NFL DFS Value Options To Consider: Week 17
In conjunction with our sister product RotoQL, these Week 17 plays are serious salary-savers
It’s already Week 17?! This year flew by and if you’ve been checking out this column on a weekly basis, thanks for joining us along the ride! If you checked out last week’s advice, you were probably let down by Dwayne Haskins’ injury (he was balling out before getting carted off), but all three of our running back values met value and scored touchdowns (Phillip Lindsay, Adrian Peterson and Myles Gaskin). Tight end Kaden Smith, one of our tight end plays, caught the game-winning overtime touchdown in the Giants/Redskins game (and another earlier in that contest)! Let’s get into this week’s options.
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Robert Griffin III: Ravens vs. Steelers (DraftKings $5,100 | FanDuel $7,000)
Since the Ravens already clinched the No. 1 spot in the AFC (and a first-round bye), coach John Harbaugh already announced that Lamar Jackson (rest) will not play. That means Griffin will take his spot within the league’s most powerful offense (even without a few key starters). While we haven’t seen any of him during the regular season, he will most likely possess some of the dual-threat ability that Jackson brought to the table. While the Steelers are in must-win mode and have been a solid defensive unit (especially after acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick), there’s a lot of upside in this spot based on his price tag.
Brett Hundley: Cardinals at Rams (DraftKings $4,500 | FanDuel $7,000)
After Kyler Murray (hamstring) left last week’s game against the Seahawks, Hundley stepped in and completed 4-of-9 passes for 49 yards and rushed the ball six times for 35 yards. At this price tag and clear dual-threat ability, there’s a lot to like, especially since it’s essentially a showcase to the rest of the NFL for Hundley, who will go up against a Rams defense that was just eliminated from playoff contention.
Case Keenum: Redskins at Cowboys (DraftKings $4,500 | FanDuel $6,800)
Although Hundley is the better option and will undoubtedly be chalky, Keenum is in a similar situation. After losing his starting role to Haskins, he saw playing time last week after the rookie went down with a high-ankle sprain. While the matchup is tougher than Hundley’s since the Cowboys are still in playoff contention, he will be looking to show the rest of the NFL that he can still perform at a high level.
Adrian Peterson: Redskins at Cowboys (DraftKings $4,900 | FanDuel $6,300)
Not only did Peterson pass Walter Payton for fourth all-time on the career touchdown list, but he’s scored a touchdown in four-consecutive weeks. He’s still seeing a solid workload and there’s no reason to expect that to subside as Washington will be looking to spoil Dallas’ playoff hopes.
Damien Williams: Chiefs vs. Chargers (DraftKings $4,700 | FanDuel $6,400)
Williams led the Chiefs backfield in Week 16 and rushed 16 times for 65 yards. He added 27 more yards on three receptions (with a touchdown). LeSean McCoy was inactive for that contest, but Williams’ involvement might be indicative of how Andy Reid will utilize his stable of backs heading into the playoffs. If that’s the case, expect a similar allotment of touches for Williams this week at what would be a major discount.
De’Lance Turner: Dolphins at Patriots (DraftKings $3,300 | FanDuel $4,500)
This is a deep sleeper (obviously). Since Myles Gaskin (ankle) left last game, Turner stepped in and received four carries for six yards. Although that’s not exactly encouraging, the second-year back out of Alcorn State played in four games for the Ravens last season and could be worth a look in Week 17, especially since the Dolphins have most likely moved past the idea of including Patrick Laird in their long-term plans.
JuJu Smith-Schuster: Steelers at Ravens (DraftKings $5,500 | FanDuel $5,900)
After posting another dud (two catches for 22 yards) last week, no one is going to be on the Steelers’ No. 1 wideout, especially against the Ravens and with Duck Hodges throwing him the ball. However, with their playoff hopes still alive, Pittsburgh needs a big game from him. As seen in the past, he has slate-breaking potential based on his overall talent.
Hunter Renfrow: Raiders at Broncos (DraftKings $4,500 | FanDuel $6,000)
Renfrow is coming off of the best game of his rookie season in which he grabbed seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. The most encouraging sign of that output was that he played just 46% of the snaps. It wouldn’t be a shock for that number to climb drastically this week, and if it does, he could have a repeat performance.
Alex Erickson: Bengals vs. Browns (DraftKings $3,600 | FanDuel $5,100)
Last week, due to the injuries at his position, Erickson received nine targets and caught six of them for 55 yards. At this price tag, sign me up!
Kaden Smith: Giants vs. Eagles (DraftKings $3,700 | FanDuel $5,300)
Smith caught two touchdowns and turned his eight targets into six catches and 35 yards in last week’s overtime victory against the Redskins. As noted last week, his production with Daniel Jones under center has been clear due to the chemistry between the two and he’ll be in another solid spot to produce against Philly’s exploitable defense.
Tyler Eifert: Bengals vs. Browns (DraftKings $3,400 | FanDuel $4,700)
Eifert caught a heroic touchdown as time expired in regulation in his last game against the Dolphins, but most importantly, looks healthy. He should be targeted by Dalton due to the injuries at Cincinnati’s receiver position.
Arizona D/ST: Cardinals at Rams (DraftKings $2,400 | FanDuel $3,400)
Since there’s so much variability when it comes to selecting defenses, why not take a shot on the Cardinals defense against a Rams offense that was just eliminated from playoff contention? Arizona showed up against Russell Wilson and company last week…
Pittsburgh D/ST: Steelers at Ravens (DraftKings $3,000 | FanDuel $3,500)
As noted above, Robert Griffin III is starting for Lamar Jackson and key starters will be sitting out against the Steelers. Since Pittsburgh is in must-win mode to keep their playoff hopes alive, their defense becomes a strong option due to their ability to force sacks and turnovers.