Ranks reax: Tate could shine in odd week

Updated: December 28, 2011, 4:18 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Any veteran fantasy football owner playing for a championship in Week 17 knows the drill. Strange things happen this week. You almost need to forget what you know. For example, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is fantasy's top player. He'll likely finish that way. Well, this week his backup appears more valuable. Anyone that owns Houston Texans running back Arian Foster wouldn't think of sitting him, except this week when his backup is more valuable. See what's happening here? Yep, it's odd. We call it Week 17.

I don't fault those who choose to settle their fantasy championships in Week 15 or 16. More power to you. I'm also cool with the leagues that decide to complete things this week. I play in both formats. Congrats to the winners -- and the pending winners! Some people are adamant that this pending week is a joke and cannot be trusted for fantasy normalcy. Well, I don't really agree. You just have to work a bit harder, that's all. No matter how you settle things, there's much to consider. Our Week 17 rankings not only show some oddities, like Matt Flynn being ranked ahead of Rodgers by two staff members (myself included), but we're all over the map in guessing who really will and will not be a factor.