Week Seven Punt Plays: Fole-y Moly

Some big name stars have byes in Week 7 and daily fantasy owners will need to find value among the lower-priced players if they’re going to take home the big bucks.

You won’t be able to choose from anyone on the Broncos, Packers, Bengals and Bears, so you’ll have to wait till next week to roster guys like Aaron Rodgers, Demaryius Thomas, A.J. Green and Matt Forte. Also, due to the early start time of the Jaguars/Bills game in London, FantasyDraft won’t be offering players from those teams either.

In order to afford the high-priced players you want in your lineup, you’ll have to sacrifice some salary elsewhere, and the following guys can help you do that.

Quarterback

Nick Foles, Rams ($10,300)

Foles hasn’t done a whole lot to impress since coming over in the off-season trade that sent fellow quarterback (QB) Sam Bradford to Philadelphia. The Rams are 2-3 and Foles is sporting a terrible 57.4 percent completion rate, which ranks him 28th out of 33 qualified QBs. His six touchdowns are ahead of only three regulars: Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo — who have both missed multiple weeks with injuries — and Teddy Bridgewater.

Buuuuuut… the Rams’ matchup with the Cleveland Browns presents a great opportunity for Foles to put up some big fantasy numbers.

The Browns rank 23rd vs. QBs and 20th vs. wide receivers (WR), and will be without their two top cover defenders in Joe Haden and Tashaun Gipson.

Coming off a bye week, Foles is worth rostering as a punt play against a team that has to go on the road after just suffering a devastating overtime loss.

Running Back

Matt Jones, Redskins ($6,700)

Jones was the talk of the town after his outstanding Week 2 performance vs. the Rams. The rookie rushed for 123 yards and two TDs, putting himself squarely on the RB1 map. Unfortunately, the rookie just couldn’t overcome his fumbling issues and has since been an afterthought in the Redskins offense.

Week 7 will be a different story for the former Florida Gator, though. Alfred Morris hasn’t been able to take advantage of Jones’ struggles, and with pass-catching back Chris Thompson likely to sit with a back injury, Jones’ workload stands to increase.

If Jones can get at least 15 touches and some goal line work, he’ll easily reach value for his bottom-barrel salary. The Bucs have not been good against the run, allowing the likes of Bishop Sankey, Alfred Blue and Khiry Robinson to combine for 261 yards on 48 carries, which is a 5.44-yard clip.

Wide Receiver

Michael Floyd, Cardinals ($6,900)

Michael Floyd is the next big thing in fantasy football.”

It wasn’t long ago that we were saying stuff like that about the Cards’ speedy wide receiver, but that seems like ancient history now.

After a breakout sophomore season in 2013, the former Notre Dame wideout has become an afterthought on the fantasy landscape. Until last week, he had just eight catches for 104 yards and zero scores. Although he has struggled, Week 6’s 5/50/1 performance may have given him the confidence boost he needed, and he’ll look to build off that.

Floyd is still No. 3 on the Cardinals WR depth chart, but John Brown, who had 10 catches for 196 yards last week, is currently questionable for Monday night’s game with a hamstring injury. Since the game is Monday night, it’s possible we won’t know Brown’s status until after lineups have locked, but that shouldn’t deter you from adding Floyd. There are enough balls to go around in this offense to satisfy fantasy owners.

The Ravens have been absolutely awful vs. WRs this season, giving up the second-most points to the position. Save for Peyton Manning in Week 1 and Michael Vick in Week 4, every single QB they’ve faced has torched them, with Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Josh McCown and Colin Kaepernick combining for 1,531 yards and 10 TDs.

After a bad road loss to the Steelers, the Cardinals will look to bounce back at home and they will do so at the expense of the Ravens defense.

Tight End

Ladarius Green, Chargers ($6,700)

Air Coryell is back! Well, at least the Philip Rivers version of it is. The Chargers have been throwing the ball more than anyone else in the league and that has led to some considerable fantasy stats for their offensive weapons.

Antonio Gates returned from a four-game suspension two weeks ago, and he hasn’t skipped a beat, hauling in 18 receptions for 187 yards and two scores. But that hasn’t affected fellow tight end (TE) Ladarius Green, who filled in during the future Hall of Famer’s absence. In the two games Gates has been back, Green has still managed to put up solid numbers, totaling 22.5 fantasy points.

As of Friday, Gates had yet to practice this week, missing all three days with a sprained MCL. He’s still listed as questionable, and while his playing status has never really been in doubt, there’s a chance Gates may not play on Sunday.

If Gates doesn’t play, Green easily becomes a top-10 option, but if Gates is a go, I still like him as an excellent punt play. The Raiders are allowing the most points to tight ends and will have to deal with a loud crowd at Qualcomm Stadium.

Defense/Special Teams

St. Louis Rams ($4,800)

As arguably one of the best defensive units in football, the Rams $4,800 salary is something you need to take advantage of this week.

A home game vs. the 2-4 Browns presents a juicy matchup for a defense (D/ST) that has scored under nine fantasy points just once this season. With the Browns’ porous defense likely giving the Rams a decent lead, QB Josh McCown and Co. will be on their heels all day long. A defensive front that includes Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald and Nick Fairley will be licking their chops against a Cleveland O-line that is allowing the fourth-most sacks per game in the NFL.

Seth Klein

Seth is a DFS writer at FantasyDraft, as well as a writer for TheFantasyFix and Razzball. You can find his player rankings at FantasyPros. Though he was born and raised in Los Angeles, Seth is a lifelong New York sports fan. Seth has no more access to the site than the typical user. Follow him on Twitter at @SethDaSportsMan.

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2 Responses

  1. Al says:

    Rams defense???? You’re crazy man!

  2. Seth Klein says:

    Institutionalized.

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