Week 17 IDP Rankings, Streamers, Start/Sit (2023) (2024)

Week 17 IDP Rankings, Streamers, Start/Sit (2023) (1)

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1.IDP Scoring System for Rankings:

2.Top Fantasy Defensive Linemen of the Week

3.DL Riser of the Week:

4.DL Disappointment of the Week:

6.LB Riser of the Week:

7.LB Disappointment of the Week:

8.Top Fantasy Defensive Backs of the Week

9.DB Riser of the Week:

10.DB Disappointment of the Week:

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As we enter Week 17, most analysts operate under the assumption that this is the last week for almost all of your leagues. I've told you before that most savvy fans and fantasy commissioners purposefully avoid their fantasy titles being decided in Week 18. While there are more teams playing for something than there used to be in the final week, it is still a time when stars rest for all or large chunks of a game. With that in mind, there are two ways to look at this final week.

From a redraft perspective, this is it. There are two teams with something to gain. If your league punishes the last-place team in your league, then there are also two teams with something to lose. Those two or four teams are it, no one else should make waiver claims. That means competition for waivers should be lower, and defender pools should be higher. It also means teams have decisions to make. Do you go for upside as an underdog or security as the favorite?

In dynasty or deep IDP, things are different. Many dynasty leagues still allow trades and most allow waiver pickups for all. That means your league’s losers will hold on to good defenders and add new ones, instead of dumping assets or tuning out. So, those in dynasty or deep IDP leagues will have tougher choices to make. You won’t have the luxury of picking from the top of my rankings, instead looking at my lower tiers or even my deep streamers that come out tomorrow.

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IDP Scoring System for Rankings:

6-points per Defensive Touchdown

4-points per Forced Turnover (FF/INT)

3-points per Sack

2- points per PD, FR, Safety

1-point Solo Tackle

0.5-points Assisted Tackle

Note: These rankings are also based on leagues that start one player at each defensive position (DL, LB, DB) and two DFLEX.

Top Fantasy Defensive Linemen of the Week

RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Myles GarrettBrownsJets
2Nick Bosa49ersCommanders
3T.J. WattSteelersSeahawks
4Maxx CrosbyRaidersColts
5Micah ParsonsCowboysLions
6Bradley ChubbDolphinsRavens
7Josh AllenJaguarsPanthers
8Andrew Van GinkelDolphinsRavens
9Trey HendricksonBengalsChiefs
10Montez SweatBearsFalcons
11Danielle HunterVikingsPackers
12Haason ReddickEaglesCardinals
13Alex HighsmithSteelersSeahawks
14Harold Landry IIITitansTexans
15Khalil MackChargersBroncos
16Aidan HutchinsonLionsCowboys
17Kayvon ThibodeauxGiantsRams
18Justin MadubuikeRavensDolphins
19Chris JonesChiefsBengals
20Chase Young49ersCommanders
21Javon Hargrave (Q)49ersCommanders
22Jonathon CooperBroncosChargers
23Christian WilkinsDolphinsRavens
24Kwity PayeColtsRaiders
25Jonathan AllenCommanders49ers
26Cameron Heyward (Q)SteelersSeahawks
27Carl GrandersonSaintsBuccaneers
28Will Anderson Jr.TexansTitans
29Jonathan Greenard (Q)TexansTitans
30Derrick BrownPanthersJaguars
31Dexter LawrenceGiantsRams
32DeForest BucknerColtsRaiders
33Aaron DonaldRamsGiants
34Boye MafeSeahawksSteelers
35Harrison PhillipsVikingsPackers
36Quinnen WilliamsJetsBrowns
37Byron YoungRamsGiants
38Rashan GaryPackersVikings
39Brian BurnsPanthersJaguars
40Zach SeilerDolphinsRavens
41Denico AutryTitansTexans
42Shaquil BarrettBuccaneersSaints
43Leonard FloydBillsPatriots
44Michael HoechtRamsGiants
45Jalen CarterEaglesCardinals
46Josh SweatEaglesCardinals
47Jadeveon ClowneyRavensDolphins
48Ed OliverBillsPatriots
49Vita VeaBuccaneersSaints
50Ya Ya DiabyBuccaneersSaints

DL Riser of the Week:

Derrick Brown, Carolina Panthers

As was mentioned above, championship week can call for a different strategy than most weeks. Typically, I will preach chasing upside with your defensive linemen. My Standard IDP Scoring and the scoring in many other formats pays a premium for sacks, and DLs rarely collect tackles with regularity. So, chasing sacks makes sense. However, if you feel good about your championship being close or a big win, safe DLs are the play.

