FanDuel NFL GPP Lineup Advice: Week 17 (2021)
We have come to the end of another NFL regular season with a full 15-game slate of action on Sunday’s main slate on FanDuel. Week 17 is always a different beast when it comes to DFS with so many teams shifting away from their normal starters, so we must identify the teams and players that have something to play for that will play the full game to maximize fantasy production.
From a GPP perspective, these are the teams that I consider stackable who are either fighting for something or looking to prove something in the final week of the season: Texans, Titans, Colts, Chargers, Raiders, Packers, Seahawks, Cowboys, Cardinals, and Vikings. While those are the only teams I would consider stacking that doesn’t mean there aren’t a bunch of cheap one-off plays from other teams that can help round out your lineups.
So, with that let’s stack’em up for Week 17.
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): $8,200
Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): $10,200
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN): $8,400
The Titans have a lot to play for including the division title and a home game. The beauty of their matchup this week with the Texans is that Houston has also shown they are still fighting even though they are eliminated which should help push the Titans to keep their foot on the gas.
It may seem odd to stack a running back in this stack, especially given that Henry doesn’t catch many passes, but it is uncanny how often both Tannehill and Henry go off in the same game. This includes the first time the Titans faced the Texans when Tannehill threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns, while Henry netted 264 total yards and a pair of scores. And if Tannehill is tossing multiple touchdown passes, then at least one of his wide receivers should produce, so add in Brown who had two scores in the first meeting and hasn’t gone multiple games without a touchdown all season (he didn’t score last week). Bring it back with the Texans’ top wideout Brandin Cooks who has at least seven targets and five grabs in three straight games.
Bring it back with: Brandin Cooks (WR – HOU): $7,300
Justin Herbert (QB – LAC): $7,600
Tyron Johnson (WR – LAC): $5,400
In Week 17 there is usually at least one QB-WR pairing that has a big game despite not being in the playoff hunt. This year, I believe that combo will come from the Chargers, where Herbert will look to cap off his bid for Rookie of the Year in a game against the Chiefs who will be resting a bunch of starters on both sides of the ball.
With Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry out, the Chargers target tree narrows down to some cheap options including Tyron Johnson, Mike Williams ($5,900), and Jalen Guyton ($5,300). While all three could be considered and even two can be used in the same lineup, my preference is fellow rookie, Johnson, who seems to have established a connection with Herbert in recent weeks with at least 55 yards twice in the last three weeks with a pair of scores. You can bring it back on the Chiefs’ side with one of their secondary options such as Mecole Hardman ($5,300) or Demarcus Robinson ($5,200), as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will likely sit.
Bring it back with: Mecole Hardman (WR – KC): $5,300
Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND): $8,400
Colts (DST – IND): $5,000
The Colts also have something to play as they likely need a win to make the playoffs. Taylor has finally found his groove and opportunity in the Colts backfield with at least 16 carries each of the last three weeks which has resulted in an average of 102 rushing yards per game during that stretch with five scores.
Next up for Taylor and Colts is a very favorable matchup as a two-touchdown favorite against the porous Jaguars run defense that has allowed 158 rushing yards (32nd) and 1.3 touchdowns (29th) per game to running backs over the last five weeks. Pair up Taylor with the expensive Colts defense who should limit the Jaguars’ offense and get some opportunities for splash plays.
Darren Waller (TE – LV): $7,800
I went with a tight end (Travis Kelce) in the high-priced stud spot last week and as usual, he did not disappoint. I’m going back to the well this week with another tight end by recommending Waller this week. There aren’t many tight end options you can trust this week, so roll with Waller in as many lineups as you can fit him. He has been a monster for the Raiders down the stretch topping 100 yards in three of his last four games with a total of three scores during those outings. I would not be surprised if he gets one of those double-digit reception days that we often see on the last week of the season.
- Derek Carr (QB – LV): $7,200
- Latavius Murray (RB – NO): $5,500
- Alexander Mattison (RB – MIN): $5,000
- Ty Johnson (RB – NYJ): $5,000
- James Washington (WR – PIT): $5,200
- Jerry Jeudy (WR – DEN): $5,100
- Josh Reynolds (WR – LAR): $4,900
- Robert Tonyan (TE – GB): $6,300
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