Week 17 Daily Fantasy Football Bargains & Sleepers For DraftKings
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Bargain: Matt Ryan ($5,500). Ryan has definitely had some struggles this season. His turnovers have hurt the Falcons and may be the biggest reason they won’t make the playoffs. For fantasy purposes he has underachieved mightily but has not been a complete dud. He’s had eight games with 18+ points. He played well last week in the win over the Panthers and has a great home matchup against the Saints to finish the season. The Saints have given up more points to opposing quarterbacks than any team in the league. Ryan posted a solid 295 yard and 2 touchdown performance in New Orleans earlier this season.
Sleeper: Brian Hoyer ($5,100). The biggest knock on Hoyer this season has been his inability to stay on the field. He has only played seven complete games going into the final week of the season. When he has been on the field he’s generally been a great fantasy value play, topping 21 points in four of those seven games. This week he is priced in the bottom tier despite a juicy matchup with a Jacksonville team that ranks 29th in passing yards allowed and points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.
Bargain: Bilal Powell ($4,500). For those not paying attention, Powell is averaging 19.7 points per game over the last four weeks. In that span he has had 5+ catches and 75+ yards in each game. To put some perspective on how good he’s been, over the last four games Adrian Peterson is averaging just 12 points per game and Todd Gurley is averaging just 16.7. Powell is a PPR stud on a hot streak with a solid matchup and a very low price. He is a great play this week.
Sleeper: Rashad Jennings ($3,700). Jennings has now posted three straight games with 12+ points and importantly received over 15 touches in each of those games. If that trend continues he could have another solid week against an Eagles defense that ranks 27th in points allowed to opposing running backs.
Bargain: Jordan Matthews ($4,700). Matthews has had a painfully inconsistent season for fantasy owners but it seems like things have turned around for him as of late. He is coming off back to back games with at least 6 catches, 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. His hot streak should continue against the lousy pass defense of the Giants that gives up more passing yards than any team in the league.
Sleeper: Keshawn Martin ($3,000). Last week with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola out Martin saw 11 targets which he converted to 7 catches for 68 yards (and a rush for 6 yards). That made for a healthy 14.4 points. This weeks is shaping up to be a similar scenario. He could easily top last week’s production against a far worse defense, and he will do it with the minimum price tag for the wide receiver position.
Bargain: Travis Kelce ($4,700). The good thing about Kelce is that he’s among the most consistent tight ends in the league. He has had at least 3 catches in every game but one, and has had 8.5+ points in twelve of his fifteen games this season. The bad part has been that aside from the huge week one performance, his highest scoring output is just 16.9 points. Still he’s coming off back to back games with 6 catches and double digit scoring. Oakland has also been terrible against the tight end for most of the season (though they held him to just 2 catches for 42 yards earlier in the season). With the recent uptick in usage and a good matchup he is a great high floor bargain play this week.
Sleeper: Vance McDonald ($3,000). In the past six weeks, McDonald has had three 16+ point games, including a 5-61-1 outing last week. He hasn’t been consistent during that time, but his matchup and price tag make him a great sleeper this week. The Rams are among the league’s worst when it comes to surrendering points to the opposing tight end. His upside and low price tag justify the risk you take drafting him.
Bargain: St. Louis Rams ($3,000). The Rams have been one of the best scoring defenses all season with a knack of getting to the opposing quarterback. This week they face a San Francisco offense that has allowed the fourth most points to opposing defenses.
Sleeper: Indianapolis Colts ($2,400). The Colts defense has scored between 8 and 15 points in five of their last six games. They have been racking up on sacks and turnovers in that run, both of which they should be able to find against a Titans offense that has allowed more points to opposing defenses than any other team in the league.