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Woof, what a week! Another great reminder that fantasy football is crazy and you’re a crazy person for playing it. We’re in the heart of a fantasy playoff right now, so long-term speculation is on the cards. we focus on the NOW because there is no future. So these rankings will greatly influence matchmaking, health and latest trends. Here’s a little guide to the rankings, followed by the rankings themselves, and then some notes. If you’ve been good all year, let’s hope Santa treats you well this holiday season.

  • The rankings below are for the remainder of the season. They’re trying to recap the next three weeks (don’t worry, we’ll be posting weekly rankings for Week 18 as well as your patients who play through the end of the year).
  • Only the weekly special rankings for Week 16 will be released on Thursday on Twitter as always (and sometimes updated on Sunday if there are big changes)
  • We’ve included some information about the matches to help you try to mix and match where appropriate.
  • Players in orange have injury problems. Follow the weekly leaderboard for updates on the same.
  • Notes on each player are below.

Level 1: Light of the World

Level 2: 5 golden rings

  • TJ HockensonTJ Hockenson‘s usage has been high since the Vikings acquired them, and he technically had the second-most targets on the team behind tight ends in that span. Justin Jefferson. You’re definitely starting him this week against the Giants, and unless you have multiple studs, you’ll probably start him against Green Bay next week, too.
  • Mark AndrewsMark Andrews Hasn’t lived up to box score expectations lately, but he still plays a tremendous quick stock and runs a ton of routes. According to PlayerProfiler, he currently leads all ends in route participation, target share and route running. If you make it this far, you’re not going to sit him against the Falcons, who are in the bottom five against the positon. Hopefully we will Lamar Jackson will be back soon and may feel better about it.
  • George KittleWe were concerned Brock Purdy but to be honest he looked pretty competent. Back now Debo Samuel outside there is a clear path to targets for an elite tight end. The only concern is this week’s matchup with Washington (who are arguably the best in the league against the competition), but it’s hard to find guys to start over Keatle. After that, he has a great match with Las Vegas.
  • Dalton Schultz“You can make no mistakes and still lose. It is not a weakness. That’s life.” target: but did not produce much and Peyton Hendershot stole by T.D. He had a rough outing against the Eagles, followed by a good one against Tennessee
  • Evan EngramEvan Engram at the moment it is the hottest competition in football. His 67.4 fantasy points over the past three weeks are by far the highest (followed by: Travis Kelce with 41.2). His usage was good, his aim was good, and his matchups are pretty solid. You should feel strangely good about your Engram ranks these days.

Level 3: By the warm fire

  • Dallas GoedertAs crazy as it sounds, Gardner Minshew could quiet be a slight update Dallas Goedert (or at least it shouldn’t be a massive downgrade). The last time Minshew started a meaningful game for the Eagles, he threw two TD passes to Goedert. And just as awesome Jalen Hurts is that he can honestly be a little too awesome for everyone because he steals so many TDs (when he has three rushing TDs like he did this week, that doesn’t leave many points for everyone). Goedert’s problem is twofold. For one, it’s a huge red flag that he wasn’t deemed healthy enough to play last week despite being activated from IR. Two, both of his matches are just awful. So he’s not the lock you can see.
  • David NjokuNjoku use has been good for the last two weeks. he plays a huge fast share. But Deshaun Watson really wasn’t the mega star we were expecting. Also, Njoku’s matchups are somehow even worse than Goedert’s because New Orleans and Washington are literally the top two defenders at tight end. If he can’t do that against a mediocre TE defense like Baltimore.
  • Pat FreiermuthWe mentioned this last week, but now it’s pretty obvious. this guy is clearly not healthy. He has played 55% of the snaps over the past three weeks. And this time they didn’t even give him a pass. Follow and follow our ranking update on Twitter In a few days, if he’s not fully engaged with glowing reports, he may need to look elsewhere.

