We made it. Week 17 is here, and the fantasy season is officially coming to a close. It's been an interesting year, one filled with devastating injuries to top players and plenty of surprises. I hope you aren't still playing meaningful championship games in Week 17, as plenty of starters could end up resting on various playoff teams for all or part of the game. But if you are, I still go game-by-game below with my recommendations of start/sit/flex for each main player. However, I significantly trimmed down the analysis section and am only including a few nuggets I find interesting for each game. I've appreciated you all following along with this column this season. It's a beast to write, but your words of encouragement and championship stories have made it all worthwhile. So cheers to all of you, and I hope you have a happy new year!
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET on FOX
- In three road starts this year, Brett Hundley has thrown seven touchdowns, no interceptions and averages 240.7 passing yards per game. At home, he has zero passing touchdowns, seven interceptions, and averages 157 passing yards per game.
- Davante Adams was still in the concussion protocol Wednesday and could be a longshot to play on Sunday. Keep an eye on his status.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
- DeAndre Hopkins leads the league with 13 boundary receptions (within 1 yard of the sideline). He leads the league with 13 receiving touchdowns, which is also a franchise record. He's a game-time decision right now with a calf injury, so monitor his situation closely.
- Will Fuller is second on the team in targets since returning from his rib injury and has five targets in each of his last three games.
- Frank Gore only needs 74 rushing yards in Week 17 to reach 14,000 for his career. He'd be the fifth person in NFL history to reach that milestone.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET on FOX
Reason to play: Minnesota needs to win to secure the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
- Case Keenum threw 24 touchdown passes in his first 24 NFL starts. He has 20 touchdown passes this year in 13 starts.
New York Jets at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
Reason to play: New England needs to win to secure the No. 1 seed.
- Tom Brady has thrown an interception in five straight games, tied for the longest streak of his career (Weeks 2-6 of 2002).
- Dion Lewis has two 100-yard rushing games in his career, and both have come this season (Week 12, Week 16).
Washington Redskins at New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET on FOX
- Kirk Cousins has thrown five interceptions in his last five games after throwing five in his first 10 games.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET on FOX
*NOTE: Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have both dropped hints that Dallas could rest some starters. If you can help it, I'd try to avoid most of this offense.
- Dak Prescott has zero touchdowns and four interceptions in his last two games and averaged 197 yards per game in that span.
- Ezekiel Elliott posted 118 scrimmage yards in his first game back from suspension last week. He only carried the ball nine times for 24 yards in the second half.
Reason to play: The Eagles have already secured the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and could rest plenty of starters for all or at least parts of this game. Be sure to track reports as games approach.
- Alshon Jeffery had zero receptions last week. It was only his second career game with no receptions (Week 15, 2012 vs. Green Bay when he was with the Bears).
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons, 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX
- Since Week 9 Christian McCaffrey is averaging 76.7 scrimmage yards per game and has scored five total touchdowns.
- The Falcons have allowed 104 receptions to running backs this season, the most in the NFL. McCaffrey is tied for second among all running backs in receptions with 75.
- Over his last six games Cam Newton has thrown 11 touchdowns with two interceptions, the best TD-INT ratio in the NFL in that span. He's also averaged nearly 60 rushing yards per game in that span as well.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
- Since Week 8 the Ravens have converted 62.1 percent of their red zone trips into touchdowns (tied-ninth in the NFL). That's partly why they've averaged 29.8 points per game in that span after averaging 18.6 per game in Weeks 1-7.
- Joe Flacco's deep ball has returned (a bit) over the last four weeks. Since Week 13 he's completed 53.8 percent of his passes of 20-plus air yards for 230 yards with one touchdown and one pick.
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
*NOTE: Andy Reid announced Patrick Mahomes would start in place of Alex Smith, but didn't specify if he'd sit others as well. Given that this is one of the league's most concentrated offenses and relies so heavily on Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce, it'd stand to reason that they'd sit also, or at least play far fewer snaps.
- If Hill sits, Albert Wilson could be in play. He's second on the team in wide receiver snaps over the last three weeks and had 17 targets in that span (Hill had 19).
- C.J. Anderson posted 100-plus scrimmage yards in each of the last two games. It's the first time he's crossed 100 scrimmage yards in consecutive games since Weeks 16-17 of 2014.
Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
- The Chargers have everything to play for and the Raiders have nothing to play for. Both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are banged up, and their quarterback has regressed massively this year. I'd flex Marshawn Lynch though as they've been loading him up with touches of late, and he's posted four games with 90-plus scrimmage yards in his last five.
- Over the last six weeks Keenan Allen leads all wide receivers in targets (67), receptions (49), and receiving yards (664).
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX
- With Todd Gurley out, Malcolm Brown will see a heavy workload. He's a third-year pro out of Texas who is averaging 3.9 yards per carry so far this season. Brown never posted a 1,000-yard season while at Texas, but in this situation, his volume will be all fantasy owners need to rely on. The 49ers are allowing just 2.9 yards per carry over the last month.
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX
- With 101 receptions and 1,101 receiving yards this year, Larry Fitzgerald is the oldest player in NFL history to have a season with 100-plus catches and 1,000-plus yards.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX
- Drew Brees is averaging 264 passing yards per game over his last three, with five touchdowns and three interceptions. He's a solid floor play but offers limited upside.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
- Leonard Fournette needs just 29 rushing yards to hit 1,000 for the season and join Fred Taylor as the only rookies in Jacksonville history to rush for 1,000-plus yards.