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Fantasy Football: Under the Radar (with consistency) – Week 17

Every week, James Knight uses our Consistency Tools to see who’s flying under the radar consistently! Follow him on X @JKeasy.

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I wish everyone an early Happy New Year!  Here in week 17, we’ve got most fantasy football leagues in their championship week.  With that in mind the article this week will focus on a handful of players who are on a high percentage of “championship game” rosters but have been “under the radar” players this year.  Some of these guys have locked themselves into lineups as studs but it’s fun to see how long it took for the fantasy football community to trust the numbers.  As always be sure to check out Big Guy Fantasy Sports and their consistency tools which can give you a leg up on the competition!

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Good luck to all of the fantasy footballers out there whether or not you’re playing for a championship, 3rd place, or working on momentum for next year!  I’ll keep the below listed in order as the series has done with QB, RB, WR, and TE so this isn’t a ranked listing per se.  These guys were drafted, picked up, and started by fantasy managers who find themselves in the ultimate winner-take-all round this week.

 

QB C.J. Stroud – @HOU vs. TEN (Championship Game Rostered 25.6%, ADP 169 per ESPN)

C.J. Stroud has appeared in this series multiple times throughout the year including way back in week 4.  In that week 4 article C.J. was listed as rostered in 41% of leagues and only started in 11% per Yahoo.  On the year Stroud has a 62% Clutch Ratio (CR, amount of consistently high-scoring games over total games played) and is now the 3rd highest rostered quarterback in championship games on ESPN behind only Jalen Hurts and Josh Allen.  To think how widely available he was in so many leagues is wild to think about now since he has a tremendous shot to finish as a QB1 on the season where he currently sits as QB12 overall.  His 21.99 points per game have certainly catapulted many teams into the playoffs and it appears now into the championship game.  Stroud had a better CR than plenty of other bigger-name quarterbacks including Lamar Jackson (60%), Dak Prescott (60%), and Tua Tagovailoa (47%).  Congrats to those fantasy managers who drafted or picked up Stroud as he rightfully deserves to be in the “league winner” conversation and could cement that this week with a big game.

 

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James has been a part of fantasy sports for over 20 years (football, baseball, and basketball) and has worked in multiple industries as a Data Analyst. He is from North Carolina where he currently resides with his wife and three children. He enjoys all things sports and is his favorite teams are the Braves, Broncos, Hornets, and Duke.

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