Week 7 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Value Buys at DraftKings
Daily fantasy football gets interesting in week seven, as the field is somewhat diluted thanks to bye weeks and another game (Bills vs. Jaguars) being hosted over in London.
Add in injuries and it’s a troubling field, but factor in major pricing changes, and things get really crazy. DeAndre Hopkins takes quite a leap up to $8.6k, Devonta Freeman leaps from $4.6k to $7.9k and Tom Brady is the priciest we’ve seen a passer all season at $8.5k.
It could be a crazy week, but with some inflation, we also see value a little clearer. We certainly saw it last week, as we hit big time with guys like Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, DeMarco Murray, Chris Ivory, Lamar Miller, Allen Robinson, Michael Floyd, Antonio Gates and the Vikings defense. Jordan Cameron, Allen Hurns, Eric Decker and Tyler Eifert all ended up being solid plays, as well.
Our only true misses ended up being Sam Bradford, Dion Lewis, T.J. Yeldon (inactive) and the Jets defense.
Overall, it was another successful week, and if you used some (or most) of our daily fantasy football sleepers, you probably won some money. Let’s do it all again as we look for even more value heading into week seven:
Quarterbacks: Carson Palmer – Cardinals ($6.7k) and Philip Rivers – Chargers ($6.5k)
There isn’t a better value at quarterback than these two guys. There are cheaper and safer options, but the value stays here. Palmer has been a touchdown and yardage fiend all year long, and while he’s sadly rarely been both at the same time, he carries weekly upside that is difficult to match. Plus he gets the Ravens pass defense on Monday Night Football, which is all kinds of awesome. Ditto for Rivers, who is fresh off of a ridiculous 503-yard day and now gets a beatable Raiders defense. I prefer Palmer, but so does everyone, so Rivers could be the better play in the end (contrarian-ish).
Running Backs: Todd Gurley – Rams ($5k) and Lamar Miller – Dolphins ($4.6k)
The value in Gurley is insane. He’s now ripped off back-to-back 100+ yard rushing days and is inching closer to a true blow up game. I reckon it’s here in week seven, when he hosts the worst run defense in the league – the Browns. Gurley should be good for another 100+ yards and his first score of his career.
Miller is a considerable drop down in the safety and upside department, but he showed plenty of life last week with 100+ yards and a score. This week he faces a weak Texans defense and could do it all again. Also consider Doug Martin, who was busy scoring 3 TDs the last time we saw him, and Cowboys’ new lead back, Christine Michael, who is the minimum.
Wide Receivers: Brandin Cooks – Saints ($5.5k) and Martavis Bryant – Steelers ($4.7k)
Cooks scored two weeks ago and with Drew Brees healthy, finally figures to be a guy we can start using in the right spots. Week seven certainly qualifies, as he draws a shaky Colts defense in a potential shootout. Cooks is a terrific price considering his talent, role and upside.
The same goes for Bryant, if not more so, as he’s insanely under-priced after going absolutely nuts (100+ yards and 2 TDs) in his first game back last week. Talk about making up for lost time. He’s going to be a real threat no matter who is under center for the Steelers, but if Ben Roethlisberger can make it back, all the better.
Tight Ends: Antonio Gates – Chargers ($5k) and Jordan Cameron – Dolphins ($3.3k)
Rob Gronkowski is too pricey now and Gates has actually been the better option in each of the past two weeks. He’s another guy seemingly making up for lost time and he’s doing it loudly with 18 catches and two scores the past two weeks. Now he gets the Raiders, who happen to be league worst in defending the tight end position. Giddy up.
Cameron is a far from from the stability and upside of Gates, but his price is pretty sweet. Cameron showed signs of life last week with a score, so you can faintly trust him a little more. Now he gets a Houston defense that isn’t particularly great and has also given up the 20th worst production to the TE position. Cameron is worth a shot if you want to stack your roster with studs.
Team Defenses: New York Giants ($2.8k) and St. Louis Rams ($2.4k)
Defense is a mess this week, as the Arizona Cardinals seem like the only “safe” option, yet they’re probably too expensive to roll with. I like the Giants and Rams based off of price and matchup. New York draws a still lethargic Cowboys offense and the G-Men will also probably want to make up for this past week’s debacle in Philly. They’re a decent play and a solid price.
I prefer the Rams over every other defense this week, though. Not only are they a fantastic price, but they’re at home against Josh McCown and the Browns. The Rams made Aaron Rodgers look pedestrian in Green Bay, so I like their chances.
Hopefully some of these value buys help you win the big bucks in daily fantasy football leagues this week. Good luck in week seven!
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