RealTime DFS Strategy: Week 7

Fri Oct 22 11:08am ET
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We have a limited number of options in DFS for Week 7 since six teams will be on a bye. They have some of the most prolific offenses, as well, including the Bills, Cowboys and Chargers. Let’s dive into the teams that will take the field and highlight some players from them to target, as well as a few to potentially avoid.


Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. WAS ($7,500): With the Bears struggling to score last week, the Packers didn’t need much production from Rodgers. He only attempted 23 passes in the game, completing 17 of them for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Since their Week 1 debacle against the Saints, Rodgers has thrown 12 touchdown passes and just one interception. Washington has allowed a league-high 16 touchdown passes, so another big performance could be forthcoming.

Jameis Winston, NO at SEA ($5,500): When you think of the Seahawks over the past decade, a strong defense is what usually comes to mind. However, they have anything but one this season, especially against the pass since they have allowed the fifth-most passing yards per game. At this cheap salary, Winston could be worth taking a chance on in tournament play.

Player to Avoid

Derek Carr, LV vs. PHI ($6,000): With his 341 passing yards against the Broncos in Week 6, Carr has thrown for over 340 yards in four of six games. However, he hasn’t topped more than two touchdown passes in a contest and he’s also thrown four interceptions. In a matchup against an Eagles defense that has allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, it might be best to keep Carr out of your entry.

Running Backs

Darrell Henderson Jr., LAR vs. DET ($6,600): The Lions defense is a mess. Add in an offense that generally has a hard time scoring and they can dig themselves into an early hole. That often sets up a game script that is favorable to the opposing running backs, so it’s not a surprise that they have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Enter Henderson, who has been on the field for 79.7 percent of the Rams’ offensive snaps this season.

Darrell Williams, KC at TEN ($5,000): Williams was busy in the Chiefs first game without Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee), carrying the ball 21 times against Washington. He wasn’t overly efficient, turning them into 62 yards. However, he received six carries inside the red zone, which helped him to score two touchdowns. The Titans have allowed seven rushing touchdowns, which is tied for the fifth-most in the league. Don’t be surprised if Williams finds his way into the end zone at least one time in this contest.

Player to Avoid

Devontae Booker, NYG vs. CAR ($5,500): The Giants are a mess. They continue to have one injury after another, most of which have come on the offensive side of the ball. Filling in for Saquon Barkley (ankle), Booker only had 12 carries for 41 yards against the Cowboys. Their offensive line took another hit when Andrew Thomas (ankle/foot) was placed on IR and they remain banged up at wide receiver, so they could have a difficult time moving the ball against a Panthers team that has only allowed an average of 20.2 points per game.

Wide Receivers

Davante Adams, GS vs. WAS ($8,900): With the Packers not throwing much last week, Adams only received five targets. He made the most of them, finishing with four receptions for 89 yards. He has eight red-zone targets this season and already has four games with at least nine total targets, so with how many passing touchdowns Washington has allowed, a Rodgers-Adams stack could prove to be profitable.

Darnell Mooney, CHI at TB ($4,700): Mooney hauled in his first touchdown reception of the season in Week 6. He finished with five receptions for 45 yards, marking his fourth game this season with at least five catches. If the Bears are going to have any chance of hanging with the Buccaneers, they will likely need to throw the ball a lot more than they are accustomed. Add in the Bucs allowing the sixth-most passing yards per game and Mooney could be worth a look in tournament play.

Player to Avoid

Marquise Brown, BAL vs. CIN ($5,800): The last two weeks were a perfect example of the highs and lows that can accompany Brown in DFS. In Week 5, he torched the Colts for nine catches, 125 yards and two touchdowns. Last week, he had a mere four catches for 35 yards against the Chargers. With the Bengals only allowing an average of 18.5 points per game, we might receive another underwhelming stat line from Brown.

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz, ARI vs. HOU ($3,900): Before landing on IR with a knee injury, Maxx Williams had been a productive member of the Cardinals’ potent offense. Through five games, he had 16 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown. With him likely being out for the season, the Cardinals acted quickly by acquiring Ertz from the Eagles. No longer having to share his tight end position with Dallas Goedert, Ertz could be in line for a resurgence in production.

Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS at GB ($3,700): With Logan Thomas (hamstring) out, Washington has relied heavily on Seals-Jones. Over the last two games, he’s logged 98.7 percent and 100 percent of their offensive snaps, respectively. The result was nine catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. At this cheap salary, his secure playing time makes him very appealing.

Player to Avoid

Evan Engram, NYG vs. CAR ($3,600): Engram has been a massive disappointment with the Giants. Whether it’s been because of injuries, poor play or their inability to figure out how to better utilize him in the offense, his tenure with the franchise might be over soon. Even with their wide receiver group decimated last week, Engram only had three receptions for 24 yards. With Ertz and Seals-Jones in his same salary range, there’s no need to take a chance on Engram.

Mike Barner has been covering fantasy sports since 2007. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, SportsLine and RotoWire. Mike was also a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. Follow Mike on Twitter @rotomikebarner.

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The Carolina Panthers defense is a top-five option for Week 12 against the Dolphins. This unit has gotten 30 sacks, eight picks, and 14 forced fumbles on the season thus far. While they do allow more points in some games, this unit has generally done a good job against weaker offenses. The Dolphins don't have an explosive offense and Tua Tagovailoa is still a young QB who is prone to mistakes, so there is reason to stream the Panthers defense this week with confidence.

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Jakobi Meyers Nov 27 12:20pm ET
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New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers has failed to surpass 50 receiving yards in each of his last six games. Although, it's worth noting that Meyers has seen four or more targets in every game this season. His production has been inconsistent, which makes him a difficult fantasy option on a weekly basis. Fantasy managers should consider Meyers a low-end flex option in PPR formats for Week 12. He'll face off against a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to wideouts this season. The Patriots aren't exactly a pass-heavy team, but this is a favorable matchup for Meyers. The targets should be there, which makes him a solid candidate for PPR formats in Week 12.

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D.J. Moore Nov 27 12:10pm ET
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Teddy Bridgewater Nov 27 12:10pm ET
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Robby Anderson Nov 27 12:10pm ET
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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson should remain on benches for the Week 12 clash against the Dolphins. The WR has a been a super disappointing fantasy option all season, not having posted more than 40 yards in a game since early October. Despite having a good target share in most games, Anderson cannot seem to take advantage of that. Because of his low production, he shouldn't be trusted even in a matchup with a Dolphins squad that allows the second-most fantasy points to WRs.

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J.J. Taylor Nov 27 12:10pm ET
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Mac Jones Nov 27 12:00pm ET
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Cam Newton Nov 27 12:00pm ET
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Christian McCaffrey Nov 27 12:00pm ET
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Brandon Bolden Nov 27 12:00pm ET
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Kareem Hunt Nov 27 11:10am ET
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Mack Hollins Nov 27 11:10am ET
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Blake Jarwin Nov 27 11:10am ET
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Mike Gesicki Nov 27 11:00am ET
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Albert Wilson Nov 27 11:00am ET
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Myles Gaskin Nov 27 10:50am ET
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Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin has been held to 60 rushing yards or less in every game, but three this season. However, Gaskin is coming off a season-high 89 yards in Week 11. He also saw a season-high 23 carries in that performance. Now, he'll head into a fairly favorable matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12. A defense that ranks 19th in rush DVOA this season. The absence of Malcolm Brown (quad) has increased Gaskin's involvement in the offense. Fantasy managers should be able to count on Gaskin as a RB2 for this week.

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Jaylen Waddle Nov 27 10:50am ET
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Tua Tagovailoa Nov 27 10:40am ET
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been an inconsistent fantasy option all season long. However, it's worth noting Tagovailoa has three multiple touchdown games in three of his last five games. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that he is going to succeed against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12. A defense that ranks second in pass DVOA this season. The Dolphins have limited weapons and one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Fantasy managers should continue to consider Tagovailoa a QB2 moving forward.

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