Every week fantasy owners have tough decisions to make. Whether it is who to start in their FLEX spot or if they should start a less quality player against a weaker defense. I will be giving my fantasy followers my solo rankings based on PPR scoring. As an added bonus I will explain my favorite match up for each position. If you have more specific questions regarding fantasy football and my rankings, ask me on twitter (@MikeSports22) and as always happy hunting fantasy friends.

For fantasy owners who won their league championship last week, congratulations. For fantasy owners with their fantasy championship this week be sure to consistently check to see which teams will play their starters just the first half or not at all this week.

Breaking Football’s Week 17 Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent
1 Tom Brady Patriots vs Jets
2 Jared Goff Rams vs 49ers
3 Ben Roethlisberger Steelers vs Browns
4 Kirk Cousins Redskins at Giants
5 Cam Newton Panthers at Falcons
6 Matthew Stafford Lions vs Packers
7 Russell Wilson Seahawks vs Cardinals
8 Philip Rivers Chargers vs Raiders
9 Jameis Winston Buccaneers vs Saints
10 Drew Brees Saints at Buccaneers
11 Tyrod Taylor Bills at Dolphins
12 Jimmy Garoppolo 49ers at Rams
13 Matt Ryan Falcons vs Panthers
14 Jacoby Brissett Colts vs Texans
15 T.J. Yates Texans at Colts
16 Dak Prescott Cowboys at Eagles
17 Case Keenum Vikings vs Bears
18 Jay Cutler Dolphins vs Bills
19 Joe Flacco Ravens vs Bengals
20 Derek Carr Raiders at Chargers

My Favorite Quarterback Matchup

Jared Goff vs 49ers: Despite a second straight week where Todd Gurley went off for fantasy owners, Goff scored 25.4 fantasy points against the Titans. Now this week Goff faces the 49ers who rank 31st in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up an average of 19.2 fantasy points per game. Back in week three, Goff scored 23.6 fantasy points against the 49ers. Furthermore, over their last three games the 49ers are allowing opposing quarterbacks to average 20.3 fantasy points per game.

Running Backs
Rank Name Team Opponent
1 Todd Gurley II Rams vs 49ers
2 Le’Veon Bell Steelers vs Browns
3 Alvin Kamara Saints at Buccaneers
4 Mark Ingram Saints at Buccaneers
5 Melvin Gordon Chargers vs Raiders
6 Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys at Eagles
7 LeSean McCoy Bills at Dolphins
8 Kenyan Drake Dolphins vs Bills
9 Devonta Freeman Falcons vs Panthers
10 Carlos Hyde 49ers at Rams
11 Jamaal Williams Packers at Lions
12 Derrick Henry Titans vs Jaguars
13 Dion Lewis Patriots vs Jets
14 Alex Collins Ravens vs Bengals
15 Christian McCaffrey Panthers at Falcons
16 Theo Riddick Lions vs Packers
17 Latavius Murray Vikings vs Bears
18 Jordan Howard Bears at Vikings
19 Wayne Gallman Giants vs Redskins
20 Lamar Miller Texans at Colts
21 Marshawn Lynch Raiders at Chargers
22 Bilal Powell Jets at Patriots
23 C.J. Anderson Broncos vs Chiefs
24 Peyton Barber Buccaneers vs Saints
25 Duke Johnson Jr. Browns at Steelers
26 Jerick McKinnon Vikings vs Bears
27 James White Patriots vs Jets
28 T.J. Yeldon Jaguars at Titans
29 Akeem Hunt Chiefs at Broncos
30 Isaiah Crowell Browns at Steelers
31 Giovani Bernard Bengals at Ravens
32 Samaje Perine Redskins at Giants
33 Frank Gore Colts vs Texans
34 Corey Clement Eagles vs Cowboys
35 Mike Davis Seahawks vs Cardinals
36 Danny Woodhead Ravens vs Bengals
37 Joe Mixon Bengals at Ravens
38 Matt Forte Jets at Patriots
39 Tevin Coleman Falcons vs Panthers
40 Kerwynn Williams Cardinals at Seahawks

My Favorite Running Back Matchup

Derrick Henry vs Jaguars: Last week against the Rams normal starter DeMarco Murray left the game with a knee injury and isn’t expected to play this week. Assuming Murray misses the game, Henry should get plenty of touches given how the team won’t want to test the Jaguars great cornerback duo. While the Jaguars rank 13th in the league against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 23.4 fantasy points per game, the volume for Henry should be more than enough to finish as a top 12 running back this week.

