Brian Hoyer @ Green Bay Packers
After taking over for an injured Jay Cutler, Hoyer has ignited a dead Bears offense. He has a streak of four consecutive games of 300 or more yards currently going, while throwing for six TDs over that span. With a Week 7 matchup against the struggling Green Bay Packers defense, that streak has a good chance of continuing.
Odds are that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense will get back on track against this Bears defense, meaning that Hoyer will be playing from behind. And with Alshon Jeffrey, Cameron Meredith, and Zach Miller all starting to play at a high level, he has the weapons to go score for score in this one. The only thing that worries me about this contest is that it is being played on a Thursday night, which has generally been a wasteland for Fantasy production. I suspect that Hoyer will start slow but pick up steam as game-flow begins to change. He should finish with another 300-yard performance and two TDs in this one and is definitely worth a spot start if you need a bye week filler.
Jerick McKinnon @ Philadelphia Eagles
Since the injury to Adrian Peterson, McKinnon has shouldered the load for the Vikings rushing attack. His carry total has increased in each of the past three games, putting to rest the rumor that this was going to be a 50/50 split with Matt Asiata. Outside of his 85-yard, one TD game against the Giants, he has been held in check. That could change this week as the Vikings go on the road to Philly. The Eagles’ defense has been struggling over the last couple of games, as they have allowed big games to the likes of Matt Jones and Theo Riddick. With the Vikings’ defense playing at a high level, McKinnon should have the opportunity to run with the lead. I see this being the week that he finally flashes his speed and breaks off a long run. McKinnon will finally eclipse the 100-yard mark while also adding in a score. He will be a great Flex option for Week 7, and a low owned back in DFS.
Pierre Garcon @ Detroit Lions
Garcon has been quietly flying under the radar the last few weeks in the Redskins passing attack, as he has had five or more receptions in all but two games this season. Coming off an 11 target game, Garcon will be quite the sneaky play against the Lions defense this week. The Skins could be playing from behind for most of the game, and Garcon will likely be matched up opposite Darius Slay for most of the game, leaving him with the easier CB matchup. He will again play the possession receiver role in this one, which will be good for PPR output as he piles up the catches. Look for Garcon to finish with seven catches for around 90 yards and a score. That’s good enough for WR3 consideration, and also a cheap DFS option.
Julius Thomas vs. Oakland Raiders
Talk about a guy who has been an utter disappointment to Fantasy owners this season. He has just 13 catches on the season, and a high yardage total of 71 yards that came in Week 2. So why point him out as a sneaky play in Week 7? That’s simple, because he will be playing against a Raiders defense that allows plenty of points to the TE. Not to mention that the way the Jaguars offense has looked lately, the Raiders will possibly be up big in this one. That means plenty of garbage time Bortles, which could be a few extra targets for Thomas. As the Jaguars try to make their usual second half comeback, Thomas will take advantage. I can see Thomas finishing with a six catch, 80-yard performance with a TD. He should finally live up to the TE1 billing coming into the season in this one. Thomas will be a player that not many will be looking at in DFS in Week 7.
Greg Zuerlein vs. New York Giants
Don’t look now, but this Rams offense has been becoming more and more consistent in recent weeks, all while Todd Gurley has been held in check. Case Keenum has been moving this team up and down the field with the passing game, leading to plenty of scoring opportunities. This week the Rams will be facing a Giants team that has allowed the most points to the kicker position so far, which is good news for Zuerlein. If you are in need of a kicker for Week 7, look to Greg “The Leg” to fill that need for you.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers
This will be my against the grain sneaky play for Week 7. Call it a gut feeling, but I have a sense that the Bucs defense shows up to play in this one. Coming off a bye week, and facing an offense that is in transition with Colin Kaepernick now the starter, I see this one being a low scoring affair. The Bucs could find themselves causing a few turnovers with one resulting in a score. This is definitely a dart throw of a play, but one that not many people will be playing in either season long or DFS.