings are real pain in the ass, to be honest, since most teams have fragmented motivation — e.g., Julio Jones & Antonio Brown are both gunning for the record books (most receptions & yards in a season); elite playoff teams like Seattle are mailing it in; non-playoff teams are sitting their dinged-up superstars to protect them from further injury, etc. Fortunately, most of the important developments happen with the 1pm games, and they won’t affect lineup decisions in the 4pm games.

Bottom line: if you are in one of these “Week 17” leagues, you MUST stay on top of everything up until kickoff. If you have any questions, hit me on Twitter @VoodooBrown.

Below are the Top 100 Rankings for Week 17. It’s common sense, but if you have to decide between two players on this list, take the one that is ranked higher. If your player does not appear on this list, then he’s probably not very startable in most 10-12 team leagues. (Note, these rankings are based on PPR leagues)

 

QUARTERBACKS:
1. NYG Eli Manning
2. CAR Cam Newton
3. ATL Matt Ryan
4. ARI Carson Palmer
5. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
6. NE Tom Brady
7. NYJ Ryan Fitzpatrick
8. GB Aaron Rodgers
9. NO Drew Brees
10. JAC Blake Bortles
11. HOU Brian Hoyer
12. BUF Tyrod Taylor
13. DET Matthew Stafford
14. CIN A.J. McCarron
15. OAK Derek Carr

 

RUNNINGBACKS:
1. PIT DeAngelo Williams
2. MIN Adrian Peterson
3. ATL Devonta Freeman
4. IND Frank Gore
5. ARI David Johnson
6. DEN C.J. Anderson
7. DAL Darren McFadden
8. NO Tim Hightower
9. NYG Rashad Jennings
10. CHI Matt Forte
11. OAK Latavius Murray
12. TB Doug Martin
13. CAR Cameron Artis-Payne
14. NYJ Chris Ivory
15. CLE Isaiah Crowell
16. GB Eddie Lacy
17. STL Tre Mason
18. BAL Javorius Allen
19. BUF Karlos Williams
20. PHI Ryan Mathews
21. CIN Jeremy Hill
22. DEN Ronnie Hillman
23. KC Charcandrick West
24. DET Joique Bell
25. CLE Duke Johnson Jr.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS:
1. NYG Odell Beckham Jr.
2. PIT Antonio Brown
3. ATL Julio Jones
4. HOU DeAndre Hopkins
5. NYJ Brandon Marshall
6. CIN A.J. Green
7. NYJ Eric Decker
8. JAC Allen Robinson
9. NO Brandin Cooks
10. PIT Martavis Bryant
11. ARI John Brown
12. BUF Sammy Watkins
13. KC Jeremy Maclin
14. DEN Demaryius Thomas
15. ARI Larry Fitzgerald
16. MIA Jarvis Landry
17. PHI Jordan Matthews
18. DET Golden Tate
19. DET Calvin Johnson (check status)
20. HOU Nate Washington
21. ARI Michael Floyd (check status)
22. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
23. TB Mike Evans
24. JAC Allen Hurns
25. BAL Kamar Aiken
26. GB James Jones
27. NO Willie Snead
28. OAK Amari Cooper
29. IND T.Y. Hilton
30. NYG Rueben Randle
31. STL Tavon Austin
32. OAK Michael Crabtree
33. WAS Jamison Crowder
34. BUF Chris Hogan
35. CLE Travis Benjamin

 

TIGHT ENDS:
1. CAR Greg Olsen
2. NE Rob Gronkowski
3. TEN Delanie Walker
4. CLE Gary Barnidge
5. NYG Will Tye
6. SD Antonio Gates
7. CHI Zach Miller (check status)
8. NO Benjamin Watson
9. KC Travis Kelce
10. PHI Zach Ertz
11. MIN Kyle Rudolph
12. CIN Tyler Eifert
13. PIT Heath Miller
14. SF Vance McDonald
15. ATL Jacob Tamme

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS:
1. Carolina
2. Arizona
3. Houston
4. New England
5. Indianapolis
6. Denver
7. St. Louis
8. Pittsburgh
9. Kansas City
10. Cincinnati

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Voodoo Brown
Voodoo Brown started playing fantasy football way back in 1994 — when you had to manually add up scores with the Monday edition of USA Today (yes, that’s how it was done). Since that time, he has amassed 16 championships and 7 runner-ups, with most of his success coming after 2003 (avg. participation of 2-3 leagues per year). These accomplishments are evidence that Voodoo steadily adjusts to the ebbs & flows of the ever-changing fantasy landscape. It’s a different game now than it was in 1994 — hell, even 2004. Rarely finishing as a doormat, Voodoo’s teams are always in the mix. If you want any roster or lineup feedback, you can message him at vb@voodoobrown.com, or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter (@VoodooBrown)

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