Week 17 Daily Fantasy Football: Picking the Optimal Lineup at DraftKings
It’s tough to know which way to go in a number of areas in Daily Fantasy Football. That’s a big dilemma every single week. Add in 16 NFL games on one day with the regular season wrapping up, and it’s as hectic as ever.
That’s precisely the scenario DFS gamers will find themselves in this week, as they need to find a way to narrow down their favorite options and decide which studs are better off left for others to trust. That’s the same thing we do each week with our daily fantasy football optimal lineup, and we’re prepared to help you through your own struggles yet again in week 17.
Remember, our optimal lineup doesn’t necessarily have to be the end all, be all DFS roster for the week. It can be a starting point or you can just gain some extra info to help you finalize your own team. It’s here to help or you can copy and submit as you please. With that, let’s take a close look at the week 17 player pool as we pick our optimal lineup at DraftKings:
QB: Matt Ryan – Falcons ($5.5k)
Matty Ice tends to play his best football at home and that’s where he’ll be in week 17, when a very scorchable Saints pass defense comes to town. Ryan was just fine (298 yards, 2 TD) against New Orleans on the road earlier this year, but I think he can do even better this time around. The beauty is he doesn’t even need to mash, either, as his $5.5k price tag is a low risk gamble.
RB: Frank Gore – Colts ($4k)
Gore scored twice and looked rather nimble in week 16, so I’m loving his value and upside going into a solid matchup with the Titans to close out the year. Not only is Indy playing for a slim chance at the AFC South title, but Gore put up 80+ yards and two scores against Tennessee earlier this year. With serious issues in the Colts’ passing game, look for Gore to have a big workload to close out the regular season.
RB: James White – Patriots ($5k)
I don’t really want to pay up for a stud running back this week, as several are banged up or don’t have good matchups. White certainly has a good matchup against a bad Dolphins defense and has been a huge part of the passing game. With both Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman scheduled to be out this week, none of that should change for White in week 17.
WR: Antonio Brown – Steelers ($9.3k)
Brown is not cheap and it pains me to fade Martavis Bryant, but I can’t see him having anything short of a huge role in a great matchup against a bad Browns defense. Not only do the Steelers need to win to have a shot at the playoffs, but Brown personally has a shot at the single-season reception record (and 2015 crown). He should see the ball a ton this week.
WR: Julio Jones – Falcons ($8.4k)
I need the other elite receiver chasing down the single-season reception record, and that’s the explosive Julio Jones. He dominated Josh Norman last week and in week 17 gets a bad Saints pass defense. I expect another huge game and a ton of receptions.
WR: Tavon Austin – Rams ($4.1k)
Austin is probably the definition of a risky play (three of last four games have produced less than 10 fantasy points), but he torched the 49ers the last time he faced them and is a highly versatile and explosive weapon. His second best game of the year came against these 49ers, so I’ll go contrarian (and cheap) here and hope for the best.
TE: Zach Miller – Bears ($4.6k)
I am looking for value at tight end this week and Miller certainly fits the bill with a price under $5k with three straight games of 10+ fantasy points. He’s a bit banged up, but should start this week and gets a Lions defense that tends to struggle versus tight ends. If I can get 12-14 fantasy points out of him, I’ll be more than pleased.
FLEX: Randall Cobb – Packers ($6k)
I’m not totally enamored with Cobb, and you’ll know why when you look at a pretty average 2015 season out of him. What I do know is that he scored on the Vikings in Minnesota earlier this year, he plays his best ball at home and this week’s Sunday Night Football game is as big of a regular season game as it gets. I think he’ll be needed and I like him for a score in a game that will be deciding the NFC North champion.
DEF: St. Louis Rams ($3k)
I remember using the Rams a ton earlier in the year just because they were an insane value. They dropped off a bit and were over-priced, but thanks to three consecutive wins and some solid defensive performances, I’m back on them this week. Facing a normally weak Niners offense doesn’t hurt, either.
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