Joe Flacco will be big again for DFS owners in Week 7
We're on to Week 7 of the National Football League regular season, and there are plenty of great matchups with a lot of values. Also, if you're not familiar with FantasyAces.com, be sure to give this provider a spin. They have a great looking interface, and it is VERY user friendly.
(FantasyAces.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Joe Flacco, Baltimore ($6700 vs ATL): Flacco abused the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend, throwing for 306 yards and five touchdowns. If you liked that, you should like his Week 7 matchup, too. He will be facing an Atlanta Falcons pass defense which ranks 29th in the NFL, allowing 278.6 yards per game. While Atlanta has allowed just six pass touchdowns in six games, they have also given up eight plays of 40 or more yards. They're susceptible to the big play, and Flacco should go over 300 yards for the third time in four games.
Brian Hoyer, Cleveland ($6300 at JAC): Hoyer will be matched up against the NFL's 30th-ranked pass defense, as the Jaguars pass defense allows 294 yards per game and 12 passing touchdowns through six games. That includes a whopping 32 pass plays of 20 or more yards. Hoyer doesn't make many mistakes, and he isn't likely to make many against the leaky Jags D.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay ($5300 vs CAR): Last season, the Panthers on the schedule meant a difficult matchup and a Fantasy sit. This year, the door is wide open. Lacy will face a Carolina Panthers rush defense which has allowed 140.2 yards per game with six rushing touchdowns and seven run plays of 20 or more yards, with four plays on the ground going for more than 40 yards.
Branden Oliver, San Diego ($4800 vs KC): Oliver has emerged as a legitimate Fantasy option, stepping up after RBs Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown went down to injury. The rookie from the University of Buffalo has literally taken the ball and run with it, posting back-to-back 100-yard games with a rushing touchdown in each of the past two games. He also is a receiving threat, totaling four receptions in each of his past three games with one touchdown.
Steve Smith, Baltimore ($5400 vs ATL): Smith knows the Atlanta Falcons well from his days with the Carolina Panthers. He has at least 52 receiving yards against the Falcons in five straight games, and 11 of the past 13 games. As mentioned above, the Falcons give up a lot of big yardage through the air. Smith will look to add to his impressive 573 receiving yards.
Golden Tate, Detroit ($5150 vs NO): The Saints have a leaky pass defense, and Tate should be able to put up a strong stat line, especially with WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) missing practice all week and not expected to play. If he is active, he likely will not be 100 percent.
Terrance Williams, Dallas ($4550 vs NYG): The Giants pass defense has been very forgiving, allowing 261.7 yards per game. QB Tony Romo and the passing offense should find plenty of open spaces, and Williams will likely benefit from WR Dez Bryant being covered by CB Prince Amukamara, and possibly being double teamed.
Benjamin Watson, New Orleans ($3300 at DET): Keep an eye on the inactives Sunday for the Saints. TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is dealing with a shoulder injury, and will be a game-time decision. If Graham is unable to play, Watson will be a solid low-end DFS option as a safety valve for QB Drew Brees against a solid Detroit Lions pass defense. If Graham is active, all bets are off and Watson will have minimal appeal.
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