I'm taking a shot with my NFL Week 7 DraftKings Pick'em Team. LeSean McCoy hasn't scored a TD yet this season. My hope is that during Buffalo's bye, Sean McDermott found a way to get McCoy more involved. My guess is that if Buffalo hopes to continue their hot start to the season, they'll have to get McCoy more involved.
One thing to note about this pick'em team is that it doesn't involve Sunday night's battle between the Falcons and Patriots. Nor does it involve Monday night's game between Washington and Philadelphia.
Check out my NFL Week 7 DraftKings Pick'em Team.
T1 LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo vs Tampa Bay – The other choices are the Rams' Todd Gurley II, and Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette. Fournette hasn't practiced all week. I'm not sure he even plays on Sunday. If he does, I question his overall effectiveness. Gurley faces Arizona's defense. The Cardinals figure to have a strategy based around stopping Gurley.
LeSean McCoy has yet to score a TD. That should change this Sunday. Tampa Bay's defense allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for 134 yards and 2 TDs in Week 6. Buffalo shouldn't have much trouble getting McCoy on track early in this game.
T2 Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans at Green Bay – I can't trust WR Larry Fitzgerald versus the Rams' pass defense. LAR's D is much better versus the pass than it is against the rush. Fitz isn't always Carson Palmer's top target as it is. Mike Evans plays against Buffalo's pass defense. The Buccaneers are going to utilize RB Doug Martin to keep them in the game versus the Bills. That leaves Michael Thomas. I know that Drew Brees prefers to utilize many wide receivers. Thomas wasn't all that effective in the Saints' win over Detroit last Sunday. It should be his turn to get more involved in the offense in Week 7.
T3 Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans at Green Bay – Cameron Newton is a possible choice here. He faces a Chicago team that has an 8 to 2 TD to INT ratio. The Bears' defense does step it up at home, though. I don't like Carson Palmer's prospects versus a much better Rams' pass defense than many realize. Marcus Mariota is in Tier 3. Mariota plays a bad Cleveland defense. He doesn't appear healthy enough to make some of his patented runs.
Buffalo is ranked 8th versus opposing quarterbacks. Jameis Winston is a good play at Tier 3. I'm just not sold on Winston on the road. That leaves me with Drew Brees. Brees only threw for 186 yards in NFL Week 6. It's difficult to see Brees not throwing for 300 yards in 2 straight games. Brees could also toss up to 3 TDs in this one. Green Bay allowed Minnesota back-up QB Case Keenum to throw for 239 yards and a TD. Brees should have a nice game.
T4 Jared Goff, QB, L.A. Rams vs Arizona – Arizona's pass defense isn't nearly as formidable as so many believe it to be. Case in point? Last Sunday, Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay's quarterback, exited the game due to a shoulder ailment. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 290 yards and 3 TDs. If Arizona's defense works to stop RB Todd Gurley, which they must, Goff should have some room to throw the football to WRs Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, Gurley, or any other Rams' receiver not named Sammy Watkins.
Another reason to like Goff here is because of the other choices. Tyrod Taylor doesn't often post big fantasy numbers. Josh McCown battles a surprisingly tough Miami defense on Sunday. Blake Bortles could have a big game. But, it's hard to put Bortles on the team. Brett Hundley faces one of the better defenses in the NFL on Sunday in the New Orleans Saints' D. Hundley also starts for a Green Bay legend in Aaron Rodgers.
I think Goff could surprise in NFL Week 7.
T5 Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona vs L.A. Rams –
This was close to being a no-brainer pick for me. I wasn't going to add Minnesota WR Adam Thielen, Miami WR Jarvis Landry, Carolina WR Kelvin Benjamin, or Minnesota RB Jerrick McKinnon over Adrian Peterson.
I did think long and hard about adding Saints' RB Mark Ingram. I believe Ingram could score more fantasy points than Adrian Peterson on Sunday. But, if I go with Ingram, I should reconsider putting WR Michael Thomas on the NFL Week 7 DraftKings Pick'em Team. I'll stick with AP versus the Rams. The Rams' D is terrible against opposing running backs.
T6 Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago vs Carolina –
Howard truly was a no-brainer pick for Tier 6. The other choices just aren't close to Jordan Howard. First, Stefon Diggs, Devante Parker, Jay Ajayi, and DeMarco Murray, are all listed as questionable. Second, Carolina's best defensive player, LB Luke Kuechly, is listed as questionable due to a concussion. I think Kuechly should retire. He suffered a major concussion last season. There's no reason for him to punish his mind anymore.
In any case, Howard figures to get over 30 carries in this game. Chicago doesn't want to put rookie QB Mitch Trubisky in bad situations. They must rush the football to ensure that Trubisky is able to stay out of third and long all day. Not only that, but Chicago plays much better at home on both sides of the ball than they do on the road.
T7 Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay at Buffalo – In 2 games this season, Martin has averaged 15.3 fantasy football points. That's not bad. Buffalo has a decent defense versus the rush. That's okay. Martin is good enough to catch plenty of passes from either Jameis Winston, or Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The other choices at Tier 7 don't inspire me. Green Bay players WR Davante Adams and RB Ty Montgomery face a feared defense in New Orleans with their second-string QB under center. Saints' RB Alvin Kamara could always have a big game. However, RB1 Mark Ingram was fantastic last week. Will Kamara get on the field enough to have a big game? WR Devin Funchess, TE Austin Seferian Jenkins, TE Delanie Walker, and WR Rishard Matthews could all step it up enough to make my choice of Martin look foolish.
But, none of those players are worth it at Tier 7 over a sure-fire RB1. I must hope that Tampa Bay doesn't get behind early. I must also hope that they stick with Martin throughout the entire game. Eventually, he could break one.
T8 Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland vs Tennessee – Tennessee has a great defense versus straight rushers. DJ Jr. isn't a straight rusher. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield. I'm taking a shot with Duke Johnson Jr. at Tier 8. I won't pretend that I know for sure if DJ Jr. is a better choice than any of the other players listed on Tier 8. I'm rolling the dice with him.
Good luck in all your NFL DraftKings Week 7 contests!