Week 7 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Picks at Each Position
Week six isn’t even officially over yet in daily fantasy football, yet we’re on to next week. That’s part of the grind, as you either cut your losses or embrace your success and get ready for another week of fantasy football action.
More bye weeks and injuries rob us of some stellar daily fantasy football options in week seven, but a few still stick out as studs that we have to use if we want to win:
Quarterbacks: Andrew Luck – Colts ($7.6k) and Carson Palmer – Cardinals ($6.7k)
Aaron Rodgers is on bye and Tom Brady is ridiculously expensive, so we’re getting creative for our top picks at the quarterback position. Not really, as Palmer has been a total beast all year and Andrew Luck looked healthy en route to a very strong 30 fantasy points in week six. Luck is pretty pricey, but he’s a good week 7 play due to a home date with a bad Saints defense, while Palmer gets an awful Ravens pass defense at home on Monday Night Football. Hard not to love them both this week.
Running Backs: Devonta Freeman – Falcons ($7.9k) and Arian Foster – Texans ($7.5k)
Neither of these guys are cheap, but go find me a safer pick than either of them right now. Both Le’Veon Bell and Adrian Peterson flat-line last week, so let’s roll with two guys who catch the ball a ton and know how to score. Not just that, but Freeman faces a bad Titans run defense and Foster gets a Miami defense that has had truly one good game on the year. I think they both return strong value and are worth paying up for. Bell and Peterson, possibly not so much.
Wide Receivers: DeAndre Hopkins – Texans ($8.6k) and Antonio Browns – Steelers ($7.9k)
Hopkins’ price has sky-rocketed, but it probably should have even before last week. He’s being targeted at a ridiculous rate and now has ONE game below 27 fantasy points. I mean, come on. Brown is the risk of the two, as he’s been held under 10 fantasy points in three straight games. Blame Michael Vick. Vick is probably down for the count, though, and if Ben Roethlisberger returns this week, Brown could destroy his current value.
Tight Ends: Antonio Gates – Chargers ($5k) and Gary Barnidge – Browns ($4.9k)
Gates has been a total machine in his first two games back, racking up 18 catches, 187 yards and two scores in the process. With every other San Diego receiver banged up and the Raiders being league worst against the TE position, he’s the safest of safe plays in week seven.
I’m done doubting Barnidge, folks. He scored for the fourth game in a row this past weekend and I can’t go against him any longer. His matchup with the Rams actually is awful, but he’s a good price and he has defied all logic this point. What’s another week, right?
Team Defenses: Arizona Cardinals ($3.6k) and Atlanta Falcons ($3.3k)
This is an awful week for team defenses and is probably as good a time as any to just find a bottom-five priced unit you’re comfortable rolling with. More on that in this week’s value buys, surely.
For the top picks, though, it’s got to be the two most expensive squads – Arizona and Atlanta. The Cards are an easy call at home, as they got embarrassed by freaking Landry Jones last week and now a very banged up Ravens team is coming to town. They’re pretty safe and carry upside. Atlanta is never safe, but they’re facing a rookie quarterback and a pedestrian rushing attack. They’re worth a shot, even at this awful price.
That does it for our week seven picks at the top of the pecking order. For some value buys and our optimal lineup, be sure to check back at the site throughout the week. Good luck in your daily fantasy football leagues this week!
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