Fantasy Football Roundtable: Week 17 DFS Edition
Welcome to the final week of the Fighting Chance Fantasy Roundtable! With it being the last week of the season and most fantasy leagues done, we thought we would do something different and give our favorite high priced and favorite bargain at each position. So without further adieu, here we go. Of course follow us on Twitter @drakefantasy, @fightingchance, @garyhaddow1, @fantasygeekbangsyomomma69.
Which top salary quarterback do you like best? Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, or Ryan Tannehill?
Drake Says: Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City has something to play for and that's really all that matters in week 17. Chiefs need to play for seeding and the outside chance that the Patriots lose. KC should roll. Go with Mahomes.
Ryan Says: Drew Brees. He is so super hot right now with five games out of the last six with three or more touchdowns. He might be on the road but he is going against a Panthers team that can’t wait for the season to be over. The Saints need to win to potentially get the number one seed in the NFC, and Brees should rake.
Gary Says: Patrick Mahomes. These are all fantastic options, but I like Mahomes the most. If you prefer to do a stack, then maybe Tannehill would be prefered as he is the cheapest QB and AJ would be the cheapest of the 3 WR stacks.
Steve Says: Ryan Tannehill. I know this may be against the grain, but the Titans are fighting for their lives and are going against the subpar secondary of the Texans. Tannehill has been the QB3 in fantasy since Week 7 and I think he lights up Houston in Week 17.
Which bargain quarterback? Drew Lock, Kirk Cousins, or Philip Rivers?
Drake Says: Drew Lock. Denver is surprisingly not awful. Lock should have all day to throw vs a dead in the water Raiders club. He should smash a team who's is waiting for Monday's tee time.
Ryan Says: Drew Lock. Rivers is terrible, and Cousins has nothing to play for so the answer is Lock. The Raiders pass defense is absolutely awful, and even though Oakland should be motivated as they have a chance to go to the playoffs, Lock is still going to rock them. It has been a couple of rough weeks for the kid, but he should finish strong.
Gary Says: Philip Rivers. I am going Rivers here solely because this could be his last game with the Chargers and I like to think beating the Chiefs would be his ideal way to ride off into the sunset.
Steve Says: Philip Rivers. I wish I could say none but since Cousins has nothing to play for and Lock couldn't light up the Lions last week, I'm going with Rivers who I think has something to prove in Week 17.
Which top salary running back do you like best? Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones, or Ezekiel Elliott?
Drake Says: Aaron Jones. This is a close one. I'll take Aaron Jones. There's no Jamal Williams and the Packers have a ton to play for. The Lions stink. Fire him up with confidence.
Ryan Says: Ezekiel Elliott. I love Aaron Jones in this one too, but it has to be Zeke. Washington is fourth worst against the run, giving up over 141 yards a game on the ground and surrendering 13 rushing touchdowns this year. Elliott rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown against them the first time and Dallas needs to win to have a chance at going to the playoffs. Elliott is going to have a monster game.
Gary Says: Aaron Jones. Jones versus the Lions with no Jamaal Williams. I like AJones to keep up his workload. Then Zeke, then AK.
Steve Says: Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas wants to get in the playoffs and they need to lean on Zeke heavily to do that. Washington can be beat with the run and I think 100+ yards and a score is a gimme for Elliott this week.
Which bargain running back? Carlos Hyde, Sony Michel, or Damien Williams?
Drake Says: Damien Williams. I've been a Damien Williams truther since day 1. Let's not get off the wagon this week. He's back in the saddle as the lead back in an elite offense. I think people are sleeping on KC as we enter the playoffs because of the Lamar Jackson show. Chiefs are a legit title contender and they'll ride Williams all the way.
Ryan Says: Sony Michel. This is another close one as I like Williams too. As disastrous of a season as it has been for Michel, he still has a shot at 900 rushing yards and has six touchdowns. He does have 40 carries in the last two weeks for 185 yards, and the Dolphins are atrocious against the run. The Patriots should get up early in this one and should have plenty of opportunities to fall into the end zone. I am concerned that Rex Burkhead could get goal line work again, but Michel was good against Miami in Week 2, and should succeed again.
Gary Says: Damien Williams. Damien would be the play as I expect them to get him going to playoffs.
