Week 7 NFL DFS DraftKings Picks & Lineups
Six weeks of the season are in the books, and we’re back with a full slate of NFL DFS games at DraftKings. We’re listing our NFL DFS best picks at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end to target in Cash and GPP lineups.
Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes and slanted toward tournaments. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster. Injuries can also play a huge role in NFL DFS on a weekly basis. So always, always check the injury reports when playing an NFL slate.
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Best Week 7 NFL DFS Quarterbacks
Mitch Trubisky vs. PIT ($5.6k DraftKings)
Trubisky is starting to look like he could be the Bears’ franchise quarterback given his consecutive 300-yard games. He’s also thrown for nine touchdowns over his past two games combined. That’s even more impressive when you consider he’s also added 100 rushing yards over his past two outings combined. The second-year QB has a very tall order against the New England Patriots, as he’ll have to put up points to have a shot at winning this one. There’s certainly still a chance that Trubisky reverts to his Week 3 form when he struggled mightily. However, Trubisky has at least two passing touchdowns in four of five games this year, and he’ll likely be forced to throw 35+ times, which would match or exceed the highest attempts he’s had in a game this season (35).
Deshaun Watson @ JAX ($5.5k DraftKings)
It was just a year ago that Watson seemed poised to be an indomitable force most weeks. Now, he’s priced at $5.5k on DraftKings against a stout Jaguars secondary. Jacksonville has a really strong defense, but they just allowed the Cowboys to score 40 points. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes while rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown. Deshaun Watson is much better than Prescott, and he’s also more athletic. Watson has at least 36 rushing yards in five of six games this season but just one rushing touchdown. While last week was a total dud for the second-year QB (against Buffalo), I don’t expect him to be held to just 25 passing attempts this week. He’s underpriced here, especially considering that whatever he loses in passing upside against this Jaguars defense, his rushing upside at least partially compensates. Oh, and he’s scored 25 or more DraftKings points in four of his six starts this year. Buy low on Deshaun and gain some leverage on the field.
Blake Bortles vs. HOU ($5.2k DraftKings)
Approaching this game from a different angle, the Texans have been terrible against the pass this year. They are tied for second-to-last in touchdowns allowed per game. Only the Giants have allowed more. Bortles, meanwhile, is up against an athletic foe in Watson, who is normally quite capable of moving this Texans offense down the field. Bortles, like his counterpart on the other sideline, also has rushing ability. But that’s not why we like him here. The Jags’ franchise quarterback (at least that’s what their actions suggest) has been unsurprisingly inconsistent this year. That will likely scare off game-log vultures, but really it’s what you want in a tournament. Bortles has three games of more than 28 DraftKings points, including a 36.54-point outing against New England, along with two performances in the mid- to low-teens, and one stinker. Houston doesn’t allow a ton of pass attempts per game (third lowest in the league), but that just goes to show how rough their passing defense is. Look for Bortles to at least have opportunities to put the ball in the end zone in a game that could boast more offense than Vegas expects.
Cash Game Options: Cam Newton, Joe Flacco, Jared Goff, CJ Beathard
Best Week 7 NFL DFS Running Backs
Kerryon Johnson @ MIA ($4.5 DraftKings)
The Lions have spent the better part of Matthew Stafford’s career trying to draft him a running back. Last week, Johnson looked sharp with 70 yards on only 12 carries. While it wasn’t a true breakout game, and the rookie is still without a touchdown, he gets a solid matchup this week against the Miami Dolphins. They’re allowing 147.3 rushing yards over their last three games, the fifth most in the league. Also, over their last three games, Miami has allowed three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown to opposing backs. They additionally allowed 90 receiving yards to Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears last week. Johnson, though not a receiving-first back, is averaging three targets per game, giving his upside a slight bump. At $4.5k, it’s worth rostering Johnson. He’s clearly the best running back in Detroit, and they’ll likely be running down clock this week.
Peyton Barber vs. CLE ($3.8 DraftKings)
Talk about Ronald Jones all you want. Barber is the better running back right now. Jones’ pro-readiness remains in question as shown by his one rushing attempt last week (compared to 12 for Barber, who racked up 82 yards and added a receiving touchdown). The Browns are allowing the fourth-most yards per game on the ground and allowed 270 last week against the Chargers. Barber is certainly no Melvin Gordon, but he has been effective with fewer rushing touches. Jameis Winston’s return should only help him (in both running and receiving). At $3.9k against a defense unable to stop the run, Barber is a strong tournament option.
Tarik Cohen vs. NE ($5.1 DraftKings)
Jordan Howard doesn’t give this Bears offense much, and toting the ball with him for four quarters against the Patriots sounds like a bad idea. The Pats will have to solve this tough Bears defense, like so many other defenses they’ve dismantled. Assuming New England does score early and/or semi-often, Chicago will have to find a way to keep up. Cohen immediately stands out: he is the most versatile player on the offense and is capable of rushing the ball (kind of) and excelling in the passing game. Chicago will likely be forced to throw a lot in this one, along with finding clever ways to fool this Patriots coaching staff. Cohen is the kind of guy who can do that, like Tyreek Hill did last week but with less explosiveness.
