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PlayDraft NFL Week 16: Lineups, Rankings and Strategy

Hi everybody and welcome back to week 16 of PlayDraft NFL. This will be the final installment of DRAFT DFS advice for the season. I recognize that there is a 17th week of football for DFS purposes but there are two reasons that I won’t be providing you with insight next week. The first reason is that I just, frankly, won’t be around to write it. It’s Christmas time and I’m going to be away for a few days which will inhibit my ability to research and write useful information for you to use (and you want research, otherwise, what’s the point of the article). The second reason, and this is particularly important, is that I do not in any way support playing DFS in week 17 of the NFL season. As far as I’m concerned, week 17 is in many ways similar to the preseason. If you’re a degenerate gambler and just have to scratch your itch, then do you my friend, but for everybody else – you should steer clear of DFS in week 17. There’s a reason why seasonal leagues don’t usually include a week 17 to their playoffs, because it is a joke of a week. Many teams will rest starters, many teams will start with their starters and then sit them after a half or even a quarter. Other teams will sit guys that would have played because of very minor injuries. Essentially week 17 is a cluster F of unpredictability in what is already a brutally unpredictable game. It’s just bad business sense to throw your money at DFS in week 17. If you absolutely must play, I recommend limiting most of your players to teams that actually have a reason to play and incentive to be out there. Teams that are on the playoff bubble and are working to get a spot (and especially 1:00 games because sometimes strategy changes for teams in the late games based on the earlier game results). Just know that anybody else who knows something about the sport will be doing the exact same thing so an advantage will be hard to come by. I’d recommend waiting for playoff DFS – they’ll be shorter slates but at least you’ll know that every team is coming to play at that point, but again, you do you. Enough about week 17 – we still have money to win this week!


  1. Tom Brady
  2. Cam Newton
  3. Matt Stafford
  4. Drew Brees
  5. Russell Wilson
  6. Matt Ryan
  7. Philip Rivers
  8. Ben Roethlisberger
  9. Nick Foles
  10. Blake Bortles

Running Backs

  1. LeVeon Bell
  2. LeSean McCoy
  3. Ezekiel Elliott
  4. Leonard Fournette
  5. Alvin Kamara
  6. Todd Gurley
  7. Melvin Gordon
  8. Devonta Freeman
  9. Mark Ingram
  10. Kareem Hunt
  11. Jordan Howard
  12. Christian McCaffrey
  13. Latavius Murray
  14. Kenyan Drake
  15. Dion Lewis
  16. CJ Anderson
  17. Lamar Miller
  18. Samaje Perine
  19. Alex Collins
  20. Frank Gore

Wide Receiver/Tight Ends

  1. Michael Thomas
  2. Julio Jones
  3. AJ Green
  4. DeAndre Hopkins
  5. Rob Gronkowski
  6. Mike Evans
  7. Juju Smith-Schuster
  8. Adam Thielen
  9. Sterling Shepard
  10. Keenan Allen
  11. Golden Tate
  12. Jarvis Landry
  13. Travis Kelce
  14. Devin Funchess
  15. Larry Fitzgerald
  16. Doug Baldwin
  17. Robert Woods
  18. Marqise Lee
  19. Michael Crabtree
  20. Dez Bryant

3 Team Strategy

This is an interesting (or bizarre) week. I feel like there’s quite a bit of parity at the top of the QB and RB charts and that the majority of the WR are crap shoots. There are a handful of consistent WR – the rest are potentially huge booms or busts. I’m really fine with mostly any option you can end up with at any position for the 3 team options this week. I really can’t argue with any combination of the top talent and don’t think there’s any glaring players you must take here. I’d say going for balance probably makes sense and if you have a personal pet you really feel good about this week – then go with them first and work from there.

6 Team Strategy

I’m really fine with any of the top 10 options at RB this week and I could see any of them leading the position this week. Obviously I like the guys at the very top better than the rest but seriously, a ton of equivalent players at this position this week so it isn’t a huge priority for me (although I would ideally like 2 of my top 10 as I think there’s a drop afterwards). With WR I think we’re dealing with mostly gambles but I really want Juju Smith-Schuster on my teams this week. I think a big week is coming with no Antonio Brown and I want all that goodness. I’m ranking him aggressively and I believe in the ranking strongly this week (in fact it may even be too low). He’s a must get for me and I think he’s around for you in rounds 4 or 5 (although I might reach and take him in round 3 just to guarantee him). I also think there’s enough similar output at the top of the QB pool that I’m waiting until the end there this week. I’d like to start with one RB and one WR in the first two rounds (in any order) then go Schuster followed by a RB and a QB in the final two rounds.

10 Team Strategy

As I said, I feel like there’s a drop after the top half of the RB and I also feel a drop after the top end QBs. For a 10 team league, I’m actually comfortable with filling out the top with two steady RB then coming in with Juju in round 3 (if he’s still there) and a QB followed by your favorite upside WR in round 5. If Juju is gone in round 3, then I’m taking my QB there and filling in with two upside WR in the final two rounds.

That’s it for this week my friends! Get out there and win some drafts! As usual, don’t be afraid to holler at me in the comment section below!

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