Week 17 Fantasy Blog

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If you can't set some time aside and watch the games today, don't worry. I will recap the action as it happens right here for the final week of fantasy football. If you play your championship this week, remember to double and triple-check whether or not your starters are playing.

Good luck in Week 17!


Alvin Kamara

Latavius Murray

Hunter Henry

Keenan Allen

Christian Kirk

Tyler Kroft

Ben Roethlisberger

Carlos Hyde

Eric Ebron

Jared Goff

Cooper Kupp

Darrell Henderson

Deebo Samuel

Brandon Aiyuk

Damien Harris

Dallas Goedert

DeSean Jackson

Miles Sanders

Dalvin Cook

Tyreek Hill

Sammy Watkins

Patrick Mahomes

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Cole Beasley

Julio Jones

KJ Hamler

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Kenny Golladay

Harrison Bryant

Jimmy Garoppolo

La’Mical Perine

Frank Gore

James Robinson

D.J. Chark

Golden Tate

Willie Snead

Evan Engram

Kyle Rudolph

Duke Johnson

Mike Davis

Larry Fitzgerald

Jordan Wilkins

4:25 PM EST Final Scores

Packers 35 - Bears 16

Raiders 32 - Broncos 31

Jaguars 14 - Colts 28

Chargers 38 - Chiefs 21

Cardinals 7 - Rams 18

Seahawks 31- 49ers 26

Saints 33 - Panthers 7

Titans 41 - Texans 38

(7:46) While it may not be nearly as exciting as the Titans-Texans game, the Raiders only need a touchdown and an extra point to tie the game against the Broncos. They are facing fourth and goal with 27 seconds left on the one-yard line. RB Josh Jacobs rushing in the touchdown. The Raiders are going for the win instead of the tie.

Wait. Why did Denver call the time out? The Raiders were about to be in big trouble with the play clock winding down and no play called for Las Vegas. This was the second time in a row that HC Vic Fangio called a time out to give the Raiders some extra time.

Carr hits TE Darren Waller (no surprise) for the two-point conversion. The Broncos have 27 seconds left to make some magic. Remember, Jerry Jeudy scored a 92-yard touchdown earlier in the game. Anything is possible. A field goal can win this game. Brandon McManus' 63-yard attempt is ... wait, 63-yards?... well, it's blocked. Raiders end their season with a win.

(7:35) Wow! Tannehill just let loose and hit WR A.J. Brown on a 54-yard reception with ten seconds left to go. Their normal kicker, Stephen Gostkowski is not active in this game, instead, it's Sam Sloman in for the 37-yard field goal attempt and the win with four seconds left. Sloman's kick... iced. The kick was good, by the way. His second attempt... GOOD... OFF THE UPRIGHT AND IN! You can't make this up! Titans win 41-38 and are AFC South Champs. WHAT?1?!

(7:28) The refs took a long look at a catch by Brandin Cooks but the call (ruled a catch) stood as called. There are 48 seconds left to go in this game with the Titans up by three. Watson hits Keke Coutee for a 29-yard play to get them near the red zone. A field goal will tie the game. The last time that happened, the Titans won the toss and the game was already over before overtime began, thanks to Derrick Henry and Watson knew it. Ka'imi Fairbairn's attempt at a 51-yard field goal is... GOOD! Tie game with 18 seconds left.

(7:26) Huge play by David Johnson for 32 yards. The Titans are struggling to contain this Watson-led offense. If the Titans lose they face the Bills in Buffalo. If they win, they play the Ravens at home in Nashville. That may need to be fact-checked.

(7:23) The 49ers are not giving up. RB Jeff Wilson scored his second touchdown in the game but it's too late to make a push with only 23 seconds left down 26-23 to the Seahawks.

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy exploded with a 92-yard touchdown against the Raiders. They now lead 31-24.

