Top Week 7 Selections for the Perfect Lineup in College Football DFS

By Dan Vasta in DFS
| October 14, 2021 1:31 pm PDT

The 2021 college football season has been one for the books. The entertainment and photo finishes we have seen every week are off the charts.

Alabama is coming off a monumental loss and has its backs against the wall. Another loss would officially eliminate them from the College Football Playoff discussion. Teams like Alabama that need to impress for the rest of the season can bring value to your DFS lineups.

There are several matchups this weekend that can help put your team over the top. Those are the ones you want to use to your advantage. Study those trends, injuries, and fire away.

Here are your top DFS selections for the college football slate in Week 7.

Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh ($8,400)

There isn’t another throwing quarterback in the county as good as Pickett at Pittsburgh. Matt Corral was one of our top selections last week, but he is a Heisman frontrunner.

If the Pitt Panthers were in the Top 25 or the CFP discussion, this gunslinger would hear his name mentioned among top passers in college. However, he has seen his NFL Draft stock take a pleasant rise in recent rankings.

Pickett is fourth in the FBS with 19 touchdown passes, and he does not look like he is slowing down anytime soon. The man is on a mission and could lead the Panthers to their first-ever ACC title.

While the mobility isn’t always there, Pickett is a pure passer that can dissect every opposing ACC defense. He is fifth in the FBS in passing yards per game (346.2), which is a great reason to aim for this Pitt quarterback.

The ACC is wide open, and Pickett has a great matchup this weekend. Virginia Tech does not have an elite defense by any means, ranking No. 45 in yards allowed per game (341.6). If there was ever a week to ride the momentum with a passer, Pickett is your top choice.

Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State ($6,700)

The leading rusher in the country is this Spartan that is averaging an eye-popping 152.2 yards per game. Walker has run roughshod on the Big Ten thus far, and he continues to get fed the bacon in the backfield.

All fantasy and DFS owners should be impressed with this back because he has been allowed to succeed. In five of the six games, he has received 19-plus carries. In all but one of those five, Walker has run for 126 yards or more. He has been hitting the home run every Saturday.

Michigan State has speed at wide receiver, which has allowed Walker to avoid facing seven, eight, and nine-man fronts.

Walker has shown off his speed for an underrated Michigan State offense. If he can keep showing off his wheels, he will have a shot to rush for nearly 2,000 yards.

Indiana is No. 52 against the run, allowing 130.6 yards per game. That number is likely to go up if Walker breaks loose in the secondary on a few plays. Plus, the Sparty offensive attack has been clicking on all cylinders thus far.

MSU is No. 23 in Scoring Offense (36.7), and they are now in the AP Top 10. They have been one of the better stories in all of college football. The top Big Ten East competition has not begun yet for the Spartans, but they will keep the momentum rolling against Indiana.

Walker has been the top reason for their success, and he is a player that you should favor before Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan come calling on their schedule.

Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas ($8,900)

Debating on which runner is the best in the country is a fun one. The Longhorns have plenty of playmakers on offense. That is the good news.

The bad news for Texas is they don’t have a defense. That is more good news for your DFS lineup if Robinson is in it. The potential Doak Walker finalist has made defenders miss in open space and take it to the house as often as possible.

On the season, Robinson is third in the FBS in rushing yards per game. He has averaged 131.5 yards per game and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Oklahoma State is No. 13 against the run, but they haven’t gone up against stellar rushing attacks to this point.

Stats and numbers can be deceiving based on the competition. Schedules are always unbalanced, and there are pros and cons like there are to most things. Robinson is an absolute stud that has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Play him with confidence and expect 25-plus points with multiple scores.

Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina ($8,700)

Downs has been one of the few strengths on this North Carolina squad that has been disastrous as a program. They started their season in the Top 10 and are in jeopardy of missing a bowl game.

North Carolina has been putting points on the board, but that is due to Sam Howell finding Downs early and often in games. The Tar Heels are averaging 35.5 points per game, which ranks No. 28 in the FBS.

The UNC star wideout is their top reason for optimism while they host Miami this week. Downs is two consecutive games shy of setting a record owned by Davante Adams (Fresno State).

Downs needs eight-plus receptions and one touchdown against the Canes.

Derek Carr was threading the needle to Adams in the Mountain West, but Howell is not too shabby at tossing the pigskin around. Downs was likely to dominate with Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome gone from last year’s Orange Bowl squad. Throwing it to No. 11 in Carolina blue is often the best decision Howell makes.

The deep ball connection is a thing of beauty, and Miami’s secondary has been getting exposed every weekend. They are No. 94, allowing 250.2 yards per game, and they haven’t even had that grueling of a schedule.

Florida State just came to Chapel Hill and walked out victorious, but the Heels should protect home turf this weekend. Downs will be ready to have another big game with Howell force-feeding him the ball.

Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas ($7,400)

The Longhorns are a popular offense that will need to light the scoreboard up to knock off Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are a win away from potentially cracking the Top 10.

Texas has too many weapons to let that happen on their home turf, so aim for a few playmakers. Jordan Whittington (collarbone) will be out for a while, which means there is even more upside in Worthy. Quarterback Casey Thompson put together an exceptional performance against Oklahoma.

One player to pay up for is Xavier Worthy of Texas. Thompson has been dropping the ball in the bucket when threading the needle. Worthy has been getting behind defenses at will. Oklahoma was getting exposed on the back end, but Oklahoma State is likely to run into the same problem.

Roll with Worthy, knowing he will be the primary pass-catcher in this Big 12 Top 25 clash.

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There are a few other plays I would recommend taking a look at this weekend. Quarterback Sam Howell is likely to expose the Miami secondary in a game that could feature plenty of points. Desmond Ridder and KJ Jefferson are two stud quarterbacks that have been getting it done every weekend.

Both teams rely on their rushing ability, and they often have shown a nose for the end zone when the ball is near the goal-line. Devon Aichane, Ainias Smith, and Isaiah Spiller from Texas A&M are skill players that should shine brightly against the Missouri defense.

The amount of speed the Aggies have is Top 25 worthy, and despite early struggles, they will do just fine against the Tiger defense. Mizzou has the second-worst defensive squad in the country in yards allowed per game, so the Aggies are another team that has a favorable matchup. 

There you have it for the Week 7 slate. Be sure to check out our (LINK article) top sleepers of the week if you are running low on salary in your weekly lineups. Grabbing a few studs is always the way to go, but there is nothing wrong with setting a few lineups.

Keep up with those point totals, trends, and injuries going into the weekend. Save those lineups, and be sure to enjoy the weekend full of games.

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