Week 7 almost is here, and it’s time for fantasy football players to make their final lineup picks on daily fantasy sites like FanDuel.
Four teams are on a bye this week, including two high-powered offenses in the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals, leaving DFS players to look for alternatives.
Here’s our optimal FanDuel lineup for Week 7.
Quarterback: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints ($8,400)
Brees has thrown for 300 or more yards in four of his five games this season. He also has five touchdowns and one interception in his last three starts. Brees plays an Indianapolis Colts defense in Week 7 that’s allowed the fourth-most pass yards in the league.
Running Backs: Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins ($6,700); Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings ($8,900)
The new Dolphins coaching staff looks determined to run the ball more after Lamar Miller received 19 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 6. His 15 carries in the first half were more than he had in an entire game over the first five weeks of the season. He’s playing a Houston Texans defense in Week 7 that gives up an average of 109 rush yards per game.
Peterson also has a favorable matchup. The Detroit Lions give up 129.6 rush yards per game, the sixth-most in the league. Peterson should be able to tally his third 100-yard game of the season.
Wide Receivers: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings ($5,800); John Brown, Arizona Cardinals ($6,700); Julian Edelman, New England Patriots ($8,000)
Diggs is a great waiver wire target this week, but he’s also a good DFS play after averaging more than 100 receiving yards and nine targets in two games this season. He had 129 yards on seven receptions in Week 6.
Brown had a season-high 196 receiving yards last week and has a favorable matchup against a Baltimore Ravens defense that’s given up the fifth-most passing yards in the league.
Edelman has averaged more than 10 targets per game with four touchdowns in the last four contests. He’s a smart DFS play every week.
Tight End: Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers ($5,800)
Gates has 18 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 28 targets since making his season debut in Week 5. He’s still an elite tight end and a pretty good value pick for Week 7.
Kicker: Josh Brown, New York Giants ($4,700)
Brown is T-3rd in field goals made with 13 and hasn’t missed once this season. He’s also 6-for-6 on field goals 40 yards or longer.
Defense: Washington Redskins ($4,400)
The Redskins should be able to have a bounce-back week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is averaging just 218 yards per game with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. That’s nothing for Washington to worry about.
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