Last week was a forgettable one for most daily fantasy football fans. My NFL DFS sleepers still delivered some solid value plays, however.
You weren’t mad about using Myles Gaskin, Trey Burton, or Travis Fulgham. Miami’s defense pitched a shutout, Irvin Smith Jr. had 11 fantasy points, and Joe Burrow even worked out with 20 fantasy points, too.
It wasn’t the smash job we got out of my daily fantasy football sleepers the week before, but I still produced a hit at every position.
The aim is to do it again, of course. Let’s take a look at my favorite NFL DFS sleepers for week 7, and see why they might be worth your time.
Quarterback NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 7
Teddy Bridgewater – Panthers ($5.8k)
Joe Burrow – Bengals ($5.5k)
Kyle Allen – Washington ($5.2k)
Are we really going to fade the Teddy Bridgewater revenge game?
Holy hell we got some QB revenge games on our hands this week!
Teddy Bridgewater vs. Saints
Nick Foles vs. Rams
Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Patriots
Joe Burrow was a solid value pick last week, and I tend to think he can be again in week seven, too. He’s got a much better matchup against the Browns, who got destroyed last week. They also allowed Burrow to get 28 fantasy points in week two.
I don’t actually want to use Kyle Allen for $300 less, but let’s consider three things. He’s cheap, he faces an abhorrent Dallas defense, and he did put up 18 fantasy points in week six.
Week 7 Running Back Sleeper Picks
D’Andre Swift – Lions ($5.4k)
David Johnson – Texans ($5.3k)
Antonio Gibson – Washington ($5k)
Swift is an excellent play this week, as he finally popped off for 30 fantasy points against the Jaguars. I do want to point out that Atlanta’s run defense really isn’t bad, but Swift should get plenty of work, whether the Lions play with a lead or not.
If the Lions are smart, Swift will be utilized beyond his rushing ability. That’s been the case so far, as he’s seen at least four targets in the passing game in four of five contests.
We should be drooling over that, as he gets an Atlanta defense that has gotten torched by running backs catching passes out of the backfield all year.
David Johnson is also pretty appealing if you’re on the hunt for viable week 7 NFL DFS value plays. He gets a bad Packers run defense that really hasn’t performed well in 2020, and got majorly exposed last week against Ronald Jones II.
Johnson hasn’t exploded yet, but he has a nice floor with 10+ fantasy points in five of six games in 2020. I have the Texans as one of my week 7 NFL upset picks, and an explosion out of DJ may end up being a big reason why.
Let’s not ignore Antonio Gibson, either.
Hey, if we’re even remotely looking at Kyle Allen, we better give him consideration. He’s also facing the Cowboys, and they just allowed over 160 yards and two scores to Kenyan Drake.
Wide Receiver NFL DFS Values for Week 7
Christian Kirk – Cardinals ($4.9k)
Marvin Jones Jr. – Lions ($4.4k)
A.J. Green – Bengals ($4.3k)
Wide receiver is a good position to spend on in week seven, but there’s also a lot of value to get excited about. It starts with Kirk, who blasted off for an 80-yard score on Monday Night Football.
This Kyler Murray-Christian Kirk TD is even better from this angle ?
Obviously DeAndre Hopkins could be the target here, but Kyler Murray made my week 7 NFL DFS picks for a reason. He’s likely to ball out here, and against the league’s worst defense against wide receivers (Seattle), both of Arizona’s top receiving threats could find success.
I am also pretty high on the Lions in their matchup against the Falcons, who continue to give up a ton of production through the air. They shut the Vikings down in the first half last week (0 points), and still gave up 343 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Whether it’s Kenny Golladay or Marvin Jones Jr., someone in Detroit’s passing game is going to crush it this week.
I also don’t mind going back to the A.J. Green well. You can pair him with Burrow as a nice stack, as he finally woke up with 96 yards on eight grabs last week. In a positive matchup with Cleveland (30th vs. WRs in 2020), I think he finally reaches the end-zone.
Tonyan took a week off from being a beast. After scoring thrice against Atlanta back in week four, he had a bye in week five, and then like the rest of his Packers friends, fell asleep against the Buccaneers.
He could be back in our lives as one of the best week 7 NFL DFS sleepers, seeing as he’s a nice price and faces the 5th worst defense at stopping tight ends (Houston).
While Tonyan could do the trick, chances are you’d like to save even more cash at tight end this week. Consider Logan Thomas, who hauled in three grabs for 42 yards and a score in week six. He’s been very difficult to trust in 2020, but that Dallas defense is awful.
Anthony Firsker is also a name to watch, as he is just too cheap if Jonnu Smith is going to be sidelined.
Titans’ TE Jonnu Smith is dealing with a “minor” ankle sprain and is expected to be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, per source.
Firsker blew up for 28 fantasy points last week, but we don’t need that kind of outing to be successful. His matchup with the Steelers looks tough, but if Smith is out, he may be good chalk.
One more deep dive to consider is Albert Okquegbunam. The athletic rookie caught two of six targets for 45 yards last week. His matchup with the Chiefs isn’t appealing, but he has to be on our radar as a punt if Noah Fant can’t play.
Best Defense Sleepers for Week 7 NFL DFS
Cleveland Browns ($2.8k)
Washington Football Team ($2.5k)
Tennessee Titans ($2.5k)
I find it difficult to get away from the expensive Buffalo Bills this week, but there’s rarely a better position to at least try to snag some value than at your defense spot.
Burrow is certainly high on my list of NFL DFS sleepers for week 7, but he’s still a rookie against a capable Browns pass rush. I actually have Cleveland winning this game, too, so while Burrow could put up some nice stats, it’s still possible he makes the Browns a solid DFS option.
It’s tough to feel good about anything associated with Washington in 2020, but the Cowboys are an utter mess. If Andy Dalton isn’t going to be more aggressive, the Washington Football Team’s pass rush could make for a very interesting deep dive.
The Titans also stand out a bit, just because we know what they are capable of. That, and Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t really tested defenses down the field. Throw in his historic struggles on the road, and Tennessee could be a sneaky good play in week seven.
The NFL DFS sleepers above should provide some salary relief in week seven.
This could be a good week to get some, seeing as there are several stud running backs available, as well as two elite tight ends, and seven viable receivers priced at $7k or higher.
You will want to load up somewhere, and you’ll need some funds to do it. My focus for value will primarily be on the Lions/Falcons and Browns/Bengals game, but injury news could always open things up as the week goes on.
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
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