A reader of my weekly NFL DFS lineups column noted on Twitter that he uses both lineups and tends to mix and match. That literally would have been the way to go last week.
Last week’s daily fantasy football lineups individually didn’t move the needle, but some of the picks littered in either lineup absolutely crushed.
For instance, my GPP lineup wisely faded Alexander Mattison. It included rock-solid running back options like Myles Gaskin, Jonathan Taylor, and Ronald Jones II.
Unfortunately, it didn’t have my cash game superstar, Derrick Henry.
There were still solid plays across the board, as A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Calvin Ridley, the Miami defense, and even Irvin Smith Jr. were all good-to-amazing picks.
My combinations weren’t on point, but hopefully yours were.
It’s onward and upward come, so let’s dive into my favorite NFL DFS lineups for week 7 cash games and tourneys.
Week 7 Daily Fantasy Football Advice
Step one to dominating in daily fantasy football is finding the right games and matchups to attack. A wise man once told me that matchups basically mean nothing in NFL DFS, but I don’t fully buy into that.
They absolutely can lead to depressing stat lines early in games (or for full contests), but it’s also possible for teams to crush a matchup from a fantasy perspective by playing catch-up.
Just look at week six. Aaron Rodgers had a bad matchup against the Buccaneers, and wound up being an atrocious play with one of his worst performances ever.
Kirk Cousins had a good matchup, and was completely shut down for over a half of play. He still crawled his way back into the good graces of DFS players, and lit the Falcons up for 29 fantasy points.
You never really know how things will shake out, but not considering matchups at all seems a bit silly to me. The same goes for not paying attention to the early week 7 NFL betting lines.
They can change throughout the week, but there is upside in hopping on bets really early in the week if you like to bet on football. That isn’t so much the case in DFS, of course.
When building out your NFL DFS lineups, you want to wait until late in the week so you can know exactly what you’re dealing with.
Right now, these are the best DFS game environments to target.
Browns vs. Bengals (50 total)
Lions vs. Falcons (56.5)
Panthers vs. Saints (51)
Packers vs. Texans (56.5)
Seahawks vs. Cardinals (56)
Steelers vs. Titans (51)
Of course, that never means we can’t stray and pluck players out of other games. It also doesn’t mean we should be so afraid of bad matchups that we never use players in poor spots.
That’s the beauty of contrarian thinking, after all.
In addition to always considering the odds and matchups, let’s keep the revenge narrative in mind this week.
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
Teddy Bridgewater and Jimmy Garoppolo are two players with revenge on the brain this week. Are they about to light it up? Maybe, maybe not. But don’t ignore stuff like that.
Also, keep an eye on injuries. There aren’t as many this week, but the 49ers backfield is a bit jacked up at the moment, and there are a few other spots to monitor.
With that, let’s dive into my favorite week 7 NFL DFS lineups for cash games and tournaments.
NFL DFS Cash Lineup for Week 7
QB: Kyler Murray – Cardinals ($7.1k)
RB: D’Andre Swift – Lions ($5.4k)
RB: David Johnson – Texans ($5.3k)
WR: DeAndre Hopkins – Cardinals ($8.2k)
WR: Calvin Ridley – Falcons ($7.3k)
WR: Jamison Crowder – Jets ($5.9k)
TE: Anthony Firsker – Titans ($3k)
FLEX: Kenyan Drake – Cardinals ($4.8k)
DEF: Cleveland Browns ($2.8k)
This lineup exists simply to cash, but it could always be tossed into a GPP. That, or mix the parts you like here with my favorite daily fantasy football GPP lineup below.
Murray just has such a high floor, as well as insane upside.
This Cardinals vs. Seahawks game projects to be lit, so you can stack it however you want, and come back with Seattle players if you’d like.
Kyler Murray has yet to drop below 24 fantasy points, and I don’t see why he would here. You can see my love for him detailed a bit further in my top week 7 NFL DFS picks.