Cash Game Options: Carlos Hyde (Hyde has been traded to the Jags…out of cash pool. Nick Chubb is just $3.6k on DK), LeSean McCoy, Todd Gurley, Zeke Elliott
Best Week 7 NFL DFS Wide Receivers
Marvin Jones Jr. @ MIA ($4.9 DraftKings)
Kenny Golladay appears to have taken over as the second (or maybe even top) receiver in Detroit. And that’s going to keep Marvin Jones Jr.’s ownership way down this week. The dynamic receiver hasn’t made a ton of noise this year while still being reasonably effective (three touchdowns, nine red zone targets). He’s hurting when it comes to sheer opportunity. Last week, his targets slipped to four, the lowest mark on the season for the veteran. But Detroit is pegged to score 25 points this week (compared to Miami’s 22, meaning a potentially close contest), and Jones should see his targets return to the 6-9 range. Considering he’s good for at least one red zone target, Jones is a sleeper as the masses fade in fear of Golden Tate and Golladay.
Keke Coutee @ JAX ($4.3 DraftKings)
Jacksonville has one of the best secondaries in the history of the league, but that doesn’t mean you fade all the guys to whom Deshaun Watson will be throwing. Coutee stands out for a few reasons, but mostly because he should avoid Jalen Ramsey and the best the Jags secondary has to offer. He is, after all, the alternate receiver. Still, even as the third option, Coutee has become a meaningful contributor in this offense. Last week, he managed just three catches on five targets, but that means he garnered 20 percent of Watson’s throws. This week, he should see his targets exceed five (though come well short of his career high in a game of 15 a few weeks back). At $4.3k, with all the attention going to DeAndre Hopkins, you bet Coutee will have ample opportunity to make an impact against lesser coverage.
Chris Godwin vs. CLE ($4.6 DraftKings)
I don’t think the Browns’ defense is that bad, but Godwin has carved out a nice role for himself in this offense in friendlier coverage (as the No. 3 receiver). Last week, while DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans struggled to get going, Godwin reeled in six receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. The nine targets were a major increase from the two a week prior. But the week immediately before last, he had 10 targets. But perhaps most importantly, it’s clear Evans is not the lone red zone threat in this offense. Godwin has four touchdowns this season, all in the red zone, all within nine yards. Assuming the Bucs can score against the Browns at home, Godwin has a relatively high probability to find the end zone, with potential for added work based on his performance last week.
Robert Woods vs. SF ($7.0 DraftKings)
With Cooper Kupp set to miss this week, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods are set to take on some added responsibility in the passing game. San Francisco has an average defense against the run, allowing less than 100 yards and less than one rushing touchdown on average per game this season. If Todd Gurley can’t take this game over, Jared Goff will have to turn toward his other two stud offensive playmakers. Woods has at least nine targets in four of six games this season, and in the two below that, he still managed over 100 yards in one of those games (and 92 in the other). Woods has a terrific floor for a wideout thanks in part to Gurley’s backfield presence. With Kupp out this week, that floor is more or less the same, though his upside is much improved. Woods has three touchdowns to Kupp’s five, even though he has 10 more targets on the year. With one less mouth to feed in this offense, Woods stands to benefit.
Ryan Grant @ NYJ ($4.6 DraftKings)
The Colts might be without T.Y. Hilton again this week, and it’s not like Eric Ebron can catch all of the touchdowns. I expect a bump in Ryan Grant’s work as a result of Hilton’s absence, and Grant has shown himself moderately capable of producing with more work. Last week, the wideout was targeted nine times by Andrew Luck, reeling in six of those for 58 yards. That doesn’t instill a ton of confidence, but with double-digit target upside this week, at just $4.6k, Grant seems poised to break out. The Jets rank 28th against the wideout position, and Luck will likely find himself playing from behind, which is just a way of life for the Indianapolis Colts these days. Grant is far less appealing should Hilton decide to suit up.
Cash Game Options: Michael Crabtree, Cole Beasley, Albert Wilson, Donte Moncrief, Taylor Gabriel, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs
Best Week 7 NFL DFS Tight Ends
Kyle Rudolph @ NYJ ($3.9 DraftKings)
I targeted Eric Ebron against the Jets in this very spot last week, and owners were rewarded with yet another touchdown from the new Colt. The Jets allowed Erik Swoope to also catch a touchdown last week. This week, at $1.5k cheaper than Ebron, Rudolph is atop my tight end list. The Vikings have a lot of different ways to win, and they have one of the most consistent receiving corps in the game. No one stands to benefit from that in coverage quite as much as Rudolph, who is averaging more than five catches per game over his last five outings. He hasn’t scored a touchdown in more than three weeks, but given their struggles last week, the Jets seem like they could oblige.
OJ Howard vs. CLE ($3.6 DraftKings)
The Browns are tough to understand. They seem to have a competent defense, but at the end of the day, they still are the Browns, and teams still score a lot on them. Just a few weeks ago, the Browns allowed Jared Cook to rack up more than 100 yards, along with two scores. Now, they’ll have to face an arguably greater test in the athleticism of OJ Howard. Howard has been struggling with injury, but when healthy, he’s a force. Howard has scored double-digit DK points in three of his last four games, adding two touchdowns during that timeframe. And last week, he and Jameis Winston got on the same page, connecting on four of four targets for 62 yards and a score. Up against the Browns, Howard should reap the benefits of tighter coverage rolled out to the Bucs’ wide receivers.
Cash Game Options: George Kittle, David Njoku
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