NFL Week 17 is fully underway and it’s time to look at building some winning DFS lineups for Sunday main slate GPP tournaments. We know the masses are going to focus on the two games with the highest point total. Just take a look at our DFS Ownership Projections. While it’s fine to eat some of the chalk and get explosive players like Christian McCaffrey into your lineups, you also need to hunt down some of those lower-owned players who are expected to pop in order to really move the needle in a large-field, multi-entry GPP. Welcome to the NFL Week 17 Contrarian Corner where we try to do just that.


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Top FanDuel & DraftKings NFL DFS Week 17 Contrarian Plays

C.J. Stroud, QB Houston Texans

What a great spot for C.J. Stroud to remind everyone why he is going to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award this season. After missing the past few weeks due to a concussion the Texans QB returns with a home matchup against the Tennessee Titans, one of the worst pass defenses in football. He has a healthy Nico Collins at his disposal and the emerging Noah Brown in the slot to take on this Titans secondary. Given the Texans poor rushing attack and the Titans ability to stop the run it wouldn't shock me to see Stroud throw 35+ times in this game.

Isiah Pacheco, RB Kansas City Chiefs

Pacheco has been cleared from concussion protocol and will return to the Chiefs lineup this week to face a baby soft Bengals run defense. The Chiefs passing attack has not nearly been as explosive this season as in previous years which has led them to run the football a lot this year and Pacheco is an absolute battering ram that also makes plays in the passing game. Remember what Ty Chandler did against the Bengals a few weeks ago? Yeah, Pacheco could make that kind of impact this week at single digit ownership.

Cooper Kupp, WR Los Angeles Rams

Puka Nacua was questionable all week and while he is expected to suit up here against the Giants that injury designation has me eyeing the only slightly more expensive Cooper Kupp this week in a great matchup against a young and inexperienced Giants defense. Kupp was very close last week to having a monster game but was unable to hold onto two passes that may have ended up as touchdowns against the Saints.

Darren Waller, TE New York Giants

How about a little contrarian game stack? The Los Angeles Rams are one of the worst defensive teams against opposing tight ends this season and we saw Waller have some success with Tyrod Taylor as the team's QB earlier this season. If the Giants are going to pull off the upset then a big game from Waller is likely one of the contributing factors here.