(7:18) Tannehill was held up just short of the goal line in a good defensive stance by the Texans who are ahead 35-31. Tannehill takes it again but an illegal formation penalty wiped out the score. I guess an offensive lineman wasn't on the line of scrimmage? How nitpicking. That was a big, big penalty. That backed them up five yards and Tannehill was nearly intercepted on the next play. Not to be denied, Tannehill takes it himself yet again and this time gets in for a legitimate score. The Titans take the lead with 1:42 left to go.

(7:15) RB Alex Collins, who took Irish dancing classes to help him with footwork, gets in the end zone with a little jig to celebrate. The Seahawks lead 26-16 with under two minutes.

(7:11) Seahawks forced a turnover on the 49ers and they take back over on San Francisco's 17-yard line.

(7:09) Jonathan Taylor is kicking butt and taking names. He has 241 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Rodgers to Davante Adams for a touchdown, like we haven't heard that before. Homefield advantage for the Packers.

(7:06) Derrick Henry HAS REACHED 2,000 YARDS RUSHING.

(7:04) Tyler Lockett got his second touchdown on his 100th reception on the season. The Seahawks take the lead 19-16 over the 49ers.

(6:58) Deshaun Watson is driving back down the field on the Titans trailing 28-31. Watson's pass to Pharaoh Brown results in a touchdown to take the lead.

Aaron Rodgers is in scoring position to wrap up their matchup against the Bears. RB Aaron Jones rushed in the touchdown to take the lead 28-16. The Bears are still alive if the Rams beat the Cardinals.

(6:56) Chad Henne tossed a short touchdown to Darwin Thompson to bring their score to 21-31 against the Chargers.

(6:47) After dramatically re-entering the game, Murray has been driving down the field thanks to a long pass to TE Dan Arnold. Murray is brought down behind the line of scrimmage on first and goal. Murray goes down again on the next play. Yikes. Jalen Ramsey broke up the next play in the red zone with no flags (probably should have been) and the Cardinals go for a field goal. The kick is BLOCKED. Wow!

Bears go for it on fourth and one with 11:42 to go against the Packers trailing 21-16. Instead of rushing David Montgomery for one yard, Trubisky passed and was nearly intercepted. The Bears turned it over on downs.

(6:40) Uh oh. Derrick Henry fumbled and the Texans get the ball back. David Johnson gets the touchdown for the Texans as they creep up on the Titans now 28-31.

Seattle WR Tyler Lockett finds the end zone for Seattle for their first touchdown.

Justin Herbert threw a deep pass to Mike Williams for a touchdown against the Chiefs.

WR Austin Carr scored a touchdown for the Saints who are up 32-7.

INJURY UPDATE: Kyler Murray is BACK ON THE FIELD as the Cardinals trail the Rams 18-7 with less than 14 minutes left to go.

(6:30) Deshaun Watson and Brandin Cooks are back at it again with a touchdown for the Texans. The Texans go for the two-point conversion is successful to Chad Hansen.

Jeff Wilson scored the first touchdown for the 49ers against the Seahawks and they now lead by ten 16-6.

Philip Rivers found Zach Pascal on a deep pass to get the Colts in scoring position but he is picked off.

(6:25) Derrick Henry pushed people out of his way in style to get the Titans to the five-yard line. The announcers called it bad tackling... I call it Derrick Henry. He is now only 22 yards shy of 2,000 and this is his third game of over 200 yards against the Texans. QB Ryan Tannehill rushed in the touchdown.

Teddy Bridgewater was benched and P.J. Walker took over, but he threw an interception. QB/TE/RB Taysom Hill rushed in the touchdown for the Saints. He has six carries for 40 yards and a touchdown so far with all of their running backs out due to COVID-19.

(6:22) A costly penalty by WR DeAndre Hopkins pushes the offense back to 2nd and 36 as they try to get some momentum going against the Rams. QB Kyler Murray is throwing the football on the sideline with no helmet on.

(6:14) More field goals for the Seahawks-49ers game. It's now 6-9 49ers all by field goals for both teams. George Kittle has six receptions for 63 yards so far.

Rams kicked a field goal to extend their lead by eight against the Cardinals.

