This week is an example of why NFL DFS is fun and difficult at the same time. Six teams are on bye, including a few of the league’s top offenses, and six more are in prime-time spots. Still, even with the diminished pool of potential picks, we still like some of the value available in this week’s main slate. This is certainly a challenge, but we can take advantage of sneaky upside with limited options as our Week 7 FanDuel tournament lineup shows. As always, we’re looking for players who aren’t going to be chalk plays since these are daily fantasy football tournaments, not cash games.
Before we get into this week’s picks, here are the basic rules for FanDuel contests. Scoring is pretty standard, with the only notable settings being four-point passing TDs and half-point PPR.
FanDuel Picks Week 7: NFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments
Sunday main slate, $60,000 budget, no more than four players from one team
QB Jalen Hurts, Eagles @ Raiders ($8,300). You might not always want to watch how the sausage is made, but Hurts will often finish with a better final line than the film suggests. One of the things working in Hurts’ favor — at least for our purposes — is the Eagles’ aversion to running the ball with their running backs. Not only have the Eagles attempted 209 passes compared to 132 rushes, but Hurts also has 53 of those rushing attempts (40.2 percent) to his name. He’s accounted for 13 touchdowns (five on the ground), and he’ll have the ball in his hands a ton once again this week.
RB Darrell Henderson Jr., Rams vs. Lions ($8,000). It’s possible that this matchup is too good for Henderson and the Rams. However, even if they jump out to an insurmountable lead, it’s likely Henderson does a lot of the heavy lifting to that point. The Rams opened as massive favorites, laying more than 15 points at some shops. Henderson is coming off a season-high in touches (23) and found paydirt running and receiving, bringing his season total to five.
RB Josh Jacobs, Raiders vs. Eagles ($6.900). The Raiders have faced two consecutive strong run defenses in the Bears and Broncos, but the Eagles are friendlier in that department, on paper at least. It was disappointing to see Jacobs only receive one target after earning five in two straight weeks, but we’re still very intrigued by what the Raiders’ coaching staff shakeup means for some of the pieces on this offense. It would not be a surprise to see Jacobs rip off a few profitable performances in the coming weeks, especially if his usage in the passing game from Weeks 4-5 is more trend than a mirage.
WR Brandin Cooks, Texans @ Cardinals ($6,500). After being locked up by the Bills and Patriots in consecutive weeks, Cooks resumed his role as WR1 in the passing game. He earned 13 targets from rookie quarterback Davis Mills, one fewer than his season-high of 14 set in Week 2. Even though he “only” finished with nine grabs for 89 yards, bigger performances will be coming through the pipeline as long as he’s seeing 10-plus targets.
WR Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins vs. Falcons ($5,900). Waddle’s two scores in London will be the first thing that catches most people’s gaze, but we’re just as excited about him seeing 13 targets for the second time this season. His 8.1 yards per catch is putrid if we’re being frank, but we know that Waddle entered the league with explosive, big-play-making traits. We’re happy to bet on the volume he’s likely to receive and wait on the efficiency to follow suit.
WR DeVonta Smith, Eagles @ Raiders ($5,800). Smith had one of his quietest games of the season, ending Week 6 with a 2-31 line on four targets. Volume hasn’t been too difficult to come by for the rookie — he’s seen at least eight targets on three occasions — and he figures to be a focal point in Sin City. Smith leads the Eagles with 44 targets, and Zach Ertz’s trade to the Cardinals frees up 31 additional looks that will be divided among the remaining pass-catching options.
TE Mark Andrews, Ravens vs. Bengals ($7,500). Andrews has caught at least five passes in his last five games, establishing a solid floor. He’s also reminded us of his ceiling — he’s only one game removed from an 11-147-2 line on 13 targets. Baltimore ran away with last week’s win over the Chargers, but if the Bengals can keep things more competitive this week, the Ravens may need to rely on their passing game to a larger degree. Andrews has also scored three times in the past two weeks after going scoreless over the season’s first four games.
FLEX Darrel Williams, Chiefs @ Titans ($6,700). Williams filled in admirably for sidelined starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee). He handled 24 touches, and even though his 89 total yards was a little “meh,” he added two touchdowns to bolster his final FanDuel line (22.4 points). As long as the Chiefs are going to load up Williams’ plate with a hefty workload, we’re going to be interested in adding him to our lineups.
D/ST Ravens vs. Bengals ($4,300). The Bengals might actually deserve a little more respect. They have some players performing at a high level, and they’re ranked No. 16 in offensive DVOA. While they may not be everyone’s doormat this season, we still like the Ravens at this price. They have been rounding into form as a team and have premium playmakers throughout the defense. Not to mention, they’re likely to continue improving with Don “Wink” Martindale coordinating that side of the ball.
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