Lamar Jackson will sit this week, which means the quarterback field is a bit closer in price range. The best options are obviously over $6,000, but they’re likely going to be the right plays as the value options aren’t very promising. Let’s take a look at some of the quarterbacks for Week 17.
Patrick Mahomes ($7,200) vs. LAC
This one’s obvious. With Jackson out, Mahomes is the most expensive QB on the slate, and rightfully so. The past two weeks, he has torched two solid defenses in the Broncos and Bears, scoring 26.7 and 25.44 DKFP respectively. Now, the Chiefs host the already-eliminated Chargers in a game that Kansas City needs to win. They could end up the second, third or fourth seed, depending on results across the league. Mahomes has hit his stride at the perfect time of the season and will have every reason to be in full attack mode on Sunday.
Ryan Tannehill ($6,800) at HOU
Tannehill’s price tag continues to rise as he continues to perform at a high level. In four of his last five games, he has topped 23 DKFP. He has thrown less than two touchdowns in only two games this season. And in Week 17, he and the Titans will have everything to play for. Meanwhile, the Texans could very well be locked in at the fourth seed by the time this game starts, which means they would be wise to rest their starters. Even if that isn’t the case, Tannehill will be in a prime spot to put up big numbers against a defense that has allowed the third-most DKFP per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Matt Ryan ($6,500) at TB
In Ryan’s last meeting with the Bucs in Week 12, he wasn’t able to find the endzone and finished the game with a dreadful 9.64 DKFP. Since then, he hasn’t scored less than 19.1 DKFP in any outing. Ryan and Julio Jones have been absolutely connected as of late, and with Austin Hooper and Devonta Freeman healthy, all of Atlanta’s weapons will be ready to finish the season strong. We know Tampa Bay is a funnel defense, and they’re allowing 22.1 DKFP per game to opposing QBs (eighth-most). Neither team has anything to gain or lose, but they haven’t for some time now and have continued to keep playing as hard as possible. Ryan is more likely to throw over 300 passing yards than arguably any other quarterback, especially in a game against the Buccaneers.
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