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“Big Rigg” Quarterback and Tight End Plays for DFS/Season-Long Week #7

Last week, Aaron Rodgers went down so now Brett Hundley assumes the starting role for the Green Bay Packers.  Hundley does have good running ability, but can you really trust him in your lineups this week against an ascending Saints defense? Unless I am desperate, I am going to pass on Hundley in DFS until I see what he can do, even at his low-cost.  Brian Hoyer was benched so now it’s the CJ Beathard show in San Francisco.  Beathard’s price is very low in DFS, but the 49ers are playing Dallas this week who have been better than expected on defense.  Although the Cowboys have given up the 8th most fantasy points to opposing QB’s on the year, that stat comes after playing the likes of Carson Palmer, Jared Goff and Aaron Rodgers.  I don’t think CJ Beathard can put up solid numbers like the aforementioned quarterbacks, especially with a supporting cast deficient of play makers.

Eli Manning is another low-cost option in DFS, but do you want to roll with Eli against the Seahawks? I don’t.  Blake Bortles has a decent matchup against the Colts, but if Bortles only throws the ball 19 times, he will really tank your lineup.  The Titans have been getting shredded by opposing defenses but we just watched them keep Jay Cutler and Jacoby Brissett in check in back to back weeks, so DaShone Kizer might not be the best option this week.  Based on the matchups for low-end guys, this looks like a week to pay up for a quarterback in DFS and only use a low-end guy if you are desperate.  As far as season long goes, start your stud this week, don’t get cute.

Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns – $8,200 Fanduel – $6,900 DK – The Browns have been fairly good against the run this year, but are surrendering 2.33 TD’s a game to opposing QB’s and have given up at least 225 yards passing in 4 of 6 games this year.  Mariota looked ok on Monday night and didn’t do anything to aggravate his hamstring, so you should feel confident rolling him out there against a struggling pass defense.

Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins – $7,800 Fanduel – $6,700 DK – In week 1, Wentz put up 307 yards and 2 TD’s against a Redskins secondary that was at full strength.  Since that first matchup, the Redskins have lost Josh Norman to injury and opposing receivers have been taking advantage.  In addition to weak cornerback play, DJ Swearinger, the body rocking safety, is somewhat of a liability in pass coverage which is good for Zach Ertz.  The Redskins gave up 245 yards to CJ Beathard last week who didn’t even play the entire game and have given up the 15th most points to the QB position on the year which is middle of the pack, but keep in mind that number is impacted by a Derek Carr stinker back in week 3.  Look for the Eagles to continue their success through the air in week 7 and start Wentz with confidence in all formats.

Kurt Cousins – Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles – $7,500 Fanduel – $6,500 DK – Philly’s secondary is starting to figure things out a little bit, but they are still giving up big yards through the air.  The Eagles run defense is fierce, so the Redskins should need to throw in order to move the ball down the field.  In season long, you should roll Cousins out there all day long and his price is fair enough in DFS where you can still build a solid lineup around him.  Cousins only had 240 yards and 1 TD against them in week 1, but that was his first real game with his newly revamped receiving corp and the Eagles secondary has since gotten banged up, losing Ronald Darby.

Jared Goff – LA Rams vs Arizona Cardinals – $7,300 Fanduel – $5,800 DK – The Cardinals have given up 20 or more fantasy points to each opposing quarterback they faced this year except for Jacoby Brissett in his first start for the Colts, and Brian Hoyer, who is now benched.  Other than Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals secondary has gotten scorched this year, and they might be without Peterson this weekend as he nurses a leg injury.  With the number of weapons Goff has at his disposal and the Rams offensive line playing very well, Goff is a good bet to come through this week in both season long and DFS.

Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys @ SF 49ers – $8,400 Fanduel – $7,300 DK – The 49ers have gotten shredded by quarterbacks, allowing the 7th most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the season.  Part of the 49ers problem is that they are extremely poor guarding wide receivers on the perimeter, so Dez Bryant should have a solid game.  As long as the Cowboys offensive line continues to struggle, the offense should run through Dak especially since the strength of the 49ers defense is their defensive line.  The 49ers have given up three straight 300 yard games to Kurt Cousins, Jacoby Brissett and Carson Palmer, and gave up 292 yards to Jared Goff in week 3 so the stage is set for Dak to have a big day.

