National Football League (NFL) Must-haves are our most highly recommended players for any given slate. Our experts select these picks above the rest and have determined they are most likely to reach or exceed value. These are the foundational players that we advise building your lineups around.
Patrick Mahomes (Must-Have) | Chiefs | Cash: A+ | GPP: A+ If you’ve paid attention to the NFL at all this season, you’ve seen and/or heard about the stellar season Pat Mahomes has put together. The second year QB has led his team to becoming an offensive juggernaut that leads the NFL in both yards and points per game. He leads the NFL in passing touchdowns with a whopping 48 so far, despite attempting just the 6th-most passes on the season. This week, the young gunslinger draws an absolute cupcake matchup with the Oakland Raiders, a team he eviscerated in... Read More
Ezekiel Elliott | Cowboys | Cash: A+ | GPP: A There’s no doubt that Ezekiel Elliott is going to be highly owned in all types of DFS contests this week, so the idea of going contrarian with him involved will be tough but not impossible. What’s really hard to imagine, though, is not starting a player who’s been absolutely locked in in five out of his past six games (32.76 FPPG on DraftKings and 26.76 FPPG on FanDuel) despite how popular of a pick he’ll be and who has a matchup in Week 16 that’s simply too hard to pass... Read More
Joe Mixon (Must-Have) | Bengals | Cash: A+ | GPP: A In the past three weeks, Joe Mixon (who just ran for 111 yards in Week 14 and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the year) has averaged a solid 94 rushing yards per game and had a combined total of 106 receiving yards in those contests (with a TD against the Chargers last week). Mixon isn’t a player that gets a lot of recognition considering the team he plays for, but results are results. He seemingly has standout performances almost every other week for a squad that really... Read More
Christian McCaffrey (Must-Have) | Panthers | Cash: A+ | GPP: A Christian McCaffrey has been an absolute juggernaut for DFS players this season. He has that rare ability to not only dominate as a runner but he can excel as a receiver as well and that’s clearly been shown in his last two contests especially averaging 115.5 rushing yards per game, 83.5 receiving yards per game and 1.5 touchdowns per game in that time. He has also scored an unbelievable 10 touchdowns in total now in five out of his last six games. The good times should continue for McCaffrey... Read More
Spencer Ware (Must-Have) | Chiefs | Cash: A+ | GPP: A Our first daily fantasy NFL Must-Have of the week is in a prime spot to produce at a price that doesn’t adequately account for his expected role. Due to the Kareem Hunt debacle that took place on Friday, that ultimately resulted in Hunt being cut from the Chiefs’ roster, Spencer Ware will be thrust into the starter role at RB this week. It couldn’t come in a better game for Ware, as he gets to face off against Oakland. The Raiders are dead last in the league, allowing the... Read More