Week 17 is one of my least favorite things.
Well, least favorite FFL things. People that drive 25 MPH in a 45 MPH zone, underwear that chafes, and any version of Housewives of Place I Don’t Live are actually better examples of my least favorite things. But you came here to read about football and week 17 is one of the worst parts of the season.
For one, many teams sit their studs. And those that don’t, often treat week 17 like a preseason game. Many teams’ studs will often see less than one half of action. Even some teams all set to start their studs sometimes start second stringers once they know the results of the early games.
It is also an extremely difficult week to handicap (another one of my least favorite things about week 17!). There is always one team that needs to win that doesn’t. Determining your DFS plays based on game flow is dumb because the over/unders are more guesses than any other week of the year. As Mr. Carlin says, everything is a situation, but week 17 is a true shituation.
My recommendation is have fun with this week. Wager low, but pick players from your favorite NFL team. Pick players that went to your alma mater. Or find a theme and go with it. For example, I really like players from cities this week with bad reputations (wrongfully or rightfully). I’m likely to have a lineup with Matthew Stafford and a few Lions; Alex Collins and the Baltimore D; and either a JAX WR or maybe even Marcedes Lewis.
I’ve likely won you some money this year, but please take this week’s recommendations with some hesitation. Onto my least favorite week 17 picks.
Week 17 GPP Lineup
QB Kirk Cousins (DK $6200 FD $7600)
If you didn’t know if and with whom you would be employed with in 2018, you would probably want to end 2017 strong, right?
RB CJ Anderson (DK $6000 FD $6900)
For all the knocks on Anderson, he has at least 15 rushes in four straight games; faces a KC team that has given up nearly a rushing TD a week; and is in the bottom third of in the NFL in yards per rush. Priced outside of the top 10 RBs, let’s just say that Anderson is not one of my least favorite backs this week.
RB Alvin Kamara (DK $6900 FD $8800)
We know Todd Gurley is going to be limited and with New Orleans still needing to win, give me Kamara.
WR Larry Fitzgerald (DK $6900 FD $7500)
Old Man Winter continues to blow and Old Man Fitz continues to ball.
WR Will Fuller (DK $4300 FD $5100)
Always a fun boom or bust GPP pick, we know Hopkins is not going to play this week. Colts have given up the 10th most fantasy points to wide receivers.
WR Josh Doctson (DK $4400 FD $5800) or Jamison Crowder (FD $7000)
If you can afford Jamison Crowder, that’s a much safer bet, and he’s a little easier to fit under the cap in Fan Duel than Draft Kings. However, Docton should see lower ownership and Cousins does not have a big game without multiple WRs having a big game.
TE Vernon Davis (DK $4300 FD $5800)
Yes, this is part of the Cousins stack, but always fun to tell your loved ones that you happy because you got VD!
FLEX Alex Collins (DK $5600)
Since the Ravens bye he has not had less than a dozen carries and is averaging more than 15 PPR fantasy points. Ravens have to win this week to make the playoffs. An easy play.
DST Baltimore Ravens (DK $3800 FD $5200)
Collins is an easy play, but the Ravens might be the most obvious play this week. The Bengals have given up on the season. Andy Dalton has double digit interceptions already and the Ravens lead the league in interceptions. I presume I don’t need to draw you a map?
K Matt Prater (FD $5200)
I told you that I liked the Lions this week. This cannot be a surprise pick. You like another kicker? Fine, go with that guy. Prater is the pick.
One final note. It’s been fun, but this is more than likely my last article of the year. I know you are upset, but hopefully its not one of your least favorite things.
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