By: Sam Schlesinger @avishai41
DFS – Week 7
Matt Ryan – $7,500 (@ NE)
Matt Ryan and the Falcons are going to look to rebound from an embarrassment last week against the Dolphins, and I’m sure they’d like revenge on the Patriots as well. Though they’ve been playing a bit better in the last two games, the Patriots defense has given up 14 passing touchdowns (most in the NFL) so far and they allow more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team in the league. Julio Jones is being criminally underused. That needs to change.
Marcus Mariota – $6,900 (@ CLE)
Marcus Mariota got to come back from injury to face the Colts defense and then the Browns defense. He was being toted as a top 10 quarterback before the season and I think we’re going to see that from him this week. He looked to be on the same page with all of his receivers last week and that chemistry will continue to build.
Jared Goff – $5,800 (vs ARI)
If you don’t throw the ball in Patrick Peterson’s direction, you can be successful against the Cardinals. It seems that most teams have figured that out as the Cards have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to wide receivers and Peterson has only been thrown at 20 times. Jared Goff should find a comfort zone throwing to Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.
C.J. Anderson – $7,200 (@ LAC)
With Emmanuel Sanders out and Demaryius Thomas possibly playing through injury, the Broncos need to feed their beast. When Anderson has gotten 20+ carries, he’s averaged 4.5 yards per carry and the Broncos have won. When given less than 20, he’s averaged 3.1 yards per carry and the Broncos have lost. Seems like a simple solution here.
Adrian Peterson – $5,800 (@ LAR)
We knew that AP was going to get the volume, the only question was whether or not he had anything left in the tank. Last week he clearly showed that he did. This week he’s playing the Rams who have given up the most points in the league to running backs. The Cardinals should feed him heavily again this week.
Legarrette Blount – $4,500 (vs. WAS)
The Redskins defense has given up the most rushing yardage before contact in the league and the Eagles’ offensive line has generated the 4th most rushing yardage before contact. Pro Football Focus gives the Eagles’ O line a 47% advantage against Washington. Blount is not just a goal line back this year. Since week three he’s the RB 11 with the 6th most rushing yards in the league and only one touchdown. He’s getting it done between the 20s.
Julio Jones – $8,500 (@ NE)
This has got to be Julio’s week. Last time he played the patriots he had four catches for 87 yards. He’s aching for the end zone and I think Matt Ryan is going to look for him there this week. The Falcons are going to take advantage of a defense that receivers have walked all over this season
Michael Thomas – $7,500 (@ GB)
Michael Thomas’ first real dud came oddly enough on a day that the Saints put up 52 points. This week he and Drew Brees should take advantage of easy matchups against Davon House and Damarious Randall. The Saints should put the pedal to the metal here against a Rodgers-less Green Bay squad.
Pierre Garcon – $5,800 (vs DAL)
Pierre Garcon 56 targets and zero touchdowns this season. No pass catcher without a touchdown has more targets than Garcon. He is due. He’s 4th in the league in targets but the 49ers have found it extremely difficult to score. When C.J. Bethard was put in against Washington last week in the second half, the 49ers started to buzz, hopefully that rejuvenation will follow Bethard.
Jimmy Graham – $4,900 (@ NYG)
Jimmy Graham has the 5th most targets among tight ends and the second most targets on his team. With Baldwin still possibly not playing at 100% he should continue to receive a lot of Russell Wilson’s attention. The Giants defense has also given up the most points to tight ends this season.
Evan Engram – $4,400 (vs SEA)
I called him last week and I’ll call him again. He received 82 of Eli Manning’s 128 passing yards last week, and his only touchdown. He is the number one target for the Giants. He is their best receiver. He should have another busy week even if Sterling Shepard returns.