As we head into the weekend, be sure to check out all the content rolling onto the Rotoworld Daily page. Here’s a list of articles looking at the NFL DFS Week 7 slate. I will be updating as new columns are added, so consider this section as the DFS Table of Contents.
NFL DFS Bargains by Renee Miller
DRAFT NFL Strategy by Spencer Limbach
DRAFT NFL Mock by Spencer Limbach
QB/RB Grind Down by Stephen Young
NFL DFS Starting Points by Renee Miller
NFL DFS Single Games by Spencer Limbach
DraftKings NFL 6-Pack by Chris Prince
WR/TE Grind Down by David Kaplen
NFL GPP Plays by Spencer Limbach
NFL DFS Fades by Renee Miller (coming soon)
Rotoworld Ranks vs DFS Pricing by Rich Hribar (coming soon)
Now onto the NFL DFS Must Plays for week seven!
Just a reminder, this column includes only Sunday afternoon games, as that’s considered the main slate on DFS sites. Games on Monday and Sunday night do not factor into this analysis.
PLATINUM: Build your lineup around these guys
Todd Gurley – RB – LA Rams (at San Francisco)
I’m just going to come out and say it: this NFL main slate is pretty weak. The bye week has decimated some of the player pool, while the most intriguing games (from a fantasy perspective) are happening on Sunday and Monday night. We also have an early London game taking Melvin Gordon and the Chargers out of the mix … Because of this, Todd Gurley becomes even more of a must play with lower-than-usual opportunity cost. He has been a beast this entire season, and that should continue while facing an unimposing San Francisco defense. Gurley easily has the highest upside and best matchup of any top tier running back on this main slate, leading me to pay-up for him despite the cumbersome salary.
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GOLD: Next wave to consider in terms of priority
Jarvis Landry – WR – Cleveland (at Tampa Bay)
Landry and QB Baker Mayfield haven’t been on the same page in recent games, but that could easily change on Sunday. The good news stems from continuously high volume with 45 targets over the past four outings. Landry should be able to make good on those opportunities while facing a Tampa defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. His salary is relatively modest due to those recent mediocre performances as well. This is a very nice buy-low opportunity to invest in Landry.
SILVER: Good options that narrowly rank ahead of similar players
Jameis Winston – QB – Tampa Bay (vs Cleveland)
This Tampa-Cleveland matchup has the greatest shootout potential of any game on the main slate. Most of the involved players have fairly relaxed salaries as well. I’ll definitely be gobbling up shares from both sides, including last week’s DFS hero: Jameis Winston. The Buccaneers don’t have much of a running game, so the burden will be firmly placed on Winston to carry this offense. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to come through with another solid fantasy performance, looking like a fine price play on this limited slate.
Tarik Cohen – RB – Chicago (vs New England)
Cohen is a value filler with some upside, putting up 27 and 20 fantasy points respectively over his past two games. It has become clear that Cohen fits into this offense much better than fellow RB Jordan Howard, and the box score has reflected that with the former getting plenty of opportunities in the short passing game. New England is vulnerable to receptions out of the backfield, as Hunt and Hines proved over the past two weeks. I like Cohen at this bargain salary.
David Njoku – TE – Cleveland (at Tampa Bay)
QB Baker Mayfield loves looking to his big tight end, who has racked up 22 targets, 13 receptions, 124 yards, and a score over the past two weeks. Njoku is looking at one of his best matchups of the season while facing a Tampa defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. This position is usually thin to begin with, and week seven’s lackluster main slate makes it even worse. Njoku provides a nice remedy to that situation in cash games.
BRONZE: Not 100% necessities, but they mix well into a quality lineup
John Brown – WR – Baltimore (vs New Orleans)
John Brown has regressed over the past two weeks, but he’s looking at an excellent bounce-back opportunity against a New Orleans defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. On top of that, the Saints hold one of the best run defenses in the league. That could funnel Baltimore to the air more often, something that didn’t take place in last week’s runaway victory. As a result, Brown should be more involved with upside to catch a deep ball or two. I like him as a mid-range WR3.
T.J. Yeldon – RB – Jacksonville (vs Houston)
This is a pure volume play, as the matchup doesn’t look great against a Houston team that ranks third in opponent yards per carry. However, Yeldon should be looking at 20-25 touches if Fournette (highly questionable) misses another game. The Jags’ RB sees plenty of work in the passing game to find fantasy value as well. Jacksonville checks in as 4.5 point home favorites, so game flow could be on Yeldon’s side as well.
PARTICIPATION RIBBONS: Fell just short of a featured spot
Adam Thielen – WR – Minnesota (at NY Jets)
Jared Goff – QB – LA Rams (at San Francisco)
Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Dallas (at Washington)
Robert Woods – WR – LA Rams (at San Francisco)
Baker Mayfield – QB – Cleveland (at Tampa Bay)
DeSean Jackson – WR – Tampa Bay (vs Cleveland)
LeSean McCoy – RB – Buffalo (at Indianapolis)