We’re to the final regular-season NFL DFS slate of 2023. Week 18 is always fun because it’s one big crapshoot. We’ll see a multitude of teams resting starters and it’s difficult to project players we haven’t seen get a lot of playing time all season. One position we can accurately project is QB. With plenty of starting QBs resting in Week 18, we’ll have a lot of value options on DraftKings main slate on Sunday. Let’s take a look at some plays.
NFL DFS Picks, Week 18: QB value plays
Blaine Gabbert, KC vs. LAC, $4,800
Gabbert is filling in for Patrick Mahomes, who will get the day off to rest up with the Chiefs locked into the 3-seed in the AFC playoffs. Gabbert has appeared in just 12 games over the past four seasons with Kansas City and Tampa Bay. The Chiefs will likely rest a lot of regulars on offense, including Travis Kelce and Isiah Pacheco. It’s a great matchup vs. the Chargers, who have lost seven of the past eight games. Gabbert needs some redemption after throwing two picks after replacing Mahomes in a blowout win over the Bears earlier in the season. There’s no reason Gabbert shouldn’t throw the ball 30-40 times against a secondary playing for nothing.
Carson Wentz, LAR vs. SF, $4,600
Wentz feels like one of the better options in terms of backup QBs thrust into a starting role in Week 18. The Rams are resting starters and so are the 49ers, so Wentz will face backup QB Sam Darnold ($5,200), who is also a good play. When you take out the starting QBs and most of the starting offensive personnel, you’re left with Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan just having fun with the offense. Wentz may not be the same player but he’s easily the best of this backup bunch. It wasn’t too long ago Wentz was leading the Colts to a winning record back in 2021.
Jeff Driskel, CLE vs. CIN, $4,000
Driskel will start in place of veteran Joe Flacco, who gets the week off with the Browns locked into a playoff spot. Cleveland can’t move from the 5-seed in the AFC playoff picture. So Driskel will get the call basically coming off the street after spending 2022 with the Texans. Driskel is 30 years old but can use his legs a little bit if need be to pick up yards. Really any QB at min-price is going to be appealing given the forced usage. Driskel will likely be popular in cash games and tournaments. You’ll need to find leverage elsewhere.