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Fantasy Football: Who to play in Week 17

Pete Davidson
December 28, 2019 - 4:26 pm

For the vast majority of us, seasonal fantasy football is over.  It's a good week to go dipping one's beak into some Sunday fun on DraftKings or FanDuel.  With this being such a maddening slate, with many of the best players not playing, I've focused today's options on players who are cash-viable.  These are the players you can count on as foundational pieces in any lineup build.

Looking for seasonal advice instead?  It's "bowl week" for some folks, and though Week 17 is no week for a fantasy bowl game, I have you covered.  For rankings on every relevant skill player for Week 17 fantasy purposes, check out my lineup rankings at  It’s completely free.  No registration.  No signing in.  Just follow the link and enjoy.

Additionally, if you are looking for more Week 17 DFS information, the Rotobahn DFS Podcast will go up Sunday, at around 10:30 am.  It's easily found on my Twitter feed and it's free every week.

All pricing in this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Aaron Jones, RB, Packers at Lions, $8,200

So much to like here.  Jamaal Williams is out this week so say goodbye to their timeshare.  Jones will lead the way versus Detroit.  Twenty touches is possible if not likely.  The Lions can't stop running backs from doing much of anything and they are getting gashed on the ground.  The Packers have everything to play for--with a playoff bye and home field throughout the playoffs hanging in the balance.  Jones will be in most of my lineups this week and is a lock for my cash roster.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys vs. Washington, $8,000

The matchup screams for ground and pound.  The Cowboys will absolutely throw as much as they need to, but with Dak Prescott's bum shoulder and a potential playoff run on the horizon, a monster dose of their top flight ground attack makes all the sense in the world.  The Cowboys must win to have a chance and they play at the same time as Philadelphia, so they will be busting it most of the day.  Making matters better, the Giants can push the Eagles and keep that game competitive.  I love Elliott's security on a volatile slate.  He's cash-viable and he's probably going to be in my cash lineup.

Davante Adams, WR, Packers at Lions, $8000

He's far and away the top piece in the passing game.  His team must win to secure home field and a postseason bye.  Adams is in position to see double digit targets and has no health concerns, like Julio Jones, who would be the next receiver on my list.  As long as Julio is playing (knee/shoulder), he's also a very strong Week 17 option at $8,500.  However, as I said at the top, this is about the safe plays, and to me, Adams is as safe as it gets this week.  He is cash-viable, but the running backs you roster will have a lot to do with whether or not you can afford him in cash games.  I do like him a whole lot in game stacks with both Aaron Rodgers ($6,900) and the aforementioned Aaron Jones.

Greg Ward, WR, Eagles at Giants, $4,700

Ward is a cost-saver and we need those this week, but he's more than just a way to get big names onto your roster.  Ward will be the number one receiver for Carson Wentz (viable at $6,100), and the Eagles are in a must-win spot versus the Giants, and their weak secondary.  Ward has a chance to smash in this spot, but you also get a floor that is commensurate with his cost.  That's a solid combo.  He's seen 24 targets over the last three games and that pace should continue.  

Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles at Giants, $4,900

Even if Zach Ertz was playing, Goedert would be a strong option because the Eagles are so heavily depleted through the skill positions.  That being said, Ertz has indeed been ruled out with a rib injury that he toughed out in Week 16.  This makes Goedert the top option in the pass game along with Greg Ward.  In cash, I am looking seriously into playing both guys in a block.  For less than 10,000 units (or 20 percent of the cap), I'd be getting a huge portion of the Eagles passing yards.  I'll tell you this much, at least one of these Eagles will be in my cash lineup, if not both.

So there you have it.  My five most trustworthy plays for Week 17--the week you can't trust.  I hope this gets you started with your own lineup construction. 

Lastly, please remember to play within your comfort level.  You can have loads of fun playing DFS without spending more than a few bucks a week, so please play responsibly.

Jimmy Hackett and I will get into some main slate lineup construction, and all of our favorite Week 17 plays, on the Fantasy Football Hour, live on 93.7 at 8 a.m. on Sundays.  Join us!