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Fantasy Football: Make sure to play Julian Edelman this week

Pete Davidson
October 20, 2018 - 9:58 pm

Here comes the World Series. Here comes Week 7 in the NFL.

For the freshest insights on all the Week 7 action, tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour, this Sunday morning right here on 93.7. Jim Hackett and I will take your questions (via text) and get you ready for Sunday!

For my take on every relevant fantasy player this weekend, check out my free lineup rankings at rotobahn.com. 

All player pricing for this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Todd Gurley, RB, Rams at 49ers, $9,800

“Ya know, Pete, anybody can just keep writing Todd Gurley’s name down and then call himself an analyst.”  

Don’t think that this thought hasn’t crossed my mind, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I put anybody else at the top of the list this week. Gurley has been all kinds of special and he’s well worth the money in Week 7. This guy is impervious to game flow and scores touchdowns like crazy, with 10 over his last five games.  He’s a set-it-and-forget-it pick this week against the 49ers. I’m paying up for him as often as possible. 

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys at Washington, $8,100

According to the venerable Rich Hribar of Rotoworld fame, Elliott has handled 50.4 percent of the Cowboys’ offensive touches this season. Think about that for a second. Very few players have a workload so locked-in, and we love touches that we can really depend on when we are spending our hard-earned dollars. Elliott has also smashed Washington consistently in his young career. Getting him into lineups is challenging this week because I want Gurley too, but Zeke is a highly dependable option with enough upside to help you compete in any tournament.

Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings at Jets, $8,600

He’s on fire—in a good way, while the Jets’ secondary is more like a dumpster fire. Gang Green will be playing backups all over their back-end and that is just no way to contain the hottest receiver in the game. It’s also worth noting that the one healthy defender the Jets have at corner, Morris Claiborne, will spend most of his day covering Stefon Diggs, which should send even more targets Thielen’s way. I’m also liking the Kirk Cousins ($6,400)/Thielen stack. Adding Diggs ($7,200) in large field tournaments is worthy of consideration as well.

Nick Chubb, RB, Browns at Bucs, $3,600

The Browns traded Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars this week—making Chubb the new starting back. The only issue I have with using Chubb this weekend is his floor. DraftKings uses full PPR scoring so there’s always an inherent risk when using a back with no foundation in the passing game, and Cleveland has not been throwing to their backs all that much. That being said, you are getting a hugely talented back at a dirt cheap price and he’s going up against a team that has been giving up a lot of points. So, while Tampa actually defends the run well, the goal line chances could be plentiful. Combine that with his ultra-low price tag and you have a compelling option, especially in large tournaments.

David Njoku, TE, Browns at Bucs, $4,200

Back in Week 2, I was telling folks to add Njoku where they can, because once Baker Mayfield (a nice play this week at $5,800), gets under center, he could become a serious weekly factor. 

It’s happening.  

Njoku had 23 targets over the first four games of the season. Over the last two games, he’s received the same amount—effectively doubling his role in the passing game. That puts him in a good spot for a big game versus the Bucs, who have been getting scorched by tight ends all season long.

Willie Snead, WR, Ravens vs. Saints, $4,000

He’s been very steady all year—giving those who roster him a consistent 10-point floor. This week, Snead faces his old team and while that certainly gives us a nice narrative (revenge game!), I’m more excited about the matchup itself. Snead should face Saints slot corner P.J. Williams, and that’s enticing enough to make Mike Clay’s (ESPN) list of advantageous matchups for Week 7. Snead’s upside may be a bit capped, but if you need a strong floor play for not much cap space, he’s a great option. If you have just 100 more units to spend, you can find a similar floor with higher upside in the Jets’ Jermaine Kearse, who could see as many as 10 targets versus the Vikings this week.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots at Bears, $6,600

My editorial overlords (just kidding) want me to include Patriots players as often as possible in my articles, and I have one I like this week in Edelman. His role fits what I think will be the Patriots initial game plan this week—get the ball out fast. Edelman, as most of you know, can get open quickly and consistently. I think that should lead to a big target week and at 6,600 units, I want to get involved. He doesn’t need to score a touchdown to pay off at this price, but he certainly could, and that gives him the kind of ceiling we look for on DraftKings.

Good luck to all this week!