Stacking Nuk and Drake with him makes a lot of sense. Hopkins took a backseat to Christian Kirk last week, but things should shift back his way. And if there is any way Drake’s crazy explosion from last week continues, I can’t bypass him at this price tag.
I’ll use the same logic with Ridley, who saw teammate Julio Jones go nuts in week six. I think things flip back to him going off in a great matchup, too.
Crowder just has a nice built-in floor. He’s also one of the most under-appreciated fantasy commodities.
New York doesn’t have anyone else to throw to, and the guy has crushed with 10+ targets in every game this year. In a game the best NFL betting sites have Buffalo as huge favorites in, the Jets will probably be throwing quite a bit.
Jonnu Smith is banged up and might not play in week seven.
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.
If he’s out, Firsker is a chalky lock at this cool $3k price. The matchup isn’t good by the numbers, but Firsker went ham last week with 28 fantasy points. He’s easily one of my favorite week 7 daily fantasy football sleepers.
Swift and DJ are just like Drake, in that they’re too cheap. They honestly have better floors and ceilings than Drake this week, as well as better matchups. For cash games, this trio of running backs is going to be tough to get away from.
Lastly, we can fire up the Browns defense. I actually really like Joe Burrow in this game, but Cleveland should get sacks, some turnovers, and maybe even a defensive score.
NFL DFS GPP Lineup for Week 7
QB: Joe Burrow – Bengals ($5.5k)
RB: Aaron Jones – Packers ($7.2k)
RB: D’Andre Swift – Lions ($5.4k)
WR: Calvin Ridley – Falcons ($7.3k)
WR: Kenny Golladay – Lions ($6.7k)
WR: A.J. Green – Bengals ($4.3k)
TE: Albert Okwuegbunam – Broncos ($2.5k)
FLEX: Joe Mixon – Bengals ($6.3k)
DEF: Buffalo Bills ($4.7k)
There are a bunch of games to fall in love with in week seven, but most of my focus will be on the Falcons vs. Lions game, as well as the Bengals vs. Browns game.
Kyler Murray is probably my favorite passer of the week, but Burrow is just too cheap to not use. He put up 28.5 fantasy points against the Browns back in week two, and if he can do something similar, how do we fade him?
I’ll stack him with a now way-too-cheap Green. Yeah, he’s headed out of Cincy in my 2020 NFL trade deadline predictions, but after putting up 17.6 fantasy points last week, I will roll the dice in GPPs.
Joe Mixon is a fine third option for this stack. If you can run it back with Odell Beckham Jr. from Cleveland’s side, you could be cooking with gas.
I just want exposure to that Lions game, which prioritizes Ridley and Golladay for me. I’ll also tack on Swift again, as all of these guys have crazy upside in a likely shootout.
Aaron Jones is worth paying up for this week. Just look at what Derrick Henry did to the Texans in week six.
If it will be contrarian to pay for the Bills, I’ll do so. There isn’t a better matchup than the Jets for a DFS defense. Punting tight end is also preferable going into week seven. If Noah Fant is out again, we can try athletic rookie Albert Okwuegbunam.
Week 7 NFL Betting
Cash games are about safety and just finishing in the green. If you want to bet on the NFL in week seven and want a similar type of wager, consider using the safest week 7 NFL picks.
Of course, you will always want (and need) some upside in the betting realm, too. If you’re seeking some more bang for your buck, you can always chase down some underdogs worth betting on.
If you check the link above, you’ll see some of my favorite bets align with my NFL DFS advice, and a couple seem to go against it. One is the Browns to win at (-190).
Yes, I love the Bengals for DFS this week, particularly for tournaments. However, I very much expect Cleveland to bounce back with a win. That’s why you can stack the Bengals, but then also use the Browns defense in other contests.
This is a really crazy week for NFL betting in general. There are some really high totals, while nine games have a point spread of 4.5 or tighter.
Lean on my week 7 NFL betting advice to score some wins, if you need a little extra help. For more guidance, feel free to browse our sports betting picks.
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.
When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.