Streaming Defenses: Top 16 Defensive Plays for Week 17

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Throughout the year, we will be providing our take on the top 16 defenses each and every week, based on matchup, injuries, and recent performance. They will fall into the following tiers:

DOMINANT – I don’t believe that there are any true “set-and-forget” options at the defensive position, as there are scarcely ANY such players at any position in the NFL. However, these groups are as close as you’re going to get. They can be started with supreme confidence most weeks and will just require the odd benching to avoid Foxboro or Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood as I’ve conveniently renamed the whole of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Update: Mr. Hundley’s Hometown?

DISTINGUISHED – This is the high-end streamer tier. They will probably be added and dropped multiple times throughout the course of the season, getting the green light for plus matchups and benched at the first sight of danger. Some lunkhead in your league following the three defense strategy may even draft one or two of these units, but most will likely be available on the wire to start the year. Careful, intelligent management and usage of options in this tier will yield positive results more often than not. There will likely be a few breakouts in the upper half of this group, and this is the tier I’d be looking to draft my defense from.

DEFENSIBLE – Defensible, get it? You could certainly pick a starter from this tier, preferably against a weaker offense at home but these squads are by no means a safe bet. Cover your eyes, hold your nose, and maybe even get out of the house. Do your blood pressure a favor and just check the score after the game. Go take in that indie film you’ve been wanting to see!

DESPERATE – These are the teams you could probably throw on some pads and score against. The dregs of the league reside in this tier. These teams should be started in only the most extreme circumstances (you lost a bet, you hate yourself, you are playing in a bizarre league that rewards awful defensive play) but for the most part will be available on the wire all year long, and for good reason. Below are our ranks for week 17 of the 2017 NFL season – Get excited!

DOMINANT

1.) Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cleveland Browns)- This one is almost too easy as the Browns continued to display their unique brand of awful offense last week. Double digit points are a mortal lock as the Steelers tune themselves up for the playoffs. They should be motivated to play hard as well with home-field advantage still up for grabs.

Injuries to Watch: Joe Haden is back and as such the Steelers should be close to full strength.

Weekly Rankings: Ranking Each IDP Position For Week 16

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Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming match-ups and ranking each IDP position. Here are the ranks for Week 16 of the fantasy football season.

Week 16 Notes:

  • For most owners, week 16 means the fantasy football finals. I know of some leagues where the final is next week or you even take the average of the next two to crown a champ. But for the vast majority of owners, this one is for all the marbles. We will focus on matchups this week, and again best of luck to you!

Sink or Swim: Week 16

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QUARTERBACK

SWIM

Matt Stafford (Detroit Lions):

He’s always been a pretty safe QB play this year, but this week he finally gets a match up that can allow him to put up a QB1 stat line potentially. The Bengals seem to have given up on the year, and are allowing big games to opposing QB’s left and right as of late.

Weekly Rankings: Ranking Each Position For Week 16

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Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming matchups and ranking each position, as well as flex positions.

Note: rankings will be updated throughout the week, so continue checking back here as the week goes on. Also, check out our defensive rankings article for explanations on those, and our Kickin’ It article for explanations on the kicker rankings.

Week 16 Notes:

  • Just a friendly reminder that Ezekiel Elliott is back from his suspension this week. If you’ve made it this far into the fantasy playoffs/championships without him, good for you, and don’t forget to slip him back into your lineup.

Streaming Defenses: Top 16 Defensive Plays for Week 16

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Throughout the year, we will be providing our take on the top 16 defenses each and every week, based on matchup, injuries, and recent performance. They will fall into the following tiers:

DOMINANT – I don’t believe that there are any true “set-and-forget” options at the defensive position, as there are scarcely ANY such players at any position in the NFL. However, these groups are as close as you’re going to get. They can be started with supreme confidence most weeks and will just require the odd benching to avoid Foxboro or Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood as I’ve conveniently renamed the whole of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Update: Mr. Hundley’s Hometown?

DISTINGUISHED – This is the high-end streamer tier. They will probably be added and dropped multiple times throughout the course of the season, getting the green light for plus matchups and benched at the first sight of danger. Some lunkhead in your league following the three defense strategy may even draft one or two of these units, but most will likely be available on the wire to start the year. Careful, intelligent management and usage of options in this tier will yield positive results more often than not. There will likely be a few breakouts in the upper half of this group, and this is the tier I’d be looking to draft my defense from.

DEFENSIBLE – Defensible, get it? You could certainly pick a starter from this tier, preferably against a weaker offense at home but these squads are by no means a safe bet. Cover your eyes, hold your nose, and maybe even get out of the house. Do your blood pressure a favor and just check the score after the game. Go take in that indie film you’ve been wanting to see!

