Matthew Stafford, Trey Lance, Tua Tagovailoa, More Expert Fantasy Start/Sit Advice For QBs
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Setting your lineups can be difficult, especially with COVID-19 outbreaks galore and the fantasy football finals upon us.
Below you will find some quarterbacks I like, as well as some I don’t like for Week 17 based on matchups, injuries, trends and more.
Be sure to consult our experts’ real-time rankings for fantasy football start/sit advice on any COVID- or injury-impacted players.
Fantasy QBs To Start/Sit In Week 17
Matthew Stafford, Rams at Ravens
Stafford has been a dud in the fantasy playoffs — once against Seattle and again versus the Vikings. He scored 16 points in Week 15 which nearly cost me a spot in the fantasy semifinals and tossed one touchdown and three interceptions in Week 16. I expect him to bounce back this week against a decimated Ravens team which ranks second-worst in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks and was torched for 525 yards and four touchdowns by Joe Burrow last week.
Trey Lance, 49ers vs. Texans
We haven’t seen Lance throw a pass since Week 5 against the Cardinals. He had been dealing with a knee injury, but could get the start for the 49ers this week with Jimmy Garoppolo dealing with a thumb injury. It’s a tricky matchup against the Texans, whose defense has been surging against quarterbacks of late. Lance still falls into the fringe-QB1 category based on his rushing upside alone and is a serviceable streamer for the fantasy finals.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens vs. Rams
Jackson missed Weeks 15 and 16 after suffering an injury to his right ankle early in Week 14 against the Browns. He returned to practice this week in a limited fashion, but with an apparent limp which could absolutely hinder his rushing upside. The matchup against the Rams is also less-than-ideal. Los Angeles has allowed 20 or more fantasy points to four signal-callers all year and the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position as a whole. Jackson is a massive risk this week in a tough matchup and coming off of an injury.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins at Titans
I boasted Tagovailoa as a potential streamer for the fantasy playoffs, but he has fallen short in spite of some favorable matchups. He scored 16 fantasy points in Week 15 against the lowly Jets and 11 points in Week 16 against the Saints. He has a nice Week 17 matchup on paper against the Titans, who rank tenth-worst against fantasy quarterbacks, but he isn’t a trustworthy starter for your fantasy finals.