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Week 17 Rankings Update

Saturday, December 27, 2008


These rankings were updated late Friday night. Good luck this week

The first rule about Week 17 is you don't play Week 17. But unless you just clicked on this column to get another view of my glamour shot above, you have probably already broken that rule. So let's try to make sense of this mess.

The good news for fantasy leaguers in 2008 is that all the close playoff races will help prevent teams from sitting players. I have gone over the topic on the Fantasy Fix and in my blog, so I don't want to repeat myself too much here. Here's the short short version.

Giants: It's uncertain how they will handle it. My guess is they will play it halfway. Sit injured guys (Brandon Jacobs), and play most of their starters for most of the game. Iffy plays though.

Colts: As always, steer clear of your Colts in Week 17 with nothing on the line. Maybe they play a series, maybe a quarter, maybe a half. It's too risky.

Steelers: It's uncertain what they will do, but I'm guessing they will sit their players after they get a lead. I wouldn't use my Steelers at all. Gary Russell could be the next Willie Parker: breaking out in Week 17 while playing with reserves.

Ravens: They could potentially rest players if the Patriots lose at 1PM to the Bills. That's unlikely.

Cardinals: They need to bounce back. Play your Cardinals with confidence against Seattle.

Titans: Vince Young will play at some point. It's uncertain how long starters will remain in, but I'd stay away from Chris Johnson. We'll update our player news all week for all the playing time developments.

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I'm posting the rankings on Tuesday as an early present to my family, so I'm not working on them during Christmas. They will be updated one final time Friday evening.

From everyone at Rotoworld, I just want to say happy holidays and thank you for coming to the rankings and website all season long. It's been a wacky fantasy season capped by an exhilarating Week 16. We continue to grow exponentially and your support means everything to our little corner of the internet. Always feel free to let me know how we can improve, what we get right, and what we get wrong.

Our daily coverage will continue 24/7 throughout the playoffs and off-season. I think it sets us apart. While other websites change their focus to other sports, our football crew stays committed to pigskin all year round. It's the season for diehards, and I know there are many of you out there. I will have fantasy playoff rankings next week and the Top-50 keepers for 2009 soon thereafter. I'll also help cover the playoffs and head to Tampa for the Super Bowl for NBCSports.com, if you are into that sort of thing.

Now is the time to re-introduce yourself to family members. Tell them I said hi. Good luck to everyone who doesn't follow the first rule of Week 17 and have a great holiday week.

Week 17 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Jay Cutlerat SD -
2Philip Riversvs. DEN -
3Drew Breesvs. CAR -
4Aaron Rodgersvs. DET -
5Matt Casselat BUF -
6Kurt Warnervs. SEA -
7Matt Schaubvs. CHI -
8Tyler Thigpenat CIN -
9Tony Romoat PHIProbable(flu)
10Donovan McNabbvs. DAL -
11Matt Ryanvs. STL -
12Jake Delhommeat NO -
13Chad Penningtonat NYJ -
14Brett Favrevs. MIA -
15Shaun Hillvs. WAS -
16Jeff Garciavs. OAKProbable(calf)
17Tarvaris Jacksonvs. NYG -
18Seneca Wallaceat ARZ -
19Kyle Ortonat HOU -
20Joe Flaccovs. JAC -
21Trent Edwardsvs. NE -
22Vince Youngat IND -
23Jason Campbellat SF -
24Eli Manningat MIN -
25Byron Leftwichvs. CLE -
26David Garrardat BAL -
27Marc Bulgerat ATL -
28Peyton Manningvs. TEN -
29Ben Roethlisbergervs. CLEProbable(-)
30Dan Orlovskyat GB -
31Ryan Fitzpatrickvs. KC -
32JaMarcus Russellat TB -
33David Carrat MIN -
34Jim Sorgivs. TEN -
35Bruce Gradkowskiat PIT -
36Matt Leinartvs. SEA -
37Kerry Collinsat IND -



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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for NBCSports.com and Profootballtalk.com. Catch him on Twitter.
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