What a difference a week makes in the NFL. Still over half the season to go, but it certainly looks like we’re shaping up for a wild one. NFL Fantasy Tips:
Week 7 looks like all kinds of fun in terms of matchups: a bunch of division rivals culminating with MNF’s Redskins/Eagles tilt; a few interesting inter-conference games including a Super Bowl rematch; and one of the best all time rivalries between the Cowboys and 49ers. Let’s see if we can find some DFS goodness…
Tom Brady ($9,200). Normally, I like to look for one of the cheaper QBs on the slate, but I think this is a week to not overthink it and go with Brady. Two bad defenses + two great QBs = lots of points. Brady and the Pats will be looking to quiet the doubters and get back on top of the AFC. 3 TDs and 300yds looks like a lock.
Russell Wilson ($8,100) looks like a good tournament play this week. Guys like Tyrod Taylor, Dak Prescott, Brett Hundley, and Drew Brees will get a lot of action, but Wilson faces a pretty average Giants defense and is coming off a bye. He also gets CJ Prosise back from injury and Jimmy Graham should be fully healthy from a nagging early season ankle tweak.
Ezekiel Elliott ($8,700) will probably be taking his frustrations out on the 49ers this week. San Francisco has done OK vs the rush this year, but only against teams that are bad at rushing the ball. Zeke will be out to prove something and should feast here.
LeSean McCoy ($7,900). With the loss of TE Charles Clay, the Bills will be looking to lean on Shady even more. He’s in the top 5 in touches per game and averaging over 6 targets per game as well. Those numbers should both increase vs a poor Tampa defense and as a home favourite, McCoy is a lock for me.
Alvin Kamara ($6,100). Last week it was the Mark Ingram show and a lot of players might be tempted to chase points and go back to him. Don’t overlook the fact that Kamara had 87 total yards. The Packers are terrible vs the pass, which bodes well for the Saints passing game and I think Kamara is a possible sneaky play in tournaments.
Julio Jones ($8,800) has no touchdowns this season, which makes him both a risk for cash games and a potential great play in tournaments this week. Honestly, if he can’t get it done vs the Patriots, then Atlanta supporters are going to be crying for Mike Shanahan to come back. Using him in a tournament with Brady + Hogan might be rewarding.
Michael Thomas ($8,600) is a safer high priced option. As mentioned above, the Packers have struggled vs the pass and while game script hurt his cause last week, Thomas still leads the Saints in receptions and receiving yards. Look for him to find paydirt this week.
Pierre Garcon ($6,700) is pretty much the only WR the 49er passing game is targeting this year. He caught 5 passes on 8 targets from rookie QB CJ Beathard last week and should see 10+ targets again vs an average Cowboy pass defense.
Robert Woods ($5,500) should be guarded by the Arizona DB not named Patrick Peterson this week, which is a good thing. The Cards have been torched in the passing game so far this year and Woods himself is quietly asserting himself as the Rams most reliable receiver.
Delanie Walker ($5,900) is facing the Browns. Enough said. Actually, check the injury reports here as he has been battling an injury, but if he’s healthy ignore his game log and plug him in.
Jimmy Graham ($5,800). See above re Wilson. He’s had a nagging injury all year and appears to be back to 100% to face the Giants, who have been one of the worst teams vs Tight Ends this year.
Robbie Gould ($4,500). The 49ers should be able to move the ball somewhat vs the Cowboys, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they stall in the redzone a couple times.
Minnesota ($4,700) get the Ravens and Joe Flacco at home. Flacco has been an interception machine lately and the Vikings are capable of multiple sacks.
Good luck everyone!