Week 17 NFL DFS Contrarian FanDuel Picks
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Week 17 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that you want to target in tournaments, such as the Millionaire Maker, etc… contrarian players if you will. They usually have one of the following characteristics:
1) have been performing well but haven't had a breakout game or big enough numbers to get Fantasy players talking, and/or
2) are in a price range of other more popular option, and/or
3) have frustrated with disappointing performances but have a great matchup to finally break through
FanDuel Week 17 Sleepers
Russell Wilson $7600 – The Seahawks still have a potential bye worth fighting for in Week 17. The best part about the Seahawks playing to win is that they're facing the 49ers. It doesn't get any easier than that. Earlier this year, Wilson and Trevone Boykin (yes, Boykin) combined for 308 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers have given up multiple quarterback touchdowns five of their last nine games, but check out the ones who they stopped: Carson Palmer (still had 376 yards), Matt Barkley, Bryce Petty and Jared Goff. Yea, using the word "stopped" is a bit aggressive.
Devonta Freeman $8000 – The Falcons are playing in the afternoon games at the same time as the Seahawks and need to win in order to clinch the second bye. As with the Seahawks, the good news is that the matchup is terrific. In the first matchup, the Saints sold out to stop Julio Jones, and while that worked, it let Freeman and Tevin Coleman score 29.2 and 28.4 Fantasy points! The Saints have also given up double-digit scores to Kerwynn Williams and Jacquizz Rodgers the last two weeks, making Freeman's high price more than worth it.
Fitzgerald Toussaint $4500 – With DeAngelo Williams' usage in question, Toussiant could end up leading the Steelers backfield to close out the season. Obviously, Toussaint is a pure tournament play, but the upside is here. After all, Toussaint is facing the Browns, a team that's given up 12 double-digit scores to running backs, including seven of 20-plus points.
Steve Smith $5800 – Smith announced his retirement on Wednesday and… hold on… sniff… I need a minute…
Okay, I'm good, I think… And while it's sad to see him go, you can count on Smith and the Ravens doing everything they can to make sure Smith goes out with a bang. Smith should see a dozen targets or more, and in the two games where he had 11, Smith finished with 87 yards and 111 yards and a touchdown. The retirement news makes him less of a "blind spot" player now, but I had to include him to say farewell and that he'll be my highest owned player.
Golden Tate $5700 – I am surprised by this price, as Tate has at least 8.7 points in each of the last five games with two nice games of 24.5 and 16.2. The Lions are fighting for their playoff lives, and they're facing the Packers. Not only do the Packers have one of the most forgiving pass defenses (most FPPG allowed by nearly two points), they are a high-scoring team, which forces opponents to be more aggressive. Remember that huge game by Marvin Jones earlier this year (before he went into hiding)? Well, it came against the Packers, and Tate is back to being the lead option in Detroit.
Richard Rodgers $4600 – On the other side of the ball, Rodgers is a pure touchdown play. Heck, I am not even sure I would dig this deep, but the Lions have given up 10 tight end touchdowns this year, and with Randall Cobb banged up and possibly out again, Rodgers could see a few more targets and score for the second week in a row.
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