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NFL Fantasy Football 2017 Week 7: DFS advice

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Week 7 is upon us and we’ll start the same as every week. Let’s look at how last week’s picks panned out in DFS. There were some good hits here and as usual the bargain guys are a toss up.

Week 6 DFS

POS NAME % DRAFT GAME SCORING FPTS
POS NAME % DRAFT GAME SCORING FPTS
QB Deshaun Watson 26.80% CLE 17 HOU 33 Final 3 PaTD, 225 PaYds, 1 INT, 23 RuYds, 1 2PtPass 24.3
RB Kareem Hunt 26.90% PIT 19 KC 13 Final 21 RuYds, 89 RecYds, 5 REC 16
RB Jerick McKinnon 13.70% GB 10 MIN 23 Final 1 RuTD, 69 RuYds, 1 RecTD, 30 RecYds, 5 REC, 1 FUM 25.9
WR T.Y. Hilton 22.80% IND 22 TEN 36 Final 19 RecYds, 1 REC 2.9
WR DeAndre Hopkins 20.10% CLE 17 HOU 33 Final 1 RecTD, 19 RecYds, 2 REC 9.9
WR Marvin Jones Jr. 5.70% DET 38 NO 52 Final 1 RecTD, 96 RecYds, 6 REC 21.6
TE Evan Engram 11.10% NYG 23 DEN 10 Final 1 RecTD, 82 RecYds, 5 REC 19.2
FLEX Ameer Abdullah 2.30% DET 38 NO 52 Final 54 RuYds 5.4
DST Bears 3.00% CHI 27 BAL 24 Final 3 SACK, 2 INT, 1 DFR, 1 DefTD 15
TOTAL FANTASY POINTS: 140.20

Surprisingly, it was my gut feeling guys that performed the best and the better knowns who had average days. DeAndre Hopkins and DeShaun Watson combined for 31 pts, not terrible but not enough for big gains in DFS. Jerrick McKinnon blew up with 25 pts and Marvin Jones got 21 and Evan Engram pulled down 19. My feeling that the Bears were better than advertised paid off with 15 pts from Chicago’s D. If Abdullah had found a way to be relevant in a game that set records for scoring this line up might have been more than a moderate winner. Still, I made money, so lets look to next week.

Quarterback

Matt Ryan

In the Super Bowl rematch that couldn’t be a better set up for the Falcons, Matt Ryan faces a banged up New England defense that’s struggling to perform this season. Missing Julian Edelman and taking more hits than usual Brady isn’t his old self either. Ryan has an opportunity to hang a full four quarters on the Patriots.

Running Back

Leonard Fournette

This is IF Fournette starts. His ankle injury kept him out of practice and could conceivably limit his ability in game too, so proceed with caution. If Fournette sits, save some salary and start Jerrick McKinnon in a favorable matchup.

Adrian Peterson

A.P. has been waiting all season for an opportunity like the one in Arizona. With a full week of practice to get used to the system, expect the former superstar to shine once again. Even LA will struggle to stop this motor once it gets running.

Wide Receiver

Nelson Agholor

Agholor has experienced a rejuvenated season and seen some major gains with Wentz under center. In a divisional game that may or may not feature limited secondaries, I’m giving Agholor the start here.

Devin Funchess

Kelvin Benjamin’s knee is cause for concern and Funchess has been much better in recent weeks, absorbing targets previously reserved for Greg Olsen. The big bodied receiver has come on strong and should have a good opportunity against Chicago.

J.J. Nelson

This is my toss up guy. Swap out as you see fit but I think the presence of Peterson is going to free up JJ Nelson to make huge plays down the field. Since he’s a home run kind of guy, these are the only ways he scores points. If you went with McKinnon over Fournette, upgrade this spot With maybe Amendola or Demaryius Thomas.

Tight End

Austin Hooper

If Sanu doesn’t suit up, Hooper has a great match up against New England. If Sanu looks good on Sunday coming off a hamstring. he’s your guy. Atlanta is looking for this kind of guy to match up on the Patriots and give them scoring opportunities.

Flex

Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey’s targets have been consistent all season and he’s started finding the end zone. More specifically, Shula has figured out how to get him there. McCaffrey won’t stop being the work horse for Carolina anytime soon. The Panthers are going to need his shiftiness if they have any hope of getting a stagnant run game going again.

Defense/Special Teams

Saints

The Saints have had two solid defensive performances, including a dismantling of Matt Stafford and the Lions. With a favorable matchup against Aaron Rodgers’ replacement, they’re a low cost, high potential start this week.

These are my guys this week. There’s a lot of questionable players there so I’d suggest watching the game time decisions and shuffle where you need to. DFS is an inexact science. Good luck!

Who are you starting this week?