DFS Digging In The Crates Daily 2019 week 17 DraftKings

By Justin Lonero
Justin Lonero

Week 17

DraftKings (main slate)


Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Patriots ($5,800)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the fantasy gift that keep giving and more than likely won some fantasy championships week 16 for people. The Harvard graduate will have bring his wits to New England this weekend against the best pass defense in the NFL. The Patriots are dinged in the secondary (Jonathan Jones and Jason McCourty) and may elect to rest players. While he is NOT a cash game option, the Dolphins have nothing to lose and Fitzmagic will continue to sling. Use him in tournaments, you’ll be one of the few that does.


Baker Mayfield @ Bengals ($5,700)

The Browns have been an absolute disaster in 2019 from the top all the way down. Baker Mayfield is going through the learning curve of the NFL each week as is expected and the personalities are clashing. That said, there is no shortage of talent on offense and he’ll get a Bengals defense that we love to pick on. Mayfield is averaging 15.7 fantasy points per game and while that is not eye popping he still holds fantasy value based on the weaponry around him. The preferred approach this week would be to spend a little more on Rodgers, Ryan, Prescott or Tannehill week 17.





Running backs




Kerryon Johnson vs. Packers ($4,500)

It seems like yesterday Kerryon Johnson was Solidifying himself in the Lions backfield as their bell cow and then the injury bug struck. He’s back! And he’ll get a favorable matchup against a Packers team week 17 that has allowed 4.7 yards per carry on the ground in 2019. Something needs to be said about Johnson returning this season when he didn’t have to and his ambition may translate into high end production on the cheap! The Packers will be fighting for the top seed in the NFC in a divisional game against their lowly Lions rival. I’d love to see Johnson receive 20 touches and easily pay off his DK salary.

Damien Williams vs. Chargers ($4,700)

Damien Williams has 19 touches week 16 against the Bears in the lead back role. Spencer Ware is now on injured reserve and the the rest of the backfield are week to week question marks. Credit to Andy Reid he said Williams was his guy all along. The Chiefs will get a Chargers team that have been tough to beat through the air but gashed on the ground in 2019. The Chargers are allowing over 110 yards per game on the ground, making the matchup for Williams very enticing. The expectations that people had coming into the season for Williams are now coming into fruition. He can be used in cash games and tournaments week 17 based on cost, volume and matchup.


Wide receivers



Hunter Renfrow @ Broncos ($4,700)

One of the lone bright spots for the Raiders this season has been rookie wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. Week 16 Renfrow caught 7-of-9 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown against a stingy Chargers secondary. He fits well with Derek Carr underneath, creating plays in small spaces. He picked a good time to have his first EVER 100 yard receiving game and will look to serve as Derek Carr’s safety valve week 17 in Denver. Use Renfrow in cash games or tournaments week 17.



Justin Watson vs. Falcons ($4,900)

Mike Evans is on injured reserve and it does not look great week 17 for Chris Godwin to play. Breshad Perriman is also priced up (rightfully so). Justin Watson will slide into the number two role opposite of Perriman week 17 against a disappointing Falcons team at home. Watson has 20 targets and two touchdown. The opportunity is there and I fully expect the usage to follow, again. Watson is playable in any format based on Jameis Winston’s guarantee to fire the ball 50 times.




Tight End



Jonnu Smith @ Texans ($4,200)

It is Jonnu Smith time in Tennessee! The ageless Delanie Walker has landed on injured reserve and Smith has cashed in recently. Smith has 60 yard contests in back to back weeks, and has found pay dirt in two of his last three games. He’ll face a Texans team that he saw two weeks ago and may see again in the playoffs. He is somewhat touchdown dependent but is a freakishly talented security blanket for Ryan Tannehill underneath and in the red zone. It’s a must win game for the Titans and I expect Smith to be a part of the game plan. He’s on my radar in cash games and tournaments.

Tyler Eifert vs. Browns ($3,400)

The Bengals have been a sad story in 2019 but Tyler Eifert has been one of the few “bright” spots. Injuries have plagued the big fella his whole career, crippling his upside. He’s been one of just a couple pass catchers for the Bengals in 2019 that has made marks each week (not saying a ton). His price point makes him extremely cash viable and he showed upside last week against the Dolphins catching 4-of-8 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Defense/Special Teams

Rams vs. Cardinals ($3,200)

The Rams have been consistently better on defense than on offense in 2019, being ninth in pass defense and third in the league with sacks (49). They’ll get a Cardinals offense week 17 that will run a ton of plays, thus translating opportunities for the star studded defensive unit. Count me in at home.