Published: Dec. 30, 2015 at 10:22 a.m.
Updated: Dec. 31, 2015 at 12:23 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 17: Quarterbacks


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Matthew Stafford vs. Chicago Bears

Stafford has been on fire in recent weeks, scoring 17 or more fantasy points in five of his last six games. He's a good bet to remain hot against the Bears, who surrendered 33.9 points to Stafford in a Week 6 matchup. Overall, Chicago has allowed an average of more than 18 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season.

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cleveland Browns

Roethlisberger put up an absolute stink bomb in Baltimore last week, and he's been mediocre at best on the road this season. Still, Pittsburgh needs to win to have a chance at the postseason and the Browns have not been good against quarterbacks. In fact, the position has averaged over 19 fantasy points a game vs. Cleveland.

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Buffalo Bills

The Jets have a win-and-in game ahead of them, and it happens to be against one of Fitzpatrick's old teams, the Bills. Buffalo has struggled to stop quarterbacks in recent weeks, allowing 21-plus fantasy points to the position in three of their last five games. Look for that old Fitzmagic to continue in Buffalo this weekend.

Eli Manning vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Manning didn't have Odell Beckham Jr. last week, and it showed in his stat line against the Vikings. His top weapon will be back in a matchup against the Eagles, though, so don't be afraid to start the veteran quarterback in Week 17. Philadelphia has allowed an average of more than 20 fantasy points per game to the position.

Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans Saints

Ryan has been a massive disappointment in the second half of this season, scoring fewer than 15 fantasy points in each of his last five games. If you do have your championship and lack a top-level quarterback, however, he's worth a look against the Saints. No team has surrendered more fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2015.

Good matchups: Drew Brees at Falcons, Sam Bradford at Giants, Brian Hoyer vs. Jaguars

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Kirk Cousins vs. Dallas Cowboys

Cousins was the MVP of the fantasy football postseason, putting up 21-plus points in each of his last three games (including two with 30-plus). But with the Redskins now locked into their NFC seed, there's a good chance he won't see much playing time (if any) against a Cowboys defense that shut him down just a few weeks ago.

Philip Rivers vs. Denver Broncos

Rivers has put up some big numbers in his last three games in Denver, but that doesn't change the matchup that awaits him this week. In 2015, these Broncos have allowed an average of just 12.06 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. That is the lowest total allowed in the league, which makes Rivers a massive gamble.

Carson Palmer vs. Seattle Seahawks

Please read before sitting Palmer ... if the Panthers are whipping the Bucs, the Cardinals are locked into the No. 2 spot so coach Bruce Arians could rest Palmer and some of their other starters. Should Carolina lose, however, Palmer would then be on the field against a stout Seattle defense with the NFC's No. 1 seed on the line.

Tyrod Taylor vs. New York Jets

Taylor, listed as a sit 'em last week, put up a massive stink bomb in a win over the Cowboys. I'd keep him on the bench this week too, as Taylor faces a Jets team that needs to win to secure a postseason berth. New York also held him to a mere 11.52 fantasy points back in Week 11, which makes Taylor a very tough sell for me.

Ryan Tannehill vs. New England Patriots

The Dolphins have become a total disaster on offense, and it shows in Tannehill's recent numbers. In his last five games, he's failed to score more than 16 fantasy points five times. Next up is a date with the Patriots, who don't sit their starters in Week 17 games and still have the No. 1 seed in the AFC well in their sights.

Bad matchups: Derek Carr at Chiefs, Jameis Winston at Panthers, Brock Osweiler vs. Chargers

In the latest episode of the NFL Fantasy LIVE podcast, the gang weighs in on some Week 17 matchups they like and don't like and talk about some lessons that they have learned during the 2015 fantasy season. Don't forget to subscribe to the show or download each episode HERE!

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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