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Week 17 DFS TE and DST NFL Picks: Kelce and Company



It’s time for our Week 17 DFS recommendations for the Sunday main slate. I’m focusing on tight ends (TEs) and defenses (DSTs) that will help you win!

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Week 17 DFS Tight End Cash Game Plays 

Travis Kelce, KC vs. LAC

FD ($7,500)          DK ($7,000)

With the Chiefs needing a win to secure a first-round bye, expect Kelce and the Chiefs to come out firing against the Chargers. While they are utilizing their backs a lot in this one, Kelce racked up 7-92-1 in the Week 11 meeting between the two teams and makes for a fine play in all formats.

Dallas Goedert, PHI at NYG

FD ($6,400)          DK ($4,900)

While Zach Ertz (ribs, back) resumed practicing on Friday, Goedert still projects to be heavily involved in the Eagles offense this weekend as they try to clinch a division title and make the playoffs. Ertz is nursing some painful injuries and may not be at 100 percent even if he’s active, and it’s obvious the Eagles trust Goedert as a primary receiving option even when Ertz is logging heavy snaps. He’s a fine cash game play on DK and FD.

Week 17 DFS Tight End GPP Plays

Austin Hooper, ATL at TB

FD ($6,000)         DK ($5,800) 

The price took a big jump on DraftKings, but Hooper could be Matt Ryan’s most popular target in Week 17 in a matchup at Tampa Bay. The Bucs rank 29th against TEs on DK and Julio Jones could be out, funneling more targets to Hooper. With Calvin Ridley on IR and the running game a somewhat unappealing option against the stout run defense, we could see a huge game from the big Falcons TE.

Darren Waller, OAK at DEN

FD ($6,200)          DK ($5,400)

Waller disappointed last week as the Raiders didn’t have much need to throw the ball in the second half as they salted away a win using heavy doses of DeAndre Washington, but this time around they could be forced into more passing. The matchup is a tough one but Waller had as solid Week 1 against the Broncos (7-70-0 on eight targets) and he’ll garner low ownership at an affordable price.

Hunter Henry, LAC at KC

FD ($6,000)         DK ($4,500) 

Henry had another ho-hum game in Week 16 and remains a risk in DFS, but he could be forced into more pressing duties facing the Chiefs in Week 17. He had 6-69-0 against the division rival in Week 12 and remains one of the top 10 fantasy TEs with some big-game upside. He’s also very affordable on DK.

Week 17 DFS Tight End Punt Plays 

O.J. Howard, TB vs. ATL

FD ($5,700)         DK ($4,200) 

Howard started the season off slowly but now has at least three catches and 46 yards in four straight games. This could be the week he gets in the end zone, and he makes for an affordable GPP Bucs passing game stack along with Jameis Winston and either Breshad Perriman or Justin Watson.

Kaden Smith, NYG vs. PHI

FD ($5,300)         DK ($3,700) 

The Giants have relied on Smith quite a bit the past few weeks, and he’s shown to have a nose for the end zone, with 6-35-2 last week in the OT win over Washington. He’s on the GPP radar for Week 17, even in a tough matchup against Philly.

Additional Week 17 DFS GPP and punt options:

Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. ARI (FD $6,900, DK $5,600) – Cash or GPP

Jared Cook, NO at CAR (FD $6,800, DK $5,200) – GPP only

Jonnu Smith, TEN at HOU (FD $5,800, DK $4,200) – GPP punt

Noah Fant, DEN vs. OAK (FD $5,600, DK $3,600) – GPP punt

Week 17 DFS DST Cash Game Plays 

Baltimore Ravens (BAL vs. PIT)

FD ($4,900)         DK ($3,100) 

The Ravens look like a pretty safe play in cash games against a Steelers offense that has major QB issues and nothing to play for. I’m locking them into cash games, especially on DK at just $3,100.

Indianapolis Colts (IND at JAC)

FD ($4,800)         DK ($3,200) 

I’m not excited about playing the Colts, but they’re a fine cash game play facing the Jaguars – who could be without RB Leonard Fournette. They have an excellent matchup and the price is plenty affordable on DK.

Also consider: Minnesota Vikings (DK), Buffalo Bills

Week 17 DFS DST GPP Plays

New England Patriots (NE vs. MIA)

FD ($4,700)         DK ($4,300) 

The Pats are expensive and there’s some risk rolling them out against a Dolphins offense that’s looked a heck of a lot better the past few weeks. But this defense can score points and there’s no reason to avoid them in GPPs.

New Orleans Saints (NO at CAR)

FD ($5,000)         DK ($4,000) 

The Panthers QBs have been throwing lots of interceptions the past few weeks and this Saints DST takes advantage of mistakes. I’ll downgrade them a bit if they’re missing Vonn Bell at safety, but they’re in consideration for GPPs.

Also consider: Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys

Week 17 DFS DST Punt Plays 

Green Bay Packers (GB vs. NYG)

FD ($4,800)         DK ($3,000) 

They’re overpriced on FanDuel, but they’re a punt on DraftKings at just $3K. The Lions are a mess right now and the Packers DST is filled with playmakers who capitalize on bad throws and poor blocking. They’re worth plugging in for both cash and GPP on DK.

Denver Broncos (DEN vs. OAK)

FD ($4,600)         DK ($3,300) 

Again, I’m not interested in FD, but the price on DK in a favorable home matchup is just too good to pass up. The Raiders have played better lately, but they do have some injury issues to navigate and the Broncos DST will look to close out the season on a high note.

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