DraftBoard Daily Fantasy Week 17 NFL DFS Lineup Picks & Plays

Written By Nate Weitzer on December 30, 2017 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

Week 17 Draftboard.com NFL DFS Lineup Picks, Promo Code, and Strategy

Week 17 of NFL DFS is here, and everyone is looking to score the big money at Draftboard.com. Every week, we’ll bring you our top daily fantasy NFL picks divided into the top Cash plays, GPP options, and values for each position.

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Let’s talk a little more strategy. As with any daily fantasy sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, gameflow, and various other factors. This is important to remember when drafting a roster at any daily fantasy sports site.

Best Week 17 NFL DFS Draftboard.com Plays & Picks


Top Play

Philip Rivers vs. OAK ($8.5k)
Week 17 is often about finding players with ample motivation. The Chargers absolutely must win if they want to make the playoffs. Philip Rivers is a fiery competitor, who will do everything he can to take care of business at home against the divisional rival Raiders. For their part, Oakland ranks dead last in passing DVOA this season. Melvin Gordon (ankle) is questionable, and if Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler are sharing RB duties, that would be even more conducive to a pass-heavy approach for the Chargers.

Upside GPP Play

Kirk Cousins @ NYG ($7.9k)
The Giants have struggled mightily in pass defense over the last few weeks since losing top CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle) and excellent safety Landon Collins (arm) for the season. Plus, they’ll suspend starting CB Eli Apple in Week 17 for conduct detrimental to the team. This leaves mostly backup corners to deal with Washington’s athletic corps of receivers. In what could be his last game in a Washington uniform, Kirk Cousins will likely carve up a unit that’s given up a league-high 32 passing TDs this year.

Value Play

Jimmy Garoppolo @ LAR ($7.3k)
Despite taking the league by storm, Jimmy Garoppolo remains quite cheap ahead of another tough matchup. Yet he managed to produce season-best FP totals last week against Jacksonville’s top-ranked pass defense and will face a Rams team this week that has decided to rest some of its key starters ahead of the playoffs. San Francisco’s been playing for pride throughout most of the season. Still, they’ve thrived since Jimmy G arrived, giving them more to play for than some teams in the final week of the regular season.

Running Backs

Top Play

LeSean McCoy @ MIA ($8.3k)
The Bills also need to win and need losses from the Chargers and Titans to make the playoffs. They’ll be going all out in Miami this Sunday. As always, the offense will run through LeSean McCoy, who has handled 80 touches over his last three appearances and burned the Dolphins for 96 yards and two TDs in Week 15. Miami’s giving up the most receptions (37) to opposing RBs over the past month. That gives McCoy even more appeal in 0.5 PPR scoring formats.

Upside GPP Play

Alex Collins vs. CIN ($6.8k)
There are no games off in the AFC North. The Ravens will likely go all out to take down divisional rival Cincinnati, and it’s worth noting how poor the Bengals defense has been since losing WLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) a few weeks ago. Only Buffalo has given up more FPPG to opposing RBs than Cincy, which has coughed up 495 yards and four TDs on the ground over its last four games. Alex Collins is clearly the lead dog in the Ravens’ backfield and should be featured heavily in this plus matchup.

Value Play

Dion Lewis vs. NYJ ($6.1k)
Dion Lewis is simply a rock-solid Cash play with Rex Burkhead (knee) doubtful and James White (ankle) questionable for the Patriots’ regular season finale. The Steelers could be scoreboard watching because New England needs a win to wrap up the top seed in the AFC. That means Bill Belichick will likely play his starters. Lewis has become something of a workhorse for the Pats as a runner and receiver. The shifty back represents a mismatch for the Jets’ oversized front seven.


Wide Receivers

Top Play

Julio Jones vs. CAR ($7.0k)
The Falcons need to win to stay in the playoff picture. That means Julio Jones (ankle, thumb) will likely gut it out on Sunday as he does so often. Even with his thumb bothering him, the elite WR went for 149 yards against excellent young CB Marshon Lattimore last week. Now, he faces a Panthers secondary that’s struggled lately, coughing up the most receptions (64) and receiving yards (899) to WRs over the last month.

Upside GPP Play

T.Y. Hilton vs. HOU ($4.5k)
It’s easy to overlook the entire Colts offense given how they’ve performed with Jacoby Brissett under center this year, but T.Y. Hilton has still flashed upside at times and he could pop in a prime matchup this Sunday. Houston’s poor defense has evaporated over the past four weeks, coughing up the fifth-most FPPG while allowing 5 receiving TDs to WRs during that span. Hilton happened to have his biggest game of the year with 175 yards and 2 TDs against Houston a couple months ago and he hit 100 receiving yards in a much tougher matchup at Baltimore last week.

Value Play

Kelvin Benjamin @ MIA ($3.8k)
He’s more of a tournament option, but at this price tag, Kelvin Benjamin could be worth deploying in any format. Despite dealing with multiple injuries this season, the 6-foot-5 WR remained productive, snaring 5-of-7 targets for 70 yards against the Patriots on Sunday. He also should’ve had a short TD upheld on review. Benjamin could dominate Xavien Howard if active, but if he appears iffy to play through his knee injury, consider Jags slot man Keelan Cole ($4.2k) or T.Y. Hilton ($4.5k).

Tight Ends

Top Play

Rob Gronkowski vs. NYJ ($6.8k)
Hands down the best TE in the game right now, Rob Gronkowski is even more obvious as a top play since the Chiefs may rest Travis Kelce and the Eagles have no reason not to rest Zach Ertz with their respective playoff positioning lined up. Gronk dominated the Jets en route to six catches, 83 yards, and two TDs in Week 6. He should once again serve as Tom Brady’s go-to guy over the middle in a game the Patriots would like to seal early.

Upside GPP Play

Eric Ebron vs. GB ($3.6k)
After struggling early in the year, Eric Ebron has certainly surpassed fellow Lions TE Darren Fells with 20 catches for 210 yards and two TDs over his last three appearances. Up next is a Packers team that ranks 21st in TE DVOA. They’ll also be without speedy LB Clay Matthews (groin) in a meaningless season finale.

Value Play

Antonio Gates vs. OAK ($3.0k)
An unfortunate season-ending injury to Hunter Henry (kidney) has forced Antonio Gates back to the forefront. The touchdown-catching machine secured another score last week in a win over the Jets. Now, he’ll face a pathetic Raiders pass defense that’s given up the most receptions per game (7.75) receiving YPG (93.5) to opposing TEs over the last month. Gates could play a healthy allotment of snaps in what might be his final NFL game.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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