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See Which Cards I Scored on Ultimate Fan: Week 17

by Raju Byfield | @FantasyContext | Featured Writer
Jan 1, 2022

Think Ultimate team/MyTeam meets NFT pack drops meets fantasy football. Interest piqued? UtimateFan may have the game for you. 

UltimateFan has created a unique fantasy offering where fantasy managers open packs to determine their squad and build a lineup. When you sign up, you will get a free pack that will include at least one gold card and will give you enough positional variety to fill out a team for your first week of action. To add more players to your team, there are a few options. The standard pack, available free of charge, can be opened once a week on Tuesdays. The silver packs guarantee you at least two silver cards and one gold. The gold packs guarantee two gold and one silver. The packs are not for sale like with Ultimate team or MyTeam but can be had via subscription. The silver package will grant you one silver pack drop per week for a month, while the gold package will grant one gold pack per week. 

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UltimateFan’s settings are as follows: touchdowns worth four points for QB’s and six for all other positions. It is full-point PPR with bonus points. Quarterbacks get one point at 200+ yards, two points at 300+ yards, and three points at 350+. On the ground, one point is awarded for 40+ yards, one point for 70+, and three for 100+. Through the air, there is one point for 50+ and one point for 100+. Interceptions and fumbles lost cost one point. 

For the team cards, you get five points for a win and -1 for a loss. One point for field goals between 40-49 points, and two for 50+. Furthermore, one point is awarded per sack and two per interception. A special teams touchdown nets you six points. And for the D/ST-like scoring, you get eight points for a shutout, two points for allowing 1-13 points, zero for 14-28, and -3 for 28+. This scoring makes your lineup decision at that spot a critical piece of your weekly lineup decisions. The roster spots are QB, RB, WR, WR, TE, Flex, Team. 

Week 17 Pack Results

Week 17’s pack opening was a tame one. I failed to win the solo gold card and got two of the same gold card (at least it was a new one). This was the first week since I subscribed that I had only two packs to open. I am reasonably certain that none of the players I added this week will be starting for me this season or even in the playoffs, but I could be wrong. This week, the cards I managed to pull with Dalton Schultz (twice), Kirk Cousins, Kendrick Bourne, Marlon Mack, and Derrick Henry

At this point, I am reasonably confident that we will not be seeing the trading system implemented, but that will not stop me from holding out hope that it will be. That means I kept Derrick Henry. He will be someone that can net me a high-end QB in a trade from someone that has two QB1 types who may go further in the playoffs than the quarterbacks on my roster. The other players I decided to keep are Kirk Cousins and Schultz. 

The players I transferred out were Baker Mayfield, who is barely even a QB2, a Russell Wilson dupe, and one of my three Michael Pittman dupes. I strongly considered adding Bourne to my team for the playoffs, but he will sit in my transfer pile until the end of the season.

Week 17 Team-Building Decisions

QB: Justin Herbert, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Mac Jones 

RB: Jonathan Taylor, Austin Ekeler, Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, Chase Edmonds, Tony Pollard, Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey

WR: Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, Michael Pittman, CeeDee Lamb, Antonio Brown, A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, Tyler Lockett, DeVonta Smith, Brandin Cooks, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault, Jarvis Landry, Kenny Golladay, Emmanuel Sanders, Robby Anderson, Will Fuller

TE: Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Dawson Knox, Mike Gesicki, Dalton Schultz

Team: Chargers, Ravens, Packers, Broncos, Washington, Titans

For the first time all season, I am not losing players due to bye weeks, Thursday games, or Saturday games. This should lead to some more interesting debates for Week 17. This week, we will start at quarterback. Justin Herbert is still locked in as my starter. Kirk Cousins has weekly QB1 upside but is on the reserve/COVID list, excluding him from any debate this week. Wilson and Jones are hard passes. 

The running back debate could make or break my team. While I have a lot of good running backs on my roster, three are on I.R. Of the remaining options, the following players were eliminated from contention. Kamara due to his recent struggles. He is an RB1 option but is on a much lower end than my top three. Zeke is always up for debate but has not been strong enough to push the top-five types I have on my roster. Hunt and Pollard are both high upside backups with standalone value but are backups nonetheless. This leaves me with Taylor as my RB1 and a debate between Nick Chubb, Austin Ekeler, and Chase Edmonds for the flex spot. Edmonds has been excellent with James Conner sidelined, but I will not know until game time if he is sitting out or not. Chubb and Ekeler are pretty close in my half-PPR rankings, but with this being full PPR, Ekeler gets the nod. 

At wide receiver, Cooper Kupp automatically gets one spot. The other generally goes to Justin Jefferson if he is eligible, but with Sean Mannion set to start for the Minnesota Vikings, I will be opting for someone with a higher floor. I have 20 wide receivers on my team, but only seven are WR1 types aside from Kupp. Brandin Cooks, Michael Pittman, and Tyler Lockett are more matchup-based and inconsistent. Cooks has the best matchup of the three against the 49ers and is in the best form of the WR2’s. He is a borderline WR1 for Week 17. However, A.J. Brown, Antonio Brown, and CeeDee Lamb are all true WR1 options for this weekend. I am not a huge fan of A.J. vs. the Dolphins corners, so I will fade him despite his monster Week 16. Antonio Brown is one of the Buccaneers lone healthy wideouts, but his upside drops a bit with Mike Evans healthy and an opponent that will not require Tom Brady to throw much. CeeDee Lamb’s numbers have struggled along with Dak Prescott, so he is another fade. Antonio seems like the highest floor option for Week 17. 

At tight end, I have my first real debate of the season. It used to be Mark Andrews or bust when he was eligible, but I now have Travis Kelce. Kelce is the one with more name equity, but it is Andrews who is the TE1 overall and in fantasy points per game this season. Kelce gets the slight nod for Week 17 due to facing off against the Bengals, while Andrews has to deal with the Rams defense. 

Chargers, Ravens, Packers, Broncos, Washington, Titans. These are the teams I have to choose from for the team position. Washington has been cut-worthy and is not an option despite a softer matchup against the Eagles. The Chargers and Broncos will be facing each other this weekend. This makes Los Angeles an option against Drew Lock while eliminating the Broncos as an option. The Chargers will be missing some defensive starters again this week, and we do not know how much (if at all) Derwin James will play. As mentioned above with Andrews, Baltimore is facing the Los Angeles Rams. Green Bay was set to have a tough matchup but with Kirk Cousins ruled out, they are now the team with the highest win probability and the most defensive prowess. They get the start for Week 17.

Now for the golden helmet and the golden football. The golden football doubles the points of anyone who scores a touchdown. I will be placing it on Justin Herbert. It is hard to fade Herbert for the helmet as quarterbacks are much more likely to have a touchdown on their stat sheet.  The golden helmet doubles the points of any player it is assigned to. The football will be going to Jonathan Taylor. Kupp was also in the mix, but Taylor is the bigger threat to find the end zone multiple times, so I will be going with upside.

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Raju Byfield is a featured writer for FantasyPros. For more from Raju, check out his profile and follow him @FantasyContext.

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