FanDuel Week 7 NFL DFS Picks & Plays for Cash & GPP Lineups

Written By Nate Weitzer on October 18, 2017
DFS NFL NFL DFS Week 7 Picks and Plays for Cash Game and GPP Lineups

Week 7 of NFL DFS is upon us, and everyone is looking to cash in on the big daily fantasy football money at FanDuel. Every week, we’ll bring you our top daily fantasy NFL picks for each position and recommend them as Cash Game and/or GPP plays. And to keep up with all things PlayPicks, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

As with any daily fantasy sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, game flow, and more factors. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for a new ways to play NFL DFS, be sure and give DRAFT Fantasy a try with our exclusive promo code.

In DFS NFL, predicting gameflow can be vital. Teams on the way to winning comfortably will be far more likely to lean on their running games, while two teams with poor defenses and high-powered offenses could pay off by getting into a shootout. Later in the season, weather will play a key factor in NFL games, so make sure to check the forecast for each Sunday.

Cash Game options generally come with less risk and a more stable floor, while the best GPP plays can come with tons of risk and upside. If you want to win the big money, you have to take big chances. Sometimes that means fading a safer choice for a risky play with more upside.

Best Week 7 NFL DFS Quarterbacks on FanDuel

Matt Ryan @ NE ($8.7k FanDuel) – GPP
No quarterback has failed to pass for over 300 yards against the Patriots’ abysmal secondary over six games this year. It would be shocking if Matt Ryan and the Falcons didn’t right the ship by lighting up the scoreboard in Foxborough this Sunday. It’s a clear bounce-back spot for a team that somehow dropped consecutive home games to the Bills and Dolphins. Now, Atlanta has a shot at redemption after their embarrassing collapse in the Super Bowl last February. New England has allowed the most passing YPG (324.8) and TDs (14) in the NFL this season and is ill-equipped to stop a still-dangerous Falcons offense.

Dak Prescott @ SF ($8.4k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
With 23-plus FD points in each of his last three appearances, Dak Prescott has been a rock-solid Cash play of late. Dallas faces a weak 49ers defense ranking 26th in DVOA pass defense. Prescott is using his athleticism to take off more often this year, and he’s scored two rushing touchdowns over his last three appearances to bolster those FP totals.

Marcus Mariota @ CLE ($8.2k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
Even on one healthy leg, Marcus Mariota was able to carve up a porous Colts secondary for 200-plus yards in the second half to lead the Titans in a MNF victory. He’ll have a week to rest his balky hamstring ahead of an equally juicy matchup against the Browns. Cleveland ranks 30th in DVOA pass defense and has allowed opposing QBs to throw for at least two TDs in four consecutive games. With impressive rookie Corey Davis (hamstring) potentially ready to return, Eric Decker finding his stride, and Delanie Walker ready to exploit the Browns’ horrendous TE defense, Mariota should meet value with ease.

Cam Newton @ CHI ($8.1k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
Cam Newton’s rushing ability gives him a solid floor in any format and really increases his upside under FanDuel’s scoring system. You have to like his matchup this week against a Bears team giving up 24.7 PPG and allowing opposing QBs to post an eight-to-two TD:INT ratio so far this year. Newton’s receivers both stand over 6’5, dwarfing the Bears’ undersized corners. Of course, Newton is also a physical specimen who can push the pile into the end zone for a rushing score or two.

Others to consider: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson

Best Week 7 NFL DFS Running Backs on FanDuel

Leonard Fournette @ IND ($9.0k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
Leonard Fournette would be the consensus top play this week with a massive workload guaranteed against a very weak Colts run defense, yet he suffered a non-contact injury last week that is reportedly nothing more than an ankle tweak. Still, he’s worth using in Cash games and some tournaments, while backup RB Chris Ivory ($5.9k) might be worth a look in GPP formats just in case Fournette’s injury is worse than initially anticipated. One or both backs should have very productive days against a Colts team coughing up 114.2 RuYPG. They’re tied with the Rams with the most rushing touchdowns, eight, allowed this year.

Ezekiel Elliott @ SF ($8.7k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
Ezekiel Elliott’s legal team once again earned a stay to his suspension, and he’ll be able to play in a juicy matchup this Sunday. The 2-3 Cowboys will need to feed “Zeke” in an effort to get back on track. They should be able to gash a 49ers team ranked 22nd in schedule-adjusted DVOA run defense this year. San Francisco gave up the most rushing TDs (25) in the NFL last season and just cut their best ILB in NaVorro Bowman.

Melvin Gordon vs. DEN ($7.7k FanDuel) – GPP
Over his last two games, Melvin Gordon erupted for 313 YFS and four total TDs while serving as a true three-down back for the Chargers. He’s bound to see targets from QB Philip Rivers, especially as the Chargers host an aggressive Broncos defense and will likely face consistent blitzes in Week 7. Prior to his massive games against the Giants and Raiders, Gordon posted the sole dud of his season against the stout Eagles defense. He’s otherwise been matchup-proof, as he even managed to accrue 79 yards and a score on opening night against these Broncos. Denver looked extremely vulnerable against the run in a stunning loss to the Giants and is always a little shaky on the road. Throw in that Gordon will have a fraction of the ownership that the other expensive backs draw, and you’ve got the formula for a GPP winning RB.

