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NFL Week 18 DraftKings Picks and Lineup Strategy

DraftKings NFL Week 18 Main Slate Picks and Lineup
By Matt Dalby on January 8, 2022

Who is ready for the final DraftKings main slate of the 2021-2022 regular season? Well, if you aren't we have you covered.

What a season it has been for DFS enthusiasts. We have not only survived the typical ups-and-downs that come with daily fantasy sports, but have also survived a regular season where the COVID-19 reserve list became the most important fantasy resource in our tool box.

Let's close out this season on a high note with some Week 18 winners! Here are our favorite plays at each position for this week's DraftKings Millionaire contest.

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DraftKings DraftKings Quarterback Picks for NFL Week 18

Best Value: Zach Wilson - $5,200

After a rough start to the season, Zach Wilson has actually shown some nice flashes in recent weeks. Those flashes haven’t necessarily equated to wins, but Wilson is still getting plenty of opportunities through both the pass and run game.

Wilson has notched a rushing touchdown in four of his last six games, while throwing for over 200 yards in half of those.

I’d expect Buffalo to let their foot off the gas a bit this week considering they’ve wrapped things up, which should provide some nice chances for Wilson and the Jets. At $5,200, the value is simply too good here with all the flux elsewhere at the quarterback position.

Other top value plays: Tyler Huntley ($5,700), Andy Dalton ($5,300)

Top Scorer: Taysom Hill - $6,200

There are a number of more expensive options this week, but many of those matchups involve quarterbacks who have sewn up playoff seeding.

Hill and the Saints on the other hand have much to play for and need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Hill has been a great fantasy play since taking over the starting role.

He’s topped 17 points in three of his last four starts and against Falcons defense surrendering the third most points to opposing quarterbacks, I’d expect to see Hill easily top that.

Other top choices: Ryan Tannehill ($6,000), Matt Stafford ($6,700)

DraftKings Running Back Picks for NFL Week 18

Best Value: D’Onta Foreman

Since taking over starting running back duties in Week 12, Foreman has done his best Derrick Henry impression.

While nobody is going to produce like Henry, Foreman has certainly done enough to be relevant in the fantasy world, accounting for 14+ FPTS in four of five starts. In fact, he’s topped that number in all starts in which he’s carried the ball at least 10 times.
The Titans still have a lot to play for this week, as they would lock up homefield and the No.1 seed with a victory, so expect the usual run-heavy approach against Houston, one of the worst defenses against the run in the NFL.

Other top value plays: Sony Michel ($6,000), Antonio Gibson ($5,800)

Top Scorer: Jonathan Taylor - $9,300

Jonathan Taylor may not win the MVP award this year, but he’s certainly been far and away the most valuable player at his position.

Since Week 4, Taylor has topped 20 FPTS in all but two games, while finding the endzone in all but one of those.

He’s simply a carry and scoring machine, and with a must-win situation looming for the Colts, I would anticipate a ton of involvement early on to try and ice this victory.

Expect Taylor to have one of his more impressive scoring outputs of the season in this one.

Other top choices: Alvin Kamara ($8,300), Dalvin Cook ($7,800)

NFL Week 18 Wide Receive Picks for DraftKings

DraftKings Wide Receiver Picks for NFL Week 18

Best Value: Jaylen Waddle - $6,300

Tua Tagovailoa’s favorite target is a bit undervalued this week at just $6,300. Waddle should garner a bulk of the Dolphin targets considering he’s had 9+ in four of five games.

While Waddle has only found the end zone twice in those five games, he’s certainly used in the red zone and wouldn’t let that deter you from drafting him.

In a game that is essentially meaningless to the Patriots, expect the Dolphins to try and finish the season above .500 and build some momentum heading into a very interesting offseason.

Other top value plays: Christian Kirk ($6,000), Darnell Mooney ($5,900)

Top Scorer: Deebo Samuel - $8,500

While Cooper Kupp and Devante Adams have certainly produced more top notch fantasy performances this year, Samuel is my pick for the week given the stakes.
The Niners need a win to get into the playoffs, unlike Kupp and Adams, so I would expect the Niners top receiving threat to gather more opportunities.

Samuel has scored either a rushing or receiving touchdown in six of his last seven games, while continuously keeping opposing defenses off guard.

Other top choices: AJ Brown ($7,000), Diontae Johnson ($6,800)

DraftKings Tight End Picks for NFL Week 18

Best Value: Mike Gesicki - $5,100

Of all the mediocre tight end options this week, I like Gesicki going up against the Patriot backups the most.

Similar to Waddle, Gesicki and the Dolphins should be trying to generate some positives heading into the offseason.

Gesicki is one of the more used tight ends in the league, seeing 7+ targets in three of the past five games.

Other top value plays: Zach Ertz ($5,300)

Top Scorer: Mark Andrews - $7,500

There may be a little fear in the Ravens packing it in this year, but Andrews has scored in double-digit FPTS in six of seven weeks.

The quarterback carousel in Baltimore hasn’t seemed to bother Andrews much, so I wouldn’t be too concerned with Lamar Jackson out this week.

Other top choices: George Kittle ($6,700)

DraftKings Defense Picks for NFL Week 18

Indianapolis Colts - $3,800

The Colts are playing for a lot. The Jaguars are playing for essentially nothing. I fully expect one of the better second half defenses in the league to continue playing well against among the worst offenses in the league.

Other top choices: Tennessee Titans ($3,300)

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