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Best Week 17 DFS options: Patriots or Saints

Both of these are good defense/special teams plays seem like sure things, but we’re giving the Saints the edge here.

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots ($4,300) and New Orleans Saints ($4,000) will both have opportunities to rack up DKFP on defense and special teams, as both sides will be facing offenses that have fallen on hard times. The are the two most expensive plays in Sunday’s 15-game slate, but still have some advice on which selection should work out best for you.

2019 Stats: Patriots vs. Saints

Team DKAvg PA Pass Yds Rush Yds
Team DKAvg PA Pass Yds Rush Yds
Patriots 15.1 12 170.7 97.7
Saints 8.3 22 238.7 94.7

New England has gotten more out of its defense and special teams than any other franchise in the league this year when it comes to DFS. However, most of the Patriots’ best performances on the defensive end happened early in 2019. New England’s defense shut down Miami in Week 2, totaling a season-high 37 fantasy points against the Dolphins. They’ll get a chance to run it back in Week 17, but we think it’ll shake out a little bit differently.

Daily fantasy football analysis: New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints

I fully expect Miami to come out the gates at full throttle after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 419 yards and four touchdowns in Week 16. The Dolphins have accrued an average of 327 passing yards per contest over the course of the past four weeks. No matter who you’re playing, that’s difficult to do. The Patriots have allowed their opponents to score reach double-digits in points for four straight games, and the chances of the Panthers scoring more than one touchdown seem slim.

New Orleans has been average defending the pass in 2019, but it’s also been a top five team against the rush. The Saints will match up against a Panthers team that was handed a 38-6 beating by the Colts in Week 16. Indianapolis was blown out by New Orleans 34-7 in Week 15, so it’s not looking good for Carolina. The Panthers have named Will Grier the starter for the second game in a row and will be forced to depend on Christian McCaffrey. The Saints’ star cornerback Marshon Lattimore will be all over Carolina’s WR1, and Grier should have trouble with New Orleans’ elite defensive line.

Daily fantasy recommendation

Play the Saints. They’ll face a rattled quarterback with little experience who threw three interceptions in his first start of the year last game.