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DRAFT NFL Week 7: Lineups, Strategy and Rankings

Hi everybody, welcome to week 7 of PlayDraft DFS Strategy. Whenever a top star gets hurt it feels like it only effects seasonal leagues but the loss is felt in DFS as well. Any time you have more quality options and less risky plays, you have a better chance of making accurate predictions. Whenever your choices are more variable, your predictions are going to be subjected to bigger up and down swings. So we all feel the loss of guys like David Johnson, Odell Beckham and Aaron Rodgers because that’s three less stable options we have to choose from which is never a positive. Just a quick note on this week’s rankings – you’ll see Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden at the bottom of the RB rankings for the week. Their ranking is obviously dependent on the Ezekiel Elliott appeal (if Zeke wins and gets to play, you can move him up to top 3 at the position this week). If Zeke does not play, which is likely, then I think the Dallas RB will be top 22 for the week. However, there’s still limited clarity on who the starter will be so I listed both. For now go with Alfred Morris until something definitive comes out otherwise but keep an eye on the situation.

Note: Ezekiel Elliott will play Week 7

QB Rankings

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Matt Ryan
  4. Cam Newton
  5. Kirk Cousins
  6. Carson Wentz
  7. Russell Wilson
  8. Marcus Mariota
  9. Derek Carr
  10. Ben Roethlisberger
  11. Andy Dalton

RB Rankings

  1. Le’Veon Bell
  2. LeSean McCoy
  3. Leonard Fournette
  4. Todd Gurley
  5. Devonta Freeman
  6. Kareem Hunt
  7. Melvin Gordon
  8. Jay Ajayi
  9. DeMarco Murray
  10. Jordan Howard
  11. Jerrick McKinnon
  12. Adrian Peterson
  13. Mark Ingram
  14. Frank Gore
  15. Christian McCaffrey
  16. Doug Martin
  17. CJ Anderson
  18. Joe Mixon
  19. James White
  20. Ty Montgomery
  21. Marshawn Lynch
  22. Alfred Morris/Darren McFadden

WR/TE Rankings

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. AJ Green
  3. Julio Jones
  4. Rob Gronkowski
  5. Mike Evans
  6. Michael Thomas
  7. Dez Bryant
  8. Brandin Cooks
  9. Doug Baldwin
  10. Kelvin Benjamin
  11. Michael Crabtree
  12. Jordy Nelson
  13. DeMaryius Thomas
  14. Adam Thielen
  15. TY Hilton
  16. Larry Fitzgerald
  17. Alshon Jeffery
  18. Pierre Garcon
  19. Keenan Allen
  20. Terrelle Pryor

3 Team Strategy

Really a lot of parity at the top this week as far as I can see. I don’t particularly love or hate anybody more than others at the top. I guess I’d lean towards a balanced roster with my QB being last and everybody else alternating based on best available player. Ideally I’d like to go RB-WR-RB-WR-QB in a 3 team situation this week.

6 Team Strategy

Here I do think there’s a bit of disparity between the top half at running back and the bottom half. I also don’t want to be the last to take my QB here. A player I am very strong on this week is Michael Thomas at wide receiver. I think he has a huge bounce back week and I think people will be avoiding him based on last week. I’d like to wait on WR and grab Thomas in round 4 or 5 of the draft. Ideally I’d be looking at RB-RB-WR-QB-WR.

10 Team Strategy

I think the QB pool gets really questionable at about the halfway point in the 10 team option. I also think wide receivers get shaky after the first half as well. Running back is a bit deeper but I wouldn’t want to rely on the very back end of running backs. Basically, I think the best option is to pick a low end player that you’re comfortable settling for and plan on taking that spot last while filling in the other spots first. For me I think I’m happy staking my claim to a guy like Alshon Jeffery as my “scrub” and selecting my WR2 last so that I can fill the rest of my team with better options first. I’d like to go RB-WR-QB-RB-WR here.

That’s it for this week! Get out there and win some drafts! Also, as usual, please don’t be shy about asking questions or commenting in the area below!

2 Comments

  1. Hoss

    October 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Where is Dak on that list?!

    • TraderTim

      October 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Sorry, I had Dak on my original list and somehow didn’t transfer his name over where I had him. For reference, I had him at 5 below Newton and above Cousins. I obviously would have been a miss on him for his big week regardless at 5, but he definitely should have been on there.

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