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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Football Helper: Week 7

Devonta Freeman and the Atlanta Falcons have an enticing home matchup with the San Diego Chargers. Which other players should we check out for NFL DFS?

If you've never played daily fantasy football on FanDuel before, it's time to start. Unlike traditional leagues, you're able to select the players you want on that specific day only, giving you a different squad to root for each and every week.

Of course, numberFire also offers a great tools for premium members. The analysis below is meant to help you understand why some of these players are top picks in our tools and projections because we don't want you going into the night completely blind. We want to help you. Keep in mind, however, that things can change drastically if an injury is announced, so make sure you're double checking the tools and projections as close to kick-off as possible.

Let's get to it!


Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals ($8,100)

The Cleveland Browns have been terrible on defense this season, ranking 25th in the league in schedule-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points (NEP) and 26th in Adjusted Defensive Passing NEP. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league this season, surpassing 250 passing yards in all but one game while accounting for 7 total touchdowns and just 2 interceptions on the year. The Cincinnati Bengals come into this week with the third highest team total on the board at 27.75, which means Dalton should have plenty of opportunity to find pay dirt this week. H

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans ($7,900)

After a slow start to the season, Marcus Mariota has looked outstanding over the past two weeks, completing more than 70% of his passes while accumulating 447 yards and 6 touchdowns over that span. He's also rushed the ball at a much higher rate over the past two games than he did early in the season, carrying the ball 14 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. This week, the Titans' second-year star gets the pleasure of facing off against an exploitable Indianapolis Colts' secondary, which ranks 8th-worst against opposing quarterbacks, according to our metrics. Tennessee is a home favorite in a game that features the fifth-highest over/under on the slate at 48. Look for Mariota to stay hot against the struggling Colts.

Running Backs

Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons ($7,500)

Devonta Freeman has picked up right where he left off a year ago, opening the season as one of the hottest running backs in all of football. Freeman ranks 9th in the league among all running backs who have carried the ball at least 30 times with a 0.08 Rushing NEP per play with an impressive 44.44% Success Rate on the year. He draws one of the best matchups on the board against a San Diego Chargers' rush defense that ranks 30th against opposing running backs while allowing the 7th-most FanDuel points per game to the position this season.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($5,600)

With both Doug Martin and Charles Sims sidelined, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are left with veteran Jacquizz Rodgers as their workhorse running back. Rodgers toted the rock a ridiculous 30 times for 101 yards in the Bucs' last game while adding 5 receptions for 28 yards. Those 35 touches were the biggest workload any running back has handled all season, and Rodgers should be in store for another massive workload this week against the San Francisco 49ers' league-worst rush defense. The 49ers are allowing a league-worst 174 rushing yards per game, and they have already given up 9 rushing touchdowns on the year. At a paltry $5,600 price tag, Rodgers is as close to a must play as you can get this week.

Wide Receivers

Brandon Marshall, New York Jets ($7,400)

As bad as the New York Jets' offense has looked, Brandon Marshall has still managed to maintain decent value, topping the 70-yard plateau each of the last three games with two touchdowns in the past three weeks. What makes Marshall such an appealing option is that over that span, the Jets' veteran receiver has accumulated the sixth-highest target share in the league at 28.45% and leads the league with a monstrous 75% red zone target share since Week 4. The Baltimore Ravens have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season, and Marshall should remain the focal point of the Jets' offensive scheme.

Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers ($6,100)

The Atlanta Falcons have been one of my favorite defenses to target all season long, especially in the passing game. Per our metrics, Atlanta is the sixth-worst defense and fifth-worst pass defense. With this in mind, a lot of people may be on Travis Benjamin this week. However, Benjamin was in the game on just 38% of the Chargers' offensive snaps last week while both Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams severely out-snapped him. Although he struggled last week against the Denver Broncos -- most wide receivers do -- Williams has looked outstanding this season and is just two games removed from a 5-catch, 117-yard, 1-touchdown outing against the Oakland Raiders. He leads all Chargers' wide receivers with a 20% red zone target share and is in prime position for a big game this week against the Falcons.

Tight Ends

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings ($5,400)

I'm not really sure why, but Kyle Rudolph has somewhat flown under the radar this season. Despite coming off of his worst game of the season, Rudolph remains an elite tight end option this week given the fact that he ranks second in the league among all tight ends in target share (23.42%) while leading all pass catchers in red zone target share at a ridiculous 42.86% clip. Rudolph is still criminally underpriced and is our top overall value at the tight end position this week.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts ($4,700)

Dwayne Allen appears unlikely to suit up this week while he recovers from an ankle injury, which means that Jack Doyle is unquestionably the Colts' top pass catching tight end this week. Doyle has actually out-produced Allen this season anyway with 20 catches, 204 yards and 3 touchdowns -- topping Allen in all three categories. Doyle should remain heavily involved in the Colts' offense coming off of a 4-catch, 53-yard, 1-touchdown performance, and he should have little trouble reaching value in what should be a high-scoring affair in Tennessee.

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