As is the case with Week 17 historically, teams locked into the playoffs with little or nothing to gain from a Week 17 win will often be cautious with their key players. This is already reported to be the case with the Bills this week. We could also see the Vikings and/or Texans take this route as well. There is also the possibility of non-playoff teams giving their studs the week off with nothing to play for, and the Rams appear ready to sit out Todd Gurley and others.
If looking to exercise a bit of caution, using players from teams that have something to gain from a win on Sunday is prudent. Teams that have either their playoff life or bye week seeding on the line on Sunday are New England, Kansas City, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Oakland, San Francisco, Green Bay, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Dallas and Seattle.
Most importantly, be certain to keep up to date with the news cycle when building lineups. There will certainly be surprise inactives so be sure to be out in front from an information perspective.
With the studs on this slate fairly clear cut, I’m going to touch on the group of high-end and high-salary players but want to focus more on the mid-range prices and values this week. This section will cover quarterbacks at 7k-plus, running backs and wide receivers at 8k-plus and tight ends at 6k-plus.
Quarterback and Stacks
Patrick Mahomes ($7,200) is playing at top form, but it is fair to worry whether the Chiefs defense is playing at too high of a level for Mahomes to get any shootout scripts. Mahomes’ weekly floor remains sky high but the ceiling is what is in question. Given the price tag and situation, he gets labeled viable this week as opposed to the strongest of plays. The best stack is another high-priced option in Travis Kelce ($7,000) who has not had the most fanfare this season but has quietly been a production machine. It can easily be argued this is his best season to date.