Fantasy Focus Review: Week 17 Fantasy Football

And Week 17 comes and it goes, and it leaves me at the top. I dominated the rankings this week, as my old uncle finished a lengthy fourth, while Josh and Ryan tied for 3rd – haha – A trio of top spots in the rankings gave me the final gold. Hope you enjoyed the new and improved focus! Here’s how the rest of the fantasy focus found its way….

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Elite Starters: Guys picked early that I love this week…

1. Ray Rice –Somebody went off against the Raiders, it just wasn’t Ray. Willis McGahee made the most of his time, going for 34 fantasy points and #2 RB in Week 17, Ray still had 12 fantasy points with 70 rushing yards… C-
2. Chris Johnson–  CJ finished 3rd amongst RBs, but this guy had 4000 carries in the last 10 weeks, careful next year folks… A
3. Jonathan Stewart – J-Stew was 11th ranked RB in Week 17, a nice day in limited duty. 18 points.  A-
4. Jay Cutler – Cutler finished out of the top spot by a single point, just one behind Brett, great finish. A+
5. Miles Austin– 16 fantasy points, 13th WR this week, in a big win for the Cowboys. B

Solid Starters: Guys picked in middle rounds that should outplay their ranking/draft position this week…

1. DeSean Jackson –Just 7 fantasy points for Jackson in the Boys beatdown of the Eagles. Yuck. I bet he has a lot more next week… F
2. Carnell Williams– Caddy finished the season well, 21st RB in Week 17, a solid total, plus he finished the season healthy for the first time in a long time. C+
3. Santonio Holmes – Just five points for Holmes, as Hines was the main guy getting the rock in that win. F
4. Hines Ward – 22nd WR this week for Hines with 14 fantasy points, a nice final week in a great season for him. B+
5. Sydney Rice – Sidney blew up on the dying Giants, finishing 2nd amongst WRs with 29 fantasy points.  A+

Sleeper Starters: Guys ranked low, drafted low or not at all, but I still like them this week…

1. Jerome Harrison –#8 overall, this guy has carried a double load over the last 3 games, maybe that’s because Magini realizes how stupid he was for not giving Jerome the ball earlier. A+
2. Matt Forte – Matt finished 14th amongst RBs with 15 fantasy points, a solid day to end a tough year. B+
3. Arian Foster– 4th RB this week, 28 fantasy points for the former Vol, helped me place in the money… A+
4. Quentin Ganther– Ganther was a miss again as Roc Cartwright was the lead ball carrier in that backfield. F
5. Devin Aromashadu– Two touchdowns helped the youngsters cause, I think we’ll remember the end of this year as the start of Devin’s legit productions as a #2 WR with upside… A+

Super Sleepers for Playoff Push…

1. Donald Brown – Mike Hart got the carries, as Brown didn’t do much with his 4 early carries, not gaining a single yard. F-
2. Sammy Morris –Sammy wasn’t the hot back, and suddenly it was Fred Taylor getting the goal line carries. F
3. Shonn Greene –He had solid production for 14 carries, 62 yards, but no touchdown made him very mediocre. C-
4. Greg Camarillo – Another disappointing day for Greg, got me again. F

Sit ‘Em Son: I don’t care where they were drafted, I don’t like these guys starting this week…

1. Colts Starters– Colts starters were all worth sitting, maybe Dallas Clark was worth a play… A
2. Patriots Starters– No normal Pats fantasy studs went off, but Randy had 5 grabs for 75 yards. Justin Edelman came on after Welker’s injury to go over 100 yards on 10 catches. Fred Taylor had 2 touchdowns. Medium day, and Brady did nothing. B+
3. Bengals Starters – Well, a lot of them played, but I couldn’t have been more right on this one. A+
4. Saints Starters – You bet. It was time to rest for the Saints, all the way to 13-3… A+
5. Packers Starters– I missed here. All the guys had decent days, nobody went off, but Grant had 2 touchdowns, Rodgers threw for 235 and a touchdown, just mediocre days for guys aside from Grant. B-

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***I’m Done!!!***


Who did we miss? Always some big surprises by years’ end, and while we missed a couple of those, I think we missed a couple easy ones too…

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (4th – taking advantage of the Colts youngsters), Aaron Rodgers (9th) Daunte Culpepper (10th – nice having old baby-hands in the Top 10 again, the guy has had some tough luck, that’s for sure)

RB: Jamaal Charles (1st, the cat goes for 256 yard rushing and isn’t on a single list, awesome), Willis McGahee (2nd, I thought Rice would have a huge day, right team, wrong back), Fred Jackson (3rd, looks like I was a week early, Jackson also busted over 200 yards on the ground), Arian Foster (4th, I liked him as a sleeper, but looks like he was even better than that), Knowshon Moreno (7th, despite losing to the Chiefs, Moreno did work, scoring 2 TDs and having his best fantasy day of the season), Jason Snelling (10th, the cat runs hard, no doubt)

WR: Jabar Gaffney (1st, the guy had one hell of a day in the Broncos loss), Malcom Floyd (3rd, Floyd was Volek’s main target), Julian Edelman (5th, Welker went down, Edelman stepped in and produced very well), Devon Bess (7th, good day for the highest scoring Dolphins WR), Patrick Crayton (7th, good day all around), Jacoby Jones (9th, a big drop but an even bigger catch highlighted Jones’ big day)

TE: Zach Miller (1st, the Jacksonville version of the name put up 26 fantasy points to lead all TEs), Joel Dreessen (3rd, doing his best Owen Daniels impersonation, Joel put up a 20 spot in the Jags big loss)

D/ST: Buffalo Bills (4th – took advantage of those Colts back-ups), Cowboys (6th, gave it to the Eagles real nice like)

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