Soppe’s Early Fantasy Football Week 17 QB Rankings: Should You Start Derek Carr, Baker Mayfield, or C.J. Stroud?

    Check out the early Week 17 fantasy football QB rankings to help select the best signal-caller for championship week in fantasy football leagues.

    We are now down to the crunch time of the fantasy football season, and it’s more important than ever to get those lineup decisions right. With no more room for error, the early Week 17 QB rankings are here to help you set that optimal lineup.

    Whether you are debating between Derek Carr, Baker Mayfield, or the potentially returning C.J. Stroud, the fantasy QB rankings can help you find the answer you are looking for.

    Week 17 Fantasy Football QB Rankings

    1) Jalen Hurts, PHI | vs. ARI
    2) Josh Allen, BUF | vs. NE
    3) Dak Prescott, DAL | vs. DET
    4) Lamar Jackson, BAL | vs. MIA
    5) Patrick Mahomes, KC | vs. CIN
    6) Brock Purdy, SF | at WAS
    7) Justin Fields, CHI | vs. ATL
    8) Matthew Stafford, LAR | at NYG
    9) Tua Tagovailoa, MIA | at BAL
    10) Trevor Lawrence, JAC | vs. CAR
    11) C.J. Stroud, HOU | vs. TEN
    12) Jared Goff, DET | at DAL
    13) Russell Wilson, DEN | vs. LAC
    14) Kyler Murray, ARI | at PHI
    15) Derek Carr, NO | at TB
    16) Gardner Minshew II, IND | vs. LV
    17) Baker Mayfield, TB | vs. NO
    18) Geno Smith, SEA | vs. PIT

    19) Nick Mullens, MIN | vs. GB
    20) Joe Flacco, CLE | vs. NYJ
    21) Jordan Love, GB | at MIN
    22) Jake Browning, CIN | at KC
    23) Sam Howell, WAS | vs. SF
    24) Tommy DeVito, NYG | vs. LAR
    25) Bryce Young, CAR | at JAC
    26) Taylor Heinicke, ATL | at CHI
    27) Ryan Tannehill, TEN | at HOU
    28) Easton Stick, LAC | at DEN
    29) Aidan O’Connell, LV | at IND
    30) Trevor Siemian, NYJ | at CLE
    31) Case Keenum, HOU | vs. TEN
    32) Bailey Zappe, NE | at BUF
    33) Mason Rudolph, PIT | at SEA
    34) C.J. Beathard, JAC | vs. CAR
    35) Drew Lock, SEA | vs. PIT
    36) Desmond Ridder, ATL | at CHI

    Top QBs To Start in Week 17

    Derek Carr, QB, New Orleans Saints (at Buccaneers)

    Don’t look now, but that’s three straight games with multiple TD passes for Carr and a 40+ yard gain in three of five. We know that Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara are strong options and fantasy elevators, but the unlocking of Rashid Shaheed? Now we might be onto something!

    The burner out of Weber State saw a season-high nine targets in last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams and, naturally, one turned into a 45-yard score. It’s not that Shaheed is going to produce weekly, but the threat of him opens things up, especially against a defense that tries to cover for a weak secondary with a heavy blitz rate.

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    All signs point to the Bucs coming after Carr, and that’ll mean single coverage on the perimeter or playing a shell and allowing those dump-offs to Kamara. Or both! Carr might not repeat last week, but he should be more than suitable for those looking to patch together the position in what is the final week of the season in many leagues.

    Looking to make a trade in your fantasy league? Having trouble deciding who to start and who to sit? Setting DFS lineups? Check out PFN’s Free Fantasy Football Trade Analyzer, Start/Sit Optimizer, and DFS Lineup Optimizer to help you make the right decision!

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