NFL DFS Playbook: Week 17
**UPDATED SUNDAY** Howard Bender pores over the data and the match-ups to bring you his favorite plays for NFL Week 17 DFS main slate contests.
Welcome to the DFS Playbook for NFL Week 17!
Happy new year, #FAmily! This is it! We made it. There were certainly some times where I genuinely believed the NFL would need to shut down for a week or so, but they managed to get all the games in and within the 17 week window to boot. Impressive? Well, we'll see. Tons of COVID-19 cases are popping up and there are a number of players, like Alvin Kamara and Keenan Allen , who iwll not be playing here in the final week. What does that mean for the DFS space? A lot of value, that's what. Prices were posted ahead of all these reports, so not only do we have some high-priced talent looking to smash one more time in the regular season, but there is a ton of value available to help fit them in. With a 15-game slate, there are going to be a ton of directions we can go in.
Similar to last week, we are going to focus primarily on players who have a legitimate incentive to go all out this week. Some have playoff spots to clinch, some have league/franchise records to break/set and some have personal milestones they want to achieve. There will be some risks to take, but overallwe should have no trouble coming out on top in our cash games and GPP like we normally do. It's been a fantastic season for the #FAmily, so while we may have already said goodbye to 2020, we have one more page to turn and that's here in Week 17.
As always, for those who may be joining us late, here is your three-step process to lead you up to going through your favorite Playbook plays:
Step 1: Check out the DFS Position Coaches
Step 2: Check out the rest of the relevant DFS content
In addition to the positional coaching pieces, you also have things like the DFS Watch List, where I provide you with a list of players I am looking at throughout the week. We have the NFL DFS Podcast with Jon Impemba (@jimpemba777), who also does the Contrarian Corner video and special guest Babyface Grande this week, you can check out the DFS Bargains from Jen Piacenti (@jenpiacenti). Our Master of Tools, Matt Selz (@theselzman), supplies you data junkies with the Weekly Match-Up Report and everyone should also be reading the Weekly Game Previews and WR/CB Match-Up Report from Ryan Hallam (@fightingchance).
Step 3: Make your own list of players
It's real easy to just sit and wait for the Playbook, but as you are doing your research throughout the week, it is important to make notes and list the players who interest you the most. Maybe they end up in the Playbook and maybe they don't. If they're there, then great, it should mean we are honing in on the same things that make him a strong play. If not, maybe you're onto something else that someone overlooked. We aren't perfect and if you uncover something different, maybe you're right. I would be careful of routine groupthink and hype from beat writers, but often times someone will tell me something they saw about their local team that I missed and I am always looking to investigate more if its there. If you do, then say something in the chat. Talk it out and see what the rest of the #FAmily thinks.That's why the chat is there, isn't it?
With those three steps complete and discussions in progress, you are ready to look at the Playbook players, make comparisons and finalize your list for lineups, so let's get to it.