This week, the big dog tight ends have inviting matchups and you should continue to roll them out there.  Rob Gronkowski is up against the Falcons, Travis Kelce will be guarded by Karl Joseph who had trouble with Hunter Henry last week and Zach Ertz will line up against the Redskins DJ Swearinger, who has been getting consistently beat in coverage.  Austin Hooper tore up the Dolphins last week, seeing 7 targets, but this week, Mohamed Sanu is practicing and looks like he’s on schedule to return from injury.  If Sanu doesn’t play, Hooper is a great play, if Sanu does play, I would steer clear of Hooper.  Although Hooper’s price remains low on DFS, he may not come through this week.  In my view, people may be chasing his week 6 points thinking he’s going to be consistently involved moving forward, and I don’t want to be on that train if Sanu plays.  I am in the camp that believes Hooper’s week 6 involvement was a product of Sanu’s absence and will only roll Hooper out there moving forward if the Falcons are missing a wide receiver (9 targets week 6 – 22 targets on the season).

Nick O’Leary – Buffalo Bills vs TB Buccaneers – $4,500 Fanduel – $3,100 DK – O’Leary is not the most athletic tight end option out there but given the current landscape of the tight end position, O’Leary is a viable option in season long given the Bills horizontal passing offense and general lack of play makers on the perimeter.  In DFS, O’Leary’s price is bottomed out, so if he scores a touchdown against the Bucs, he will pay massive dividends for you.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – NY Jets @ Miami Dolphins – $5,900 Fanduel – $5,000 DK – ASJ’s price is starting to creep up there in DFS but the fact remains that he is heavily utilized in the Jets offense and is a favorite target of Josh McCown.  With Robbie Anderson nursing an ankle injury and Bilal Powell’s status still up in the air, look for the Jets to continue to look ASJ’s way.  Additionally, although Reshad Jones is one of the best safeties in the league, he is somewhat of a liability in pass coverage, so this is an exploitable matchup for the Jets.  He had 5 catches for 31 yards against Miami in their matchup earlier in the year and even though he sat out a few games due to a suspension at the start of the year, he still has the 16th most targets out of all tight ends through week 6.

Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns – $5,900 Fanduel – $5,800 DK – Walker is quietly a the 11th highest scoring TE in fantasy football this year and has the 5th most targets at the position with 39 on the season.  With Mariota back in the lineup against Indianapolis week 6, he was narrowly missed by Mariota on a few big plays.  Walker has an extremely inviting matchup this week against the Browns, as he will be guarded by Safety Derrick Kindred who isn’t very good.  Cleveland has surrendered a touchdown to opposing tight ends in 3 of 6 games and has allowed multiple touchdowns to tight ends in 2 games this year.  The Browns are deceptively good against the run, and horrible against the tight end, so look for Walker to excel in this matchup.  We just need to hope that Jonnu Smith doesn’t snake a touchdown from him.

Evan Engram – NY Giants vs Seattle Seahawks – Fanduel  $5,500 – $4,400 DK – Engram is the 3rd most targeted tight end in the league with 41 and is 6th in the league in catches at the tight end position with 24.  With the Giants receiving corp decimated by injury facing a smothering Broncos secondary last week, Engram emerged as Eli Manning’s primary passing target.  A similar narrative is building this week as the Giants face off against the Seahawks.  Even with Engram likely to face Kam Chancellor, he poses a speed mismatch for him and he should take care of business in an offense that is otherwise deficient in passing options.

Hunter Henry – LA Chargers vs Denver Broncos – $5,200 Fanduel – $4,200 DK – Last week, I said we needed to monitor the matchup between Safety Will Parks and Evan Engram because both players are emerging talents.  Engram ended up catching 5 of 7 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown.  Parks won’t get any relief this week, running into another tough matchup with Hunter Henry who has surpassed Antonio Gates as the top pass catching tight end for the Chargers.  Given the Broncos lock down corners, the Chargers are likely to earn their money attacking the middle of the field this week, so Henry should be heavily utilized.  Over the last 2 weeks, Henry has 8 catches off 15 targets and 1 TD.  Henry is an ascending player and should be considered an every week starter in season long.  Play Henry while you can before his price corrects and rises in DFS.

Quarterback – Tight End Stack of the Week

The Browns have yet to allow more than 66 yards rushing to a lone rusher all year and have only given up 2 rushing touchdowns on the year to Terrance West and Frank Gore respectively.  As I’ve already said twice in this piece, given the Browns stout run defense to date, the Titans are going to need to throw in order to get the ball down the field, meaning Mariota should have a big game.  Given the aforementioned struggles against the tight end, Mariota should be able to connect with Walker for a score in this one.  When you factor Walker’s consistent volume in the Titans offense and Mariota’s return to health, you have to figure Mariota and Walker will go off against the Browns, making them an ideal week 7 stack.


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