Welcome back to Week 17 of the WR/TE Grind Down. I’m looking to bounce back from a tough Week 16 and there is a ton of news to monitor as Week 17 always brings interesting scenarios. There are some teams still battling for playoff positioning while others have been eliminated or are resting starters, so knowing a team’s motivation is key this week. Perhaps more than ever, be sure to check out the NFL Starting Lineups Page to ensure your selections are active prior to lock on FanDuel.
Cash Game Targets
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers, $8,200 – I hit on looking for motivation this week, and motivation won’t be lacking in this Green Bay/Detroit game as the NFC North Title is on the line. Jordy has been red hot as he’s found the end zone in seven of his last nine games and roasted the Vikings for two TDs and 154 yards last week. He had a huge game earlier this year against this same Lions’ team with 101 receiving yards and two TDs, so I’ll go back to the well against a Lions’ secondary that is dead last in pass DVOA.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks, $7,100 – Seattle is another team that is still playing for playoff positioning as they need a win to secure the second seed and a first round bye. The Seahawks are banged up at RB, so they could look to lean on their passing game here. Baldwin is coming off a 19-target game and there are extra targets to go around with Tyler Lockett unfortunately injured. The matchup is premier against the awful 49ers’ defense, and while they struggle the most against the run, they are also 28th in DVOA against the pass. He’s another player who had success in the first meeting as he had 164 receiving yards and a TD.
Steve Smith Sr. Baltimore Ravens, $5,800 – Sticking with the motivation theme, Smith Sr., will be motivated for an entirely different reason. The Ravens aren’t in the playoff picture, but he announced that this is likely his last season, so I am looking for him to go out on a high note. He’s scored in each of his past two games, and with the Ravens eliminated from the playoffs, there is no reason for them to not pepper him with targets. The Bengals are also eliminated from the playoffs, so they may not be at full strength. I’m buying into narrative street here.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $8,400 – There is plenty of value at RB this week, so I’m looking to spend up at WR. Evans has been up and down over the past month, so I’m leaning towards the above group for GPPs, but he’s still shown the upside that I want to target in GPPs. He had 89 receiving yards and a TD in the first meeting between these teams and the Panthers have been a team to attack in the secondary as they are 24th in pass DVOA against WR1.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons, $8,300 – The Falcons are still trying to lock in the two seed and they are welcoming the Saints to Atlanta, so on paper this is a great spot for Julio. The issue is that he is working his way back from a toe injury and played a season low in snaps last weekend. Due to that, I’m only targeting him in GPPs, but if he’s made good strides and sees an uptick in snaps, then his upside is immense against this Saints secondary that is 29th in DVOA against the pass.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers, $6,800 – I’m looking to target this Green Bay passing attack, and from reading other articles, Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson certainly won’t be sneaky. As mentioned above, Nelson put a big game on the Lions in the first meeting, so maybe they look to shift coverage to his side and take him away in this one. If that happens, then Adams should benefit, and he’s shown nice upside at what should be much lower ownership than Nelson. He was close to a big game last week as he found the end zone, but also dropped a long TD, so I’ll likely at least one of Nelson or Adams in each of my lineups this weekend.
Cash Game Targets
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, $6,800 – Kelce has been the top option at TE for several weeks now and that is the case once again this week. He’s topped 100 receiving yards in five of his last six outings, and the only thing keeping his price somewhat affordable is the fact that he’s only scored one TD in that span. The Chiefs still have a chance at the two seed if they get a win and an Oakland loss, so they will be going all-out here. San Diego, meanwhile, has been eliminated from the playoffs and is just league average against the pass, so I would expect Kelce to be the highest owned TE this weekend.
Also Consider – Eric Ebron
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks, $6,400 – I’m looking to target the Green Bay passing game, and I’m also jumping on board the Seattle passing game. I’m looking towards Baldwin in cash games, but in GPPs I’ll grab exposure to Graham. He’s really tailed off after a strong start to the year, which is concerning for cash games, but he did score a TD last weekend and there should be some extra targets to go around without Tyler Lockett. He had 100 receiving yards and a TD in the first meeting between these teams and the 49ers have struggled all year against TEs as they are 27th in DVOA.
Also Consider – Jordan Reed