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Fantasy Football Week 18 Ranking: Starts, sits down | Playoff Scenarios, Matches


It’s week 18, and while we’re guessing most of you aren’t playing for a fantasy football league, we know some might be playing for fun or might even be looking for some DFS action. There are a lot of teams with uncertainties around resting starters and then a lot with good and bad matchups. We’ll go through all the possibilities and matches below.

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These are the potential “resting starters” scenarios for week 18.


  • Bengals – The Week 17 game is unlikely to be postponed, giving the Bengals the division and no chance at the No. 1 seed. Joe Mixon ran out of time, and the Bengals players risked for the part-time.
  • Bills – If the Chiefs win on Saturday, the Bills have no chance of qualifying for the No. 1 seed and could rest early – could be half game or so/under.
  • The Broncos – a lot of injuries this season – don’t need to “evaluate” players.
  • Browns – Could be looking to play spoiler and/or make Deshaun Watson work harder, but there’s also a risk if the game gets out of control or if he looks to protect Nick Chubb, Amari Cooper and others for 2023.
  • Chargers – Likely looking to win to head to TEN/JAX and avoid BUF/CIN, but if the game is on in the third quarter, could see an early rest.
  • Ravens – As mentioned with the Bengals, the Ravens are now locked in and could pull out of the backfield and Mark Andrews.
  • Raiders – They have already seated Derek Carr, and now Josh Jacobs, Davante Adams and Darren Waller are likely to rest.


  • Bears – No wonder they’re not risking Justin Fields, and the Bears could easily seat Cole Kmet. David Montgomery is more uncertain since he is a free agent.
  • Buccaneers – I wouldn’t be surprised to see everyone sit down as Mike Evans hit his bonus yardage last week.
  • Cardinals – James Conner and DeAndre Hopkins are stoned and ran out of time, so they’re likely out, and Marquise Brown could be too.
  • Commanders – Sam Howell starts, and they probably want reps with Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, etc., but there’s no guarantee how long they’ll play – especially with Dotson’s missing time this year – and the backfield could easily be Jonathan Williams’ solo.
  • Giants – Like the Bucs, probably a complete rest game.
  • Vikings – The Vikings can only move from No. 3 to No. 2 (can’t get the No. 1 seed), and the 49ers (playing for a thin shot at No. 1) would have to lose for the Vikings get the second seed anyway. Could be a pre-season, quarterback (even a player) type game for starters.

2022 Week 18 Fantasy Football Sleepers

🚨 CAUTION 🚨 These good and bad matches – for sleeper types – use APA (link above). This does NOT mean that the good ones are must-starts or that the bad ones should settle everywhere. This is just a rundown of potential upside games and players you might think twice about with a quality replacement on hand.


Good meetings

  • Aaron Rodgers, UK – As good as possible for a win-and-in game.
  • Josh Dobbs, TEN “Normally it wouldn’t be worth mentioning, but the choices might be slim.
  • Jarrett Stidham, LV – See: Dobbs and Stidham had a blast last week.
  • Mike White, NYJ – The Jets could sit some (Garrett Wilson), but they will look to assess and play the spoiler.

Bad Matches

  • Kenny Pickett, P.I.T. – The Browns could rest, but like the Jets, could want to ruin the hope of the thin Steelers.
  • QB Dolphins – Unless it’s Tua Tagovailoa (probably not), it’s untouchable.
  • Dak Prescott, DAL – Normally that would make Prescott riskier, but the COs are mixing up several youngsters, including some on defense, and the Cowboys still have No. 1 seed chances.
  • Jared Goff, DET – As with Prescott, it’s worth the risk given the options and especially if the Seahawks lose.


Good meetings

  • 49ers – Christian McCaffrey could easily sit out as they can beat the Cardinals without him and reports indicate the injury is a concern for at least a week. Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price will share the backfield job unless Elijah Mitchell returns, which would muddle things up and could potentially lead.
  • Zack Moss, IND — Poor, but sees most of the work and in a great game.
  • Alexander Mattison, MIN – If the starters are seated, Mattison has already shown RB1 upside down, and the game adds to that.
  • Jerick McKinnon, QC – A league winner, and McKinnon is expected to continue rolling in Week 18.

Bad Matches

  • Keontay Ingram, ARI – The Cardinals are in shambles and the game is as bad as the team.
  • Travis Etienne, JAX – Still starting him as a Top 10 option given other potential resting players, which could include the Bills.
  • Joe Mixon, CIN – As mentioned, could sit fully.
  • Cowboys “Turn them both on.” Don’t worry about this game given the issues in Week 18.


Good meetings

  • Rashid Shaheed, NO – Best game of the week, and Chris Olave could easily skip the week.
  • Packers – An incredible game, playoffs on the line and a limited number of reliable options at receiver this week. Christian Watson, Allen Lazard and Roméo Doubs are all in the game.
  • Treylon Burks, RTE – Even with Josh Dobbs, Burks is a nice boom/bust game with a better floor than some with workload issues.
  • Drake London, ATL – The Desmond Ridder connection is there, as is the game with a Buccaneers defense likely limiting starters.

Bad Matches

  • Van Jefferson, LAR “Week 18?” With the Seahawks looking to their playoff hopes? No thanks.
  • Broncos – As mentioned, will they even play? Against the Chargers defense… does it even matter?
  • Diota Johnson; George Pickens, P.I.T. – Even with the match, worth the risk in most situations.


Good meetings

  • Robert Tonyan, UK – Upside down to finish in the Top 10 and play for something.
  • Evan Engram, JAX — Lock of the week?
  • Chigoziem Okonkwo, TEN – Always carries some risk, but the Titans play for the division.

Bad Matches

  • Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN – Even if Greg Dulcich sits, most Broncos sits would add more bust to his boom.
  • Logan Thomas, WSH – Has not been usable, and the match does Thomas a disservice.

Fantasy Football Week 18 Ranking


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