Sadly it’s our last big slate of the NFL season. The good thing is the playoffs are right around the corner, so you can easily shift over to Showdown contests and shorter slates, don’t worry. But if you aren’t and you need some QB advice for Week 17, here’s where you can start. We’ll go over some of the best and worst value options in terms of salary on DraftKings for Sunday’s main 15-game slate.
BEST: Tom Brady (NE) — $6,000
Patriots coach Bill Belichick already came out and called this week’s game vs. the Dolphins a “playoff game.” Ahhhh yeah, sure Bill, real playoff atmosphere we’re looking at. That basically just means New England is going to come out and crush Miami’s spirit. Brady is 23-11 with 65 TDs against the Dolphins in his career and this is one of Miami’s worst teams in recent memory. Brady has had an underwhelming season by his standards, but we know what he’s capable of in playoff-type games. Especially ones against miserable teams at home. I think Brady is a strong GPP QB option.
WORST: Aaron Rodgers (GB) — $6,900
Let’s assume for a second that the Packers don’t beat the Vikings on MNF and Rodgers has to play the Lions in Week 17 with the division on the line. It’s not that I don’t like the Packers and Rodgers to get that done, but his price is way too high for how inconsistent Green Bay’s offense has been. Right now, the Packers are a completely different team from what we’re used to seeing. They run the ball well with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams and they play bend-but-don’t-break defense. Sure, Rodgers could go off vs. Detroit, but I just don’t see him returning value at this price.
BEST: Carson Wentz (PHI) — $6,100
Wentz has strung together four straight starts with at least 20 fantasy points and this is a must-win game against the Giants on the road. New York’s season is essentially over and the Giants’ defense is still pretty miserable. I’d like to think Wentz can step up in another big spot. Washington just threw for nearly 300 yards and three TDs on the G-Men in Week 16 with the contingent of Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum. The lack of WR options for Philly shouldn’t hold Wentz back much and as long as he has both his TEs — Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert — I think he’ll be fine.
WORST: Dak Prescott (DAL) — $6,300
This take worries me a bit considering the Cowboys are also in a must-win spot against Washington at Jerry World. But I mean, come on, Prescott looked awful in Week 16 vs. the Eagles and Jason Garrett is a lame-duck coach who hasn’t been very good at game-planning. I could see a scenario in which Ezekiel Elliott gets a ton of carries in this game to control the clock a bit. But yeah, I have very little confidence in the coaching staff and Prescott at this price. I don’t care what the matchup dictates. Prescott seems like a trap here and he’s surrounded by much better plays in this price range — Brady, Wentz, Jared Goff, Andy Dalton, etc.