FanDuel & DraftKings NFL DFS Week 18 Main Slate Breakdown

Jan 07, 2024
Week 18 Cash and GPP Plays

Week 18 is the most unique slate of the season with some teams still fighting for playoff spots, others resting before the playoffs, and eliminated teams deciding whether or not to play their starters.

With those dynamics in play, this week’s article will take on a different format than the typical Cash and GPP breakdowns, instead highlighting each game scenario and which players to target from each game.

For a full breakdown of every game scenario, check out Jennifer Eakins' Wacky Week 18: Who's Motivated?

Note: Most cash game and value plays should be in your GPP player pool.

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Buccaneers (4.5) at Panthers; O/U 37.0


Buccaneers - Win division with win and help. Will play all starters; Panthers - Eliminated from playoffs.

Top Values and Cash Plays

D.J. Chark

Stacks and Leverage Plays

This isn’t a spot to stack heavily but it’s always worth attacking the Buccaneers pass-funnel defense. Adam Thielen would be a standout leverage play if Chark lends up being popular by Sunday, but Chark is currently projecting for sub-10% ownership on both sites.

Mike Evans is a high-salary price pivot on a slate where most tournament players will use Week 18 values to get to the mega-elite receivers such as CeeDee Lamb and Justin Jefferson.

Jaguars (-4.0) at Titans; O/U 41.0


Jaguars - Win division with a win. Will play all starters; Titans - Eliminated from playoffs.

Top Values and Cash Plays

UPDATE: Christian Kirk is inactive.

Christian Kirk

Stacks and Leverage Plays

If Trevor Lawrence AND Christian Kirk are both active, this will be a tremendous tournament spot. Kirk will garner outsized ownership since both sites priced him at the minimum. Jaguars stacks with any other pass-catcher(s) can quickly separate from the field against a below-average Titans pass defense.

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