Week 6 DraftKings selections went well, so I thought I’d pick it up again for Week 7! Last week we included Matt Ryan, Steffon Diggs and Austin Hooper who all had awesome games (don’t forget the 49ers DST too). Carlos Hyde who was one of my favorite cheap options turned up too. If you are enjoying the series, and more importantly making money please let me know!
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Week 7 Selections: Quarterbacks
This week the two quarterbacks that I really like come from the same game where the Atlanta Falcons host the Los Angeles Rams
Matt Ryan ($6,300) is likely to be included each and every week until the Falcons defense is able to make a stop. So expect him each and every week for the rest of the season. Ryan has really had a string of effective fantasy performances this season, throwing for over 300 yards in each game this season. While the Rams have added Jalen Ramsey this week, he might struggle to cover Julio Jones all game.
Jared Goff ($6,200) has to be looking at this game as a ‘get-right’ game. The Falcons are the worst team in the league at stopping quarterback scoring. They have given up an average of 26.4 points per game this season. Furthermore, even if the Rams jump out to a lead I think the team continues to throw the ball and build the quarterback’s confidence.
Week 7 Selections: Running Backs
Leonard Fournette ($7,000) is probably going to be the highest owned player on the entire slate- but you should still put him in your lineup. Fournette has always been a running back who was guaranteed volume but has since added pass-catching ability this season. The Cincinnati Bengals are the worst team at defending running backs this season. Expect a big game from Fournette this week.
Derrick Henry ($5,800) on the face of it is an odd selection, but there is a method to it. The Tennessee Titans have continued their formula for success they found last season. Feed Henry and play defense. The quarterback play has been ineffective all season, forcing the team to change to Ryan Tannehill. The Titans face the Los Angeles Chargers who have given up an average of 21.4 points to the position, and that is likely to be Henry’s.
Josh Jacobs ($5,000) is this week’s slate breaker. The Oakland Raiders started the season operating a committee backfield, but have since moved away from that. In London, in particular, Jacobs was mightly impressive. The Green Bay Packers offense is one of the most improved in the league, but they are vulnerable on the ground. The Packers have given up an average of 29.7 points to the position, which is only bettered by three teams. At the price- Jacobs is a no-brainer option.
Week 7 Selections: Wide Receivers
T.Y. Hilton ($5,900) is the first receiver on all of my lineups this week. If you believe in narratives, then Hilton you’ll know Hilton has huge games against the Houston Texans. If you need a bit more then Jacoby Brissett has been able to keep this offense firing, and Hilton is the lead receiver with the team missing multiple players with injury concerns. The Texans defense isn’t what it was and Hilton is inline for a big game.
Robert Woods ($5,900) is the Rams receiver that I’ve chosen to stack with Jared Goff. Cooper Kupp is the more likely to have the better game, but at $7,400 you need him to have a great game to make value. Personally I prefer the ability of Woods over Brandin Cooks in this game. However, if I’m playing multiple lineups I would want exposure to both.
Dante Pettis ($4,100) could’ve had a touchdown last week if it wasn’t for a penalty calling the play dead. Pettis started the season struggling to get on the field but has looked back to his best in recent weeks. The Washington Redskins are going to be burnt this week, and Pettis offers great upside at the price you are paying.
Week 7 Selections: Tight Ends
Evan Engram ($6,500) is the next guy that is going to have a big game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants look like they will be back with Saquon Barkley suiting up, and with Golden Tate on the field too there is going to be competition for short targets. However, Engram is the red-zone passing target for this offense and the Cardinals can’t defend the position.
Austin Hooper ($5,300) is the only other tight end that I would consider. As I mentioned above, the Falcons are in a game where they will need to move the ball through the air. Hooper is second on the team in targets, trailing Julio Jones. That level of safety isn’t typically available at the tight end position.
Week 7 Selections: Defense/ Special Teams
Buffalo Bills ($4,300) almost feel like a trap his week. The Bills are one of the most effective defenses in the league, the Dolphins are one of the worst offenses. Those two combined? A no-brainer selection.
Best of luck this week! Remember to come back next week!
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