Level 4: Yankee Swap

  • Cole CmetAt the Yankee Swap level we are playing matches so it will be possible to swap guys in and out over the next two weeks. Cole Cmet he has now played 100% snaps in three straight games. Every frame. He has received 6, 7 and 5 targets in that span. Pretty strong. The problem? This weeks game should be super windy and he meets Buffalo and Matt Milano. Maybe the wind will cause them to throw more short passes Kmet’s way, or maybe the passing attack will just be terrible. However, if you can make it through this week, he has a great matchup with Detroit during championship week.
  • Chigoziem OkonkwoChig is a favorite of the fantasy community right now, especially in Dynasty with his insane athleticism (95th percentile speed, for example). But he’s not enough still a high-end option for a rebuild because he still doesn’t play a full stock. He made 20 of 34 drives this week, meanwhile Austin Hooper ran 18. Now back Traylon Burks returning and Ryan Tannehill out, it pours some cold water on the noise. He’s not a bad option against Houston this week, but you likely want to find someone else to start the championship week.
  • Darren WallerDarren Waller is back, but to be honest, he wasn’t crazy exciting before he got hurt. This week Foster Morrow played 38 routes to his 33, but he ran 29 routes to Moreau’s 19 (of a possible 44). PIT isn’t all that great before a bad matchup with San Francisco this week, so he’s the guy you start where you need to be.
  • Gerald Everett Now that’s both Mike Williams and: Keenan Allen are healthy Gerald Everett is one of the more boring options out there. You have to remember that Austin Ekeler technically leads this team in targets. He’s a safe bet but doesn’t deliver very well.
  • Greg DulcichThis week was a big disappointment for him Courtland Sutton was out and he had a great outing with the Cardinals. But Brett Rypien really isn’t that good. He played a good snap share and runs a lot of routes (28 fo 33 snaps with zero pass block), but the floor seems to be done this week. His matches are solid, to say the least.
  • Dawson Knox – Knox always had a pretty decent setup, they just weren’t throwing him the ball. Just a few weeks ago, he put up a straight zero. He’s picked things up a little late, but he has a tough matchup against Chicago this week. Not only that, but the winds are expected to be quite fierce for this match, so it could be difficult to throw.

Level 5: rough sledding

  • Daniel BellingerBellinger has been quiet when healthy. the key is “when healthy”. The game after the eye injury, he went 64-of-66 and caught five of five targets, then immediately injured his ribs in the next game. It showed in a hard-fought contest with Washington this week. He went 62 of 63, though, so hopefully he’s feeling good and he has a pretty juicy game with the Vikings.
  • Juan Johnson There seems to be a bit of a touch down with Johnson as he only ran 13 routes, but they also only threw 19 times. Now that Chris Olave appeared on the injury report, Johnson could be in line for a decent workload. That said, his matchups against Cleveland and Philly are pretty rough.
  • Trey McBrideHe is not Zach Ertz but he lines up like himself. He played 55 snaps, ran 36 routes (without a single interception), and lined up at WR 26 times. Colt McCoy has now targeted him 11 times over the last two games, so he’s the last option we’ll start in PPR before we go into desperation mode with backup QBs.

Level 6: Misfit Toy Island

  • Taysom Hill and: Jeff DriskelYou know the floor, you know the ceiling – only you can make this decision for your own fantasy team.

Level 7: Naughty List

  • Noah Fant – The injury Tyler Lockett opens up the potential for targets, but the real problem isn’t so much the wide receivers as splitting snaps with him. Will Disley. S:
  • Tyler Conklin – He has a good schedule, but that’s the only thing he has going for him. The last thing we needed was CJ Uzomah to start catching passes so of course he scores.
  • Henry the Hunter – He plays a lot of snaps and even lines up often at WR. He led the league in touchdowns last year with Josh McDaniels. This year with Matt Patricia she’s sucking.
  • Austin Hooper – Even the best fantasy tic finish on own team.
  • Hayden Hurst – Coming off an injury to become his team’s fourth or fifth best target with a brutal schedule. Cool.
  • Cade Otto – He’s a pretty decent option when Cameron Brate is injured. Cameron Brate doesn’t hurt anymore.
  • Jordan Akins – He makes the best pass in the league’s worst team.

Level 8: Coal bin

Weekly ratings

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