Brown has five games with seven or more tackles this season. Better yet, the Auburn alum has only four games with fewer than five total tackles. That's stability at a usually unstable position. He now faces a Jaguars offense that is sixth in offensive plays per game and could be without its starting quarterback. Brown should be good for at least four standard fantasy points this week, which is all you may need.

DL Disappointment of the Week:

Carl Granderson, New Orleans Saints

Let’s put my “fade” of Granderson into perspective. He is still a borderline DL2 with a steady tackle floor, even if sacks are unlikely. However, this is the week of the fantasy championship. As I mentioned in my introduction, only two teams have anything to play for this week. This means you should be extra cautious about bad matchups like Granderson has this week, especially if waivers are flush with options.

Granderson lines up over the left tackle on 89.4% of his defensive snaps. That puts him on Tristan Wirfs for the vast majority of Week 17. Wirfs has allowed the second-fewest quarterback pressures and has earned the third-highest PFF pass-blocking grade of any tackle who has played 80% or more of his team’s snaps. He is responsible for just five sacks and 24 pressures all season long. Wirfs is a rock.

Top Fantasy Linebackers of the Week

RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Zaire FranklinColtsRaiders
2Foyesade OluokunJaguarsPanthers
3T.J. EdwardsBearsFalcons
4Roquan SmithRavensDolphins
5Ernest JonesRamsGiants
6Bobby WagnerSeahawksSteelers
7Logan WilsonBengalsChiefs
8Lavonte DavidBuccaneersSaints
9Alex SingletonBroncosChargers
10Terrel BernardBillsPatriots
11Azeez Al-ShaairTitansTexans
12C.J. MosleyJetsBrowns
13Fred Warner49ersCommanders
14Jordan HicksVikingsPackers
15Quay WalkerPackersVikings
16Nick BoltonChiefsBengals
17Eric KendricksChargersBroncos
18Bobby OkerekeGiantsRams
19Khaleke HudsonCommanders49ers
20Jordyn Brooks (Q)SeahawksSteelers
21Patrick QueenRavensDolphins
22E.J. SpeedColtsRaiders
23Cody BartonCommanders49ers
24Dre Greenlaw49ersCommanders
25Tremaine EdmundsBearsFalcons
26Devin LloydJaguarsPanthers
27Demario DavisSaintsBuccaneers
28Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahBrownsJets
29Robert SpillaneRaidersColts
30Frankie LuvuPanthersJaguars
31T.J. WattSteelersSeahawks
33Christian HarrisTexansTitans
34Josey JewellBroncosChargers
35Micah ParsonsCowboysLions
36Shaquille LeonardEaglesCardinals
37Kenneth Murray Jr.ChargersBroncos
38Quincy WilliamsJetsBrowns
39Bradley ChubbDolphinsRavens
40Andrew Van GinkelDolphinsRavens
41Divine DeabloRaidersColts
42Markquese BellCowboysLions
43Kaden EllissFalconsBears
44Germaine PrattBengalsChiefs
45Blake Cashman (Q)TexansTitans
46Alex AnzaloneLionsCowboys
47Denzel PerrymanTexansTitans
48Mykal WalkerSteelersSeahawks
49Nate Landman (Q)FalconsBears
50Jahlani TavaiPatriotsBills

LB Riser of the Week:

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Cleveland Browns

Owusu-Koramoah made our streamers list recently. We noted he has been playing over 85% of the Browns' defensive snaps since Week 10, which is well above his career average. During that span, he's averaged 10.1 fantasy points per game. Were that his season average, he'd be LB6 per game this season.

The Jets are a fine matchup for the Notre Dame product, too. He is a coverage linebacker with an elite ability to cover screens and tight ends. Breece Hall is averaging 8.8 targets per game over his past five contests. Better, Trevor Siemian’s average Intended Air Yards per Target is lower than any quarterback with enough attempts to qualify.

This current iteration of the Jets’ offense is built to feed opposing linebackers. Hence, Cody Barton and Khaleke Hudson both notching double-digit tackles last weekend.

