The expansion to a 17-game schedule has undoubtedly helped some players near records or milestones that would normally be out of reach. An example comes in the form of Cooper Kupp’s season, which has been historic already, but could become legendary in Week 18. Kupp is 12 receptions and 136 receiving yards away from setting new single-season marks in both those categories. With the Rams still having a division crown to play for, look for Kupp to attempt to reach both records, giving him great value to NFL DFS lineups.
Matthew Stafford helped Calvin Johnson reach the single-season receiving yards record (1,964 in 2012), and one should expect the same effort from the Rams QB on Sunday. But forming an NFL DFS stack with Stafford and Kupp would take a big chunk out of your NFL DFS salary cap, so you’ll have to search for value elsewhere. Before making your 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. Montgomery outscored the Giants by himself last week as he found the end zone twice in a 29-3 victory. He also had 64 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards as he’s topped 80 scrimmage yards in five straight weeks.
One of those five games came against the Bears’ Week 18 opponent, the Minnesota Vikings. Montgomery had 83 yards from scrimmage vs. Minnesota three weeks ago, which was actually a down performance considering his previous success against the divisional rival. Montgomery has averaged 106.3 scrimmage yards in four career games vs. the Vikings, who rank 27th against the run this year. Minnesota just allowed over 200 scrimmage yards to Green Bay’s ball carriers last week, so Montgomery is a must-start against their porous defense on Sunday.
Part of McClure’s optimal NFL DFS strategy includes rostering Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz ($5,300 on DraftKings and $5,600 on FanDuel). The former Eagle faces the Seahawks in Week 18 and Ertz had his best game of the year earlier against Seattle. In Week 11, he posted an 8-88-2 stat line as the receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns were all season-highs.
Since DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was sidelined in Week 15, Ertz has emerged as Kyler Murray’s favorite target. Ertz has been targeted 33 times over the last three games, which leads all tight ends and is second to only Davante Adams (34) amongst all players. Seattle has allowed six receiving touchdowns to tight ends over the last seven games, so you can see why McClure is high on Ertz for Week 18.
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.