Sixteen weeks of action are in the books. We have the daily fantasy advice to help you set a winning lineup for the regular season finale.
For those unsure of what daily fantasy is, we won’t leave you hangin’. Here are a few basics:
- As their name suggests, daily fantasy games last just 1 day. In the NFL, some contests encompass the game(s) on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. Others count players from Sunday only – or Sunday and Monday. As with season-long leagues, understanding the rules is vital.
- Daily fantasy is 100% legal under the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Why? This brand of fantasy – like season-long leagues – is considered a game of skill.
- The most common daily fantasy games use a salary cap. You’ll start off with a certain amount of fake money to spend on players who have been assigned dollar values. Then, you’ll construct your best team, all while staying under the salary cap.
And that’s where we come in. Each week, we’ll recommend underrated players to target – plus 1 high-dollar option at each position. It’s all geared towards helping you submit the best lineup possible.
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Now, on to the picks. Remember that you can view our Weekly Rankings here. Of course, those can also be used to find plays for your daily fantasy teams.
Nick Foles, Eagles: Yep, another week of Foles. He’s on a roll (2+ TDs in 5 of his last 7 games), he’s facing arguably the league’s worst defense (Dallas), and he’s playing indoors. Jackpot.
Andrew Luck, Colts: Luck posted a respectable 257-2-1 line in his last meeting with Jacksonville. The Jags have allowed 2+ TDs just once over the past 3 weeks. But that’s what happens when you face Ryan Fitzpatrick, E.J. Manuel, Case Keenum and Matt Schaub. Against a poor secondary, Luck’s upside is clear.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders: Pryor will make his 1st start since Week 10. He bombed in his last 3 starts, tossing a combined 5 INTs and 0 TDs against the Steelers, Eagles and Giants. He’s gone over 30 rushing yards 7 times this season, however. And his home matchup Sunday against the Von Miller-less Broncos isn’t intimidating. Pryor’s highly likely to play from behind in this game, giving him a chance to rack up borderline QB1 totals.
LeSean McCoy, Eagles: McCoy’s fresh off a 133-yard, 2-TD outing against Chicago. He carries that type of upside in a win-or-go-home showdown against Dallas. There’s no reason to stop picking on their putrid defense.
Knile Davis, Chiefs: With Kansas City’s playoff seeding cemented, Jamaal Charles isn’t likely to play into the 2nd quarter of Sunday’s tilt against San Diego. That’ll allow this talented rookie to see 15+ touches and carry RB2 upside.
Rashad Jennings, Raiders: Jennings will receive 1 last chance to prove he’s worthy of Oakland’s starting job in 2014. He’s been exceptional of late, scoring 2 TDs in 2 of the last 3 games he’s played in. Even if the Raiders get down early, Jennings’ receiving ability should take over. He’s snagged 3 balls in each of his last 2 matchups.
Jonathan Grimes, Texans: We’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel here, but Grimes is the last man standing in Houston’s decimated backfield. He’s a candidate for 18+ touches in a matchup with the Titans’ sub-par run D.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos: Thomas snagged a season-high 10 balls in his last outing against Oakland. Still going strong with 2 scores over the last 3 games, look for his regular season to end strong.
Brandon LaFell, Panthers: LaFell’s drawn just 10 targets over the past 3 weeks. But with Steve Smith (knee) sidelined, his usage should naturally increase. A matchup against Atlanta’s inexperienced secondary allows for upside.
Robert Woods, Bills: Woods was ejected in the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s game after throwing a punch. He still managed to gain 70 yards on 3 catches, giving him consecutive games with 70+ yards. With Stevie Johnson still out, Woods is in a great spot for 8-12 targets and sneaky fantasy production.
James Jones, Packers: The return of Aaron Rodgers obviously upgrades the entire Green Bay offense, and that includes Jones. He’s adjusted nicely to Matt Flynn, though, going 79+ yards or scoring in 4 of his past 5 matchups. A showdown with Chicago’s vulnerable secondary provides a decent chance for that streak to continue.
Vernon Davis, 49ers: Look for Davis to bounce back from his Week 16 dud. In Week 6, Davis torched Arizona’s league-worst TE defense for 180 yards and 2 TDs.
Tony Gonzalez, Falcons: The matchup isn’t ideal, though Gonzo’s quietly scored in 4 straight contests. And it might be a hunch, but we’d expect his final NFL game to end with a bang.
Charles Clay, Dolphins: Clay’s in the midst of a 2-game cold streak that’s produced just 4 catches for 38 yards. A matchup with the Jets should help snap it, as he posted 7 grabs and 80 yards against the divisional foe just 1 month ago.