Last week’s team ended up scoring 166.10 points. Dalvin Cook’s surprise deactivation and the Ravens’ efficient offense put a damper on a promising lineup. Tevin Coleman was the sub I went with when the Cook news broke but only a late touchdown salvaged his 41-yard game.
Other than those two misses, the lineup played solidly across the board, led by Jameis Winston and Davante Adams with 35.90 and 38.20 respectively. Not the overall turn out we were looking for but I feel like we’re getting warmer.
On to Week 7.
QB Carson Wentz vs. Panthers
Carson Wentz has put back-to-back good games together where his mobility looks to be returning to 2017 levels. He now gets a Carolina defense that isn’t nearly the obstacle they’ve been in the past. Besides their games versus vertically challenged Dak Prescott and Alex Smith they’ve given up an average stat line of 24-36 for 316 yards and two touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Wentz is one of the stronger QB plays this week at home
DraftKings salary: 6,000
RB Saquon Barkley @Falcons
Check-down artist at QB + Defense that ignores RBs in the pass game = one of the most enticing plays of the week. I’d honestly be rushing to play Saquon Barkley off his pass game value alone but the Falcons giving up a juicy 5.1 yards per carry only strengthens the stance. Barkley could very well wind up being RB1 this week in a potential high-scoring affair. You can never comfortably predict something like this but a repeat of his 229 yards from scrimmage last week might not be out of the question this week.
DraftKings salary: 8,900
RB Kareem Hunt vs. Bengals
The lack of gaudy receiving numbers has kept Kareem Hunt‘s DK price down but he has been awfully productive of late. Playing in an offense as electric as the Kansas City’s, he’ll always be a threat for touchdowns (15 red-zone carries on the season) but he’s done a lot more that just be a goal line threat. He’s 4th in the NFL in rushing and has 12 targets in the last three games, the middle coming against a Jaguars team notoriously stingy vs RBs in the pass game (two targets in that game). Now he faces Cincinnati, a team giving up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Play Hunt with extreme confidence this week.
DraftKings salary: 6,800
WR Brandin Cooks @San Francisco
Davante Adams predictably lit up the 49ers secondary so we’re going right back to the well. San Francisco benched Ahkello Witherspoon in favor of Greg Mabin, the player who Brandin Cooks figures to lineup against most often on Sunday. Good luck, buddy.
DraftKings salary: 7,100
WR Desean Jackson vs Cleveland
What people will likely remember from Tampa Bay’s Week 6 loss was Desean Jackson’s botching of a potential game-winning lateral. What they should remember is his 180 air yards were the most to any Bucs receiver all season, on an offense that hasn’t been bashful about pushing the ball downfield. One would imagine Denzel Ward will be deployed in shadow coverage on Mike Evans leaving every other corner as potential prey. Todd Monken will watch those vertical shots Philip Rivers took to Tyrell Williams last week and no doubt be licking his chops.
DraftKings salary: 5,800
WR Jermaine Kearse vs. Vikings
Much like last week with Chester Rogers, this play is all about volume and desperation. The Vikings’ loss of cornerback Mike Hughes helps matters for the Jets but I still don’t see any matchups that favor them besides the slot. Jermaine Kearse will face Mackensie Alexander, a player who just hasn’t put it together as a pro…even in a slot role he was best suited to man coming out of Clemson. The Jets will most likely be stone walled by the Vikings top 10 run defense forcing 10 + targets into the hands of Kearse.
DraftKings salary: 4,100
TE C.J. Uzomah @Chiefs
We’re going back to T.J. Uzomah this week. He put together solid game versus the Steelers (six catches for 54 yards) and now somehow finds himself in an even better spot. Only the Bucs give up more fantasy points to tight ends than the Chiefs this season. Again, this isn’t complicated…he’s big fast and cheap going up against a bad defense.
DraftKings salary: 3,400
Flex Marlon Mack vs. Bills
The Colts finally got something out of their run game with Marlon Mack’s return to the lineup. On paper this isn’t the greatest of matchups when you factor in the Bills run defense (3.8 yards per carry) but the Colts pass-catching corps gets thinner by the day and will face a Tre’Davious White-led pass defense that’s 3rd in the NFL at 6.7 yards per pass attempt. The Colts will want/need to be more balanced in this one…and as bad as their opponent’s offense is, it’s a fair shot that Mack will be finishing them off with runs in the 4th quarter.
DraftKings salary: 4,400
Defense Colts vs. Bills
The Bills signed Derek Anderson off the street to avoid playing Nathan Peterman. They have the worst skill position talent in the league and I did I mention their QB just got there? Don’t try to be contrarian here y’all: sometimes things that seem too good to be true are actually good. Play the Colts D.
DraftKings salary: 3,300