4 for 4K: Cheap DFS players to target in Week 17
December 30, 2017 | Stefan Arnold
One final time for the regular season … here’s a quick look at the guys who could take you to the DFS promised land for under $4000.
Remember this weekend to keep updated with all the news because starters will actually be benched by several teams, including the Rams, according to coach Sean McVay.
In general, if you can use players from teams that still have something to play for that would be best but it’s difficult to know whether those players will be benched if outcomes become solidified in the second half of games on Sunday.
Here’s a look at the players at $4,000 or less on the DraftKings’ main slate, which includes all 16 games this week.
Branden Oliver, Chargers: It looks like Melvin Gordon is pretty banged up with an ankle injury, so Oliver ($4,000) should get some run and maybe even the start as the Chargers press for a playoff berth. Fellow backup Austin Ekeler also will likely be in the mix.
Alfred Blue, Texans: Blue had 108 total yards Monday against the Steelers. He looks to be picking up steam as a solid No. 2 back. After seeing 12 and then 16 carries over the past two weeks, Blue ($4,000) should see substantial playing time Sunday behind Lamar Miller in Indianapolis.
Malcolm Brown, Rams: With Todd Gurley and most of the Rams’ starters getting little if any playing time this week, Brown looks to be a solid option for volume-based points at $3,900.
Peyton Barber, Buccaneers: Barber has seemingly taken over the top spot in the Buccaneers’ backfield. Although the Bucs play the Saints and should be trailing early, Barber should still see the majority of the carries and has caught all 12 of his targets in the passing game over the past six weeks. If he can give us some rushing, a few receiving yards and hopefully a touchdown, he should 3X value for his price of $3,900.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks: Lockett isn’t going to get the volume that is preferred for all of our picks, but he stands out among the less expensive wideouts for his game-breaking ability as well as his added value as a return man. For $3,900, he is likely a boom-or-bust option to fill out one or two or your lineups. If you add in the Seahawks’ defense, a return score would give you points for both positions.
Ryan Grant, Washington: Grant is a familiar name to those of us who prefer Jamison Crowder or Josh Doctson. Grant, however, has been playing well recently so he might be a decent start after posting 12.5 points or more in three of his last six games. For $3,600, you get a player facing the 31st-ranked pass defense of the Giants. He may flop, but a share or two of Grant among your lineups would give you a low-owned player who could surprise.
Roger Lewis, Giants: Lewis is one of the few remaining healthy receivers for New York, with Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, and Evan Engram all being ruled out already. Lewis has scored more than 8 DK points each of the past three weeks. The matchup Sunday against Washington won’t help him having a breakout game but Eli Manning has to throw to somebody. Lewis ($3,600) should be OK with volume alone.
Braxton Miller, Texans: DeAndre Hopkins is out with a calf injury, so Miller should see some playing time in the finale against the Colts alongside Will Fuller. Miller is dirt cheap at $3,000, so set your expectations low. He may be just a throwaway selection that allows you to squeeze in one more stud. But did I mention the Texans are playing the Colts?
Benjamin Watson, Ravens: Watson is one of those players who is on a team that has something to play for as the Ravens look to make the playoffs once again. He’s not an exciting option but his floor is better than most tight ends in this range. He’s had 9.0 DK points or more in three of the last four weeks and for $3,800, that’s not bad at all.
Charles Clay, Bills: The Bills also are fighting for the playoffs so Clay should be a top target for Tyrod Taylor in Week 17 against Miami. Just two weeks ago, Clay ($3,700) scored 11.8 DK points against the Dolphins with 68 yards receiving. That alone is OK for his price. A few more receptions and a touchdown in a critical game will be an added bonus.
George Kittle, 49ers: As the Jimmy Garoppolo bandwagon goes into overdrive, The 49ers offense is on a roll, scoring 25 points or more the past three weeks. If the 49ers can maintain their offensive pace against the backups of the Rams, Kittle ($2,800) should score at least 10 DK points after scoring 9.2 and 13.2 points the last two weeks.
Vance McDonald, Steelers: McDonald’s will be playing with back up Landry Jones at quarterback as the team has already said Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell will sit out Week 17. McDonald, who has 52 yards receiving each of the past two weeks, is facing a Cleveland team that is ranked 27th against tight ends. At $2,700, McDonald is worth a spot in one or two of your lineups.
Enjoy the final week of the NFL regular-season. Remember to look up all questionable players on Sunday morning and make sure your value plays are still in a good spot to score fantasy points.