NFL DFS WR Coach Week 17: Top DraftKings & FanDuel Picks
Published: Dec 31, 2022
Updated: Dec 31, 2022
The NFL season has come and gone, as unfortunate it is to say. As the season winds down, we will see many divisional showdowns to end the year, many of which will have playoff implications. On the other hand, you have teams jostling for positioning in the NFL draft, so there is something to play for in many games. Enjoy these full slates for daily fantasy football, because there aren’t many weeks left with a bunch of games on the main slate. From studs, to value plays, to mid-tier players, I got it all for you in this week’s DFS WR Coach. Here are my favorite DFS options at wide receiver for your Week 17 NFL DFS lineups, including my top receivers, best value plays, and receiver to fade.
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NFL DFS WR Top Plays
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Here’s your weekly reminder that Justin Jefferson is really, really good. He has 100 or more yards in four of his last five, including at least 123 yards in three straight. He torched Green Bay for 184 yards and two scores back in Week 1, and for his entire career, he’s averaging 92.6 receiving yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game against the Packers. Outside of his rookie year, he has at least 169 yards and two scores in two of his last three games. He’s the most expensive receiver on the main slate, but it’s hard to argue that he’s not worth every penny. We’ll keep an eye on the weather at Lambeau leading up to game time.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
You’ll read about another Detroit receiver I like this week, but of course, St. Brown is the top dog for me in the Detroit passing attack. He has at least nine targets in five straight games, and he has double-digit fantasy points in every game since Week 9. St. Brown went for 10 grabs on 11 targets for 119 yards against the Bears in Week 10, and with this game being at home, we’ll get the best, and most profitable, version of Jared Goff.
Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
The Patriots have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to wideouts over the last four weeks, and the Patriots will do whatever it takes to slow down the opposition’s top wideout, which is Tyreek Hill. The Patriots rank 26th in DVOA against the WR2, and Waddle now has back-to-back games with 100+ yards and a score. Even with Teddy Bridgewater under center, I like saving a bit of money by playing Waddle instead of Hill. Remember, Waddle may not have seen the targets Hill did in Week 6, but Waddle still went for 125+ in that game.
NFL DFS WR Mid-Price Plays
Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
Maybe the team will make an inspired effort under the new interim coach? Maybe? Russell Wilson may still be under center, and with all of the problems that that has put forth, Jeudy is the WR8 over the last four weeks, and he has the 10th-most receiving yards amongst wideouts during this four-game run. Kansas City ranks 22nd in DVOA against the pass, 32nd against the WR1, and 15th against the WR2, per Football Outsiders. There should be some points scored in this game, and Jeudy has at least 65 yards in four straight games. Oh, remember, he went for three touchdowns against the Chiefs a couple weeks back.
Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans
There’s no Nico Collins anymore, meaning that Cooks is the unquestioned WR1 for this team down the stretch. Cooks gets to face a Jacksonville team that he routinely has big games against, and we are officially at the point of the season when Davis Mills balls out because there’s nothing to lose. Cooks saw nine targets last week, resulting in 34 yards and a touchdown. Cooks was quiet against Jacksonville earlier this year, but back in 2021, he had at least five grabs and 102 yards in each contest, including not one, but two scores in Week 15.
Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders
Dotson is so good. All he does is score touchdowns, and now he gets to face a Cleveland defense that ranks 27th in DVOA against the opposition’s WR2. Over the last three games, he’s averaging five grabs for 78 yards and one touchdown, good for 16.3 and 18.8 fantasy points per game on DraftKings and FanDuel respectively. At this point, it’s hard to fade Dotson, given the matchup and his recent production. To be honest, I kind of like the switch to Carson Wentz for Dotson this week.
NFL DFS WR Value Plays
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
When looking at the receivers for Green Bay, Lazard is one with the best matchup. Chandon Sullivan is a solid run defender, but he’s a bit of a liability in coverage, ranking as Pro Football Focus’ 90th ranked corner. After a quiet Week 15, Lazard was heavily targeted in Week 16 against the Dolphins, and I like Lazard to break his six-game touchdown drought. Oh, Minnesota has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to wideouts over the last four weeks.
DJ Chark Jr, Detroit Lions
Amon-Ra St. Brown is my favorite Detroit receiver, but Chark is also in a very, very good spot. Chicago is vulnerable outside, but its offense can put up points, setting up the perfect storm for a good ole fashioned shootout. Chark has at least 90 yards or a touchdown in four of his last five games, and with this game being in Detroit, we all know that we’ll get the best side of Jared Goff. All three of his touchdowns this year have come at home, and in a good matchup, I like Chark and the majority of this Detroit offense.
NFL DFS WR Dart Throws
Richie James Jr., New York Giants
Over the last four weeks, the Colts have allowed the most fantasy points per game to receivers, and when looking at Indy’s cornerbacks, slot man Richie James Jr. figures to have the best matchup. Also, volume has been there for James of late, as he has averaged just under nine targets per game over the last three weeks. James is the WR22 in PPR formats over the last five weeks, and while teammate Isaiah Hodgins has a couple more fantasy points than James, it’s the latter with more targets, receptions, and yards.
NFL DFS WR Fades
Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals
This matchup is a bit tougher than it may seem at first. Over the last four weeks, the Falcons have allowed the fewest points per game to opposing receivers, and while some of that is due to matchups (Saints, Ravens, etc.), they appear to be playing better as a defensive unit. Even without Hopkins in the mix, with David Blough under center, I'm fading Brown this week.
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