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The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 17 Start/Sit List: Offense

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Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 17 Start/Sit offense list!


We made it, championship week is finally here! I sincerely hope this weekly article series has helped you earn a spot in your leagues’ Championship matchup! I encourage you to be mindful of the new Covid-19 protocols as that may change some players’ eligibility for playing this weekend. Without games on Thursday or Saturday, we will have an optimal amount of time to make the best lineup decisions possible.

We are, generally speaking, looking at another week of starting your studs as long as they are healthy. There are two running back situations worth monitoring throughout the rest of the week and weekend. The James Conner/Chase Edmonds and Elijah Mitchell/Jeff Wilson conundrums will make for hairy situations if both sets of RBs are active. Beyond that, there are pretty clear cut situations to consider as far as start and sits decisions go.

I have the entire NFL week 17 slate covered using the lineup optimization confidence system which is explained below.

 

The “Trust, If You Must, and Bust” System:

Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

  1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
  2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
  3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
  4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury/Covid-19 reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!


Sunday Early Afternoon Slate
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team
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Eagles

TrustJalen Hurts QB, DeVonta Smith WR, Dallas Goedert TE

If You Must – Boston Scott RB, Jordan Howard RB (if active)

BustKenneth Gainwell RB

Football Team

If You Must – Antonio Gibson RB, Terry McLaurin WR

BustTaylor Heinicke QB

Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills
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Falcons

TrustKyle Pitts TE, Cordarrelle Patterson RB

If You MustMatt Ryan QB, Russell Gage WR

Bust – Mike Davis RB

Bills

TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE

If You MustDevin Singletary RB, Cole Beasley WR, Gabriel Davis WR Emmanuel Sanders WR

BustMatt Breida RB, Zack Moss RB

 

New York Giants at Chicago Bears
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Giants

If You MustSaquon Barkley RB, Evan Engram TE

Bust–  Kenny Golladay WR, Kadarius Toney WR, Darius Slayton WR

Bears

Trust – David Montgomery RB, Darnell Mooney WR

If You Must – Justin Fields QB, Cole Kmet TE

BustAllen Robinson WR (if active)

Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals
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Chiefs

TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR, Travis Kelce TE (if active)

If You MustDarrel Williams RB (TRUST if Edwards-Helaire inactive), Mecole Hardman WR

Bust
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB (if active)

Bengals

TrustJoe Burrow QB,  Ja’Marr Chase WR, Tee Higgins WR, Joe Mixon RB

If You MustTyler Boyd WR, C.J. Uzomah TE

 

Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans
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Dolphins

TrustMike Gesicki TE, Jaylen Waddle WR

If You MustTua Tagovailoa QB, DeVante Parker WR, Duke Johnson RB, Myles Gaskin RB

Titans

Trust –  A.J. Brown WR, Ryan Tannehill QB

If You MustDontrell Hilliard RB, D’Onta Foreman RB, Julio Jones WR (if active), Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR (if active)

BustJeremy McNichols RB

 

Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts
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Raiders

TrustJosh Jacobs RB, Hunter Renfrow WR

If You Must – Derek Carr QB, Foster Moreau TE

Bust Zay Jones WR, Bryan Edwards WR (if active)

Colts

TrustJonathan Taylor RB, Michael Pittman WR

If You MustCarson Wentz QB (if active), Nyheim Hines RB, T.Y. Hilton WR

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
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Jaguars

If You MustMarvin Jones WR

Bust Trevor Lawrence QB, Dare Ogunbowale RB

Patriots

TrustHunter Henry TE, Damien Harris RB

If You MustRhamondre Stevenson RB (if active), Jakobi Meyers WR, Mac Jones QB

BustJonnu Smith TE, Nelson Agholor WR, Kendrick Bourne WR

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets
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Buccaneers

Trust – Tom Brady QB, Mike Evans WR (if active), Ronald Jones RB, Antonio Brown WR, Rob Gronkowski TE

Jets

If You MustMichael Carter RB

BustZach Wilson QB

 

Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens
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Rams

Trust –  Matthew Stafford QB, Cooper Kupp WR, Sony Michel RB, Odell Beckham Jr. WR, Van Jefferson WR

If You MustTyler Higbee TE

Ravens

TrustLamar Jackson QB (if active), Mark Andrews TE, Marquise Brown WR, Devonta Freeman RB

If You MustRashod Bateman WR

Bust – Latavius Murray RB, Sammy Watkins WR

 

Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers
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Broncos

If You MustJavonte Williams RB, Jerry Jeudy WR, Noah Fant TE, Melvin Gordon RB (if active), Courtland Sutton WR, Tim Patrick WR (if active)

BustDrew Lock QB

Chargers

TrustJustin Herbert QB, Austin Ekeler RB (if active), Keenan Allen WR, Mike Williams WR (if active)

If You MustJared Cook TE, Jalen Guyton WR/Josh Palmer WR (if Williams is inactive), Justin Jackson RB (TRUST if Ekeler inactive)

Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers
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Texans

TrustBrandin Cooks WR

If You MustRex Burkhead RB (if Johnson is inactive)

BustDavid Johnson RB (if active), Davis Mills QB, Nico Collins WR

49ers

TrustGeorge Kittle TE, Deebo Samuel WR, Jeff Wilson RB (if Mitchell inactive), Elijah Mitchell RB (if active)

If You MustTrey Lance QB, Brandon Aiyuk WR

 

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys
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Cardinals

TrustKyler Murray QB, Chase Edmonds RB (if Conner inactive), Zach Ertz TE, Christian Kirk WR

If You MustJames Conner RB (if active), Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR

Cowboys

TrustDak Prescott QB, Amari Cooper WR, CeeDee Lamb WR, Ezekiel Elliott RB, Dalton Schultz TE

If You MustTony Pollard RB, Michael Gallup WR

Bust Cedrick Wilson WR

 

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
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Panthers

Trust –  D.J. Moore WR

If You MustRobby Anderson WR

BustChuba Hubbard RB, Sam Darnold QB

Saints

TrustAlvin Kamara RB, Taysom Hill QB

If You MustMark Ingram RB,  Marquez Callaway WR, TreQuan Smith WR

 

Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
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Lions

TrustD’Andre Swift RB (if active), Amon-Ra St. Brown WR

If You MustJamaal Williams RB (TRUST if Swift is inactive), Jared Goff QB (if active)

Seahawks

TrustRussell Wilson QB, D.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR, Rashaad Penny RB

If You MustGerald Everett TE


Sunday Night Football

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
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Vikings

TrustKirk Cousins QB, Dalvin Cook RB (if active), Justin Jefferson WR

If You MustAlexander Mattison RB (TRUST if Dalvin Cook is inactive) Tyler Conklin TE, K. J. Osborn WR

Packers

TrustAaron Rodgers QB, Davante Adams WR, Aaron Jones RB

If You Must AJ Dillon RB, Allen Lazard WR, Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR (if active)


Monday Night Football

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
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Browns

TrustNick Chubb RB,  Jarvis Landry WR

If You MustBaker Mayfield QB, Kareem Hunt RB (if active) Donovan Peoples-Jones WR

BustD’Ernest Johnson RB, Austin Hooper TE, Rashard Higgins WR

Steelers

TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, Chase Claypool WR, Pat Freiermuth TE (if active)

If You MustBen Roethlisberger QB

 

Good luck with your Week 17 start/sit offense selections, enjoy the games, have fun, and get that trophy!


Thank you for reading my NFL Week 17 Start/Sit list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me
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