Welcome all you wild and crazy fake footballers to week 17 of the fantasy football season. Many of you aren’t in leagues that play 17 weeks, but a few of you are and I’m guessing there are plenty who are in daily leagues. I’ve been playing daily leagues since they came out and I actually like them more than yearly leagues. You don’t have to worry about winning your league in total points and not making the playoffs or an injury hurting your team for the whole season or getting stuck in a league with a egomaniacal commissioner for the year and so on and on. Oh, and you get to play in week 17! Which is also awesome as all get out. So I put together a Week 17 league for us fake footballers. It’s a 20 team league with a $2 buy-in. Good luck!
For some help with decisions this week we have Asher Molk’s Motivation Station, which looks at what teams and players might be motivated to play well this weekend, Kevin Robert’s Last Second Decisions, with some matchup and injury news, and our Week 17 Staff Rankings hereabouts just below here abouts. Read them, live them, love them!
This week we get a chance to see Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson go for 2,000 total yards, which is pretty darn cool. I think both have a pretty good shot. Purple Jesus is going to have a hard time topping Eric Dickerson’s record, but it is certainly in the realm of possibility and if he were to break the record while helping his team get into the playoffs, well, that would be awesome and it would be tough not to give him the MVP award. If he fails at both, I think Peyton Manning probably has it wrapped up. Before Peterson’s crazy numbers in the second half of the season, I was completely on the Manning for MVP wagon. I think J.J. Watt, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers all have good enough resumes this season as well. This year is one of the few seasons where I’m somewhat interested in who becomes MVP.
The playoff scenarios leave many teams still playing for seeding position and/or whether they make it into the playoffs at all. The only teams that have absolutely nothing to play for are the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, and Cincinnati Bengals. The rest either are out of it, so it doesn’t matter if their players legs get snapped in two or they are playing for a higher seed or at least to keep themselves from dropping, which is kind of the same thing I guess. Here is a good overview of the playoff scenarios.
Good luck in all your endeavors this week! And ask any questions in the comments if you are so inclined.