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This week you'll need to find a FanDuel contest that starts on Thursday night if you want to select any 49ers or Seahawks. The first game of week 7 is projected to be one of the lowest scoring affairs on the schedule. However, if you want to make the game even more fun to watch here are a the FanDuel players of interest:
Colin Kaepernick: $6900 (Down $400)
That's two high quality performances from Kaepernick in the last two weeks. Unfortunately, it's time to pump the brakes with a short week to prepare for the Seahawks. Seattle's defense isn't what they used to be, but they've held Kaepernick in check more often than not. The bright side is this defense has given up rushing TDs to Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton (all of whom also threw for over 250 yards). He's incredibly cheap, but his ceiling should be relatively low this week. Cheap QB Alternatives: Derek Carr ($6600) against San Diego and Teddy Bridgewater ($6600) at Detroit.
Carlos Hyde: $6800 (Down $200)
He's got a bad wheel, but that didn't keep him out the game Sunday. Still, he is hard to depend on against a stout defensive front and the likely return of Bobby Wagner. $6800 is too expensive for a longshot play that will be touchdown dependent. Let's hitch our horses to Lamar Miller ($6700) or Frank Gore ($7100).
Anquan Boldin: $6300 (Down $200)
When Kaepernick plays well Boldin is the most likely benefactor. The main worry here is that Richard Sherman continues shadowing the opposing WR1 more often than usual. I don't think Seattle wants to rely on Cary Williams to guard Kaep's security blanket. There is no way to know who Seattle assigns Sherman to, but I feel safe fading Boldin this week. I'll take Eric Decker at $6200 all day and I'll keep using Donte Moncrief as long as his price stays in the mid $6k range.
Torrey Smith: $6000 (Down $200)
This is my high risk, high reward play for Thursday night. Smith should be very familiar with Cary Williams given their time together in Baltimore. Perhaps last week was a sign that he and Kaepernick are clicking or maybe it was just the result of playing a bad secondary? The truth is likely somewhere in the middle and Torrey could be in for a surprising night. Not sold on Torrey? Try your luck with Stefon Diggs ($5800) taking on the very beatable Lions of Detroit.
Vernon Davis: $4800 (Down $100)
He's healthy, but after only seeing one target on Sunday, he may be more of a blocker than a receiver going forward. Seattle has been burned by tight ends on seam routes, but Davis hasn't shown anything all season. If you need a tight end under $5k, I'd go with Derek Carrier or Mychal Rivera, both at $4900.
Dawson: $4700 (Down $100)
His 16 points last week were his season high. It'll be tougher sledding on Thursday night and there are cheaper kickers with more favorable matchups like: Andrew Franks or Zach Hocker (both $4500)
Seahawks of Interest
Russell Wilson $7800
With the 49ers getting routinely burned in the secondary, you would think this would be a better spot for Russ. Not so, as his offensive line is making it difficult for Seattle signal caller to find his groove. The good news for Wilson is that San Francisco struggles with the pass rush so there should be a few openings for him to take advantage of Thursday night. I'd rather plug in Philip Rivers for $8000 or Ryan Tannehill for $7700.
Marshawn Lynch $8200
The normally safe option among top tier running backs hasn't been his usual unstoppable self the last few weeks. Perhaps he is still banged up, but Thursday's game in San Francisco may be exactly what he needs to jumpstart his season. He should have a good game, but I prefer to pay up for Le'Veon Bell or Adrian Peterson at $8900.
Jimmy Graham $6300
Wilson found Graham for 8 receptions last week as their chemistry looks to be improving. The biggest worry is that Graham will be on a lot of lineups as players chase last week's stats. This should deter you from rolling with Jimmy if you play in Thursday contest. As usual, there aren't a ton of great tight end plays this week, but I do like Antonio Gates sitting there at $5800.
Doug Baldwin ($5800) or Jermaine Kearse ($5700)
One of these guys or even perhaps Tyler Lockett is set to have a good night. I'd lean towards Baldwin over Kearse, but will avoid both. Other sub $6k receivers to target: If Kendall Wright ($5700) plays he could do bad thing to the Atlanta secondary and Leonard Hankerson ($5700) might be in for a steady diet of targets against Tennessee.
Seattle Defense ($5200)
Not what they used to be, but still good enough to be the most expensive squad for week 7. Seattle tends to play San Francisco tough each meeting, but I'd save my money for a defense with a favorable home game like the New York Giants ($4500).
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