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Week 7: Fantasy Football Start 'Em

Every week, Scout Fantasy provides you with the best starting options for players who might end up on the bench if you didn't know any better.


QB Jameis Winston, TB
  • Since the Week 1 victory over the Rams, the 49ers have allowed an average of 37 PPG.
  • Winston coming off a bye week is a bonus. He started hot and then hit a snag, and I believe he comes out recharged in Week 7.
  • The 49ers lack a cover corner who can keep up with Mike Evans, and Winston should exploit that matchup. Evans (62) is second in NFL targets even with a bye week.
  • 14 other QBs are priced higher than Winston in DFS.

QB Blake Bortles, JAX
  • Bortles is averaging 21.21 PPG.
  • Raiders rank LAST in total defense: 312 passing yards allowed per game and 27.2 PPG allowed.
  • Jags have only three rushing TDs. Therefore look for Jags’ touchdowns to come via the pass in Week 7.
  • Bortles is outside of the top 10 QBs in Week 7 DFS pricing.

RB Jay Ajayi, MIA
  • Why am I seeing Ajayi on several sit lists this week? Head coach Adam Gase has publicly stated he wants to feature a bell-cow back.
  • Ajayi had 204 rushing yards vs. the Steelers. Steelers rank 18th vs. the run and Buffalo ranks 19th vs. the run.
  • The Phins are 2-1 at home and will lean on the run game to keep home fans engaged.
  • Ajayi is reasonably priced at the Week 7 RB position for a RB that should get 20 plus carries.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
  • Rodgers had an impact game in his first start in Week 5: 101 rushing yards and five grabs for 28 yards. Rodgers was impressive in that game and looked like a back who is eager to prove himself.
  • 49ers rank dead last in rushing defense; allowing an average of 174.3 rushing yards per contest.
  • Rodgers’ DFS price is a value, especially because he has exclusive reps at the RB position for Tampa.

WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL
  • Sanu led the Falcons in targets in Week 6 and looked faster/healthier than in previous weeks as he was battling injuries.
  • The Chargers have the 20th overall ranked defense but are averaging 278.7 passing YPG and allowing 25.8 PPG.
  • Chargers/Falcons game is the highest Week 7 total (54) on the board. Sanu is a DFS value play so you’ll want exposure in this matchup.
  • 4400 DK price is an excellent value for the WR2 of the league’s leading passer, Matt Ryan.

WR Jamison Crowder, WAS
  • Crowder has scored TDs in four of the six games.
  • The Redskins rank fourth in total offense and have won both road games averaging 22.5 PPG in road games
  • The Lions rank 26th in total defense and have allowed a league-high 17 passing TDs.
  • Crowder averages 16.16 YPC in road games
  • Crowder has GPP and Cash appeal in Week 7 DFS given the matchup vs. Detroit.

TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN
  • Before his Week 5 stinker game vs. Houston before the bye week, Rudolph had TDs in three consecutive games.
  • It is a definite bonus that the Vikes will be motivated for Bradford to play well against his former team.
  • 11 other TEs are priced higher in DFS Week 7.
DST Tennessee Titans
  • The Titans have won two in a row and face a vulnerable Colts offense in the Week 7 matchup.
  • Titans rank 12th overall in total defense and rank 5th in sacks with 18.
  • No other QB has been sacked more than Andrew Luck (22).
  • 14 other defenses are priced higher that the Titans in Week 7 in DFS formats.

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