Week 17 NFL DFS Watch List
**UPDATED FRIDAY** Howard Bender starts the NFL DFS Playbook research off each week with a watch list of players he is considering for use in daily lineups. This piece will be updated throughout the week based on recent news and injuries, leading up to the publishing of the final Playbook.
If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.
We take this adage to heart when it comes to playing NFL DFS. The Fantasy Alarm Playbook isn’t just about handing you a list of players and a lineup to use each week. It is designed to help you learn to be a better DFS player. It’s about teaching you the process used in selecting which players to scout and, eventually, which ones to use.
Therefore, we will begin each week with the Weekly NFL DFS Watch List which is designed to keep tabs on marquee names, chalk plays and, of course, the weekly bargains who may not see the same coverage and exposure. This piece will be continuously updated throughout the week, based on the most recent news and injuries which means you may see a name or two removed as we get closer to kick-off. You may also see a few late-week additions who pique our interest for some reason too, and by the end of the week, this Watch List will eventually become your Playbook. Again, it’s about teaching you the process.
The key to remember about Week 17 is to focus on players who have something to play for. We're avoiding all Ravens, Bills and Vikings right off the bat as none of them are likely to play their starters and if they do, maybe it's for a series...a quarter at most. We're also going to avoid the Texans as the only reason they would need to play their starters is if the Chiefs lose in the early slate. That is the only way the Texans can improve their seeding. And considering the Chiefs are wrapping up their season at home and against the Chargers, it doesn't bode well for a competitive game for Houston. They could play spoilers for Tennessee, but what's more important -- health for the playoffs or spoiling the Titans chances? Exactly.
But also keep in mind, teams with nothing to play for with regard to the playoffs still have some incentives. Whether it's just the need for a strong finish or players hoping to save their coach's job, there are numerous players in solid match-ups we will be using. Again,. the priority is avoiding players who are likely to sit, not just those who are pout of playoff contention.
I've gone through all the playoff scenarious, highlighted my favorite match-ups and from there, picked players I'm looking to use, so let's get started...
PLAYERS ADDED (12/27):