Adrian Peterson @ LAR ($6.3k FanDuel) – GPP
Adrian Peterson had a lot to prove in his first start away from the Saints and Sean Payton, who stubbornly refused to use the future Hall of Famer to his strengths. No more. Peterson burst for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and played on 48 offensive snaps thanks to positive gameflow for the Cardinals. Despite playing on the road against a supposedly high-scoring team this week, AP should continue to eat. The Rams are giving up the fourth-most RuYPG (139.5) along with the most rushing TDs (eight) in the league this year.

Others to consider: Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram

Best Week 7 NFL DFS Wide Receivers on FanDuel

Julio Jones @ NE ($8.8k FanDuel) – GPP
But Bill Belichick has a reputation for taking away the other team’s best weapon! That’s been the case in years past, but Julio Jones still burned the Pats for 87 yards in the Super Bowl and 108 yards on 13 targets when these teams last faced off in the regular season back in 2013. He’s due for a score or two after failing to find pay dirt in the Falcons’ first five games this year. Jones has massive upside in a potential shootout between the defending conference champions. He could see even more targets if Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) remains inactive.

Brandin Cooks vs. ATL ($7.9k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
In Belichick we trust, or at least in Josh McDaniels, due to his ability to creatively scheme his best players open. Cooks has established a solid floor with 11 catches for 178 yards over his last two appearances, and he’s been moving around the formation enough to avoid shadow coverage from shutdown CB Desmond Trufant, who only logs four percent of snaps in the slot. The Patriots still lead the NFL in total offense (412 YPG) and passing offense (309.8 YPG), and Atlanta is facing the fifth-most passing attempts per game (37.6) due to its uptempo style.

Michael Thomas @ GB ($7.7k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
Aside from Mark Ingram, the Saints’ skill players laid a collective egg last Sunday thanks to surprising and bizarre production from their defensive teammates. Considering the initial fumble six marked the first defensive TD for New Orleans in three years, that production can be chalked up to a fluke. Michael Thomas should also rebound after struggling to separate against the Lions’ elite DBs. He faces a Packers team ranked 26th in DVOA pass defense against opposing top WRs and lacking a true shutdown CB.

Kelvin Benjamin @ CHI ($6.8k FanDuel) – GPP
Kelvin Benjamin is only a tournament option because his counterpart in Devin Funchess is equally priced and just as appealing in this matchup. Cam Newton did target Benjamin a season-high 13 times in last Thursday’s loss. The lanky receiver went for a season-high 99 yards as a result. He stands 6’5 to Bears CB Kyle Fuller’s 5’11 and is too quick for 6-foot CB Prince Amukamara. Newton’s reckless confidence all but ensures Benjamin will have opportunities to make plays on jump balls in the end zone.

Others to consider: Dez Bryant, Mike Evans, Chris Hogan, Adam Thielen, Devin Funchess, Jarvis Landry 

Best Week 7 NFL DFS Tight Ends on FanDuel

Cameron Brate @ BUF ($6.2k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
Matchups haven’t been an issue for Cameron Brate because it often doesn’t matter if the 6’6 TE is covered at all. He’s a beast with some of the strongest hands in the league. Those hands have allowed him to catch a touchdown in 10 of his last 14 games dating back to late October last season. Whether Jameis Winston (shoulder) or Ryan Fitzpatrick is under center, the Harvard product should continue to produce on the road against the Bills’ smaller linebackers.

Delanie Walker @ CLE ($5.9k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
Rob Gronkowski is priced rather outrageously on FanDuel due to his multi-touchdown upside, so it makes sense to pay down at TE in Cash formats. Delanie Walker offers a safer floor than Brate, for example, because he’s a great possession receiver also occasionally utilized as a runner by the Titans. Cleveland ranks 31st in DVOA pass defense and 30th in DVOA against the TE position, and Marcus Mariota has always looked for his athletic TE first and foremost.

Others to consider: Rob Gronkowski, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, George Kittle

Best Week 7 NFL DFS D/ST on FanDuel

Steelers vs. CIN ($4.5k FanDuel) – Cash/GPP
If you told me to pick one defensive unit to roll with every week for the rest of the season (assuming they were highly motivated), it would be the Steelers. Adding elite CB Joe Haden to a struggling secondary has made a world of difference, while getting Ryan Shazier back from injury allowed the Steel Curtain to dominate a previously undefeated Chiefs offense on the road. Up next is a Bengals offense that looked pathetic through the first few weeks of the season. Roll Pittsburgh out with confidence in what should be another AFC North black-and-blue game.

Chargers vs. DEN ($4.1k FanDuel) – GPP
It’s hard to dislike the Chargers as a pure punt play on FanDuel this week. They’ll prepare to host a Broncos team that was nearly shut out by a middling Giants defense last week. Denver could also be without both top receivers in Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and Demaryius Thomas (ankle) this Sunday. The Chargers are giving up the fourth-fewest passing YPG (186) in the NFL this season. While they’ve struggled against the run, capable CBs Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett should handle the Broncos’ backups in single coverage, allowing them to stack the box against Denver’s weak running game.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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