Week 7 NFL DFS Fades

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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.

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Players I’m fading for Week 7 include:

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore

Burrow is typically a pretty safe, reasonably priced option with Ja’Marr Chase-connection upside, but this weekend, I’m steering clear. On the road in Baltimore, this could be a really low-scoring affair, for the Bengals at least. The Ravens rank fifth in time of possession this season, which limits opponents’ drive opportunities. Plus the Ravens have at least two sacks in each of their last four games and are allowing only 11 points per game in that span (seventh-fewest points per game overall).

Jalen Hurts, Phildelphia Eagles at Las Vegas

For the sake of my season-long fantasy rosters, I hope I’m wrong about Hurts this week. I actually think he and Derek Carr both make for interesting tournament plays, but for my safe cash game lineups I’m gravitating toward the big three of Murray, Mahomes or Rodgers. The Raiders have been tough to nail down on either side of the ball. They’re coming off a five-sack, three-interception game against Denver, but it was also the first time all season they allowed 300 passing yards. They held the Steelers to 39 rushing yards, but gave up 133 rushing yards to Miami. Hurts himself has been inconsistent…I mean that in how he gets his fantasy points, with only 115 passing yards last week and only eight total touchdowns (with four interceptions in the last four games). I know the bottom line always comes out fine, but it’s a sweat I don’t want in my main lineups this week.

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team at Green Bay

He’s still listed as questionable, which complicates the fade, but Curtis Samuel and Cam Sims are already ruled out, so I’m leaning toward thinking he plays. Green Bay isn’t a bad matchup for running backs, but it is a tough place to play, especially from behind, which is what everyone thinks is going to happen here. I’m finding it also hard to trust Taylor Heinicke and Terry McLaurin in addition to Gibson. The only WFT member I’m okay with is Ricky Seals-Jones.

Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, LA Rams vs. Detroit

I’m well documented the past-two weeks being heavily in on Darrell Henderson and the Rams D/ST. Even though they are huge favorites at home, and it’s a revenge game for Matthew Stafford, I don’t think this star pass-game trio is going to have to do very much to secure the victory, I think they’ll let Henderson take advantage of Detroit’s league-worst run defense and the defense will do the rest. I love Kupp and Woods is useable in the games where there’s a back and forth scoring shootout, but I can’t justify the expense this weekend with guys like Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore in great spots.

Hunter Henry, New England Patriots vs. NY Jets

Aside from the Patriots’ defense, this game is pretty much a total fade for me. It’s one of the lowest scoring bouts on the Sunday schedule, so although Henry has a receiving touchdown in each of the last two weeks, I’m calling an end to the streak. Mac Jones has also been feeding Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne on what is a pretty anemic passing diet. The Jets are a team you can run on, and I think the Patriots will be relying a lot on their defense and run game to pull out the W vs. New York.

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Players I like, but who are expected to have high ownership in Week 7 include: Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Darrell Henderson, Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, LA Rams D/ST, Cardinals D/ST. You might consider deviating away from this player pool and pivoting in large GPPs if you’re after a more unique lineup.