Wow, that was a crazy catch by Laviska Shenault who hauled in his second touchdown of the game for Jaguars against the Colts. The Jaguars trail 14-20.

Bears have to kick a field goal but it brings the game within five points 21-16.

Houston WR Brandin Cooks hauled in a 38-yard touchdown from Deshaun Watson. They trail the Titans 24-15.

(6:10) Derrick Henry walked into the end zone against the Texans. He has 135 yards and two touchdowns so far today.

(6:03) Lutz added another three points to extend the Saints' lead 19-7.

Rodrigo Blankenship missed another one, this one bounced right off the upright. He has made two successful field goals so far today.

(5:55) Holy moly, what a pass by Derek Carr! Rookie WR Bryan Edwards gets his first career touchdown on a 26-yard pass. They take the lead against the Broncos 17-10.

(5:52) Herbert's second attempt at a rushing touchdown was successful and the Chargers extend their lead against the Chiefs by ten points.

(5:46) Holy cow! Big pick-six for the Rams after a bad pass from Chris Streveler.

Laviska Shenault got in the end zone for a Jaguars touchdown against the Colts.

The Bears kicked another field goal to cut the Packers' lead to one score.

Colts K Rodrigo Blankenship's 56-yard field goal attempt on the Colts ensuing drive was no good, falling short. Right down the middle, but just not enough on it.

(5:43) Will Lutz added three for the Saints after missing the extra point earlier. New Orleans leads 16-7 over the Panthers.

(5:40) I haven't been ignoring the Seahawks-49ers game. Seattle is up 6-3 and it's been all field goals. Meh. Hopefully, that picks up.

(5:36) A touchdown was taken off the board for Herbert and the Chargers and the Chiefs take over on downs.

(5:30) Rodgers made it look easy with a touchdown pass to Dominique Dafney... sure, that makes sense. They lead the Bears 21-10.

(5:25) Derrick Henry broke off a 28-yard run to get the Titans near the goal line. QB Ryan Tannehill connected with WR A.J. Brown for the touchdown.

Holding in the end zone against the Cardinals gifted the Rams with two points and the ball back trailing only by two points now at 5-7.

(5:20) Drew Brees and the Saints go up by another seven against the Panthers with a touchdown strike to Emmanuel Sanders. They miss the extra point which is very much not like Will Lutz.

Rams RB Cam Akers was held short of the goal line and the Cardinals knock the ball loose. The Cardinals recovered on the one-yard line.

Bears TE Cole Kmet's catch may have come loose for a Packers' recovery but the play is under review. The call would stand and the Packers take over possession.

(5:16) Aaron Rodgers made short work of the Bears defense with a 72-yard touchdown to Marquez Valdez-Scantling.

TE Darrel Waller scored a touchdown for the Raiders, which isn't surprising. TE Troy Fumagalli scored a touchdown for the Broncos earlier and they are tied 10-10.

(5:14) QB Teddy Bridgewater was picked off in the red zone by the Saints Malcolm Jenkins.

(5:12) RB Jonathan Taylor got his second touchdown on the day for the Colts to extend their lead 16-0 against Jacksonville.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler ran in a touchdown on a reception from Herbert. They are now tied with the Chiefs 14-14.

(5:06) The Bears punted on fourth down but the Packers fumbled the kick. The Bears took back over on offense. They can't capitalize and have to settle for a field goal after Green Bay's defense holds.

Derrick Henry found the end zone already on a whopping 52-yard run.

Kansas City fumbled the punt and the Chargers take over on offense down. Chiefs' Darwin Thompson scored a one-yard touchdown earlier and the Chiefs lead 14-7.

(5:00) Packers TE Robert Tonyan scored a three-yard touchdown to tie the Bears 7-7.

(4:57) Backup QB John Wolford, who threw an interception earlier, connected with WR Robert Woods inside the ten-yard line. Cooper Kupp is on COVID-19 reserve for this game while Jared Goff is out after surgery on his broken thumb. Wolford was the starting quarterback for the AAF Hotshots.

