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Expert DRAFTing Week 17

Exploring strategies on beating this week's snake drafts on DRAFT


DRAFT offers weekly snake draft contests with 5-man rosters (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR/TE) with 0.5-point PPR scoring (the same as FanDuel). There is no salary cap on DRAFT which makes it unique to how you play compared to the other daily fantasy sites. Teams are built through live snake drafts that have 30-second timer per pick. The most common contest sizes are Head-to-Head, 3-Team, 6-Team, and 10-Team.

We will explore both the rankings and draft strategies for each of these four DRAFT sizes. To understand why players are ranked where they are, be sure to check out the overall rankings where I will have in-depth breakdowns of some of the top options and some personal favorites down the list. When developing these rankings we will be excluding the Thursday Night games and only focus on the main slate on DRAFT, the Sunday and Monday games.

If you want to follow me on DRAFT my username is "Eaglezzz" as I sometimes will post contests and would love to play along with fellow Footballguys like yourselves. Please feel free to contact me on Twitter with any questions or if you would like to discuss this article or draft strategies. I welcome constructive feedback on the article and as always best of luck in this week's contests.


Week 17 is an interesting week as some teams are still fighting for their playoff lives, while others are battling for playoff positioning and others are completely out of the race. A lot of star players have potential to be rested this week, and because of that, we have to be careful of how we attack this week. Also this week all 32 teams are in play at DRAFT as there are no Saturday or Monday games.

Another critical area to look at is injuries as the weeks go by and in Week 17 they are starting to pile up. At quarterback, we already have Cam Newton, Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota, and Colt McCoy listed as out or questionable. There are also a few names to worry about at the running back position this week as Todd Gurley, James Conner, Matt Breida, Austin Ekeler, Spencer Ware, Lamar Miller, Tevin Coleman, and Rashaad Penny are either out or questionable. At wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr, Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Quincy Enunwa, Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin, Demaryius Thomas, Keke Coutee, Tyler Boyd, and Cordarrelle Patterson are all names to keep an eye on. These are all big names to watch as we go into the weekend and with only having to roster five players it makes it hard to draft these guys with comparable options out there. It is almost better to see your opponents selecting these players with the questionable tag as it could give you a slight edge on the week.

The popular high scoring games to target this week are going to be Oakland at Kansas City (53.5 O/U), Atlanta at Tampa Bay (51.5 O/U), and San Francisco at LA Rams (49.0 O/U).

Teams that are still fighting for the playoffs and playoff positioning include New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and Philadelphia Eagles. Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, LA Chargers, LA Rams, Chicago Bears, and Seattle Seahawks also are fighting for positioning.

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