SportsTradex: Top NFL Targets For Week 17: Over $15,000 Guaranteed

What’s up Grinders!

Welcome to the Week 17 edition of the SportsTradex Column. SportsTradex is continuing their large GPP action for Week 15 with TWO large field Draft Contest tournaments dubbed “The Pooch Kick”. The 1st is a $200 buy-in and features a $8,000 prizepool, and the 2nd is a $25 buy in with a $2,000 prizepool. They have also recently introduced a $2 GPP with a $250 Prizepool as well called the “MEGA MIGHTY DEUCE” (Sounds like what happens after a long night at Taco Bell).

For those not into the GPP scene, there are plenty of Double Ups, and H2H action as well. If you haven’t tried the site yet, I highly recommend that you give it a try. They offer a very unique game type with both Draft Contests and Pick ‘Em style contests. There has been some overlay in these games lately, so if you are looking for some value this Sunday for NFL, make sure to check out SportsTradex.

They also have announced the $20,000 SportsTradex Fantasy Football Championship, which is a $200 Buy in on January 10th, and you can qualify for that this week for as little as $11.

Description of Draft Contests:

Draft a team of 7, 8 or 9 players in this tiered fantasy draft game. The number of players you will draft from each tier varies depending on the strategy option you select in the dropdown box. You have three options:

Option 1: 7 Players: 3A, 1B, 1C, 2D
Option 2: 8 Players: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D
Option 3: 9 Players: 1A, 3B, 3C, 2D

Here is the breakdown of the tiers:

Tier A – Contains Top QB/HB/WR options (Think Rodgers/Murray)
Tier B – Contains 2nd Tier QB/HB/WR options (Think Dalton/Cobb)
Tier C – Contains mid-tier HB/WR’s
Tier D – Contains Longshots for the week

With how weak Tier D is this, I will be using the 7 and 8 man teams to load up on star players and avoid having to roster 3 longshots from Tier D when using the 9 man team.

TIER A

Le’Veon Bell – Bell is my clear #1 RB of the week, as he gets a rematch with the Bengals whom he amassed a mindboggling 47 FPTS against a few weeks ago. The Bengals have given up the fifth most FPTS this season to RBs, and with Pitt gaining home field in the 1st round of playoffs with a win, they will be pulling out all stops to win this game.

Odell Beckham Jr.ODB has become one of the best fantasy WRs out there this season. A clear target hog, receiving 15, 15, and 12 targets in his past three games, he has turned those into an astonishing three straight 30+ FPT performances. The Eagles have given up the second most FPTS this season to WRs, so look for Beckham to continue his hot streak.

Russell Wilson – Earlier in the season, Wilson torched the Rams for up 313 passing yards, 106 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in a loss. This week, the Seahawks look for revenge and a chance to capture the #1 seed in the NFC with a win. Wilson is the #3 fantasy QB this season, is putting together huge games with his dual threat ability, and all things considered is my #1 QB of the week at home.

TIER B

Cam Newton – The Panthers and Falcons face off in a winner take all game for entry to the playoffs this week. Cam had a very productive week 16, as he came back from a back injury suffered in a car accident and put up 23 FPTS. Cam is a huge dual threat just like Wilson, and could easily find himself in a shootout with the Falcons this weekend.

Kelvin Benjamin – If you are taking Cam in Tier B, why not pair him up with his #1 WR in a GPP for some superb lineup synergy? This game could turn into a shootout as the Falcons and Panthers battle it out for the #4 seed. Benjamin had a huge game last time out vs. the Falcons, putting up 25 FPTS, and is going to be heavily involved once again this week.

Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben torched the Bengals for 350 yards and 3 TDs just a few weeks ago, and the Steelers will be pulling out all the stops to secure a 1st round bye. The Bengals have been very good at limiting FPTS to QBs this season, but I’m not buying it against Big Ben.

TIER C

Matt Asiata – Asiata has put up back to back 20+ FPT performances, and has a great matchup this week against the Bears. He is an automatic TD around the goal line, and heavily involved in the pass game, which really creates upside for him and makes him my top target in Tier C.

Jonathan Stewart – Stewart has proven great when given a full workload over the past three games, and with DeAngelo Williams looking iffy to play this Sunday could be in line for another huge game against the Falcons. I expect 20-25 touches for Stewart this weekend, which should provide great results against the Falcons who have given up the most FPTS to RBs this season in PPR Scoring.

TIER D – Tier D is very weak, and has very little to choose from.

Taylor Gabriel – With Josh Gordon suspended, Gabriel will likely see a few extra targets in the finale against the Ravens who have given up the most FPTS to WRs this season. He did have some decent weeks in the middle of the season when Gordon was out, but this week will be catching passes from Connor Shaw, so don’t expect a huge game.

Jordan Todman – Todman will be the change of pace RB to Toby Gerhart this week, and had himself a nice week 16, ripping off a 62 yard TD run. I don’t expect much this week, but it is very slim pickings in Tier D.

Good luck Grinders – You will find me in the mid-lowstakes 50/50s and the $25 Pooch Kick this weekend! I will also be checking back around kickoff on Sunday to get into the $200 Pooch Kick if there is any overlay (I suggest you do the same). Take me on if you dare!

About the Author

  • Brit Devine (britdevine)

  • Brit Devine is a former low/midstakes Online Poker Pro/Coach who quickly transitioned to DFS in 2011 after Black Friday. He was the Operations Manager at DFS site Fan Throwdown before parting ways in 2014 where he then turned to playing DFS full-time. Mainly a cash game player, Brit provides expert analysis frequently via written columns and GrindersLive appearances.

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