We’re nearing the halfway mark of the NFL season. Maybe you’re here because you love DFS. Maybe you’re here because your redraft season hasn’t gone as planned. Either way, welcome! I’ll be giving you some of my favorite Week 7 FanDuel picks for cash games. Let’s get to it.
Gardner Minshew at CIN, $6900 – I’m diving back in for another dose of Minshew Magic here. Cincy has been a defense to target all year long and now they’ll be without two of their top corners in Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson III. Excluding last week’s snoozefest against New Orleans, Minshew had been providing us with a really solid floor each week. Minshew shouldn’t have any trouble against the barely-there Bengal secondary.
There are a handful of pay-down spots on this slate with some of the injuries/inactives we have, so if you want to spend more at quarterback there are some options I like. Jared Goff ($7800) has a matchup against the Get Well Boys of Atlanta. The Rams as a whole have been under some heavy scrutiny but I can’t see how they fail here. No matter what site you use or how you try to slice it, the Falcons have an awful, awful pass defense. Football Outsiders grades them as the second-worst pass defense while PFF gives them a coverage grade that’s also second worst. Kyler Murray ($7700) goes on the road against the G-Men of New York with both teams in the top-10 of neutral situation game pace. Two bad defenses and two fast-paced offenses? Yes, please.
The three highest-priced running backs (Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette) are all in play depending on how you want to construct your lineup. Let’s focus on some guys lower in salary.
Josh Jacobs at GB ($6700) – Gruden wants the Raiders to be a physical, run-first football team. Lucky for them, they get a Green Bay team who has given up the tenth-most rushing yards and third-most rushing touchdowns up to this point of the season. PFF has also charged the Packers with the third-worst rush defense grade. Both teams play at a slower pace, and with the injuries to Green Bay’s receiving group, I don’t foresee this game getting out of hand and therefore Jacobs shouldn’t be put on the pine due to game script.
Latavius Murray at CHI ($5300) – On paper, we typically wouldn’t want to play a running back on the road against the vaunted Chicago defense. Looking more closely, however, this matchup may not be that bad, especially considering Murray’s price. Backfield mate Alvin Kamara has already been ruled out for Sunday’s contest and Murray showed pretty well last week as the two split time. Murray will now get the majority of touches going up against a Chicago front who will be without a key piece in Akiem Hicks. The aforementioned Josh Jacobs just rumbled his way to 123 yards two weeks ago in London against this defense. At Murray’s price and projected touches, he doesn’t need to go bonkers in order to provide value to your lineup.
Matt Breida is an intriguing option at $5600 going up against Washington’s woeful defense. A situation to keep a close eye on and monitor is David Johnson and his ankle injury. Coach Kingsbury stated that if the game were on Friday, Johnson wouldn’t have been able to suit up. That leaves the explosive Chase Edmonds at $5500 to take on the bulk of the workload against another terrible defense – the New York Giants.
Allen Lazard vs OAK, $4500 – Lazard will for sure be chalk this week, but at $4500 I just don’t think he can be ignored. I was a big fan of Lazard coming out of Iowa State, and now he gets the Aaron Rodgers endorsement bump. With all three of Green Bay’s top receivers not practicing, Lazard is in a great spot.
John Brown vs MIA, $5900 – I don’t mind having a higher variance play in my cash lineups. That is even more true when said variance play is going up against the league’s worst defense and is their team’s top target. John Brown is exactly that this week. Brown has a top-12 receiver/cornerback matchup advantage per PFF going up against Xavien Howard. With the Josh Allen to John Brown connection, it literally takes one play for Brown to 2x his salary.
Cooper Kupp at ATL, $7800 – Kupp is my favorite receiver to pay up for on the slate and would make for a #SickStack with Jared Goff who was talked about earlier. I mentioned John Brown’s WR/CB matchup above and Kupp’s is even better, sitting with the fourth-highest advantage (per PFF). The Falcons are giving up the third-most FanDuel points per game to receivers. Need another selling point? In Week 4, A.J. Brown went 94/2 while Corey Davis had 91/1 of his own. Yes, the two Titans receivers with Marcus Mariota throwing them the ball. I rest my case.
Evan Engram vs ARI, $6800 – *Scrolls to tight end. *Finds Arizona. *Clicks tight end’s name. It really is that simple for finding tight end plays each week. Add in the fact Engram is a top talent at the position, and it’s even easier. Engram does have the second-highest price amongst tight ends in Week 7, but with the lower salary options elsewhere, you should be able to fit him in your lineups.
Coming off a multi-week absence due to injury, Hunter Henry balled out going 8/100/2 on 9 targets last week. Sitting at $5700 you can look his way if you’re looking to save money here. An even cheaper option where you’re just hoping for a touchdown? Dawson Knox at $4800 going up against Miami’s “defense” is an option as well if you just want the punt play.
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