The 2015 NFL regular season comes to an end on Sunday giving FanDuel owners one last full slate of games to cash in on. This week fantasy owners have no Thursday Night game to worry about or even a Monday Night contest to wait on to see if you cashed in a big time win. All we have is a full 16 game slate with a few key matchups that have playoff implications.
This gives FanDuel owners a ton of options to build their lineup around this weekend. The first place we elected to start with was finding a key quarterback/wide receiver tandem to build our roster around. One of those tandems is Matt Ryan and Julio Jones as the Atlanta Falcons as they get a shot at a New Orleans Saints team that has allowed a league high 43 passing touchdowns through the first 16 weeks.
A few of the other solid quarterback/wide receiver tandems we could have gone with include both quarterbacks from the Philadelphia Eagles/New York Giants showdown on Sunday as well as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown against the Cleveland Browns.
After looking at the quarterback/receiver position we moved on to finding our running back options. Our top option for week 17 is the St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley going up against a San Francisco 49ers team that has allowed a league high 17 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs.
View our final NFL FanDuel lineup for week 17 of the NFL season.
Quarterback – Matt Ryan ($7,600): Matty Ice takes home the quarterback spot this weekend against the Saints. While we could have built a fantasy stack around this matchup or even took Drew Brees we elected to take Ryan. Despite not reaching 20 points in his last five games this fantasy matchup was too hard to pass up on.
Other top NFL FanDuel Quarterback Options include Sam Bradford, Eli Manning, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger.
Running Back – Todd Gurley ($8,600): While we aren’t 100% sure if Gurley will be in the lineup on Sunday we are leaning towards him in our lineup. If Gurley is inactive, we suggest going with his backup Tre Mason against the same matchup. Mason would also give you some salary cap relief a move that could allow you to go with two of the top tier wide receivers.
Running Back – Tim Hightower ($7,000): Hightower isn’t the bargain he was just a few weeks ago but we expect him to see a ton of scoring opportunities this weekend against Falcons.
Other top NFL FanDuel Running Back Options include James White, Alfred Morris and Joique Bell.
Wide Receiver – Mohamed Sanu ($4,900): After watching the Baltimore Ravens shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers passing attack last week, we can understand why some fantasy owners may stay away from the Bengals receivers. For us though the Ravens have struggled all season slowing down opposing receivers and that should continue this weekend. Add in the fact that Marvin Jones missed practice this week adds to Sanu’s value.
Wide Receiver – Brandin Cooks ($7,600): We love the Falcons/Saints matchup this weekend despite not having playoff implications for either of these teams. Look for both teams to put up some points to finish off the season.
Wide Receiver – Julio Jones ($9,300): As we looked to build our roster we considered stacking Jones, Odell Beckham Jr and Antonio Brown all in the same week. In the end the salaries didn’t work out so we elected to go with Jones against the Saints.
Other top NFL FanDuel Wide Receiver Options include Rueben Randle, Jordan Matthews, Antonio Brown, Terrance Williams, Kamar Aiken and Stefon Diggs.
Tight End – Zach Ertz ($5,700): Ertz has been red hot for fantasy owners the past three weeks turning in three straight double digit fantasy performances. This week, Ertz has a chance to continue that success against a Giants team that has allowed the second most amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
Other top NFL FanDuel Tight End Options include Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski and Delanie Walker.
Kicker – Brandon McManus ($4,700): We could have gone a few directions here but we like the Denver Broncos/San Diego Chargers matchup on Sunday. McManus has connected on at least two field goals in two of the Broncos last three games.
Other top NFL FanDuel Kicker Options include Cairo Santos, Justin Tucker and Chris Boswell.
Defense – St. Louis Rams ($4,600): The Rams have a very favorable matchup in week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers. When these two teams met earlier in the season the Rams finished that contest with 12 total points. Over the past three weeks the Rams turned in two double digit fantasy performances.
Other top NFL Defense Options include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and the Indianapolis Colts.