It’s finally here- Week 17 of the 2023 season, and another DraftKings main slate. We are back offering you DFS advice to try and help you navigate your way to victories throughout the season. The players selected here are based on their price, their ability to hit value and likely ownership. The selections are leaning more towards GPP slates, rather than cash (50/50) slates. But let’s get into it
Brock Purdy @WAS ($7,000)
The leftover turkey from Christmas dinner, the box of chocolates I was given as a present from a work colleague, the bottle of sherry my mum and I cracked open watching Strictly Come Dancing…all things that swiftly disappeared on the 26th of December…just like Brock Purdy’s MVP hopes. The former Mr Irrelevant and former MVP candidate was clearly still full of the festive spirit as he gift wrapped 4 interceptions for the Baltimore Ravens defense, as San Francisco’s 6-game winning streak came crashing to a halt on Tuesday night. The loss at home to Baltimore was by far Purdy’s worst performance of the year, with his 4 picks accompanied by his 2nd worst completion percentage of the season – the former Iowa State man completing only 56% of his 32 attempts. It would be easy to fade Purdy and his 6.4 fantasy points, many managers will have lost in their re-draft playoffs on the back of his performance…but don’t abandon ship just yet. The 49ers travel to the nation’s capital this weekend to face a Washington Commanders defense ranked dead last against opposing quarterbacks on the year. The Commanders have given up at least 200 passing yards and a touchdown to every QB they have faced this season, apart from Josh Dobbs in the opening week – expect Purdy to bounce back in a BIG way as the 49ers look to cement the No.1 seed in the NFC.
Matthew Stafford @NYG ($6,300)
I’ll try my best not to be overly hyperbolic, but Matthew Stafford may just be the best quarterback in fantasy football right now. Since week 12 Stafford has completed 119 passes (T-3rd) for 1,388 yards (T-2nd) and 14 touchdowns (1st), all with only 1 interception (T-1st). His 10:0 touchdown to interception ratio in his last 4 games leads the league, with 6 of those scores coming against 2 top-4 defenses in the form of Baltimore and Cleveland. Do I need to go on? Purely to make my word count, I’ll stop, but the bottom line is this…Stafford is an elite fantasy QB (for now at least). The Rams travel to New York to face a Giants team already dead and buried in the playoff race, but the G-Men will want to protect their .500 home record so should put up some resistance to Stafford and Co in their post-season quest. Big Blue just gave up over 300 passing yards to Jalen Hurts…with Nacua, Kupp and Robinson all red hot at the moment, as well as the option of Kyren Williams out the backfield, I’m expecting at least that level of production from Stafford on the road in the Big Apple – start him with confidence at only $6300.