Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Fantasy Football Week 17 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Matthew Stafford could be a league-winning play

Fantasy Football Week 17 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Matthew Stafford could be a league-winning play

Who you want in your Week 17 lineup as Fantasy playoffs intensify

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Tuesday night we got the sad news that NFL legend John Madden passed away at the age of 85. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, Madden “was football.”

Madden was known as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and a broadcaster who worked for every major network, including CBS (1979-93). He also was the face of the “Madden NFL” video game franchise.

If you started watching the NFL around the time when I did in the mid-80s, Madden felt like a member of your family. Brett Favre said Madden “narrated” his career. Madden also narrated my love for football.

Watching and reading all the tributes about him this week have been amazing and nostalgic, and you can see how many current and former players loved and respected Madden. I’m sure many of you feel the same. There was nothing like hearing him say “boom” after a big hit or play.

I’ll be thinking about Madden a lot this weekend as the action unfolds. Hopefully you will as well. Let’s hope, for his sake, we get some great games and quality football in the championship week for most Fantasy leagues. And good luck to all of you competing for a title.

Editor’s Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.

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Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em

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Matthew Stafford might have cost many of you a shot at competing for a Fantasy championship this week. He was bad in the past two games against Seattle and Minnesota, and he comes into Week 17 having combined for just 26 Fantasy points in those two outings.

But if you advanced to the title game in spite of Stafford, you should stick with him against Baltimore. Prior to his past two clunkers, Stafford had scored at least 28 Fantasy points in three games in a row, and he should return to that level this week. He has a tremendous matchup against the Ravens, and I expect Stafford to perform like a top-five Fantasy quarterback once again.

Baltimore is No. 3 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks for the season. The Ravens have allowed Aaron Rodgers and Joe Burrow to score a combined 75 Fantasy points in the past two games, and Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton, Kirk Cousins, Carson Wentz and Derek Carr have all scored at least 20 Fantasy points against Baltimore this season.

Stafford should snap out of his two-game funk, even on the road. He has scored at least 21 Fantasy points in five of eight road games this season, including four games with at least 28 points. I’m counting on Sean McVay to lean on Stafford as the catalyst of the offense against this beat-up Baltimore secondary.

He might have let you down the past two games. But if you’re still alive in your Fantasy championship with Stafford then he should do his part to help you win a title with a big game against the Ravens in Week 17.

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(Bills vs. ATL): The Bills defense could be awesome this week against the Falcons. Atlanta has scored 20 points or less in three of its past four games, and the Falcons have allowed six sacks in the past two outings against the 49ers and Lions. Atlanta also has a four-game streak of losing a fumble coming into Week 17.  

  • Eagles (at WAS)
  • Bears (vs. NYG)
  • Saints (vs. CAR)

Packers (vs. MIN): The Packers defense was great in Week 16 against Cleveland with five sacks and four interceptions, and Kirk Cousins is always capable of imploding in a prime-time game. But he also handled himself well against Green Bay in Week 11, and Minnesota had no turnovers and gave up just two sacks in that matchup while scoring 34 points. I would consider the Packers DST just a low-end starting option this week in most leagues.

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