Entering Week 6, I was elated to get an opportunity to have two afternoon games to target in NFL DFS. The playoff rematch between the Bills and the Chiefs certainly lived up to the hype, but the matchup between the Seahawks and Cardinals was also supposed to be an offense-heavy bout.
I chose to have a ton of exposure to players from the Seahawks and the Cardinals, so you probably have an idea of how my GPP lineups did in Week 6. Having a short memory is key in NFL DFS as we’ll quickly shift our focus on Week 7.
The Bills, Eagles, Vikings, and Rams are all on a bye week this week, preventing us from using players from those teams. Ahead of a hopeful bounce-back week, let’s take a look at my favorite stacks on the main slate on DraftKings in Week 7.
Justin Herbert ($7,200) + Austin Ekeler ($8,300) + Mike Williams ($7,200) or Joshua Palmer ($5,000)
I believe some people are going to be skeptical about playing Herbert this week after he failed to throw a touchdown pass in Week 6. Ekeler is coming off a game in which he saw 16 targets and he faces a Seahawks team that is allowing the 6th-most receptions (33) and 3rd-most receiving yards (305) to RBs. That passing game work making him more than viable to stack with Herbert.
Williams is in a perfect bounce-back spot after seeing plenty of Patrick Surtain II in coverage in Week 6. With the Chargers having a bye week in Week 8, they could elect to sit Keenan Allen ($6,700) again, so Palmer could see an expanded workload again in Week 7, though, he’s in concussion protocol himself. Also, Gerald Everett ($4,000) is worth considering as the Seahawks are giving up the most fantasy points to TEs.
Bring-back options: D.J. Metcalf ($6,600), Tyler Lockett ($5,800), Kenneth Walker ($5,800)
Finding pieces to use from the Seahawks is easy with the majority of the touches and targets going to three different guys right now. Metcalf and Lockett are combining for a 50.3% target share in Seattle’s offense and Walker just turned 23 touches into 19 points in his first career start in Week 6.
Lockett is dealing with a hamstring injury, so if he’s unable to go on Sunday, Marquise Goodwin ($3,400) and Dee Eskridge ($3,300) could become nice GPP options depending on who would see Lockett’s slot snaps.
Dak Prescott ($6,700) + CeeDee Lamb ($6,800) + Michael Gallup ($5,100) or Dalton Schultz ($3,600)
Prescott has said himself that he’ll be returning for the Cowboys this week versus the Lions, so I’ll trust the source this time around. If Prescott doesn’t have any limitations, Lamb, Gallup, and Schultz should receive massive boosts in production moving forward.
Lamb already leads the NFL with a 32.4% target share and the Cowboys should lean more on the passing game with Prescott back. Gallup and Schultz have gotten off to slow starts, however, they’ve proven to be effective with Prescott in the past, and they have affordable salaries.
Bring-back options: Amon-Ra St. Brown ($7,100), D’Andre Swift ($6,800), T.J. Hockenson ($4,800)
Coming off of their bye week, it appears that the Lions could have St. Brown and Swift back on the field together. If Swift gets his normal workload, he’s underpriced at $6,800. Hockenson has gotten seven-plus targets in three of the first five games the Lions have played.
D.J. Chark ($4,800) and Josh Reynolds ($4,700) haven’t practiced this week, so it’ll be worth monitoring their statuses before using either of them. Kalif Raymond ($3,700) could become a salary-relief option if Chark and Reynolds are inactive on Sunday.
Joe Burrow ($6,900) + Ja’Marr Chase ($8,200) + Tee Higgins ($6,400) or Hayden Hurst ($3,500)
Burrow had his best game of the season in Week 6 as he carved up the defense of the Saints for 300 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 35.5 points. The Falcons are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to QBs and they aren’t pressuring QBs much with a lackluster 25.5% pressure rate (4th-lowest in the NFL).
Chase produced a season-high 35.2 points in Week 6 and the Bengals will look to move him around in Week 7 to avoid AJ Terrell in coverage. Higgins has been hindered by an ankle injury in recent weeks, but he still saw 10 targets last week. Can I interest anyone in a revenge-game narrative for Hurst?
Bring-back options: Drake London ($5,400), Kyle Pitts ($4,300), Olamide Zaccheaus ($4,200)
Using bring backs from the opposing team typically gives us the most correlation possible, but I’m not going to force in pieces from the Falcons, especially with them not wanting to air it out often with Marcus Mariota. If you are going to use anyone on the Falcons, London has a 31.4% target share, Pitts scored his first touchdown in North America in Week 6, and Zaccheaus has combined for 21.7 points in the last two weeks (he’s also been one of the most consistent WRs in fantasy this season).
Lamar Jackson ($8,000) + Mark Andrews ($7,400) + Rashod Bateman ($5,200) or Devin Duvernay ($4,500)
My love for Jackson will never die, even when he’s scored fewer than 19 points in three consecutive games. Despite his recent struggles, the dynamic quarterback still owns the second-most non-passing fantasy points per game (9.2), so he’s got a solid floor without throwing a single pass.
Andrews is commanding a whopping 31.5% target share as he’s gotten double-digit targets in four of the first six games this season, though, he’s dealing with a knee injury. Bateman has been limited in practice this week, but he would become a nice value if he’s able to return following a two-game absence. Duvernay has scored 10+ points in four of the first six games of the season.
Bring-back options: Nick Chubb ($8,000), Amari Cooper ($6,100), David Njoku ($4,200), Donovan Peoples-Jones ($4,100)
Whenever Chubb is rostered at a low rate, he tends to break the slate and I don’t expect him to be popular in Week 7. The Ravens have had issues adjusting to a new coverage scheme under a new defensive coordinator, which has led them to allow the third-most fantasy points to WRs.
Cooper has three games where he’s scored 20+ points and four games where he’s scored a touchdown. Njoku has six-plus targets in four consecutive weeks and Peoples-Jones has garnered 21 targets that have resulted in 32.7 points in the last three weeks.
Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,500) + Deebo Samuel ($7,600) + Brandon Aiyuk (6,000) or George Kittle ($5,300)
Hear me out. I absolutely feel disgusting suggesting playing Garoppolo in NFL DFS, but the matchup is in his favor in Week 7 against the Chiefs. Kansas City’s defense is surrendering the second-most points to QBs as they tend to force teams to keep up with their dynamic offense. Garoppolo has also been one of the most consistent and efficient QBs in fantasy this year, ranking top 10 in both NECC and PER ratings.
Samuel got a season-high 10 targets in Week 6 and he should be busy again on Sunday. Aiyuk had his best performance of the season in Week 6 with 28.3 points with a season-high 11 targets. Kittle has gotten off to a slow start, however, he also posted a season-high 16.3 points last week with 10 targets.
Bring-back options: Travis Kelce ($8,000), JuJu Smith-Schuster ($5,600), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($4,400), Mecole Hardman ($4,300)
I’ll want to get exposure to the Chiefs with the injuries on the 49ers’ defense and I’ll be focusing on the passing game options with San Francisco slowing down RBs. Also, Kansas City’s backfield is being deployed differently every week, which is hurting the value of all of their RBs. Kelce has scored 22+ points in three straight weeks and he’s reached a salary where people are going to have trouble fitting him into their lineups.
Smith-Schuster had his best game as a Chief in Week 6 with 5 receptions, 113 yards, and a touchdown. Valdes-Scantling and Hardman are both solid value options on DraftKings as they can return value on only a few plays.