(4:55) RB Rodney Smith, starting for Mike Davis who was starting for Christian McCaffrey, scored a touchdown for the Panthers who are now tied with the Saints 7-7.

(4:51) Colts almost scored again against Jacksonville but were called for an offensive facemask penalty which erased a Taylor rushing touchdown.

(4:45) Both the Raiders and the Titans settle for field goals.

(4:41) Bears strike first against the Packers with a touchdown by David Montgomery for two yards.

Raiders WR Nelson Agholor made a big catch on a long pass from Derek Carr to set them up in the red zone.

Justin Herbert connected with TE Donald Parham for a Chargers' touchdown against Kansas City. Parham made a nifty move to juke a defender and walk into the end zone.

(4:34) A couple of big plays happened. TE Jared Cook just scored for the Saints who are missing all of their running backs as well as Michale Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith.

Jonathan Taylor just busted off a 56-yard run.

Rams backup John Wolford was picked off which led to an Arizona touchdown by Jonathan Ward. The pass came from QB Chris Streveler who is in for an injured Kyler Murray who was spotted heading to the end zone.

INJURY UPDATE: Kyler Murray is headed to the locker room. He was banged up before the game with a leg injury.

WR T.Y. Hilton capitalized on the Taylor run with a touchdown for the Colts.

Broncos kicked a field goal... totally not as exciting as what just transpired.

Woooooo. That was a little crazy sequence.

(4:31) The Chiefs are sitting QB Patrick Mahomes so Chad Henne is starting and already scored a touchdown to TE Byron Pringle.

1:00 PM EST Final Scores

Dolphins 26 - Bills 56

Ravens 38 - Bengals 3

Steelers 22 - Browns 24

Vikings 37 - Lions 35

Jets 14 - Patriots 28

Cowboys 19 - Giants 23

Falcons 27 - Buccaneers 44

(4:09) Andy Dalton was picked off in the end zone after a desperation pass in the end zone. The Giants lead 23-19 with under two minutes. However, in an interesting twist, the Giants RB Wayne Gallman fumbled. Two different refs call different possessions, but they ultimately rule ... sorry, it's taking a while looking at this... Giants keep the football and can win the game. Barring anything weird. Again.

(4:00) Steelers went for the on-side kick but the Browns recovered it after a close call.

The Cowboys went for it on fourth down and QB Andy Dalton kept it himself for a rushing first down against the Giants.

Oh, and the Bills drop a 50-burger with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley to Gabriel Davis.

Baker Mayfield slid for a first down and the Browns will win this game against the Steelers. All of the Browns fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

(3:55) Josh Dobbs subbed in a QB for Mason Rudolph and Vance McDonalds gets the Steelers near the goal line on second down. Touchdown JuJu Smith-Schuster from Mason Rudolph! The Steelers will go for two to tie the game against the Browns whose fans are sweating right now. The two-point conversion is unsuccessful and the Browns lead by two with under two minutes to play.

(3:52) Sam Darnold threw an interception. Exciting, I know.

Graham Gano made a long field goal for the Giants and they lead by four points over the Cowboys.

D'Andre Swift got into the end zone for a Lions touchdown after Marvin Jones TD was taken off the board. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful so they could not tie the Vikings.

(3:50) A long pass from Mason Rudolph and an excellent catch by Diontae Johnson set the Steelers up to score. The Steelers trail 16-24 with 2:26 left to play.

(3:48) Chris Godwin gets another one for the Buccaneers. He has five receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns today and he leads Tampa's receivers in yards.

(3:46) The Browns apparently don't have a kicker so they had to go for it on fourth down ahead 24-16 but the pass was incomplete.

(3:44) Another touchdown for Marvin Jones! It was also another long pass from Matthew Stafford but the score is under review. They will try and go for two to tie the game against the Vikings. Well, never mind, the touchdown was taken off the board. I honestly think that's a terrible call, but oh well.

