Fantasy Football 2012: Week 17 Player Rankings

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Week 17 Player Rankings

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

First and foremost, I hope everyone had a very safe and happy holiday. And hopefully your holiday involved a fantasy football championship. If you came out on top of relate this year, congratulations! You now own severe bragging rights until next season, but take advantage of it while you can because next season will be around before you know it.

For those of you whose championship pushes into Week 17, what were you thinking? Championships in Week 17 cause all sorts of issues including resting starters and non-playoff implications (which my rankings may or may not reflect). However, your league is your league and you’re still alive.

Oh, and for those of you have been eliminated and are still reading, you rock. Like I said 2013 will be here before you even know it. But don’t worry, I’ll have tons of preparation for next year throughout the off-season.

Back to those with something to play for…

This is it. Win or go home. For all the marbles. The whole enchilada. Have I made myself clear? Good. You have slayed yourself over a hot computer for months, trying to compile the greatest fantasy football team of all time. While you’re just one step away from being able to crown yourself just that. It’s time to dig deep and hoist that metaphorical fantasy trophy. Are you up for it?

For the final time this season, here are my player rankings. Good luck and thanks for everything. I had a blast.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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Week 17 Rankings: Quarterbacks

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Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

1) Cam Newton @ New Orleans Saints

2) Aaron Rodgers @ Minnesota Vikings

3) Drew Brees vs Carolina Panthers

4) Robert Griffin III vs Dallas Cowboys

5) Tom Brady vs Miami Dolphins

6) Tony Romo @ Washington Redskins

7) Peyton Manning vs Kansas City Chiefs

8) Russell Wilson vs St. Louis Rams

9) Matt Ryan vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10) Colin Kaepernick vs Arizona Cardinals

11) Eli Manning vs Philadelphia Eagles

12) Ben Roethlisberger vs Cleveland Browns

13) Michael Vick @ New York Giants

14) Josh Freeman @ Atlanta Falcons

15) Matthew Stafford vs Chicago Bears

16) Andrew Luck vs Houston Texans

17) Andy Dalton vs Baltimore Ravens

18) Chad Henne @ Tennessee Titans

19) Matt Schaub @ Indianapolis Colts

20) Philip Rivers vs Oakland Raiders

21) Jay Cutler @ Detroit Lions

22) Joe Flacco @ Cincinnati Bengals

23) Ryan Tannehill @ New England Patriots

24) Sam Bradford @ Seattle Seahawks

25) Jake Locker vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Week 17 Rankings: Running Backs

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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

1) Adrian Peterson vs Green Bay Packers

2) Arian Foster @ Indianapolis Colts

3) Marshawn Lynch vs St. Louis Rams

4) C.J. Spiller vs New York Jets

5) Doug Martin @ Atlanta Falcons

6) Alfred Morris vs Dallas Cowboys

7) Ray Rice @ Cincinnati Bengals

8) LeSean McCoy @ New York Giants

9) Frank Gore vs Arizona Cardinals

10) Knowshon Moreno vs Kansas City Chiefs

11) Jamaal Charles @ Denver Broncos

12) Stevan Ridley vs Miami Dolphins

13) Chris Johnson vs Jacksonville Jaguars

14) Matt Forte @ Detroit Lions

15) Ahmad Bradshaw vs Philadelphia Eagles

16) Reggie Bush @ New England Patriots

17) Shonn Greene @ Buffalo Bills

18) DeMarco Murray @ Washington Redskins

19) BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Baltimore Ravens

20) Darren Sproles vs Carolina Panthers

21) Steven Jackson @ Seattle Seahawks

22) Montell Owens @ Tennessee Titans

23) Mikel Leshoure vs Chicago Bears

24) Darren McFadden @ San Diego Chargers

25) Vick Ballard vs Houston Texans

26) Mark Ingram vs Carolina Panthers

27) DeAngelo Williams @ New Orleans Saints

28) Jonathan Dwyer vs Cleveland Browns

29) Jackie Battle vs Oakland Raiders

30) Ryan Grant @ Minnesota Vikings

31) Jacquizz Rodgers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

32) Joique Bell vs Chicago Bears

33) Jonathan Stewart @ New Orleans Saints

34) Michael Turner vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

35) David Wilson vs Philadelphia Eagles

36) Rashard Mendenhall vs Cleveland Browns

37) Pierre Thomas vs Carolina Panthers

38) Bilal Powell @ Buffalo Bills

39) Alex Green @ Minnesota Vikings

40) Ben Tate @ Indianapolis Colts

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Week 17 Rankings: Wide Receivers

