Kevin Hanson joins SI for the 2019 season. His fantasy rankings have placed him in the Top 20 in each of the past two seasons among all the industry experts tracked by FantasyPros.com, and he has been in the Top 25 in six of the past eight years.
QB Start of the Week: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (at HOU)
If you want to live on the edge, create a Week 17 lineup on Tuesday or Wednesday and never change it. Earlier this week, my QB Start of the Week was Jared Goff, who could have had a chance to light up a generous Cardinals defense once again. At this point, however, it’s fair to wonder how much, if at all, Goff will play in a meaningless matchup.
The Titans control their own destiny, as a win over the Texans on Sunday will clinch a playoff berth, so we know that we will get a full game from Tannehill. Against the Texans a couple of weeks ago, he threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns and added a touchdown on the ground as well. It wasn’t just Tannehill that had a good performance against the Texans, as they have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Including both rushing and passing scores, Tannehill has accounted for multiple touchdowns in nine consecutive starts. During that nine-game stretch, he has thrown 20 touchdowns (and only five interceptions) while rushing for four more scores.
QB Sit of the Week: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (at KC)
Keeping in the spirit of the holidays and saying something nice about Rivers, only Jameis Winston (4,908) and Dak Prescott (4,599) have thrown for more yards this season than Rivers (4,334). And he hasn’t thrown as many interceptions as Winston (28). Nobody has, but Rivers has come as close as any other quarterback with 18.
Not only has Rivers thrown the second-most interceptions over his past eight seasons, he has a 12-year low in passing touchdowns (21). Even though he racked up 353 passing yards against the Chiefs in Week 11, he threw four interceptions that week. Rivers has thrown three or more picks in three of his past six games.
Week 17 fantasy football quarterback rankings:
QB1: Patrick Mahomes, KC vs LAC
QB2: Drew Brees, NO @ CAR
QB3: Jameis Winston, TB vs ATL
QB4: Dak Prescott, DAL vs WAS
QB5: Matt Ryan, ATL @ TB
QB6: Aaron Rodgers, GB @ DET
QB7: Ryan Tannehill, TEN @ HOU
QB8: Tom Brady, NE vs MIA
QB9: Deshaun Watson, HOU vs TEN
QB10: Russell Wilson, SEA vs SF
QB11: Carson Wentz, PHI @ NYG
QB12: Jared Goff, LAR vs ARI
QB13: Daniel Jones, NYG vs PHI
QB14: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ SEA
QB15: Kyler Murray, ARI @ LAR
QB16: Andy Dalton, CIN vs CLE
QB17: Baker Mayfield, CLE @ CIN
QB18: Gardner Minshew, JAC vs IND
QB19: Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ NE
QB20: Jacoby Brissett, IND @ JAC
QB21: Mitch Trubisky, CHI @ MIN
QB22: Philip Rivers, LAC @ KC
QB23: Josh Allen, BUF vs NYJ
QB24: Drew Lock, DEN vs OAK
QB25: Derek Carr, OAK @ DEN