Welcome to the DFS Playbook for NFL Week 17!

Happy New Year, #FANation! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year's Eve and got to celebrate it, in some way with friends and family. But it's time to get back to business here. Last week's Playbook was absolute fire and I guarantee that had James Robinson not blown out his Achilles, many of us would have run away with five and six-figure wins. My Bengals stack was looking so strong, but that DK snowflake on the scoring page stood out like a turd in a punch-bowl. Thank you, FanDuel, by the way, for not giving me stupid icons to look at and feel bad about a lost play. Anyway, there were plenty of wins last week and several happy people over Christmas weekend.

We get back at it today and I'm super-pumped about the 14-game slate we get to play around with here. We haven't been this flush with talent on a slate since before the bye weeks and anyone who was around here for Week 3, you know how much fun that was, right Millionaire Mike? There are going to be a variety of ways to attack this slate given the tasty match-ups for high-priced talent like Week 17 Playbook cover boy, Jonathan Taylor and star wide receiver Cooper Kupp. I'm sure many will try to jam both into their lineups, but then it's about whether the value hits or not. 

But I'm getting ahead of myself right now. The Playbook isn't even complete and I'm already talking lineup construction. That's how excited I am for this week. So let's get to it.   

Now, before we get to the Playbook players, allow me to remind you what you should be doing leading up this step in your research.

Step 1: Check out the DFS Position Coaches

QB Coach – Jon Impemba (@jimpemba777)

RB Coach -- Justin Vreeland (@JustinVreeland)

WR Coach -- Colby Conway (@colbyrconway)

TE Coach -- Andrew Cooper (@CoopAFiasco)

D/ST Coach -- Dan Malin (@RealDANlanta)

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 me and Jon Impemba, who also does the Contrarian Corner video and check out the DFS Bargains from our newest #FAmily member Tera Roberts (@ItsTeraTime). 

Also, our Master of Tools, Matt Selz (@theselzman), supplies you data junkies with the Weekly Match-Up Report and everyone should also be checking out the 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 our Fantasy Alarm Discord 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 are 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.

How about one final step before we actually begin? 


Every now and again, we throw in a late add to the Playbook. More often than not, a late add is done for cash game play as we are seeing higher-than-expected ownership on a bargain player. These can, often times, become a “free square." If the ownership is high, it won't matter if the players succeeds or not. It's about keeping pace with the masses and watching out for lineup trains. We won't recommend if we don't believe in the player, so if you see one, understand the major reasoning behind it.

We've got a number of changes right now so take a walk through once again.


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