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Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

1) Calvin Johnson vs Chicago Bears

2) Brandon Marshall @ Detroit Lions

3) Dez Bryant @ Washington Redskins

4) Andre Johnson @ Indianapolis Colts

5) A.J. Green vs Baltimore Ravens

6) Wes Welker vs Miami Dolphins

7) Demaryius Thomas vs Kansas City Chiefs

8) Steve Smith @ New Orleans Saints

9) Vincent Jackson @ Atlanta Falcons

10) Victor Cruz vs Philadelphia Eagles

11) Eric Decker vs Kansas City Chiefs

12) Pierre Garçon vs Dallas Cowboys

13) Marques Colston vs Carolina Panthers

14) Randall Cobb @ Minnesota Vikings

15) Denario Alexander vs Oakland Raiders

16) Roddy White vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

17) Reggie Wayne vs Houston Texans

18) Miles Austin @ Washington Redskins

19) James Jones @ Minnesota Vikings

20) Julio Jones vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21) Antonio Brown vs Cleveland Browns

22) Justin Blackmon @ Tennessee Titans

23) Stevie Johnson vs New York Jets

24) Jeremy Maclin @ New York Giants

25) Michael Crabtree vs Arizona Cardinals

26) Mike Williams @ Atlanta Falcons

27) Lance Moore vs Carolina Panthers

28) Brandon Lloyd vs Miami Dolphins

29) Torrey Smith @ Cincinnati Bengals

30) Hakeem Nicks vs Philadelphia Eagles

31) Greg Jennings @ Minnesota Vikings

32) Kenny Britt vs Jacksonville Jaguars

33) T.Y. Hilton vs Houston Texans

34) Sidney Rice vs St. Louis Rams

35) Anquan Boldin @ Cincinnati Bengals

36) Danny Amendola @ Seattle Seahawks

37) Santana Moss vs Dallas Cowboys

38) Brian Hartline @ New England Patriots

39) Larry Fitzgerald @ San Francisco 49ers

40) Mike Wallace vs Cleveland Browns

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Week 17 Rankings: Tight Ends

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

1) Jason Witten @ Washington Redskins

2) Jimmy Graham vs Carolina Panthers

3) Aaron Hernandez vs Miami Dolphins

4) Greg Olsen @ New Orleans Saints

5) Owen Daniels @ Indianapolis Colts

6) Rob Gronkowski vs Miami Dolphins

7) Tony Gonzalez vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8) Antonio Gates vs Oakland Raiders

9) Dennis Pitta @ Cincinnati Bengals

10) Jermaine Gresham vs Baltimore Ravens

11) Martellus Bennett vs Philadelphia Eagles

12) Jermichael Finley @ Minnesota Vikings

13) Vernon Davis vs Arizona Cardinals

14) Brent Celek @ New York Giants

15) Tony Moeaki @ Denver Broncos

16) Lance Kendricks @ Seattle Seahawks

17) Jacob Tamme vs Kansas City Chiefs

18) Tony Scheffler vs Chicago Bears

19) Marcedes Lewis @ Tennessee Titans

20) Brandon Myers @ San Diego Chargers

21) Benjamin Watson @ Pittsburgh Steelers

22) Dallas Clark @ Atlanta Falcons

23) Dwayne Allen vs Houston Texans

24) Joel Dreessen vs Kansas City Chiefs

25) Brandon Pettigrew vs Chicago Bears

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Week 17 Rankings: D/ST

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Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

1) San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals

2) Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs

3) San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders

4) Seattle Seahawks vs St. Louis Rams

5) Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns

6) Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

7) New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins

8) Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

9) Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens

10) New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

11) Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

12) New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles

13) Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14) Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

15) Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

16) Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets

17) Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers

18) Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers

19) St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks

20) Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys

21) Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears

22) Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars

23) Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

24) Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans

25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

26) Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants

27) Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots

28) Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans

29) New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

30) Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

31) Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints

32) Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers

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Week 17 Player Rankings

AP
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

First and foremost, I hope everyone had a very safe and happy holiday. And hopefully your holiday involved a fantasy football championship. If you came out on top of relate this year, congratulations! You now own severe bragging rights until next season, but take advantage of it while you can because next season will be around before you know it.