Wide Receivers
Rank Name Team Opponent
1 Michael Thomas Saints at Buccaneers
2 DeAndre Hopkins Texans at Colts
3 Keenan Allen Chargers vs Raiders
4 Julio Jones Falcons vs Panthers
5 Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals at Seahawks
6 A.J. Green Bengals at Ravens
7 Marvin Jones Jr. Lions vs Packers
8 Jarvis Landry Dolphins vs Bills
9 Brandin Cooks Patriots vs Jets
10 JuJu Smith-Schuster Steelers vs Browns
11 Adam Thielen Vikings vs Bears
12 Mike Evans Buccaneers vs Saints
13 Doug Baldwin Seahawks vs Cardinals
14 Dez Bryant Cowboys at Eagles
15 Golden Tate Lions vs Packers
16 Jamison Crowder Redskins at Giants
17 T.Y. Hilton Colts vs Texans
18 Marquise Goodwin 49ers at Rams
19 Davante Adams Packers at Lions
20 Robert Woods Rams vs 49ers
21 Stefon Diggs Vikings vs Bears
22 Sterling Shepard Giants vs Redskins
23 Cooper Kupp Rams vs 49ers
24 Demaryius Thomas Broncos vs Chiefs
25 Mohamed Sanu Falcons vs Panthers
26 Devin Funchess Panthers at Falcons
27 Robby Anderson Jets at Patriots
28 Josh Doctson Redskins at Giants
29 Josh Gordon Browns at Steelers
30 Sammy Watkins Rams vs 49ers
31 Martavis Bryant Steelers vs Browns
32 DeVante Parker Dolphins vs Bills
33 Kelvin Benjamin Bills at Dolphins
34 Ryan Grant Redskins at Giants
35 Ted Ginn Jr. Saints at Buccaneers
36 Amari Cooper Raiders at Chargers
37 Michael Crabtree Raiders at Chargers
38 Mike Wallace Ravens vs Bengals
39 Paul Richardson Seahawks vs Cardinals
40 Randall Cobb Packers at Lions
41 Danny Amendola Patriots vs Jets
42 Rishard Matthews Titans vs Jaguars
43 Kenny Stills Dolphins vs Bills
44 DeSean Jackson Buccaneers vs Saints
45 Corey Davis Titans vs Jaguars
46 Chris Godwin Buccaneers vs Saints
47 Trent Taylor 49ers at Rams
48 Dede Westbrook Jaguars at Titans
49 Keelan Cole Jaguars at Titans
50 Nelson Agholor Eagles vs Cowboys

My Favorite Wide Receiver Matchup

Marvin Jones Jr. vs Packers: After a hot six game stretch averaging 20.1 fantasy points per game, Jones has come back down to earth over his last four games; averaging 10.5 fantasy points per game. However, this week Jones faces the Packers who rank 25th in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 34.3 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, Jones is averaging 28.9 fantasy points per game over his last three games verse the Packers, including 29.7 fantasy points back in week nine.

Tight Ends
Rank Name Team Opponent
1 Rob Gronkowski Patriots vs Jets
2 Evan Engram Giants vs Redskins
3 Greg Olsen Panthers at Falcons
4 Jack Doyle Colts vs Texans
5 Vernon Davis Redskins at Giants
6 Jimmy Graham Seahawks vs Cardinals
7 Antonio Gates Chargers vs Raiders
8 Delanie Walker Titans vs Jaguars
9 Trey Burton Eagles vs Cowboys
10 Kyle Rudolph Vikings vs Bears
11 Eric Ebron Lions vs Packers
12 Charles Clay Bills at Dolphins
13 Jason Witten Cowboys at Eagles
14 Vance McDonald Steelers vs Browns
15 Jared Cook Raiders at Chargers
16 Benjamin Watson Ravens vs Bengals
17 Cameron Brate Buccaneers vs Saints
18 Demetrius Harris Chiefs at Broncos
19 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jets at Patriots
20 Austin Hooper Falcons vs Panthers

My Favorite Tight End Matchup

Antonio Gates vs Raiders: After having just seven catches over his previous seven games, Gates had six catches for 81 yards and 20.1 fantasy points Sunday verse the Jets; all season highs. With Hunter Henry out for the season, Gates steps back into his starting tight end role. Meanwhile, the Raiders rank 28th in the league against opposing tight ends, giving up an average of 14.4 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, over their last four games the Raiders have allowed opposing tight ends to score an average of 18.6 fantasy points per game.

Rank Team Opponent
1 Vikings vs Bears
2 Steelers vs Browns
3 Patriots vs Jets
4 Ravens vs Bengals
5 Broncos vs Chiefs
6 Chargers vs Raiders
7 Lions vs Packers
8 Redskins at Giants
9 Bills at Dolphins
10 Dolphins vs Bills
11 Seahawks vs Cardinals
12 Titans vs Jaguars
13 Chiefs vs Broncos
14 Colts vs Texans
15 Jaguars at Titans

My Favorite Defense/Special Teams Matchup

Vikings vs Bears: With the Eagles win on Monday night, the Vikings can no longer get the number one seed in the NFC playoffs, however they do have to win on Sunday to lock up a first round bye. Over their last two weeks, the Vikings D/ST is averaging 15.5 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Bears rank 26th in the league against opposing D/STs, giving up an average of 9.1 fantasy points per game. However, over their last two games opposing D/STs are averaging 10 fantasy points per game against the Bears offense.

Rank Name Team Opponent
1 Justin Tucker Ravens vs Bengals
2 Stephen Gostkowski Patriots vs Jets
3 Chris Boswell Steelers vs Browns
4 Matt Prater Lions vs Packers
5 Wil Lutz Saints at Buccaneers
6 Robbie Gould 49ers at Rams
7 Josh Lambo Jaguars at Titans
8 Jake Elliott Eagles vs Cowboys
9 Harrison Butker Chiefs at Broncos
10 Kai Forbath Vikings vs Bears
11 Matt Bryant Falcons vs Panthers
12 Adam Vinatieri Colts vs Texans

My Favorite Kicker Matchup

Chris Boswell vs Browns: Boswell is averaging 11.1 fantasy points per game at Heinz Field this season. Furthermore, over his last six games, Boswell is averaging 12.3 fantasy points per game. Meanwhile, the Browns rank 20th in the league against opposing kickers, giving up an average of 8.1 fantasy points per game. Furthermore, the Browns have allowed opposing kickers to score 10 or more fantasy points in three of their last five games.

About The Author Mike Fanelli

Mike is a former journalism major who spent all four years in high school working for the school newspaper. At 26 years old, he is happy to write for Breaking Football as it gives him a platform to get his fantasy football takes and sports opinions out there.