Six Best Contrarian FanDuel Week 7 Picks
Stopping in from RotoExperts.com, Jake Ciely (@allinkid) has the six best contrarian picks for FanDuel Week 7 NFL DFS.
FanDuel Week 7 Sleepers
Jameis Winston $7500 – Players will likely spend up for Marcus Mariota, Philip Rivers, etc. or drop down to Alex Smith and Kirk Cousins. Winston is stuck in a bit of no man's land pricing, but that's good for contrarian plays. No team is worse at stopping opponents' No. 1 receivers, which bodes well for Mike Evans (hint: nice stack here). The 49ers can't stop the running back either, and while that usually doesn't mean much for the quarterback, Jacquizz Rodgers draws another start with Doug Martin out, and he had five catches for 28 yards against the Panthers. That’s just one extra point for Winston, but there is upside for more given the matchup and with Rodgers facing a weaker second level defensively. That kind of turned into a campaign for using Rodgers, huh?
Jamaal Charles $6800 – Charles isn't truly ever hidden from players, but many are likely hesitant after last week's usage. First, understand that the game was in control, the weather was nasty and it was Charles' first game back. Why push the issue? Plus, Spencer Ware looked great. That last part is why people could shy from Charles, but there is no better matchup for running backs this week. Or, did you forget that Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman both dominated the Saints? Charles should see more work this week, and in fact, a truly contrarian lineup would employ both Charles and Ware… if you have the cajones.
Duke Johnson $5300 – The Bengals should dominate this game, and if they grab an early lead, that will lead to more passing by the Browns. That helps Johnson in two ways. First, he's the far superior passing game option over Isaiah Crowell, and second, Terrelle Pryor is less than 100 percent. Johnson had 15.4 points last week and has five-plus targets in all but one game (vs. Patriots). The Bengals just happen to have allowed three receiving touchdowns to running backs already as well.
Stefon Diggs $7000 – Oh yea, forgot about him, didn't you? Diggs blew up in Week 2 and disappeared in the two games before the bye, and then, well that bye came and put Diggs deep in the blind spot area. The other reason many might stay away from Diggs is the Eagles' defense… or the assumption that it's tough. Pro Football Focus actually gives all three corners weak grades, setting Diggs up for a good matchup. This is the riskiest play of anyone listed, but that's why you'll likely be one of the few celebrating if Diggs can post a game anywhere near his Week 2 performance.
Jeremy Maclin $6800 – If I can't get you buying into Charles or Ware, can I interest you in Maclin? He hasn't topped 14.7 points all year and hit double digits just once (and barely) since Week 1. However, the Chiefs face the Saints, a team with no defense and one that should score enough to keep the Chiefs aggressive… or at least less apathetic that usual. Every team's No. 1 receiver has put up big numbers against the Saints except for Julio Jones, who they sold out to stop. I don't see them giving Maclin that same attention, and DFS players likely won't be paying much attention either due to pass disappointments.
Tyler Eifert $6000 – Of course, strike him from the record if he's out again, but if Eifert makes in back (finally), even a limited snap count brings great upside. The Bengals are the worst team in red zone snaps to touchdowns. Basically, they need Eifert in a bad way. The Browns allow more FPPG to tight ends than any other team with 562 yards and six touchdowns given up already. A half game of work could result in 50 yards and score for Eifert, and that will push him past 2x value alone. He is pushing Diggs for the riskiest play of the week given his price, but again, you'll guarantee a contrarian lineup by using him.
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