For those of you whose championship pushes into Week 17, what were you thinking? Championships in Week 17 cause all sorts of issues including resting starters and non-playoff implications (which my rankings may or may not reflect). However, your league is your league and you’re still alive.

Oh, and for those of you have been eliminated and are still reading, you rock. Like I said 2013 will be here before you even know it. But don’t worry, I’ll have tons of preparation for next year throughout the off-season.

Back to those with something to play for…

This is it. Win or go home. For all the marbles. The whole enchilada. Have I made myself clear? Good. You have slayed yourself over a hot computer for months, trying to compile the greatest fantasy football team of all time. While you’re just one step away from being able to crown yourself just that. It’s time to dig deep and hoist that metaphorical fantasy trophy. Are you up for it?

For the final time this season, here are my player rankings. Good luck and thanks for everything. I had a blast.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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Week 17 Rankings: Quarterbacks

cam
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

1) Cam Newton @ New Orleans Saints

2) Aaron Rodgers @ Minnesota Vikings

3) Drew Brees vs Carolina Panthers

4) Robert Griffin III vs Dallas Cowboys

5) Tom Brady vs Miami Dolphins

6) Tony Romo @ Washington Redskins

7) Peyton Manning vs Kansas City Chiefs

8) Russell Wilson vs St. Louis Rams

9) Matt Ryan vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10) Colin Kaepernick vs Arizona Cardinals

11) Eli Manning vs Philadelphia Eagles

12) Ben Roethlisberger vs Cleveland Browns

13) Michael Vick @ New York Giants

14) Josh Freeman @ Atlanta Falcons

15) Matthew Stafford vs Chicago Bears

16) Andrew Luck vs Houston Texans

17) Andy Dalton vs Baltimore Ravens

18) Chad Henne @ Tennessee Titans

19) Matt Schaub @ Indianapolis Colts

20) Philip Rivers vs Oakland Raiders

21) Jay Cutler @ Detroit Lions

22) Joe Flacco @ Cincinnati Bengals

23) Ryan Tannehill @ New England Patriots

24) Sam Bradford @ Seattle Seahawks

25) Jake Locker vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Week 17 Rankings: Running Backs

lynch
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

1) Adrian Peterson vs Green Bay Packers

2) Arian Foster @ Indianapolis Colts

3) Marshawn Lynch vs St. Louis Rams

4) C.J. Spiller vs New York Jets

5) Doug Martin @ Atlanta Falcons

6) Alfred Morris vs Dallas Cowboys

7) Ray Rice @ Cincinnati Bengals

8) LeSean McCoy @ New York Giants

9) Frank Gore vs Arizona Cardinals

10) Knowshon Moreno vs Kansas City Chiefs

11) Jamaal Charles @ Denver Broncos

12) Stevan Ridley vs Miami Dolphins

13) Chris Johnson vs Jacksonville Jaguars

14) Matt Forte @ Detroit Lions

15) Ahmad Bradshaw vs Philadelphia Eagles

16) Reggie Bush @ New England Patriots

17) Shonn Greene @ Buffalo Bills

18) DeMarco Murray @ Washington Redskins

19) BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Baltimore Ravens

20) Darren Sproles vs Carolina Panthers

21) Steven Jackson @ Seattle Seahawks

22) Montell Owens @ Tennessee Titans

23) Mikel Leshoure vs Chicago Bears

24) Darren McFadden @ San Diego Chargers

25) Vick Ballard vs Houston Texans

26) Mark Ingram vs Carolina Panthers

27) DeAngelo Williams @ New Orleans Saints

28) Jonathan Dwyer vs Cleveland Browns

29) Jackie Battle vs Oakland Raiders

30) Ryan Grant @ Minnesota Vikings

31) Jacquizz Rodgers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

32) Joique Bell vs Chicago Bears

33) Jonathan Stewart @ New Orleans Saints

34) Michael Turner vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

35) David Wilson vs Philadelphia Eagles

36) Rashard Mendenhall vs Cleveland Browns

37) Pierre Thomas vs Carolina Panthers

38) Bilal Powell @ Buffalo Bills

39) Alex Green @ Minnesota Vikings

40) Ben Tate @ Indianapolis Colts

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Week 17 Rankings: Wide Receivers

