Week 17 Daily Fantasy Football: Tom Brady and the Best Picks at Each Position
The final week of daily fantasy football glory is upon us. Week 16 went as quickly as it came, and while we still have Monday Night Football to hang our hat on, it’s a game that likely yields two backup quarterbacks and loads of defense.
With that, it’s on to week 17 and the last regular DFS week of the 2015 NFL season. We must embrace that and try with all our might to win big. One good way to do so is to find the top players that are both safe and carry plenty of upside going into the new week. We tracked them down for you to use at DraftKings this week. Let’s see which guys you can trust the most:
QB: Tom Brady – Patriots ($7.4k) and Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers ($6.9k)
I can understand why people might be off of Brady a bit after a down week and three straight games below 20 fantasy points. New England needs to win this week to secure the #1 overall seed in the AFC, while Miami remains a soft matchup. Brady put up 33 fantasy points against these same Dolphins earlier in the year and could also get some of his wide receivers back.
Big Ben was a huge disappointment in week 16, which could potentially have some DFS folk off of him, as well. He’s still a decent price and in week 17, with the Steelers badly needing to win, he gets a cakewalk matchup against a bad Browns defense. Everyone thought the Steelers would erupt offensively in week 16, but perhaps they were saving their best for this coming week.
RB: Todd Gurley – Rams ($7.4k) and DeAngelo Williams – Steelers ($7.1k)
Gurley was a lot better than many expected in week 16, as he rushed for nearly 90 yards and scored a touchdown against the league’s best run defense in the Seattle Seahawks. In week 17 he’s a little more expensive, but he gets a very beatable 49ers run defense. His price is steep, but he could be worth it as the Rams look to close out the season strong with a tasty matchup.
The same goes for D-Will, although he’s actually been on fire for weeks and culminated his latest hot run with a ridiculous 36-point fantasy outing last week. He could be just as good in week 17, when he gets a shaky Browns defense in a must-win game for Pittsburgh.
WR: Antonio Brown – Steelers ($9.3k) and Julio Jones – Falcons ($8.5k)
See the running theme for week 17? Trust in the Steelers. It’s tough after a down week where Brown didn’t even hit on 15 fantasy points, but he regularly crushes and the Browns are not a matchup to fear. Brown and the rest of the Steelers could be staples of winning daily fantasy football rosters in week 17.
The same goes for Julio, who finally proved he is truly matchup proof by busting the roof off his upside and dominating Josh Norman last week. Jones is still a terrific price and in week 17 he closes a very strong 2015 season at home against an awful Saints defense.
TE: Rob Gronkowski – Patriots ($7.4k) and Gary Barnidge – Browns ($4.7k)
The Gronk had a decent 12 fantasy points last week, but DFS players want 20+ fantasy points, which is something he hasn’t done in any of his last three contests. That should change this week, as his matchup with Miami isn’t bad and he dropped a sick 6-113-1 line on them earlier this year.
Don’t feel like spending big on The Gronk? Then consider Barnidge, who has been quite arguably the most stable tight end on the entire year. Last week was just the fourth time all season he’s failed to hit on at least 10 fantasy points, while his matchup at home against a beatable Steelers defense also bodes well. A 6-65-1 line against them earlier this year only helps his case.
DEF: Carolina Panthers ($3.6k) and Denver Broncos ($4k)
The Houston Texans were a fantastic play last week, but two of the top defenses – Chiefs and Seahawks – did not live up to their massive price tags. That’s the danger with paying up for your defense, so the best move is to simply go with quality units that have what look to e fool proof matchups. Carolina and Denver figure to have just that this week, as both teams need to win to get the spot they want in the playoffs. The Panthers get a beatable Buccaneers squad, while Denver gets a turnover-prone Chargers offense. There are very few safe matchups with high upside this week, but Carolina and Denver appear to be two you can count on.
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