(3:38) We have a lot of multiple touchdown players today. Falcons TE Hayden Hurst got into the end zone again. Atlanta is giving Tampa a run for their fifth-seeding trailing by only three points 27-30.

(3:34) Mason Rudolph connected on a tough pass to WR Chase Claypool who is back in the game after a bad hit. He's had a Browns defender draped all over him on the last few attempts in the end zone but came up with the winner on that catch. The Steelers trail 16-24.

(3:30) Ronald Jones gets in the end zone against the Falcons. The Buccaneers have a ten-point lead 30-20.

Kirk Cousins got a chance to dance in the end zone with a one-yard rushing touchdown. Dan Bailey missed the extra point. Insert head slap emoji here.

(3:22) It seems like every time I look at the Cowboys-Giants game in the second half, the Cowboys are in the red zone and ready to score again. The passing game has gotten better this half after a slow start.

(3:20) The Browns are picking up speed in the second half after barely breathing to start the game. WR Jarvis Landry turned into a runner for a Browns' rushing touchdown. They lead the Steelers 24-9.

(3:14) Backup QB Tyler Huntley is in at QB for Lamar Jackson and they extend their already large margin by another touchdown courtesy of J.K. Dobbins, his second on the day.

(3:10) Trick play! Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers, who should be on the 2021 fantasy radar, threw a touchdown pass to QB Cam Newton.

Amari Cooper's touchdown was taken off the board in their matchup against the Giants, but RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed in a short touchdown.

Adrian Peterson also rushed in a short touchdown for the Lions.

Phew... lots of action within about two minutes.

(3:09) Bengals QB Brandon Allen threw a pick in the end zone against the Ravens. It was a pretty great catch by Marcus Peters.

(3:07) We had two simultaneous touchdowns receptions, one by Cowboys WR Amari Cooper and one by Browns TE Austin Hooper.

Tagovailoa threw a pick-six and the Bills are stretching their lead even further.

(3:02) Marquise Brown for the Ravens gets another touchdown and they have a commanding 31-3 lead over the Bengals.

Tom Brady's pass was tipped and the Falcons recovered trailing 17-23.

(2:57) Mason Rudolph is throwing some deep passes in the third quarter, including one to WR Chase Claypool who was banged up on the play is limping on the sideline. K Matthew Wright's kick is good and only one point stands between the Browns and the Steelers at 10-9.

(2:56) Wow - somehow QB Matt Ryan threaded the needle to WR Russell Gage for a Falcons touchdown.

(2:53) The Dolphins are down by three scores in a must-win game against the Bills. They elect to go for it on fourth down but Tua Tagovailoa's pass is incomplete to DeVante Parker but passes interference is called against the Bills for a fresh set of downs. RB Myles Gaskin rushed in the touchdown on the next play.

(2:44) Both Frank Gore and La'Mical Perine are inactive so it's between Ty Johnson and Josh Adams for the Jets and they both have six carries. for a combined 53 yards against the Patriots.

Ravens J.K. Dobbins scored a touchdown and Adams scored one for the Jets.

(2:40) Greg Zuerlein kicked a field goal just before halftime.

(2:26) Kirk Cousins threw another touchdown pass, this time it was a 40-yard connection to WR Chad Beebe.

Former 49ers WR Dante Pettis gets in the end zone for the Giants who are making the Cowboys look silly. The play is under review and ended up standing as called. Touchdown for the Giants. They made the extra point this time and they lead Dallas 20-6.

Ryan Succop made his third field goal of the day for the Buccs who lead the falcons 23-10.

Bills WR John Brown is back and he scored a long touchdown from Josh Allen. I am surprised Allen is still in the game.

(2:23) Dolphins K Jason Sanders kicked a 32-yard field goal to add another three to their score. They trail the Bills 21-6.

(2:14) The Falcons go for it on fourth down and TE Hayden Hurst stretched out for a touchdown but the play is under review and was ultimately reversed and the score was taken off the board.

