Fantasy Football: Week 17 Tiers

Many fantasy owners focus a bit too literally on expert rankings. Our rankings can definitely be used for “start or sit” decisions, especially as a tie breaker between two similar players. If we rank two players very closely together, however, we are not necessarily intending to make a bold call such as “Player A is a much better option than Player B this week.” We are making that call, though, if we project and rank the players quite far from each other. This is why we prefer to look at “tiers” – any two players within a tier are essentially coin tosses. However, the rank within the tiers is meaningful. Only if two players are ranked in different tiers, are you definitively better off (in theory) taking the higher ranked player.

Here are our Week 17 Tiered Rankings (standard scoring)

Quarterbacks

Tier 1

Aaron Rodgers
Matt Ryan

Tier 2

Russell Wilson

Tier 3

Andrew Luck

Tier 4

Tom Brady
Drew Brees
Kirk Cousins
Matthew Stafford
Jameis Winston

Tier 5

Cam Newton
Blake Bortles
Alex Smith

Tier 6

Sam Bradford
Carson Wentz
Landry Jones
Carson Palmer
EJ Manuel
Andy Dalton
Joe Flacco

Tier 7

Colin Kaepernick
Philip Rivers

Tier 8

Matt Cassel
Tom Savage
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Robert Griffin III
Matt Barkley
Matt McGloin
Matt Moore

Tier 9

Jared Goff
Mark Sanchez
Eli Manning
Trevor Siemian
Paxton Lynch
Josh Johnson
Dak Prescott

Running Backs

Tier 1

David Johnson

Tier 2

LeSean McCoy
Devonta Freeman

Tier 3

Demarco Murray
Jordan Howard

Tier 4

Todd Gurley
Spencer Ware
Jacquizz Rodgers
Jerick McKinnon
Mark Ingram
Rex Burkhead
Jay Ajayi
Rob Kelley
Bilal Powell
Tevin Coleman
Thomas Rawls

Tier 5

Alfred Blue
Shaun Draughn
Frank Gore
Ty Montgomery
LeGarrette Blount
Latavius Murray
Jonathan Stewart

Tier 6

Darren McFadden
Isaiah Crowell
Dion Lewis
Chris Ivory
Terrance West
Fitzgerald Toussaint
Melvin Gordon
DeAngelo Williams
Ronnie Hillman

Tier 7

Devontae Booker
Kenneth Dixon
Byron Marshall

Tier 8

Derrick Henry
Paul Perkins
Alex Collins
Darren Sproles
Zach Zenner
Justin Forsett
Duke Johnson Jr.
James White
Tim Hightower
Rashad Jennings
Matt Asiata

Tier 9

Peyton Barber
Robert Turbin
Jalen Richard
Theo Riddick
Ezekiel Elliott
Charcandrick West
DuJuan Harris
Mike Gillislee
Cedric Peerman
Chris Thompson

Wide Receivers

Tier 1

Mike Evans
Jordy Nelson
Julio Jones

Tier 2

T.Y. Hilton
Doug Baldwin

Tier 3

Brandin Cooks
Ty Montgomery
Michael Thomas
Eli Rogers
Julian Edelman
Davante Adams
Golden Tate
Demaryius Thomas
Allen Robinson
Sammy Watkins
Cameron Meredith
Brandon LaFell
Emmanuel Sanders
Tyrell Williams
Alshon Jeffery
Steve Smith Sr.
Larry Fitzgerald
Dontrelle Inman
DeAndre Hopkins
DeSean Jackson
Rishard Matthews
Marqise Lee
Michael Crabtree

Tier 4

J.J. Nelson
Tyreek Hill
Willie Snead
Mike Wallace
Odell Beckham Jr.
Adam Thielen
Kelvin Benjamin
Jarvis Landry
Pierre Garcon
Kenny Britt
Jordan Matthews
Amari Cooper
Terrelle Pryor Sr.
Jamison Crowder

Tier 5

Tavon Austin
Mohamed Sanu
Marvin Jones Jr.
Anquan Boldin
Malcolm Mitchell
Robby Anderson
Corey Coleman
Quincy Enunwa
Ted Ginn Jr.
Taylor Gabriel
Brandon Marshall
Tyler Boyd
Jeremy Maclin
Cobi Hamilton

Tier 6

DeVante Parker
Kenny Stills
Sterling Shepard
Stefon Diggs
Chris Hogan
Adam Humphries
Bryan Walters
Jermaine Kearse
Jeremy Kerley
Will Fuller

Tight Ends

Tier 1

Travis Kelce

Tier 2

Greg Olsen
Zach Ertz
Kyle Rudolph
Jimmy Graham
Delanie Walker
Antonio Gates

Tier 3

C.J. Fiedorowicz
Eric Ebron
Charles Clay
Jack Doyle
Jordan Reed
Martellus Bennett
Jared Cook
Gary Barnidge
Jermaine Gresham
Coby Fleener
Vernon Davis
Jesse James
Dennis Pitta
Brandon Myers

Kickers

Matt Bryant
Adam Vinatieri
Cairo Santos
Mason Crosby
Dustin Hopkins
Stephen Gostkowski
Steven Hauschka
Justin Tucker
Matt Prater
Caleb Sturgis
Kai Forbath
Roberto Aguayo
Brandon McManus
Wil Lutz
Chandler Catanzaro
Jason Myers
Josh Lambo
Dan Carpenter
Ryan Succop
Dan Bailey
Graham Gano
Randy Bullock
Nick Folk
Nick Novak
Sebastian Janikowski
Chris Boswell
Phil Dawson
Robbie Gould
Greg Zuerlein
Connor Barth
Cody Parkey
Andrew Franks

Defense

Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Vikings
Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos
New England Patriots
Buffalo Bills
Seattle Seahawks
Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans
Oakland Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals
Green Bay Packers
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Washington Redskins
Los Angeles Rams
Baltimore Ravens
Houston Texans
Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars
Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys
Cleveland Browns
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
New York Giants
Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins
New Orleans Saints