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DFS Targets for Week 17
Darren Sproles

Week 17 GPP Long Shot: Darren Sproles has found the endzone twice in his last three games.

Note: Salary amounts are DraftKings pricing


H2H/Cash - Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cincinnati - $7,000

Big Ben proved to be well worth the high salary last week when he put up 32 fantasy points against the Saints, and should once again come through for cash owners this week at home against the Bengals. In what is a must-win game for the Steelers against a team that just gave up three passing touchdowns to Baker Mayfield and the Browns. Although there is the worry of the Steelers defense scoring a D/ST touchdown and the Steelers run game limiting the production of Big Ben, there are no better matchups for a cash quarterback this week, and Big Ben should give a solid floor of production.

Other options to consider - Matt Ryan @ Tampa Bay & Tom Brady vs. NY Jets

GPP - Josh Allen vs. Miami - $6,000

Allen’s rushing yards that made him such a valued DFS play have dried up over the past two weeks with the former Wyoming Cowboy totaling 46 yards against the Patriots and Lions. Look for Allen to return to his “running around like his pants are on fire” glory this week against a Miami defense that he torched Week 13 for 33 fantasy points. Sure, he could end up with a dud of a game and a few boneheaded turnovers, but he could also be the No.1 fantasy QB this week at a relatively cheap price of 6K. Pair him with Robert Foster for a home run GPP stack.

Fade - Tom Brady vs. NY Jets - $6,700

Brady scored just seven fantasy points last week as the Patriots used a run-heavy approach to control the clock and impose their will on the Bills. I anticipate New England will use a similar plan this week against the Jets, with the Patriot defense forcing multiple turnovers and a possible score on mistakes by Sam Darnold. The old days of Brady being a monster fantasy producer are likely over, and I can’t justify paying a premium for him when I can pay $300 more for Big Ben or Patrick Mahomes.

Other options to consider - Nick Foles @ Washington & Derek Carr @ Kansas City

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Sony Michel vs. NY Jets - $5,200

The Patriots used a run-heavy approach last week against the Bills with Sony Michel posting 116 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. While it is likely that the Chiefs will secure the top seed in the playoffs with a victory over the Raiders, the Patriots technically do have something to play for this week in their final game of the season against the Jets in Foxboro. Although the Jets allow the 9th fewest points to opposing running backs, I anticipate this will be a lopsided win for New England, with Michel and Rex Burkhead garnering a large chunk of carries.

Other options to consider - Christian McCaffrey @ New Orleans & Gus Edwards vs. Browns

GPP - Darren Sproles @ Washington - $4,400

In what could be the final game of his career, look for the Eagles to feature Darren Sproles against a Washington team that has been eliminated from playoff contention and is steaming with the turmoil surrounding the release of safety D.J. Swearinger. Sproles has a touchdown in two of his last three games and could score once again this week. He is an excellent low-cost play in a week filled with question marks and risky plays.

Other options to consider - Tevin Coleman @ Tampa Bay & Chris Carson @ Arizona

Fade - Ezekiel Elliott @ NYG - $9,000

Elliott had not played up to his salary over the past two weeks when the Cowboys were playing for the division title. WIth the Cowboys locked into the fourth seed and nothing the play for, it would make sense to limit the workload for Zeke or bench him altogether.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Davante Adams vs. Detroit - $8,000

With the hype surrounding Patrick Mahomes and the high flying Kansas City Chiefs offense this season, Davante Adams’ impressive 2018 campaign has gone mostly under the radar. Adams’ season is arguably the most valuable fantasy performance by any wide receiver in NFL history, with a touchdown or 100 yards in all but one game. In the one game he did not reach a TD or 100 yards, Adams still came through with 80 yards and eight catches.

Although he is questionable for the game with a knee ailment, I anticipate he will play against the Lions, and Aaron Rodgers will look to help Adams set new team records for catches in a season and receiving yards.

Other options to consider - Antonio Brown vs. Cincinnati & Stefon Diggs vs. Bears

GPP - Robert Foster vs. Miami - $5,100

The Dolphins have allowed the 10th-most point to opposing wide receivers over the past three games, including 37 catches for 455 yard and four touchdowns. Foster has developed into a favorite target for rookie Josh Allen and the primary deep threat for the Bills. I plan on pairing Foster with Allen for a cheap GPP stack with high upside in an otherwise meaningless game.

Other options to consider - Curtis Samuel @ New Orleans & John Ross @ Pittsburgh

Fade - DeAndre Hopkins vs. Jacksonville - $8,100

Hopkins and the Texans have a chance to jump the Patriots into the second seed in the AFC with a victory over the Jaguars and a loss by New England to the Jets. While the former is almost a foregone conclusion, the chance of the Jets beating the Pats in Foxboro is between slim and none. With Hopkins questionable with an ankle injury, don’t be surprised to see the Texans bench him and their other starters when the game between the Pats and Jets gets out of hand.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Travis Kelce vs. Oakland - $7,200

Paying up for a tight end this week may be the smart move based on the fact that there really are no appealing tight end matchups outside of Travis Kelce at home against the Raiders, a team that leads the league in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. I typically do not want to pay more for my tight end than my quarterback, but in this environment and with Kelce’s upside, it makes sense in cash.

Other options to consider - Kyle Rudolph vs. Chicago & Cameron Brate vs. Atlanta

GPP - Chris Herndon @ New England — $3,400

Herndon was one of the best tight end plays last week with seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. As a favorite target for rookie Sam Darnold, Herndon could be active again this week in what projects to be a lopsided win for the Patriots and a positive game script for Jets receiving options in the second half.

Other options to consider - C.J. Uzomah @ Pittsburgh & Mark Andrews vs. Cleveland

Fade - Rob Gronkowski vs. NY Jets — $5,100

Gronk is moving around the field like he is doing his best Antonio Gates impression. No longer a primary passing threat for Tom Brady, Gronkowski is clearly hampered by injuries and more of a decoy than a legit weapon.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Seahawks ($3,700) vs. Cardinals

Well Priced with Upside: Bills ($2,700) vs. Dolphins