We’re entering what often turns out to be the wildest time in the entire NFL season, Week 17. Some teams couldn’t care less if they lose, some teams are trying to lose, and some teams are battling to extend their season for at least one more week. The Bills are just simply looking forward to the end of a frustrating season, firing the Super Ryan Brothers after the Dolphins chucked a green turtle shell at them; knocking them below .500.
I hope everyone had a great holiday; mine was spent playing old school Nintendo games against my sisters. It was fun dominating them just as I did as a 10 year-old, let’s see which players will help us dominate the opposition in Week 17.
Here is your Week 17 DraftKings expert lineup.
QB: Matthew Stafford – $6,000
RB: Jordan Howard – $6,800
RB: Tevin Coleman – $5,100
WR: Jordy Nelson – $8,100
WR: Michael Thomas – $6,700
WR: Golden Tate – $6,600
TE: Brandon Myers – $2,700
FLEX: Jacquizz Rodgers – $4,900
DST: LA Rams – $2,700
Stafford has been more of a game manager this year as opposed to the gun slinger he has been in the past. But he’ll have to dust off his holsters with guns blazing in this NFC North showdown; the division title is at stake and it should be a high scoring shootout. Stafford hasn’t thrown for a touchdown in the past two weeks, but his accuracy and decision making hasn’t been an issue. He’s playing good football and should find the end zone at least twice against a Packers defense that has allowed the second most passing touchdowns in the league, including two to Sam Bradford last week. Stafford dropped 30.5 fantasy points on the Packers in Lambeau earlier in the year; he has a high ceiling playing at home in this plus matchup.
Chicago’s second most favorite Jordan has been a slam dunk this season, waggin’ his tongue as he consistently rushes past his opponents. He failed to score double digit fantasy points in just two games all season, and has finished with at least 77 rushing yards since Week 8. Howard has been the lone bright spot for a Bears team in full blown rebuilding mode. Minnesota’s defense has a tough reputation, but should not scare you away from using a workhorse back like Howard. There is no Pippen to steal Jordan’s workload in this offense, start him with confidence.
Coleman has looked like Kool-Aid man, busting through defensive fronts and scampering for long runs. He has the potential to break off a huge gain with every touch, last week he sprinted for a 55-yard touchdown against a staunch Carolina run defense. He will now face a Saints defense that he torched for three touchdowns in back in Week 3; New Orleans has allowed the fourth most rushing touchdowns in the NFL. Coleman is ready to roll, man.
Jordy might be the most consistent fantasy wide receiver of 2017, having only one game below 10 fantasy points and at least 22 in his last four. Right now, he’s hotter than Cameron Diaz was in “The Mask.” That’s high praise. As Aaron Rodgers main man, you can expect him to be targeted all night in this must win showdown in Detroit. Jordy should be close to a lock for another 20 point fantasy performance.
Rookie of the year candidate, Michael Thomas, has recovered from a foot injury and is back to being Drew Brees’ favorite weapon. He won’t win the award thanks to Ezekiel Elliot, but he should win extra votes for not wearing a crop top 24/7. Thomas has been targeted 18 times the past two weeks, and should be relied on heavily against a Falcons defense allowing the sixth most receiving yards in the league. This one could turn into a high scoring shootout leaving Thomas with monster fantasy numbers.
PPR GOLDen has needed to step up his game with running back Theo Riddick battling a wrist injury. It looks like Riddick will be forced to sit again, leaving Tate all of his short pass targets. As Stafford’s most reliable weapon, Tate will be busy Sunday night against a Packers defense allowing the fourth most receiving yards to opponents. Golden is one of the leaders in gaining yards after the catch, so he has a good chance to break off a long one or two. Stay Golden in Week 17!
Cameron Brate has been placed on I.R., leaving tight end duties solely to Mr. Myers. He is not a spectacular athlete, but he’s sure handed and is a heavy load to bring down. Myers saw the most targets he has seen all year last week after Brate went down with a back injury; expect his six targets from last game to increase in Week 17. Carolina has allowed the third most fantasy points to the tight end position. He’s not a fancy name, but a cheap option that could pay off in an expanded role.
Jacquizz will be the starter in Week 17 after Doug Martin got popped for failing a drug test. The Bucs aren’t sweating it, Jacquizz performed better as a starter than Martin has in 2016. When Martin was injured earlier in the year, Jacquizz was thrown into workhorse mode; rushing 19, 26, and 30 times in Martin’s absence. Expect another huge workload against the Panthers, a defense that’s allowed five rushing touchdowns in their past six games. Pop the Quiz into your lineup.
LA may be a team in complete disarray, but they have a defense with a ton of talent and good matchup at home in Week 17. Noodle arm Carson Palmer is a decent bet to turn the ball over and the Rams seem to always give their division rivals a good game. With a lack of superb options in defenses this week, it could be a good strategy to go with a cheap Rams defense against an unmotivated Cardinals offense.