LB Disappointment of the Week:

Ivan Pace Jr., Minnesota Vikings

My regular readers will know how much it pains me to put Ivan Pace Jr. on my disappointment list. He's arguably the best defensive player on the Vikings this year. He is without question one of the four most consistent defenders on the roster and is battling Jordan Hicks for the top defensive grade from PFF. The rookie's film is tremendous as well, as his ability to impact fantasy in all phases.

Unfortunately, the Vikings seem unable to put Pace, Hicks, and Josh Metellus on the field at the same time. When Hicks returned last week, Pace saw his defensive snaps cut in half. In fact, Pace has just one game with more than 68% of the snaps when Hicks is healthy. Worse, Pace hasn’t played more than 38% of the snaps since Week 5, unless Hicks is hurt. You can’t trust that usage in your fantasy championship.

Top Fantasy Defensive Backs of the Week

RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Antoine Winfield Jr.BuccaneersSaints
2Derwin JamesChargersBroncos
3Kyle Hamilton (Q)RavensDolphins
4Jessie Bates IIIFalconsBears
5Jaquan BriskerBearsFalcons
6Camryn BynumVikingsPackers
7Xavier McKinneyGiantsRams
8Paulson AdeboSaintsBuccaneers
9Josh MetellusVikingsPackers
10Kamren CurlCommanders49ers
11Devon Witherspoon (Q)SeahawksSteelers
12Jordan BattleBengalsChiefs
13L’Jarius SneedChiefsBengals
14Jalen PitreTexansTitans
15Justin ReidChiefsBengals
16Reed BlankenshipEaglesCardinals
17Rayshawn JenkinsJaguarsPanthers
18Charvarius Ward49ersCommanders
19Kevin ByardEaglesCardinals
20DaRon BlandCowboysLions
21Jevon Holland (Q)DolphinsRavens
22Dax HillBengalsChiefs
23Kenny Moore IIColtsRaiders
24Desmond KingTexansTitans
25Budda BakerCardinalsEagles
26Taron JohnsonBillsPatriots
27Kyle DuggerPatriotsBills
28Jalen ThompsonCardinalsEagles
29Ji’Ayir Brown49ersCommanders
30D.J. ReedJetsBrowns
31Donovan WilsonCowboysLions
32Marcus WilliamsRavensDolphins
33Jonathan OwensPackersVikings
34Nate HobbsRaidersColts
35Mike HiltonBengalsChiefs
36Jordan WhiteheadJetsBrowns
37Tyrann MathieuSaintsBuccaneers
38Kerby JosephLionsCowboys
39Justin SimmonsBroncosChargers
40Alohi GilmanChargersBroncos
41Brian BranchLionsCowboys
42Taylor RappBillsPatriots
43Richie GrantFalconsBears
44Derek Stingley Jr.TexansTitans
45Roger McCrearyTitansTexans
46Ahmad “Sauce” GardnerJetsBrowns
47Zyon McCollumBuccaneersSaints
48Jayron Kearse (Q)CowboysLions
49Jordan PoyerBillsPatriots
50Benjamin St- Juste (Q)Commanders49ers

DB Riser of the Week:

D.J. Reed, New York Jets

Since Joe Flacco took over as their starting quarterback, the Browns have averaged the most offensive plays and the second-most pass attempts in the NFL. That is elite volume for opposing pass defenders.

Amari Cooper is obviously the top weapon on Cleveland's offense, but he splits his time equally on the left and right sides. Likewise, the Jets do not shadow, so Reed and Sauce Gardner should both see a lot of Cooper. Because Gardner is so feared, Reed leads this secondary in targets and completion rate. Expect Flacco to target him a lot, which should lead to good fantasy volume.

DB Disappointment of the Week:

Kenny Moore II, Indianapolis Colts

It's tough to bench a DB2 you've relied on all season, as many of you have with Moore. We aren't telling you to outright bench him, either. However, in your championship matchup, you have to consider fading him for available defenders with better matchups and more projected volume.

The Raiders are averaging the third-fewest pass attempts per game over the past three weeks. Their preferred formula is running the ball and controlling the clock, which was evident when they attempted a league-low 21 pass attempts against the Chiefs. Moore takes 63.5% of his snaps in the slot, which is an area of the field Las Vegas targets with 19% of its pass attempts. Moore could be in for a very low-volume day.

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