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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in East Rutherford. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

FIVE SNEAKY FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYS FOR WEEK 7

Mike Shara

Week Seven of the NFL season brings with it a number of good teams with rosters full of good Fantasy Football players enjoying their bye week. Dallas, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Minnesota and the Chargers all have this week off, meaning it’s very likely you have at least one player you’d normally start that is not playing this week and will need to be replaced. Jacksonville is also on a bye this week. If you have a player from the Jags who you’d deem a ‘tough to replace’ member of your fantasy team then I’m assuming you’ve already given up and become the team now known as “Automatic Win Week” by other dudes in your pool.

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Here are five somewhat under-hyped players to consider adding for your weekly pool. They also can be useful as less expensive players at their positions in DFS, which will allow you to spend more liberally on other positions on your team.

RUNNING BACK: J.D. McKissic, Washington ($5,000 on DraftKings DFS, 63% rostered in Yahoo!)
Last week he had 8 receptions (10 targets) for 65 yards as well as 8 carries for 45 yards. Antonio Gibson is dealing with a shin issue this week, so McKissic’s usage will likely remain at least as high. Green Bay is ranked 30th in run defense DVOA so it’s very likely he has a useful/high usage day. If one or two of his opportunities turn into touchdowns, you’re looking at a top 10 running back this week.

QUARTERBACK: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee ($6,400 on DraftKings DFS, 88% rostered on Yahoo!)
Last week Tannehill struggled while facing arguably the league’s best pass defense but this week he’s at home against what may be the NFL’s worst pass defense. Kansas City has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. This game could devolve into a shootout with the last team with the ball winning the game and Tannehill appears to have both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones at full strength, creating salivating matchups for him vs. the Chiefs’ struggling secondary. He has been a disappointment so far this season, but this week has him primed to restore some of his fantasy luster – and at a discounted price.

WIDE RECEIVER: Devonta Smith, Philadelphia ($5,400 on DraftKings DFS, 87% rostered in Yahoo!)
The last few weeks the Eagles seem to have forgotten that running the ball is actually an option for an offensive strategy. Lead back Miles Sanders carried the ball all of nine times last week vs. Tampa and his handcuff Kenneth Gainwell didn’t rush once. The team leader in rushing yards is quarterback Jalen Hurts, who usually makes gains on the ground out of broken plays. Either way, clearly Philadelphia is looking to throw the ball as much as possible, and they are one of the NFL’s most aggressive offensive squads. His numbers so far don’t impress, but he is playing almost every down now and is indoors this week for a game that should have a lot of scoring. His DFS price is not going to stay this low for long.

TIGHT END: Mike Gesicki, Miami ($4,700 on DraftKings DFS, 88% rostered on Yahoo!)
He’s not an unknown quantity, though he is hardly a household name at this point. Last week he had 8 receptions (9 targets) for 115 yards in the Dolphins’ embarrassing London loss to the Jags. That number included three receptions of over 20 yards. DaVante Parker may return to the lineup this week, but he’s averaged nearly 9 targets each over the last four weeks and is expected to remain a key member of the offence going forward. The Falcons’ pass defense is middle of the pack despite a soft schedule thus far and his DFS price is very reasonable, especially if you’re missing your TE1 this week.

TEAM DEFENSE: New York Jets ($2,400 on DraftKings DFS, 6% rostered on Yahoo!)
It goes without saying – this is a long shot. The Jets are no one’s definition of a good defense. They aren’t even a team that’s been particularly snake-bitten with bad luck. However, they are not terrible – and are facing a Patriots’ offence that has been struggling mightily so far this season under rookie quarterback Mac Jones. New England is 27th overall in rush offence and 19th in passing offence and are 0-4 so far at home in 2021. Yes, you read that correctly. Jones is averaging an INT per game and has already been sacked 13 times. Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh is a defensive guru, and he may well be licking his chops anticipating a matchup with an underwhelming Pats’ offence. If you’ve been using Buffalo or Dallas as your defense this year and didn’t bother drafting a backup, this could be a Hail Mary worth throwing. They certainly won’t cost you much on DFS and are almost universally available in weekly formats. Plus, it would be double-fun if the Jets went into Foxboro and somehow pulled it off. You’d humble-brag for the rest of the week if you were in on that. Might be worth it…

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