DFS: NFL Week 17 Contest-Winning Plays

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Don’t play NFL DFS this week.

Now that that’s said and you’ve responded with screw you this is my last chance to get my fantasy fix, let’s continue.

NFL DFS is fun. That’s why I started playing it. I still play for fun, but it has evolved into much more, being a viable income on the side if one is able to consistently profit. This week is one where it is not easy to profit. I recommend decreasing your volume in cash games and possibly sliding the ratio towards tournaments a little more this week than you typically would.

DFS is very edgy and dangerous this week, but if we can avoid the myriad of death traps in the form of great spots without motivation, we can navigate to profit taking grounds. Motivation. Motivation. Motivation. That is your first step this week with your fantasy research. Only use players this week with something to play for or there is a good chance you will be waking up Tuesday morning with a sore bank roll.

The article is streamlined this week as I’m on vacation. Happily holidays all and good luck this week!
Julio Jones vs NO
After being in the ultimate contrarian spot against Josh Norman in which he exploded last week, Julio’s spot in week 17 is the antithesis. New Orleans allows the second most yards through the air in the league, having been battered by many a wide out. The Falcons are technically still vying for a playoff spot and will be motivated.

Adrian Peterson @ GB
The Vikings will have motivation because to win their division they have to win this game. AP has his own motivation of capturing the rushing title and you can bet he’ll have that in his thoughts. Hopefully Mike Zimmer will be mindful of that as well, funneling a few more carries to Peterson

Cam Newton vs TB
The Panthers lock up home field advantage through the playoffs with a win and you can bet the Panthers will want to right the ship and head into the playoffs rolling on offense.

Greg Olsen vs TB
Choosing Olsen wasn’t much of a choice this week with him being the last of the high end tight ends outside of Travis Kelce whose teams are playing for anything, and Olsen is clearly the superior play on any week.

Travis Kelce vs OAK
This week I’ll call Kelce ‘the other tight end’ because if you are rolling with Kelce it’s simply due to being unable to fit Olsen in your lineup because of a player you view more of a must play.

DeAngelo Williams @ CLE
Due to last week’s upset, Pittsburgh will still be fighting for a playoff spot in week 17, which is amazing for fantasy purposes.
It’s especially nice for Williams facing the run defense allowing the most yards per game in the league.

Ben Roethlisberger @ CLE
Cleveland is no stalwart against the pass either as they rank in the bottom half of teams in terms of pass yards allowed per game. Look for the high powered Pittsburgh offense to get the gears turning this week.
Antonio Brown @ CLE
He had one down week, but still remains the most consistent high scoring fantasy producer of all players in the league

Devonta Freeman vs NO
Ah, the early season murder weapon has reared his productive head once again. It has been months since we targeted this guy due to his early season war path leaving his salary at unplayable levels, but he still has the role and upside to have enormous days. The difference this week is the matchup. Not only is The Saints defense the worst against the run in the league, but they will likely lay down this week due to it being their last game of the season with nothing to play for.

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Matt Dulcan