If there's ever a great week to employ some contrarian thinking, Week 17 certainly fits the bill. Not only do we have all 32 teams in action, but we also have to decipher the varying levels of motivation for each of them. Some are clear cut: the Jets 'win and in' scenario against the Bills for one example, while several teams can lock down their playoff seeding with a win, including the Panthers, who guarantee themselves home field advantage with a win over the Buccaneers. Then there's Washington, who will move neither up or down with a win or loss and will be limiting snaps for starters, as well as a plethora of teams who have been eliminated from contention.
There are countless ways to approach a challenging week such as this for DFS purposes, but one thing is for certain - finding the week's diamonds in the rough can have a huge impact on our standings on the leaderboards. Each week, The Contrarian goes position by position to help you identify some of the week's hidden gems. Here's a sneak peek at one of Week 17's top contrarian selections:
Frank Gore, $4,000
A disappointing season for the Indianapolis Colts comes to a close this Sunday and will likely lead to several changes for the Colts. The Colts are incredibly banged up and have yet to decide on a starting quarterback for the regular season finale. When the options include Josh Freeman, Ryan Lindley and Stephen Morris, we can be fairly confident that we’ll see a heavy dose of the running game in Week 17, which leads us to Frank Gore as a top contrarian selection at running back. Gore delivered his finest performance of the season last week against the Dolphins and looks to be in line for another solid outing against the Titans, who he ran for two touchdowns against back in Week 3.
You can check out the rest of Week 17's contrarian selections here.