The first week 18 of NFL history signals the end of the road for this season’s DFS main boards. With a few exceptions, we have prioritized players from teams that still have something at stake in our Week 18 DraftKings Tournament Lineup. The last thing we want is for our choice to play a quarter of a game and make us wonder what could have been with a few more series worth of snaps. Clearly, we still need to identify some value under the radar of GPP tournaments, and we believe we have the right configuration to make some noise this week.
Before we divide our choices, here are the most notable scoring rules for DraftKings contests: Full point PPR, four-point passing TDs, three-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, and 300 passing yards.
WEEK 18 FANTASY RANKINGER (PPR & STANDARD):
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
DraftKings Picks Week 18: NFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments
Sunday main board, $ 50,000 budget
QB Taysom Hill, Saints @ Falcons ($ 6,200). Hills dual-threat capability presents the type of upside we are chasing. The Falcons narrowly defeated the Saints in Week 9, but we still like this matchup for New Orleans. The Saints still have a shot on the offseason, so we can assume Hill will be below center for all four quarters.
RB Devin Singletary, Bills Vs. Jets ($ 6,000). Singletary is in the middle of a productive race, where he has scored more and more DraftKings points since week 14’s effort of 14.9 DK points. In addition, he will face a rotten Jets team. The Bills opened as 17-point favorites, so the stage is set for a blowout – and maybe another 20-plus-point showing – this weekend.
SATURDAY SINGLE-GAME DFS:
KC-DEN FD | KC-DEN DK | DAL-PHI FD | DAL-PHI DK
RB Elijah Mitchell, 49ers @ Rams ($ 6,000). Injuries have been the only issue for Mitchell this season. The rookie continues to dominate the volume when he is healthy – he turned 23 touches into 130 total yards, a touchdown and 24.0 DK points on Sunday. He has gone over the 20.0 DK point mark three times in total, and two more 19.0-plus-point bets.
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions Vs. Packers ($ 6,800). A matchup between the Lions and the Packers greatly favors the latter, but it’s worth asking how many players Matt LaFleur and Co. will rest in this week’s 18 final. It is very possible that the Lions will spend much of the game playing against second- and third-string defenders. St. Brown, however, has the ballet in his own right. He has five games in a row with at least 11 goals and has amassed 43 receptions during that time. He’s running too hot to back off now.
WR Michael Pittman Jr., Colts @ Jaguars ($ 5,900). We do not love the Colts’ distribution of goals from game to game, but we like to pick the Jaguars. Pittman has seen 18 goals over the last two weeks and has five games with double-digit chances. Some of them came during TY Hilton’s absence, but Pittman has nonetheless established himself as the team’s best wide receiver. The Colts are in a must-win spot if they want to scrape their way into the off-season and we expect them to lean on their best players.
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WR Marquez Callaway, Saints @ Falcons ($ 5,000). Callaway has proven to develop a strong bond with Taysom Hill. He has amassed 19 goals over the last two games and has caught 12 of those passes, good for a catch rate of 63.2 percent – better than his all-season high of 55.4 percent. If the two can maintain their sharp connection, Callaway’s great play ability should be demonstrated against a very invincible Falcons team.
TE Pat Freiermuth, Steelers @ Ravens ($ 4,600). Freiermuth returned to action on Monday and he will look to put an exclamation point on what has been a very solid rookie campaign. We do not expect a host of goals to flow his way, but Freiermuth has established himself as a red zone threat and the Ravens have struggled to curb opposing tight-ends this season.
FLEX (RB) Chase Edmonds, Cardinals vs. Seahawks ($ 5,800). James Conner’s absence certainly opened the door for Edmonds to be highlighted more prominently last week, but we have liked his involvement in the passing game all season. He has received 15 goals in the last two games – he has caught 13 of them – and also collected 34 carries. Edmonds should be fresh after a lack of time in the middle of the season, so it would not be a surprise to see him continue to receive healthy lots of volume.
DEF Football Team @ Giants ($ 3,100). This selection is about taking on the Giants, who have been utterly cruel in attack. They have scored more than 13 points once in the seven games since their farewell, and just as difficult as it has been to imagine a few weeks ago, the game from the Giants’ backup quarterbacks has made fans appreciate Daniel Jones.