Steve Says: Sony Michel. Michel has gotten 40 rushing attempts in the last two weeks and I expect New England to be working with a lead in this one. Miami has the 27th best (I mean worst) rush defense in the NFL and I think Michel is in line for a big game.
Which top salary wide receiver do you like best (not using Michael Thomas)? Julio Jones, Davante Adams or DeAndre Hopkins?
Drake Says: Davante Adams. Adams is coming off a 16 target week. That tells you all you need to know about the other options in Green Bay. Plug and play Adams this week.
Ryan Says: Davante Adams. He is my #FFPieBet choice for Week 17, and should be an absolute beast. He is SO far and away the most targeted receiver for this team it isn’t even funny. He has ten catches or more in seven of his last eight games, and is an absolute beast. He might have to deal some with Darius Slay, but what do the Lions really have to play for? Adams is a no brainer in my book.
Gary Says: Julio Jones. Julio has always crushed the Bucs, and in a game solely for pride this will be Julio vs Winston for blow up of the year.
Steve Says: Julio Jones. #AlwaysJulio
Which bargain wide receiver? Steve Sims, Greg Ward, or John Ross?
Drake Says: Steven Sims Jr is opening eyes with his speed and catching ability. What should open more is how much Case Keenum enjoys peppering slot WR's. This week should be no different and Sims will eat up Dallas and help you win DFS cash.
Ryan Says: Greg Ward. Another really tough one as I can make a case for all three. But let’s go with Ward. The Eagles will now be without Zach Ertz which means even one less guy to target on Sunday. Now we have just Miles Sanders and Dallas Goedert as other reliable options to throw the ball down the field to. He has 33 targets in the last five games, and is going against the absolutely awful Giants secondary with the division title in their grasp. How could Ward possibly come up small in this one?
Gary Says: Greg Ward. Love me some Greg Ward given the matchup against the useless Giants secondary.
Steve Says: Greg Ward. Ward has 23 targets over the past three weeks and with Ertz out, I can see him approaching double digit targets against the Giants.
Which top salary tight end do you like best? Austin Hooper, Dallas Goedert, or Tyler Higbee?
Drake Says: Dallas Goedert. Ertz is out so I'm pivoting to Goedert here. Now Higbee is a monster and on a historic pace BUT we don't know how much the Rams are going to play anyone. Couple that with Blake Freakin' Bortles probably throwing him the ball and I'll pass on Higbee. Goedert should see easily 10-15 targets in a must win game. That's music to my lineups ears.
Ryan Says: Tyler Higbee. Back in August we all knew that Tyler Higbee would be the Rams best receiver in the month of December right? Well, that’s where we stand as he has at least seven catches and 100 yards in four straight games. He finishes with a game with the worst defense against the tight end in Arizona, a team he torched for seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on December 1st. All three should succeed, but Higbee is the one who comes with the least risk.
Gary Says: Tyler Higbee. I like Higbee versus the Cards as he cements his status the TE1 for the Rams.
Steve Says: Tyler Higbee. We were curious what effect the return of Gerald Everett would have on Higbee last week and the answer was that he had no effect. Higbee still has nine receptions for 104 yards and has the best matchup of the week for a tight end as they face the Cardinals.
Which bargain tight end? OJ Howard, Jonnu Smith, or Mike Gesicki or one of your own?
Drake Says: Kaden Smith. Screw all those guys and give me Kaden Smith for $3700 on DK. He's big, he's slow, he's playing the Eagles shell of a defense. I can't see Philly stopping anyone in this game with their injuries. Smith will be open all day while the Birds chase around Slayton and company.
Ryan Says: OJ Howard. I nearly took Smith here after he had a great game against the Texans two weeks ago, but I believe in Howard. He is a bit of a roller coaster considering he doesn’t always have the best hands and his quarterback isn’t always accurate. But he does have seven targets in back to back games, and is third in line for catches after Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson. Howard hasn’t done it in 2019, but he has had some big games in the past, and has the highest ceiling of the three of these guys.
Gary Says: Jonnu Smith. Jonnu is going to beast out this game as the Titans throw all over the Texans.
Steve Says: OJ Howard. Jonnu Smith hasn't had more than five targets in the last four weeks while OJ Howard hasn't had less than five. I'm tempted by Gesicki, but I think the New England defense will keep him in check, so I'm liking Howard in Week 17.