Week seven was a pretty easy week to do well in daily fantasy football. Pretty much everyone went nuts, with maybe Larry Fitzgerald being the only true dud that disappointed people.
For our picks last week, we had a couple misses, but they were narrow misses. DeAndre Hopkins still topped 10 fantasy points, Carson Palmer was fine enough and Antonio Gates doesn’t count because he ended up being in active (Ladarius Green, his replacement, scored).
Overall, it was a pretty unblemished week in regards to our top picks, which each week highlight our favorite picks near the top of DraftKings’ pricing that should be safe for solid to elite production. Let’s see who you can count on this week in daily fantasy football:
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady – Patriots ($8.3k) and Philip Rivers – Chargers ($6.6k)
Philip Rivers had under 100 yards, 0 touchdowns and two picks at half time in week seven and ended his day with over 300 yards and two scores. This guy is just insane and can get the job done for you in one freaking half of football. This week he gets a Ravens pass defense that is just dreadful, too, and at this price there’s little reason to not use him in daily fantasy football.
Brady is the easiest of calls. He’s on a short-week against a pretty spirited Miami team, but this guy hasn’t been stopped all year. Just last week he had a stiffer test against the Jets and he still put up 32 fantasy points. His price is quite high, but it makes sense for a guy who hasn’t handed out less than 25 fantasy points in a single contest in 2015.
Running Backs: Marshawn Lynch – Seahawks ($7.1k) and Le’Veon Bell – Steelers ($8.3)
Beast Mode officially returned last week, as he put up a nice 100+ yard rushing day and also scored. This week he draws Dallas, who can be OK against the run but I don’t trust them against a healthy and determined Lynch.
You have to pay considerably more for Bell, but it might be worth it. He’s been held under 20 fantasy points just once on the year and gets a beatable Bengals defense at home. Ben Roethlisberger could also be back this week, which only helps Bell’s prospects.
Wide Receivers: Julio Jones – Falcons ($9.2) and Calvin Johnson – Lions ($7.9k)
Two stud receivers make this call easy, as Julio got back on track with nine catches and a score last week and could be in for a mammoth-sized outing against a bad Buccaneers pass defense this week. The same goes for Megatron, who has been rock solid to elite over the past three weeks. He gets a dreadful KC secondary in London and could be huge this week.
Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski – Patriots ($8k) and Tyler Eifert – Bengals ($5.3k)
It’s hard to go away from The Gronk in any week, especially after he just demolished the Jets for 11 catches and a score. The dude is matchup proof and is still worth his hefty price tag.
Gronk isn’t a tough call, and Eifert really isn’t, either. He’s your guy if you’re looking for upside with a little value, as he’s a red-zone monster in a huge divisional game and he’s also a great price. Hard to go wrong there.
Team Defenses: Seattle Seahawks ($3.7k) and Arizona Cardinals ($4k)
Denver is facing the Packers and a lot of the guys you’d usually target defenses against are on bye. I say why risk it this week, and just pick between Seattle and Arizona. The Seahawks seem safer against Matt Cassel and a reeling Dallas squad, but Arizona against the Browns could be just as good. Both defenses are definitely pricey, but both probably have the best upside you’ll find in week eight.
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