Week 17 and the final week of regular season NFL DFS has arrived. It's been a hell of a ride for 2017, and the season ends with a bang as the only one-day, 16-game slate of the year is on tap. It'll be all the football your eyes can handle, starting with a pile of games in the afternoon and ending when the Packers and Lions vie for the NFC North title in the evening.
It's commonly-accepted that one of the most important strategies to winning large-field contests in DFS is to "stack" a quarterback with at least one pass-catcher on his team, enabling points to be scored in bunches when the players in question hook up for a touchdown. With that in mind, each week in this space, we'll take a look at the best DFS NFL stacks that could lead your fantasy team to a big pile of cash.
Top Five Stacks for NFL Week 17
Rodgers is having one of the sickest stretches of a sparkling career, raising his game to historic levels to drag a team that looked dead in the water to the brink of playoff contention. He's still putting in massive volume with the running game completely anemic most weeks, and this week he gets the primetime showdown against a putrid Lions D ranked dead last in the league. Jordy Nelson will be the WR of choice here for most, especially after his stellar showing last week. But the Lions get star corner Darius Slay back this week and he should draw Jordy duty. We like a flier on Adams here in hopes he ends up grabbing the TDs, as he's done a number of times this year. He comes quite a bit cheaper than Nelson as well, which helps since Rodgers is at the top of the salary board.
Bortles proved he's capable of having a big game without garbage time when the Jags rolled over the Titans, and Bortles has another very friendly matchup this week against the poor Colts defense, which ranks 27th against the pass and now has little to play for as the team is out of contention. Bortles finally reconnected with old favorite Robinson, whose salary is still down massively from where it was at the beginning of the season. Lee is the guy who is really on fire for the Jags, but keep an eye on the injury report — he was a limited participant Wednesday and there's no reason to push things. The Jags have next to no running, so volume should be high here.
We expect Aaron Rodgers and the Pack to pile up plenty of points against the porous Lions defense, so Stafford will have plenty of slinging to do if the Lions are to keep their divisional hopes alive. Marvin Jones Jr. has fallen off and Theo Riddick's hurt, so the top target by far at this point is Tate, who is on fire and has seen double-digit targets in three of the past four games. Green Bay has been crushed by WR1s this year; they rank just 27th in the league against them. Expect Tate to rack up the PPR goodness, making him a premium play on DraftKings, and his FanDuel price is a crazy $5,700. Be sure to take advantage.
One of the top targets in the Tampa Bay offense in recent weeks has been TE Cameron Brate, but he's calling it a season after sustaining a Week 16 injury. The volume to Evans here could be truly scary, with 20 targets not out of the question. After peaking at the top of the board a few weeks ago, Evans' price has fallen to $8,000 on DK and $8,400 on FD. This game has one of the higher totals of the week at 46.5, and Evans is by far the most likely guy to get in the end zone for the Bucs, especially with starting RB Doug Martin inactive after getting popped by the NFL's drug testers.
The stack nobody will have this week has some sneaky potential as a number of things have transpired to make this otherwise less-than-exciting stack playable. First and most importantly, the Ravens look like they'll be without top corner Jimmy Smith. When Smith has played, this has been a shutdown defense. Without him, they're getting shredded on a weekly basis. Dalton costs peanuts at $5,100 DK/$7,300 FD, and his top target is also practically free at $4,500 DK/$5,800 FD. LaFell should get a huge share of the volume here with AJ Green and Tyler Eifert both expected to sit. And since the Ravens crush opposing running games, Dalton will likely be throwing often.