I know. I said last week was the last fantasy football start em and sit em of the season. Well, our daily fantasy experiment has turned a profit three weeks in a row, so we may as well give you one last go for your 2017 season… regular season that is. We win this week, you may have us throughout the playoffs as well.
Let’s recap. Three weeks ago I started taking ONLY our weekly starts from the combined expert analysis at Wayniac Nation and played $5 Double Ups at Draft Kings. Two weeks in a row we finished in the money. This week we took it to a new level.
Fee tried the same test on FanDuel. The strategy worked.
This past week at Draft Kings I did a Booster. This was a a 57-person tournament in which the top five turned their $5 into $50.
Again, we came into this season as a team of fantasy writers knowledgable in year long fantasy football starts and sits. This experiment is only three weeks long, but so far so good. Are we telling you these lineups are going to get you on the next commercial as a millionaire? No, not yet. But you can make a good haul.
Fee and The Wayniac’s DFS advice for Week 17
UPDATED (Sunday AM, January 3rd): Todd Gurley was a recommended start if you had the money to do so. He is out today. It also looks like Ted Ginn is out today. Ginn was not a recommended start, but he was a low budget guy who scored a lot of touchdowns. With Jonathan Stewart likely not playing, this increases the value of Greg Olsen and makes Devin Funchess a low-cost flyer.
The key here is focusing on guys that you know are going to play. With several teams already knowing their fate, some stars may rest for the playoffs. So who do you turn to this week?
Here’s what I’m thinking for FanDuel Starts this week. I’m staying away from Cousins and the Skins since they don’t have anything to play for. My cash games are going to revolve around either Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan. I know what you’re thinking about Ryan, but against that New Orleans D in a dome at home in ATL, it just seems like a good game, not to mention I’m going to try and get Julio in those lineups as well. With that said, the below starts are probably decent ones whether you’re playing GPPs or cash games, so you can pick and choose based on what you think exposure might be.
QB – Stafford ($7700), Ryan ($7600)
WR – Julio Jones ($9300)
I really like a lot of the Eagles this week. Yes, the Giants will play hard for TC, but now with Chip gone, I think Philly does the same to prove a point. Zach Ertz has been Philly’s target leader the last three weeks. The Giants can’t stop the TE, he should be a lock for me. But I also love either Ryan Mathews or Darren Sproles this week. The PHI/NYG over/under is the highest on the slate, look for a ton of points in this one.
TE – Ertz ($5700)
RB – Sproles ($5200) or Matthews ($5600) depending on what salary you can fit in.
I also like Buffalo’s RBs because they are a decent price even going against the Jets D. Rex is going to want to get points and I see him getting the ball to his RBs whether that’s on dump-offs, check-downs, runs, or screens.
RB – Gillislee ($5800) or Karlos Williams ($5800) – your opinion, your choice on who to start.
I also like Charcandrick West. KC needs to win and Oakland hasn’t been that good on D. Might as well get the volume guy in the lineup.
RB – West ($6800)
With so much value at RB, that leaves WR wide open for a ton of options. With Demaryius Thomas having a bum hamstring, I really like Emmanuel Sanders against San Diego who has basically given up on defense. At a decent price, he should have a good day. Here are some other WR’s that like this week. I’ll have a ton to play with depending on which way I go with my RBs, so I’ll just throw a bunch of guys out there that I like this week:
Golden Tate ($6900)
Martavis Bryant ($7100)
Odell Beckham Jr ($8900)
Jeremy Maclin ($7100)
QB: It’s hard to go wrong with Fee’s picks, especially at Draft Kings where both Stafford and Ryan are a bargain. I really like Ben Roethlisberger this week and I think he is a pretty solid deal. Yes, Big Ben has stunk it up on the road, but the Steelers are in a must win situation and the Browns let up 19 points a week to opposing QBs.
Stafford — $6200
Ryan — $5500
Big Ben — $6900
Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman are great starts based on their matchups, but they are going to cost you. The Falcons have allowed right around 22 points to opposing RBs and that makes Tim Hightower a solid and affordable start. Another low cost start led me to one of my fantasy championships. James White has been arguably the Pats best receiver the past three weeks. He is playing a Dolphins defense that is not only the worst against fantasy running backs, but have allowed the most receiving touchdowns to running backs this season.
WR: Alright, let’s spend some money, folks. Odell Beckham, Jr. is expensive but the Eagles defense is allowing 28 to 32 (depending on your scoring system) to opposing WR per game and if you can budget your lineup to allow an upset OBJ with something to prove, you have to do it. As Fee said, Julio Jones is an absolute must if you can budget him against a Saints defense that allows 27 to 31 points per week.
His matchup is so great and he is quite affordable as well. That may be because he was so bad last week. Still, I think Martavis Bryant deserves a look. Antonio Bryant is a no brainer, but is the highest paid WR in Draft Kings this week. Bryant could be a nice look.
TE: I love Fee’s Zach Ertz pick both against the Giants second worst fantasy TE defense and financially. Gary Barnidge is also super affordable this week and the Steelers have allowed well over 800 yards along with eight touchdowns to opposing TEs this season.
Defense: The Jaguars will most likely do what they do best — put up a ton of points in the fourth quarter that don’t matter. But the Houston Texans should have their way with them early on with or without Clowney. I have steered clear of the Rams all season because they are so boom or bust, but at their price this week against the 49ers, you have to like their chances of putting up points.
Happy New Year everyone. Good luck and let’s win some!