megatron
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

1) Calvin Johnson vs Chicago Bears

2) Brandon Marshall @ Detroit Lions

3) Dez Bryant @ Washington Redskins

4) Andre Johnson @ Indianapolis Colts

5) A.J. Green vs Baltimore Ravens

6) Wes Welker vs Miami Dolphins

7) Demaryius Thomas vs Kansas City Chiefs

8) Steve Smith @ New Orleans Saints

9) Vincent Jackson @ Atlanta Falcons

10) Victor Cruz vs Philadelphia Eagles

11) Eric Decker vs Kansas City Chiefs

12) Pierre Garçon vs Dallas Cowboys

13) Marques Colston vs Carolina Panthers

14) Randall Cobb @ Minnesota Vikings

15) Denario Alexander vs Oakland Raiders

16) Roddy White vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

17) Reggie Wayne vs Houston Texans

18) Miles Austin @ Washington Redskins

19) James Jones @ Minnesota Vikings

20) Julio Jones vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

21) Antonio Brown vs Cleveland Browns

22) Justin Blackmon @ Tennessee Titans

23) Stevie Johnson vs New York Jets

24) Jeremy Maclin @ New York Giants

25) Michael Crabtree vs Arizona Cardinals

26) Mike Williams @ Atlanta Falcons

27) Lance Moore vs Carolina Panthers

28) Brandon Lloyd vs Miami Dolphins

29) Torrey Smith @ Cincinnati Bengals

30) Hakeem Nicks vs Philadelphia Eagles

31) Greg Jennings @ Minnesota Vikings

32) Kenny Britt vs Jacksonville Jaguars

33) T.Y. Hilton vs Houston Texans

34) Sidney Rice vs St. Louis Rams

35) Anquan Boldin @ Cincinnati Bengals

36) Danny Amendola @ Seattle Seahawks

37) Santana Moss vs Dallas Cowboys

38) Brian Hartline @ New England Patriots

39) Larry Fitzgerald @ San Francisco 49ers

40) Mike Wallace vs Cleveland Browns

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Week 17 Rankings: Tight Ends

witten
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

1) Jason Witten @ Washington Redskins

2) Jimmy Graham vs Carolina Panthers

3) Aaron Hernandez vs Miami Dolphins

4) Greg Olsen @ New Orleans Saints

5) Owen Daniels @ Indianapolis Colts

6) Rob Gronkowski vs Miami Dolphins

7) Tony Gonzalez vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8) Antonio Gates vs Oakland Raiders

9) Dennis Pitta @ Cincinnati Bengals

10) Jermaine Gresham vs Baltimore Ravens

11) Martellus Bennett vs Philadelphia Eagles

12) Jermichael Finley @ Minnesota Vikings

13) Vernon Davis vs Arizona Cardinals

14) Brent Celek @ New York Giants

15) Tony Moeaki @ Denver Broncos

16) Lance Kendricks @ Seattle Seahawks

17) Jacob Tamme vs Kansas City Chiefs

18) Tony Scheffler vs Chicago Bears

19) Marcedes Lewis @ Tennessee Titans

20) Brandon Myers @ San Diego Chargers

21) Benjamin Watson @ Pittsburgh Steelers

22) Dallas Clark @ Atlanta Falcons

23) Dwayne Allen vs Houston Texans

24) Joel Dreessen vs Kansas City Chiefs

25) Brandon Pettigrew vs Chicago Bears

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Week 17 Rankings: D/ST

aldon
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

1) San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals

2) Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs

3) San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders

4) Seattle Seahawks vs St. Louis Rams

5) Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns

6) Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

7) New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins

8) Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

9) Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens

10) New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

11) Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

12) New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles

13) Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14) Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

15) Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

16) Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets

17) Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers

18) Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers

19) St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks

20) Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys

21) Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears

22) Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars

23) Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

24) Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans

25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

26) Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants

27) Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots

28) Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans

29) New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

30) Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

31) Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints

32) Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers


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