Thursday, January 20, 2022

NFL DFS, Week 18: Best DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy football picks, stacks, strategy, lineup advice

Profitable NFL daily Fantasy players adjust their NFL DFS strategies on a weekly basis, and the final week of the regular season always throws some major curveballs. Several big stars playing on teams that have clinched their playoff fates are likely to be rested or may only play briefly in Week 18, so setting your NFL DFS lineups will be a serious challenge. The Bengals will rest Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon will also be out after testing positive or COVID-19. That creates a couple of cheap options at premium positions.

Cincinnati will match up with a Cleveland squad that has been eliminated from postseason contention, but there are certainly safer options in the Week 18 NFL DFS player pool. So which matchups should you be seeking to exploit, and what role players stepping into the starting lineup can you use to balance your salary cap? Before making any Week 18 NFL DFS picks, be sure to check out the NFL DFS advice, strategy and stacks from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure

McClure is a legendary professional DFS player with almost $2 million in career winnings. His methodology has led to enormous cashes on FanDuel and DraftKings. He took down two high-stakes tournaments on FanDuel in 2020 and recorded a pair top-10 finishes in tournaments with over 130,000 entrants on DraftKings. His lineups also finished inside the top 1 percent in more than a dozen other tournaments last season.

He uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of NFL action, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best DFS values that he shares only with members at SportsLine.

Now, McClure has turned his attention to Week 18 and locked in his top daily Fantasy football picks. You can only see them by heading to SportsLine.

Top NFL DFS picks for Week 18

One of McClure’s top NFL DFS picks for Week 18 is Bears running back David Montgomery at $6,800 on DraftKings and $7,600 on FanDuel. The Bears have been eliminated from postseason contention, but they don’t own a first-round pick and won’t be worried about draft position. Montgomery certainly has plenty to play for as he enters the final year of his contract next season.

Montgomery has put up 3,653 scrimmage yards and 24 touchdowns in his first three seasons, and while the Chicago offense has been inconsistent, his involvement has been anything but. Montgomery has had at least 15 touches in every game but one that he’s played this season and he’s had 75 touches over the course of his last three games. He’ll take on a Vikings defense that ranks 27th in run defense and he’s put up 425 scrimmage yards and three scores in four career games against Minnesota.

Part of McClure’s optimal NFL DFS strategy includes rostering Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp at $9,700 on DraftKings and $10,000 on FanDuel. Kupp is one big, but achievable, outing away from setting new NFL records for receptions and receiving yards, even though he’s expressed hesitancy about calling himself the rightful record holder in a 17-game season.

Kupp’s productivity has been remarkable, as he leads the NFL in receptions (138), receiving yards (1,829) and receiving touchdowns (15), but his consistency is arguably as remarkable. Kupp has had at least six catches for 90 yards in all but one game this season, which was Week 4 when he had five catches for 64 yards. He’s been targeted at least seven times in every game this season and has been targeted an average of 11.5 times per game. He should be deployed as usual with an NFC West title and a home game on the line Sunday against the 49ers.

How to set NFL DFS lineups for Week 18

McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers in Week 18. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here

So who is Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for Week 18? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NFL DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a daily Fantasy expert with nearly $2 million in winnings, and find out.

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