Welcome to Week 7 everyone, where we take a look at some top considerations for you to put in your lineups on DraftKings this weekend. As always, if you have any questions this weekend, you can find me on twitter @kevdudz and I’ll do my best to respond.
Carson Palmer- Arizona Cardinals- $6700
My top QB of the week is Carson Palmer. Not only do you get to roster a QB with the second most TD’s in the league against the worst pass defense in the NFL this year, but you get to have the Monday night hammer as well! It’s always a great feeling to watch your team move up the standings on Monday night while people ahead of you can only watch as you climb the standings because they played everyone on Sunday. Palmer makes a great play in your cash games, and pairing him with Larry Fitzgerald or John Brown is undoubtedly a solid start to a GPP lineup.
Phillip Rivers- San Diego Chargers- $6500
Now that we are in Week 7, we can really start to understand what teams are about. And the San Diego Chargers are a passing team. Melvin Gordon’s been a huge disappointment this year, including getting benched last week after two fumbles. I expect to see more Danny Woodhead this week, who’s talents lie in his pass catching than his actual running. While I don’t expect Rivers to throw 60+ times again, in order to score, the Chargers are going to throw.
Cam Newton- Carolina Panthers- $6600
The Eagles are another team to usually target quarterback’s against. Philly’s run defense is under the radar strong, so teams look to throw against them a lot. Cam’s been very good this year, and with a great floor because of his rushing ability, Newton should be a safe play in your cash games, and pairing him with someone like Ted Ginn or Greg Olsen should be a nice under owned stack in a GPP to allow you to have a different roster from much of the field.
Todd Gurley- St. Louis Rams- $5000
Gurley is going to be the highest owned player of the week. When you have the new hot shot rookie of the league, priced so affordably, playing the worst rushing defense in the NFL, it’s easy to see why everyone is on him. If you are playing in a 50/50 or a head to head, put Gurley in your lineup and move on. Even if he absolutely stinks, you are still okay, because pretty much everyone else is going to own him too. Set Gurley in your lineup and move on.
Devonta Freeman- Atlanta Falcons- $7900
A lot of people have been hesitant to use Freeman this year, despite his monster numbers. I don’t think this is the week to fade him, as the Falcons are on the road, but still a favorite. They should be in a solid position to be grinding out the clock in the 2nd half, so Freeman should see all the touches he can handle again. He’s going to have a high ownership level as well, just not as high as Gurley.
Lamar Miller- Miami Dolphins- $4600
Lamar Miller finally showed off his talent for the first time this year last week, and I think he continues to build on that this week. New head coach Dan Campbell seems committed to running the ball, and fed Lamar Miller last week. Because of a blowout, Miller didn’t play a lot in the 4th quarter, so with this game expected to be a bit closer, Miller could see even more touches this week. He’s a great value play.
Latavius Murray- Oakland Raiders- $6100
Coming off a bye, Murray should be healthy again after getting a bit banged up against the Bears. As we saw last week with James Starks ripping off long runs at will against the Chargers, Murray should be able to do the same. I’d expect around 20-25 touches, and 110 all-purpose yards, with a good chance of getting in the end zone.
DeAndre Hopkins- Houston Texans- $7700
Easily the top play on paper this week is Deandre Hopkins. He’s leading the league in targets, in fact is on pace to have the most targets of all time in a season! On a PPR site like DraftKings, Hopkins is a special talent that you can build your roster around. Start him with confidence.
Dante Moncrief- Indianapolis Colts- $5000
Moncrief still has a really nice price, and as long as Andrew Luck is playing, he’s going to be an excellent play. He seems to be Luck’s main redzone target, and gets around 10 targets per game with Luck playing. At 5k he’s a steal this week, and a staple in my lineups in a game that has one of the highest over unders this week.
John Brown- Arizona Cardinals- $5500
Brown blew up last week, and could see similar production this week. Facing an abysmal Ravens passing defense, Brown should be in line for another big game. The only worry we have is that Palmer spreads the ball around so well, that you never know which Cardinals WR is going to have the best game. I’m taking my chances with Brown, as hes $1900 less than Larry Fitzgerald.
Willie Snead- New Orleans Saints- $4300
As I mentioned before, the Colts-Saints game has one of the highest over unders, so we absolutely want to target players in this game. Snead seems to have taken over the #1 WR spot for the Saints. Our worry is that he may be matched up against Vonta Davis, one of the premier cornerbacks in football. However, Snead is running about 40% of his snaps out of the slot, and Davis is not known for following receivers to the slot. I think at a cheap price like $4300, Snead is still an excellent value.
Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots- $8100
Gronk is always the top option at tight end. You are never wrong for playing him. However this week, with some of the matchups for some cheaper guys, I will only be using Gronk in my GPP lineups, I’ll be rolling cheaper guys at TE in my cash games.
Antonio Gates- San Diego Chargers- $5000
Gates has been excellent in his first two games back. He got a little banged up at the end of the Packers game, and has been limited in practice. If he goes, he’s a great play against the worst defense against tight ends this year in the Raiders. If for some reason he doesn’t play, Latavius Green becomes a fantastic play for an even cheaper price.
Travis Kelce- Kansas City Chiefs- $4900
Kelce should be a focal point for the Chiefs this week, as they really struggled in their first game without Jamaal Charles last week. With Maclin banged up, I fully expect Andy Reid to try to feed Kelce.
Jason Witten- Dallas Cowboys- $4800
Witten has notoriously killed the Giants throughout his career, and I expect him to have another solid game this week, as the Giants struggle to cover tight ends. Their linebackers are weak against coverage, and Matt Cassell should be able to look at him as a security blanket multiple times this week.