Thursday, October 19, 2017

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 7

Every week of the 2017 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

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Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 7?

John Trifone: Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers ($7,000)

I’ll be going back to the Melvin Gordon well again this week. DraftKings has priced him down due to a tough matchup with Denver. However, Orleans Darkwa just burned them this past week, giving us their first 100-yard rusher of the season. Perhaps we can chalk that up to being a little fluky, but that aside, Gordon is heavily involved in the passing game as well. Week 1 in Denver, Gordon rushed for 54 yards but gained another 25 from five receptions and scored a touchdown. I expect he’ll have more success running the ball this week at home, and he always has touchdown upside. For the savings you can get for him versus some of the other top backs, Gordon looks like one of the better plays on the board.

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Kevin Hanson: Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers ($4,200)

Facing difficult corners on the outside, teams have had more success targeting their tight end(s) over the middle of the field against the Broncos as they have allowed the fourth-most DraftKings points to the position this season. Henry is starting to be more (consistently) involved in the passing attack as he a total of 18 targets, 10 receptions, 148 yards and two scores over his past three games. If you're playing the main slate, which excludes Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, etc., there are limited options at the position and Henry is one of my favorites.

Sean Beazley: Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans ($5,800)

One of my favorite plays this week is Titans TE Delanie Walker. Walker is at his highest price of the year, and is the top TE on the slate this week. TE is usually a position I pay down at, but on DK you can roll out a double-TE lineup. In fact, a double-TE strategy is a great way to differentiate yourself from the field as most people play a RB/WR in the flex spot. The Browns have been torched all season against the TE, and they haven't faced anyone nearly as good as Delanie Walker. With Corey Davis still out, I expect Walker to be the focal point of the passing attack.

Dan Yanotchko: Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers ($5,900)

This week I like Carlos Hyde of the 49ers, who gets a great matchup against the Cowboys. Hyde has been pretty steady over his last four-game split with 62 rushes, 181 yards and four touchdowns with 14 receptions as well. He gets a Dallas D that allows 118 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry. With rookie C.J. Bethard starting, his usage should be heavy.

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