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Fantasy football: FanDuelin' Week 7

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Michael Thomas

Last week I played in 3 Head-to-Head FanDuel games with 1 win and 2 losses. Not a pretty week, but only dropped $5 in total.

You win some; you lose some by 65 points. When your two most expensive FanDuel players only bring in 22 points you are more familiar with the latter.

Final Roster

Matt Ryan $8700 - 13.74 points
Andre Williams $6300 - 5.8
Ben Tate $6800 - 19.8
Julio Jones $9000 - 8.9
Michael Crabtree $6700 - 12.4
Percy Harvin $7600 - 1.4
Owen Daniels $5300 - 4.4
Shaun Suisham $4800 - 5

I return to 50/50 play this week and hope I can add some duckettes to my stack.

Starting Bank: $60

Week 1: Lost $1
Week 2: Won $4/Lost $5
Week 3: Lost $5
Week 4: Lost $5
Week 5: Won $5
Week 6: Lost $5

Current Bank: $53.04

Here is my set up for week 5:

$5 50/50  $60,000 Player Acquisition Budget

Winner Receives $9


Colin Kaepernick (49ers) $7,800

There is a small chance that Kaepernick might have to play catch up this week. He'll probably have to use his legs just as much as his arm with the Broncos strong secondary. It's not a great match-up for #7, but I think he rises to the occasion and finishes comfortably in the top 10 at QB.

Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) $8,800

Initially, I went with DeMarco Murray, but then I noticed Mr. Lynch chilling a bit further down the list and $600 cheaper. Seattle will most likely look to ride Marshawn and get back to their run heavy ways on Sunday. The St. Louis run defense isn't a worry, but Russell Wilson snaking a red zone TD certainly is.

Lamar Miller (Dolphins) $7,200

With Knowshon Moreno being lost for the season I expect the Dolphins to abandon their running back by committee approach. The Bears are much better against the run than they were last season and have limited opposing backs to fewer than 65 yards rushing. They do give up passes to RBs though and that is where the versatile Lamar Miller stands to shine.

Wide Receivers

Dez Bryant (Cowboys) $8,600

Bryant isn't one to string together consecutive quiet weeks. The Giants are more likely to be done in by the rush than the pass. However, Dez has averaged 6/96 with four touchdowns in his 6 games against the Giants.

Rueben Randle (Giants) $6,500

"Roob" already had one of the highest target rates this season. With Victor Cruz's unfortunate injury he could vault up to WR2 status as soon as Sunday. I hopped on the Randle train in most of my redraft leagues and I'll give him a try in a daily league with his new role.

James Jones (Raiders) $5,500

Defying fantasy logic, Jones has actually thrived in Oakland. If all goes to plan, the Cardinals should stifle Oakland's run game and brutalize their defense to go up big. James Jones could have a busy day if garbage time starts in the third quarter.

Tight End

Vernon Davis (49ers) $5,700

Denver can stop wide outs, but are vulnerable to tight ends. They gave up 6/81 to Travis Kelce in week 2 and haven't seen a notable tight end since. He only had 3 receptions Monday night, but played the vast majority of offensive snaps. If there is a week that the Niners need to lean on Vernon this is it.


Brandon McManus (Broncos) $4,900

He is a solid kicker on one of the most potent offenses in the league. I think he'll get his chances to knock in a few.


Buffalo Bills

My long proud tradition of picking on young QBs continues. The Bills will face Teddy Bridgewater and company in Buffalo. Long term, Teddy Bridgewater may be legit, but right now he is still finding his groove and is good for an interception or two.

What does your favorite daily lineup look like for week 7?

Also, if you want to find me on FanDuel my screen name is "DerekRVA". My photo is of wrestling legend Koko B Ware. Feel free to challenge me to a head-to-head game!

Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $250,000 Fantasy Football Contest for Week 7's NFL games. It's only $5 to join and first prize is $15,000. Starts Sunday, October 19 at 10am PT. Here's the link.