Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 7. Tonight’s matchup is between the Patriots and Jets, as New England is listed as 9.5 point road favorites with an over/under of 43.5.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Tom Brady - QB - New England
Brady has failed to reach 20 fantasy points only one time this season, and that came against a top-five Buffalo defense on September 29. He posted 20.14 fantasy points against the Jets one month ago, and that’s a realistic baseline for this primetime rematch. Needless to say, his stability makes sense in cash games and most tournament combinations. Julian Edelman (WR - NE) is listed as questionable, but he’s fully expected to play while serving as Brady’s most legitimate stacking extension.
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Sony Michel - RB - New England
James White - RB - New England
New England’s defense has been remarkable this season, which consequently makes every member of the Jets’ offense a shaky fantasy play. As a result, an onslaught of Patriots gains legitimacy in this single game format. You could realistically play Brady, Michel, White, and a New England bargain (more on that later) in the same cash lineup. This game sets up perfectly from a game flow perspective for Michel, who can hopefully find the end-zone with 20-25 touches. The absence of Rex Burkhead (ruled out) helps both running backs, especially the role of James White as a receiver. White has a much cheaper price point than Michel despite finding himself with a healthy double-digit workload as a stacking extension of Brady.
Gunner Olszewski - WR - New England
Jakobi Meyers - WR - New England
We’ll need to double-check the injury report as we move closer to kickoff. Josh Gordon has been ruled out while Phillip Dorsett is questionable. Julian Edelman is also questionable, but most reports suggest he’ll play. Gunner Olszewski should see snaps in place of Gordon, while Jakobi Meyers will find himself in the mix as well. Meyers stands to benefit more if Dorsett is sidelined, as the Pats bumped Edelman outside with Meyers manning the slot in that situation last game. Even if Dorsett plays, Meyers may be the better option between these two NE receivers, as he has more upside and overall chemistry with Brady.
Mike Nugent - K - New England
Both kickers remain underpriced on DraftKings, and this is the perfect time to take advantage. Nugent obviously carries a better floor/upside projection for a higher-scoring New England team, and he’s an excellent bargain lift to help make the top-dollar players fit. Nugent makes sense in cash games with all the uncertainty surrounding injury situations to receivers from both sides.
Le’Veon Bell (RB - NYJ) is the one player I’m actively targeting in cash games from the Jets. Sure, this is a terrible matchup, but his volume of 20-30 touches per week needs to be considered. Bell was pretty miserable in his last meeting with the Pats, taking 18 carries for 35 yards with four catches for 28 yards and no touchdowns. However, having Sam Darnold back at QB (Luke Falk played in that first meeting) should help.
Sam Darnold (QB - NYJ) shouldn’t be rostered in cash games at his current salary. He’s nothing more than a tournament differentiator when assembling multiple tournament entries while facing an impossible matchup against the Patriots … Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ) figures to see plenty of work underneath with the best matchup (a relative term) of the NYJ receivers. He’s a borderline cash pick who is worth pursuing in tournaments, especially on DK … Demaryius Thomas (WR - NYJ) is questionable, and he’s a realistic bargain filler on both sites while assuming he’s a full go. A likely pass-heavy approach from a trailing Jets’ offense could push some volume his way … The Pats don’t surrender the deep ball, which stifles any enthusiasm for Robby Anderson (WR - NYJ). Still, we can’t deny his big-play ability as a tournament option in large fields.
The Patriots Defense will likely be popular tonight while facing a vulnerable opponent. Even though this unit has had unprecedented fantasy success this season, we need to keep in mind that defensive scoring is highly unpredictable. The salary has risen as well, leaving me to consider the Pats D only in tournament formats.
Some people may be intrigued by Brandon Bolden (RB - NE), who has scored three touchdowns in as many weeks. However, that’s hardly bankable while only seeing 12 total touches over that span. I’ll pass on Bolden as a dirt-cheap filler through all formats, instead directing my attention to a kicker or cheap receiver (depending how injuries play out).