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DFS Targets for Week 17

Note: Salary amounts are DraftKings pricing


H2H/Cash - Ryan Tannehill @ Houston - $6,800

Tannehill has averaged 26.79 fantasy points in his last three games, making him one of the most consistent quarterbacks over the past month and someone you should feel confident in starting this week in cash games. Tannehill takes on the same Houston team he torched for 25 points two weeks ago, this time on the road in perfect weather conditions at NGR stadium. The Titans can earn a wild card spot and a playoff berth with a win over the Texans, while Houston is locked in as the fourth seed.

Other options to consider - Matt Ryan @ Tampa Bay or Patrick Mahomes vs. LA Chargers

GPP - Jameis Winston vs. Atlanta - $6,600

Winston came crashing down last week against the Texans after two games of at least 36 fantasy points against Detroit and Indy. This game between the Falcons and Bucs is nothing more than a stat-padding matchup between to disappointing teams who missed the playoffs. Winston will no doubt throw a couple of picks, but he also will build on is league-leading 4900 passing yards. He is five passing touchdowns away from tying Lamar Jackson for the league-lead. Perhaps Bruce Arians will let his gun-slinging quarterback try to catch or beat Jackson, as Lamar is sitting out this week against the Steelers.

Other options to consider - Daniel Jones vs. Philadelphia & Robert Griffin III vs. Pittsburgh

Fade - Deshaun Watson vs. Tennessee - $6,700

If fully healthy and playing for something that would affect their playoff seeding, Watson would be a nice start this week against a Titans defense that ranks in the middle of the pack in points allowed to quarterbacks on the season. But with the Texans locked in as the fourth seed, head coach Bill O’Brien would be smart limiting Watson’s play.

Aaron Jones

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Aaron Jones @ Detroit - $8,200

The one player that I am paying up for in both cash and GPP this week is Aaron Jones. The sophomore sensation with 19 total touchdowns gets to take on a Lions defense that gives up the third-most points to opposing running backs. The Packers have a ton to play for, as a win and a loss by the 49ers would give the Pack home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Jones has two 30-point performances in his last three games and should once again be one of the top running back performers of the week.

Other options to consider - Ezekiel Elliott vs. Washington & Joe Mixon vs. Cleveland

GPP - Austin Ekeler @ Kansas City - $6,200

The mighty-might running back for the Chargers has been quiet over the past two weeks with no touchdowns and less than 100 combined yards in matchups against Oakland and Minnesota. With Philip Rivers possibly playing in his last game with the team and the Chargers likely chasing points against the Chiefs, look for Ekeler to be a big part of the offensive attack for the Chargers on Sunday.

Other options to consider - Sony Michel vs. Miami & Latavius Murray @ Carolina

Fade - Devonta Freeman @ Tampa Bay - $6,500

After a disappointing season with just six rushing touchdowns and 598 rushing yards, Freeman proved to be a league-winner with 33.7 points last week against Jacksonville. Freeman caught a season-high ten passes for 71 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. I don’t think the good times will continue for Freeman, as the Bucs are one of the hardest teams to run on, and Matt Ryan will be slinging the ball against a subpar Tampa Bay secondary.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Davante Adams @ Detroit - $8,000

Michael Thomas stole all of the headlines last week when he set the NFL record with 145 receptions on the season. While Thomas has been without question the best fantasy wide receiver, Davante Adams of the Packers has quietly been on a tear of his own. Adams has 20 catches in his last two games, for 219 yards and a receiving touchdown. The Pack has a ton riding on winning this week’s game against the Lions, and Adams should feast once again with another 100-yard game and possibly a score.

Other options to consider - Julio Jones @ Tampa Bay & Golden Tate vs. Philadelphia

GPP - Greg Ward @ NY Giants - $4,700

Ward is one of my favorite sub-5k wide receivers to target in GPP. The Eagles have a must-win game against a Giants team focused on playing spoiler. The Giants have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, and Ward is the last man standing in the Eagles secondary for Carson Wentz to target.

Other options to consider - Cole Beasley vs. NY Jets & Courtland Sutton vs. Oakland

Fade - Kenny Golladay vs. Green Bay - $6,300

Golladay enters Week 17 as the only wide receiver with double-digit touchdowns. Pretty impressive, considering he has had to deal with Jeff Driskel and David Blough at quarterback for half the season. The Packers defense is starting to hit their stride at the right time, and they will put a ton of pressure on Blough, making it difficult to target Golladay downfield.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Tyler Higbee - $5,600

Higbee might be the free space in daily fantasy this week with the Rams taking on a Cardinals team that gives up by far the most points to tight ends. Arizona has given up 15 receiving touchdowns to the position this year. By comparison, no other team has given up more than nine receiving TDs to the tight end position. Higbee is riding a streak of four games with at least 100 receiving yards that should continue this week against the Cardinals.

Other options to consider - Hunter Henry @ Kansas City

GPP - Austin Hooper @ Tampa Bay - $5,800

Hooper is coming off a solid nine catch day, with 82 yards against the Jags last week. He should continue to have a large target share with the Falcons down a pair of wide receivers.

Other options to consider – Dallas Goedert @ Giants

Fade - Kyle Rudolph @ Chicago - $3,800

The Vikings are locked into their playoff spot and have nothing to play for this week against the Bears. I anticipate Rudolph and other vets will sit this week, or they will be very limited, making Rudolph an easy fade.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Patriots ($4,300) vs. Dolphins

Well Priced with Upside: Broncos ($3,300) vs. Raiders