The Bengals put three on the board with a field. The Ravens still lead 17-3.

Dallas also kicked a field goal against the Giants. The Cowboys trail 6-13.

Jets QB Sam Darnold threw a long touchdown pass to TE Chris Herndon. They are tied with New England Patriots who scored earlier with a touchdown reception by RB James White.

(2:12) Bills Isaiah McKenzie won't be outshined by Shepard. McKenzie added an 84-yard punt return to his day for his third touchdown.

(2:10) We have another two-touchdown player with Sterling Shepard getting another one on a 10-yard pass from Daniel Jones.

(2:04) Bills Isaiah McKenzie scored a second touchdown on a free play against the Dolphins and Ravens WR Marquise Brown scored an 18-yard touchdown against the Bengals.

(2:01) Steelers kicker, Chris Boswell, is out so Matthew Wright filled in. He made his 38-yard field goal to get three on the board against the Browns.

(2:00) Matt Prater redeemed himself after a missed extra point with a 55-yard field goal to take the lead over the Vikings. They have been back and forth scoring and it doesn't look like it will stop soon.

(1:57) Steelers look to strike back against the Browns and their run game has been... well, the same as it's been all year. Terrible. Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs are rotating in at QB and Rudolph delivered a 41-yard strike to WR Diontae Johnson to get in scoring position.

(1:52) Browns have to settle for a field goal to add to their lead against the Steelers 10-0.

It's a revenge score for Ameer Abdullah for the Vikings against his former team on a four-yard pass from Cousins.

(1:50) Bills WR Isaiah McKenzie scored a short-yard touchdown from Josh Allen that gave them a 7-3 lead over the Dolphins.

(1:46) Chris Godwin just caught his second touchdown for the Buccaneers but it was taken off the board after further review. Antonio Brown got the end zone on the next attempt and this time it stuck.

(1:44) Lamar Jackson's pass was tipped and the Bengals picked him off. The Bengals defense has stepped up in recent weeks.

WR Quintez Cephus scored a 20-yard touchdown for the Lions against the Vikings. I know Kirk Cousins was a popular start in fantasy this week. He had a touchdown pass to RB Alexander Mattison who is starting in place of Dalvin Cook.

INJURY UPDATE: Bengals WR Tee Higgins is questionable to return with a hamstring injury.

(1:34) So far, the Cowboys have -1 passing yards to the Giants 54. Ew.

(1:30) Ravens add another seven points with a long, 43-yard touchdown to WR Miles Boykin.

INJURY UPDATE: WR Mike Evans is being helped off of the field after a leg injury.

Buccaneers settled for a field goal to go up 10-3 against the Falcons.

(1:24) Matthew Stafford, who is banged up but still playing, just delivered a beautiful 43-yard touchdown pass to WR Marvin Jones. Of course, Matt Prater missed the extra point. What is going on? They are ahead of the Vikings 6-0.

(1:20) Younghoe Koo successfully kicked a field goal for the Falcons who trail 3-7.

Oh no, RB Wayne Gallman, who has been steady in place of both Saquon Barkley and Devonta Freeman just fumbled on their own 27-yard line. But, they couldn't capitalize with a touchdown and settled for a field goal.

(1:15) Vikings recovered a fumble by Lions Jamaal Agnew and take back over with excellent field position.

Baltimore kicked a field goal to open up their scoring against the Bengals.

(1:13) RB Nick Chubb ripped off a 47-yard touchdown run. This should be the game of the week with the Browns needing a win to get in the playoffs and the Steelers are resting quite of few of their players. Not to mention this is a rematch from last year where Myles Garrett clubbed QB Mason Rudolph in the head with his helmet.

(1:07) The Buccaneers struck first with a touchdown from QB Tom Brady to WR Chris Godwin on a 29-yard touchdown pass.

Sterling Shepard rushed in a 23-yard touchdown against the Cowboys. The winner of this game has a clear shot to the playoffs. Oh, guess what... Graham Gano missed the extra point. Shocking.