DESPERATE – These are the teams you could probably throw on some pads and score against. The dregs of the league reside in this tier. These teams should be started in only the most extreme circumstances (you lost a bet, you hate yourself, you are playing in a bizarre league that rewards awful defensive play) but for the most part will be available on the wire all year long, and for good reason. Below are our ranks for week 16 of the 2017 NFL season – Get excited!

DOMINANT

1.) Baltimore Ravens (vs. Indianapolis Colts)- Baltimore was eviscerated two weeks ago by Pittsburgh, showing some ill effects of losing elite CB Jimmy Smith. However, last week they were right back to their dominant ways, steamrolling the Browns. They were able to pressure the QB heavily and they get another plum situation for QB punishment this week in the Colts who apparently love to watch Jacoby Brissett get knocked on his ass.

Injuries to Watch: The Colts don’t have the firepower to take advantage of the absent Jimmy Smith.

Kickin’ It: The Top 14 Kickers For Week 16

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Alright, here we go! Championship Sunday! Does anything else need to be said? If you need anyone to pump you up, then you don’t belong here in the first place. That being said, if this isn’t your league’s championship week, you need to find a new league.

Anyways, it’s time to get down to the important stuff. Just a reminder for all you still in contention for your fantasy playoffs, we’ve got three levels of kickers, FG’s, Touchbackers and Squibs. Anyone not listed is someone you should avoid.

FG’s

 1. Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams,(@ Tennesse Titans). Is there anything more that needs to be said at this point? Zuerlein leads all kickers in points scored (158, Standard, ESPN). Tennesse looks formidable if you’re starting Todd Gurley as they are giving up only 87.2 rush yards a game. However, they’re giving up just under 250 pass yards game. Which is exactly what the Rams offense is averaging. Soooo, whether they get it done on the ground or through the air, Zuerlein should get his points.

What I Saw: Thoughts On Every Game, Week 15

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Hello again, everyone. My name is Sam and I’m a fantasy football Dorkus Malorkus. That’s Latin for you cretins that don’t speak it, but it means that I watch every game every week, or at least half of them, and then I tell you all what you missed. With the semi-finals over, if you’re still checking out this kind of content, good luck trouncing your opponents next week in the finals!

Broncos Vs Colts

QB:      Well, the Broncos are back. Trevor Siemian played briefly before exiting the game with an injury, and Brock Osweiler came in for him, playing very well (surprisingly), including throwing a couple TDs. So the carousel of qb’s persists for the Broncos, but not in a bad way. Osweiler was making some tough throws and played very competently. I’m not saying to fire him up in the finals, but maybe we don’t need to be afraid of starting our Broncos anymore. Jacoby Brissett did not do nearly so well. The Broncos D is also playing well again, and Brissett just wasn’t able to get much going. He threw for a pathetic 158 yards, although he did not throw any picks, took only 1 sack, and did not fumble. While Brissett is not a terrible QB, I would really like to see the Colts get a new QB if Luck truly cannot play football anymore.

Waiver Wire: Week 16

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NOTE: Players mentioned will be owned in 40% or less of ESPN leagues. MUST ADD will be a recommended add in all leagues. MAYBE ADD is for those in 12 team leagues or deeper. DEEP ADD is for those in 14+ team leagues. 

QUARTERBACKS

No QB worth adding that meets the 40% criteria going into this week, however if you are in a 2 QB league and need a streaming option, Joe Flacco is probably your best available option.

Block Stock: O-lines That Should Struggle And Dominate In Week 15

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I don’t pick winners and losers I tell you how O-lines vs D-lines will impact skill performers. However if you still need my advice then you are already a winner and two more wins away from being called champ! Let’s go get ’em!

Offensive Lines That Should Dominate

Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks -Seattle’s defense failed to register a sack against the Jaguars in week 14. They’ve also been steadily giving up longer and longer plays in the passing game because of their inability to get pressure on opposing QB’s. Jared Goff has already shown that this year if he has time he can be deadly accurate. He’s averaging a gaudy 70% completion percentage over his last three games. Just like Dr. Who Jamon Brown, Rob Havenstein, and the other Rams lineman have been stout to stellar all season long and have given Goff and Todd Gurley time & space. Too many weapons x too much time = many, many yards for the Rams.

Sink or Swim: Week 15

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QUARTERBACK

SWIM

Case Keenum (Minnesota Vikings):

At this point, there is no reason to think Keenum is going to cool off anytime soon. He’s been one of the most steady QB1’s going since the teams week 9 bye and gets a nice match up against a Bengals defense that has been allowing big yardage through the air to some of the leagues bottom barrel QB’s lately.