Fantasy Football: FanDuel DFS Optimal Lineup for Week Seven

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings signals a first down after a catch and run in the second half of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings signals a first down after a catch and run in the second half of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /

FanDuel DFS Picks for Week Seven – Cash Games

With the news of Carlos Hyde being traded and Marshawn Lynch potentially headed to IR, this week brought a lot of FanDuel DFS relevant news. One of the best pieces of advice I can give all of you is to turn your twitter updates on. If you want to be the first one to the waiver wire when things like this happen then Twitter should be your top source for information. Certain accounts only tweet updates and they do it quickly, so if you turn on their notifications you can rest assured you will know before any of your league-mates. If you have any questions about recommendations for the best accounts to use, follow me on Twitter @TheFFGator and ask away.

The week seven FanDuel slate is one of the toughest slates I’ve seen this season based on both pricing and lack of ‘obvious plays’ outside of one guy. Some of the biggest names we use on a week to week basis aren’t on the main slate as the Chargers, Falcons and Giants all play outside the window for these lineups. Let’s take a look at the optimal lineup for week seven and as usual, feel free to tweet any questions you have and make sure you follow my account as I will send out any updates before Sunday morning if relevant news changes who makes the best plays.

FanDuel Cash Game Lineup – Week Seven 

Quarterback – Kirk Cousins– $8,000

Cousins has been a bit up and down in terms of fantasy production but his floor has remained high enough to use in most cash games. This week he takes on a Jets defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league in terms of points surrendered to opposing QB’s and the bottom ten for points given up to the WR position. Sam Darnold‘s offense scores just enough points to keep the game interesting and should yield plenty of opportunities for Cousins to keep throwing the ball downfield. Dalvin Cook was once again ruled out and with Minnesota only scoring one rushing TD on the season so far, the potential for multiple touchdowns from Cousins is more than likely. He will provide his usual floor with the potential to explode.

FanDuel DFS Optimal Lineup for Week Seven

Zeke Elliot-$8,400

Zeke has been feasting just like normal this year but he’s been overshadowed by a few of the pass catching workhorses like Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon. He’s provided 20.0 PPG in the fantasy department and he’s been matchup proof based on Dallas’ dedication to the run and ability to slow the game down defensively. This week he takes on a banged up Washington front seven that should yield some openings for Zeke to find the end zone at least once. Most cash game lineups this week will feature either Elliot or Gurley but with the $2k discount it helps us pay up at the receiver positions. Zeke should continue to feast in week seven and has his usual touchdown upside to provide you a safe and exciting option at RB.

Tarik Cohen – $6,600

This might be the last week you’ll be able to get Cohen at a discount. He racked up at least 25 PPR points in both of the last two weeks and it’s clear that Matt Nagy is making a point to get him the ball. He catches passes out of the backfield and is seeing more work between the tackles which means he should be a game script proof RB2 more times than not. He’s a very talented player with a coach who knows how to work him into the game plan and the Bears offense has improved every week since they’ve been feeding him the rock so there’s no reason to assume it won’t continue. As long as he keeps getting the type of targets he has been the last two games he will easily provide value for your lineups. We only need roughly 15 points from him to hit value and that shouldn’t be a tough task for someone of his ability. We all know New England is going to light up the scoreboard which means Chicago will be playing their version of catch-up that always seems to feature Cohen. Lock him in as a high floor option with the potential to win you the week.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 09: Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings signals a first down after a catch and run in the second half of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /

FanDuel DFS Optimal Lineup for Week Seven

Adam Thielen – $8,700

I don’t have much to say about Thielen that hasn’t already been said by every Fantasy Analyst in the industry. He’s on a historic pace and has chances to break records for receptions and targets, and there’s no signs of him slowing down anytime soon. Aside from Todd Gurley he’s the most reliable fantasy option there is, and this week he has a matchup that could provide even more fireworks. The Jets surrender 27 fantasy ppg to opposing WR’s which ranks as the seventh highest total in the NFL and Thielen is the top target in the Vikings offense. He could have a field day with the Jets secondary and if he’s able to find the end zone he has a very good chance at finishing as the top WR on the week overall. He should have an incredibly high ownership percentage this week but that’s not a reason to shy away. Get Thielen into every lineup possible and don’t think twice.

Brandin Cooks– $7,500

This pick might surprise some of you but hear me out before you pivot to someone like Alshon Jeffery or Jarvis Landry. Cooper Kupp has already been ruled out for this week and the Niners defense gives up 26 fantasy PPG to opposing receivers and Cooks is the top deep threat on the Rams offense this week. He’s been very consistent from a yardage standpoint but the positive touchdown regression hasn’t hit just yet. This could easily be the game it does, and even if he isn’t able to find the end zone he should provide enough value to help you cash. Cooks will get an increase in targets this week with Kupp sidelined and the Niners provide enough of an offense to keep it somewhat close. I like Cooks in both GPP and cash game formats this weekend for multiple reasons but his price tag doesn’t reflect his ceiling yet. That means it’s the perfect time to pounce on him in your lineups.

Willie Snead – $5,400

REVENGE GAME! Just kidding, but seriously…. play Willie Snead. He’s been able to find his way to double-digit PPR points in every week but one this year and he looks to have the slot receiver position locked up in Baltimore. The Saints defense gets shredded by opposing passing attacks and Snead should be able to get enough of a target share to provide a very high floor in both season long leagues and cash game DFS formats. New Orleans gives up more points to opposing QB’s than any team in the league and they rank as the third worst against the wide receiver position. He’s priced extremely low this week and it’s a bargain worth taking advantage of, so don’t over think this.

FanDuel DFS Optimal Lineup for Week Seven

David Njoku – $5,700

Time to bite the chalk. Njoku will be in plenty of lineups this week since he’s seen double digit targets three weeks in a row and the Browns square off with a Bucs team that has been shredded by just about every relevant player in the NFL. Tampa Bay ranks dead last in the league against the TE and Njoku isn’t even priced in the top three at his position. He’s an easy choice and could have his breakout game this week and this might be the last chance to buy him in season long leagues.

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Flex – Marlon Mack – $5,900

The Buffalo offense has been pretty underwhelming this season which has allowed us to attack them with the running back position because the game script usually favors the opposing backfield. This week provides more of the same for Indianapolis and it was clear last week that Marlon Mack leads that backfield as long as he’s healthy. Mack has game breaking potential and if he gets enough touches he has a great shot at ripping off a long touchdown at any moment. He’s priced at the bottom of the bargain bin this week and I would expect it to be a one week thing, so slide Mack into the flex position and watch it cash.

D/ST –  Detroit Lions -$3,800

The Lions face a Miami team that doesn’t provide a ton of offensive firepower on a week to week basis. They have enough playmaker to give you a good chance at defensive points and the quarterback situation for the Dolphins is shaky at best. Last week kicked off Brocktober for a little while but all signs point to him regressing heavily in week seven. The Lions have improved every week and their price allows you to have a decently high floor even if the ceiling isn’t too exciting.

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