It’s here. The final week of the 2018 NFL regular season. It’s been one of the most fun fantasy seasons in recent memory. We’ve had players like Patrick Mahomes explode onto the scene and have had several odd situations that allowed us to capitalize on the open market.
Take James Conner for example.
That’s what fantasy football and DFS football is all about. Week 17 will be no different. We have teams with nothing to play for and teams with everything on the line. Yes, week 17 should be a lot of fun, so don’t be sad. Let’s have a profitable week and get ready for the playoffs!
As always, Matt and I will do our best to give you are favorite plays on the slate.
We are both avid DraftKings players, so we decided to start a weekly article where we both will give our three favorite plays on the Sunday main slate.
Our picks will be players that are less expensive and will help get the high priced “studs” into your lineups.
Let’s get into it.
RB Royce Freeman ($3.5K)
Running backs who are primed to carry the majority of the work are always a target in DFS. When you get a chance to get a guy who has very little competition for carries due to injury to the starter and has a meaningless Week 17 matchup for his team you look even harder. When you see the price at $3.5K as you do for Freeman, he becomes a must have in your lineup. I don’t think his DFS usage will necessarily be as high as some may think either – the Chargers defense is solid (although not great against the run) which may run off a few possible buyers and they are still looking to win the AFC West and possibly steal a bye with the number one overall seed. Freeman was poised to be the feature back in the Mile High City as a third-round pick but the job was wrestled away from the now injured undrafted free agent Phillip Lindsay. Freeman has been a target out of the backfield as well for Case Keenum who as limited options in the aerial attack. Freeman will take advantage of the PPR scoring in DraftKings. I look for at least four receptions to go along with 75 total yards and a score. Not a bad return on such a small investment.
WR Calvin Ridley ($5.3K)
The Tampa Bay secondary has been atrocious all season. Neither team has much to play for in this one as I think both teams will be airing it out and taking some extra chances. With every opposing team focusing so heavily on Julio Jones the wideout opposite Jones always has room to work. Ridley has shown a propensity to rack up some big games statistically as a rookie and the Bucs defense has shown a propensity to be torched. I like Mike Evans as well on the other side of the ball in this shootout but make Ridley one of the anchors in your lineups this week at a very favorable cost.
WR Tre’Quan Smith ($3.7K)
I’m going with another rookie to round it out and another playing in a meaningless game at that. The cost and usage could be driven down due to the Saints announcing Teddy Bridgewater will be under center for the Saints who have already locked up the number one seed in the NFC. However, Bridgewater is at his very worst a competent quarterback who has had success in the NFL. Coming back from a gruesome knee injury two seasons ago, Bridgewater has had a season under Sean Payton and watching Drew Brees run one of the best offenses in the league. Bridgewater also has a chance to show he still has some run left in a league always looking for the next out-of-nowhere QB. Many thought his career was done after tearing apart his knee and you know Payton is going to give him the chance to air it out. Enter Smith, who likely has had the ability to build a rapport with Bridgewater in his limited practice reps as a rookie wide receiver. He has big-play ability and gives his quarterback a guy who can blow the top off a defense with his speed. Look for him to be targeted early and often with some shots deep as well as the Saints sit most of their top players.
Here’s a little two for one. Both George Kittle and Travis Kelce have a chance to break records on Sunday afternoon. Kittle is 99 yards short of tying the All-Time record for receiving yards by a TE set by Gronk. Kelce is also close to breaking that same record. So, I’m rostering both on Sunday. It’s weeks like these where I’m thankful for the flex. In week 17, I want to roster players that actually have motivation to play hard. Both Kittle and Kelce have just that, and then some. Yes, these guys are expensive, but plug in Royce Freeman for some salary reielf.
Chris Godwin (4.3K)
Chris Godwin hasn’t had a solid performance since week 14. Still, he is seeing at least six targets a game and is on the field, which should eventually lead to fantasy sucsess. DeSean Jackson will not play on Sunday, so Godwin should see even more targets on Sunday against a bad Falcons’ secondary. Godwin is another player that will allow you to pay up for Mahomes, Kelce, and Kittle.
Jamal Williams (6K)
This is a pure volume play. Williams is going to be the every down back for the Packers in week 17. Last week he was also the every down back against the Jets. He finished with 21 total touches and should see a similar amount on Sunday, at home against the Lions, who have struggled against the run all season. Williams should be priced much higher this week. We have to take advantage of his mispriced salary in week 17.
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Credit: AP. Pictured: Travis Kelce.