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FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 17 – Plays That Pay

Des Boodram

@boxscoreprophet

 

The penultimate week should’ve have brought good fortune if you played my recommended cash game marks in DFS.  Hopefully your season long fake team did well also, whether it is the championship matchup, consolation or third place game.  Aaron Rodger to Jordy Nelson were truly the plays that paid last season and almost everyone from LeSean McCoy to Cameron Brate to Todd Gurley found the end zone and we cashed with our second best outcome of the season despite Tyler Lockett leaving in the 2nd quarter with a brutal injury, though he was able to put some points on the board again. I have struggled with cash game Defenses, Kickers and TEs all season long, and this past week was no different as all three finished in the single digits… #RodgersTOJNelson.  This week brings a whole new set of challenges as there are 9 games with playoff implications and 7 total wild card games where anything can go.  Weekly studs like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown could be rested, while traditional second team players like Paxton Lynch or Bilal Powell could be fantasy gold.  In the rear situation where you have a week 17 with something on the line, pay attention, but if you are a daily player, here’s some helpful words.

 

QUARTERBACK

 

There are 5 QBs who are in priming scoring position.  Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, and Matt Stafford are all primed to put up big numbers.

I like Wilson the best in the cash game, because he is the lowest priced, and the Seahawks are in desperate need of a first round bye.  He’s got no running game, and no Tyler Lockett, so I’m expecting a big game to Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin, with a bunch of yards on the ground as well.  I have recommended Wilson before and flopped, but the Seahawks need a big game from him in this spot.

My super sneaky ninja pick is Blake Bortles who also has no running game, should throw the ball 45-50 times in this one.  His matchup is decent, and he’s had success against the Colts.  Bortles can use his legs as well, but this game is interesting because Bortles actually has something to play for as his job is on the line in a big way.  I still think there’s hope here, but the Jags may want to abort this mission if Bortles is deemed as not worthy moving forward.

 

RUNNING BACK

 

There’s a host of RBs that are in good spots this weekend, but there’s a handful of other’s playing in games that don’t matter that may or not be fantasy gold.  DeMarco Murray and the Titans have nothing to play for and Matt Cassel as the back up.  He killed the Texans last time out, and the Texans are already locked in.  GPP play only.

If I’m spending big David Johnson is the guy.  The Cardinals have nothing to play for and David Johnson is on a bit of a historic pace.  The Rams locked him up last time out, but have had the morale beat out of the in the last few weeks.  Look for Johnson to dominate again.
I love some Darren Sproles this week against a Dallas team that also has nothing to play for.  It’s a calculated risk, but no Ryan Matthews, means Sproles is the guy.  Fingers crossed that that he gets a ton of Carson Wentz check downs, but either way at his $5500 price tag, I’m rolling with him in the cash game.

 

WIDE RECEIVER

 

If you’re spending big, Mike Evans is the guy.  The Bucs have some work to do, and with Cameron Brate, Evans should get some fancy red zone targets as well.  The Panthers have nothing to play for and it should be expected that  Evans will get double digit targets in a game that matters for the Bucs.

I love Doug Baldwin as well with the unfortunate injury to Tyler Lockett.  He’s still the WR1 on this  team, and perhaps the most underrated WR1 in the NFL.  Don’t forget about Baldwin when you’re building your roster.

My GPP play is Tyreke Hill all the way.  The San Diego run defence is atrocious and West and Ware cancel each other out.  I do expect Hill to get 7-8 targets in the passing game, and a handful of rushing opportunities as well.

In my sentimental play of the week – I’ve gotta roll with Steve Smith of the Ravens, who is possibly playing his final game of an illustrious hall of fame career.  Smith has a bunch of targets of late, and I’m guessing John Harbaugh will dial up some special plays to pay tribute to one of the most consistent WRs  in the last 15 years.

 

TIGHTEND

 

Travis Kelce is the chalk this week, and no other TE deserves your attention in the cash game.  The Chiefs need their reality TV star, to put up some real numbers in this one.
Jimmy Graham and Zach Ertz also make sneaky picks especially Ertz.  The Eagles had low expectations this entire season, so they are going to roll Wentz out there and let him fire away in the season finale.

I love Delanie Walker too with  some major dump offs from Matt Cassell in the cards.  His production has been terrible of late, but don’t forget about him this week.
Good Luck Gamers!!