Though we recapped last week, I could not in good conscience leave those hanging who either use this article for DFS or are in a league that plays throughout the entirety of the regular season. If it’s the latter, you should probably consider not participating in such a league moving forward. I say that because Lamar Jackson, who brought many fantasy owners to victory with three touchdowns and 30 ESPN fantasy points last week, will be out for Week 17. I do not expect Josh Allen to play either, and quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson and Drew Brees will more than likely not see the second half of their matchups.
For those who needed a streamer to come through against Jackson last week, you should have found reprieve with my picks. Though Jameis Winston’s fantasy fire fell short, my other three ranked in the top 10 of quarterback performances last week — with Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick in the top five. Interestingly, the No. 1 spot for fantasy quarterbacks in Week 16 was none other than Daniel Jones.
Though Winston did not live up to his potential last week, he currently holds the No. 1 spot in our Game Level Similarity Projections (GLSP) for Week 17.
Week 17 GLSP Rankings
Other potential starts in either DFS or Week 17 fantasy championship games include:
Week 17 QB Streamers
Ryan Tannehill @ HOU
DFS (FanDuel): $7,900
Tannehill has not steered us wrong yet and has given no reason for us to give up on him in the home stretch. The last time Tannehill scored less than two touchdowns in a game was Week 9. He has averaged 238 passing yards per game this season. The Titans are in a must-win matchup against Houston this week to make the playoffs, so expect Tannehill to have a productive day.
Robert Griffin III vs PIT
DFS (FanDuel): $7,000
For those who have lost or are looking to capitalize on the loss of Lamar Jackson in Week 17, look no further than his backup — Robert Griffin III. If you’re getting a start in Week 17 without starting prior, you’re fighting for a job. With Lamar Jackson being “the guy” for Baltimore for the foreseeable future, RG3, though a veteran, still needs to prove himself if he wants to find an opportunity to start elsewhere. When given the nod as the starter for Cleveland Week 17 of 2016 — coincidentally against Pittsburgh — RG3 delivered 232 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Pittsburgh is still fighting for a playoff spot while Griffin is fighting to stay in the NFL. He’s a good value play plugged into an elite offense and should be able to send value to fantasy owners as well.