When setting your weekly NFL DFS lineups, it can be just as helpful to have an idea of whom you DON’T want to include as whom you do. Every Friday we’ll highlight a few players that you might want to fade. When a player appears here, it mainly refers to fading him in cash games. If you play in a lot of large field, multi-entry tournaments, you might consider just being underweight on these players relative to the field rather than not using them at all.
Players I’m fading for Week 7 include:
Ryan Tannehill, QB Tennessee
While I’m looking forward to this postponed matchup from Week 4, I’m buying the Steelers more than the Titans. The spread is very narrow in Tennessee’s favor and there is certainly room for a shootout here. I just fear the Steelers’ pass rush (they lead the league by a mile with 4.8 sacks per game, on average). Of course, in any game stack of this one I’m including A.J. Brown, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on Tannehill yet. He’s not cheap, and he’s going to have a tough day against this Steelers’ defensive front. Our NFL DFS Optimizer pegs him as one of the lowest-value QBs on the main slate (a mere 2.5 fantasy points per dollar).
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB Kansas City
With the addition of LeVeon Bell to the Chiefs’ backfield, CEH’s outlook is cloudy at best. We don’t know if or how much Bell will play in his first full week with the team. Edwards-Helaire was a YPC phenom in Week 6, as the Chiefs had the luxury of letting him run the ball 26 times. Denver’s defense has been very good against the run; they allow the second fewest fantasy points to the position. Part of my rationale for fading the Chiefs’ run game is that I love using Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill this week.
Amari Cooper, WR Dallas
With Andy Dalton at the helm of the Cowboys, I just can’t trust the volume or accuracy that Dak Prescott was using to elevate his wide receivers for fantasy purposes. I know Cooper was fine in Week 6, but this week the team faces a Washington Defense that ranks second in terms of limiting opposing wide receivers. This game has one of the lower point totals of the day, and Cooper is expensive relative to other options with more positive indicators.
Drew Brees, QB New Orleans
I was all in on Alvin Kamara (and Latavius Murray, for the bargain hunters) prior to the news of the entire Saints’ receiving corps getting Sunday off. With no Michael Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders, not to mention Bennie Fowler, Brees’ options will be limited. One could take a chance on Tre’Quan Smith or Deonte Harris or just buy the running backs in what could be a game that sees them share 40 touches in one of the league’s best RB matchups with Carolina.
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Cleveland Browns D/ST vs. Cincinnati
I know Cleveland leads the league in defensive takeaways (12), and that Joe Burrow is no stranger to the sack (average 4.0 per game), but they’ve also been torched by a high-volume pass attack more than once this season. In fact, they’re allowing the third-most points per game, and I expect Burrow to come out slinging, especially without Joe Mixon in the backfield. Cleveland has earned the high salary they command (especially on FanDuel), but I’m not paying up for it this week.
Players I like, but who are expected to have high ownership in Week 7 include: Josh Allen, Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, Joe Burrow, Davante Adams, Chase Claypool, Kenny Golladay, Alvin Kamara, Justin Jackson, Aaron Jones, Travis Kelce and Chiefs D/ST. You might consider deviating away from this player pool and pivoting in large GPPs.