Saturday, December 30, 2017

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 17

Every week of the 2017 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 17?

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Brendan Donahue: Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams ($3,900)

I'm sticking to the theme of finding undervalued featured backs. The Rams have announced that they will sit several starters including Todd Gurley so that should mean that Brown will fill his role. While there isn't a great sample size to support Brown in a featured back role, he has had double-digit carries three times this year and has averaged over four yards per carry when given that larger role. He also gets the 31st-ranked defense against opposing RBs in the 49ers this week so at just $3,900, he is certainly someone I will have in most lineups this weekend.

Kevin Hanson: Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints ($7,900 and $7,500)

The dynamic duo of Ingram and Kamara have combined for nearly 3,000 yards from scrimmage this season and both Ingram (1,486) and Kamara (1,426) have eclipsed the 1,400-yard mark on the year. In addition, both RBs have exactly 12 touchdowns and more than 50 receptions. Controlling their own destiny for the division title, Kamara and Ingram are 1-2 in my Week 17 running back rankings and given the value plays available elsewhere, it's not too cost-prohibitive to build lineups around these studs.

John Trifone: Brandon Oliver, RB, Los Angeles Chargers ($4,000)

Obviously Week 17 we will need to monitor news much more than usual. Many good plays will likely open up later in the week, but there’s one lock play we know of early on, and that’s Brandon Oliver. Melvin Gordon is in a walking boot with a high-ankle sprain and Austin Ekelar is out for the year. The Chargers will be playing for a playoff spot and Oliver should get the vast majority of RB touches. Oliver figures to be pretty highly owned but for good reason.

[Editor's note: John submitted his pick early in the week and MG3 seems more likely to play on Saturday.]

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