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Did we make $1,000,000 in Week 6? No. But we did supply a profitable lineup that slid inside the top 22% of DraftKings’ lineups, so let’s take our wins where we can get them.
Let’s keep the money flowing in Week 7 with this week’s Millimaker lineup!
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Howell is simply too much bang for your buck, allowing us to pay up elsewhere in the lineup. The Giants are a middling matchup, and New York’s offense will likely struggle against Washington’s fearsome defensive front. That could provide Howell with a great field position he hasn’t always had due to the Commanders’ suspect secondary.
Howell was mentioned in the DFS Stacks article as well as the DFS Values article, where I dove deeper into his case.
Austin Ekeler struggled in his first game back from his ankle injury against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. Big whoop. Here’s a perfect bounce-back performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in what will likely be a high-scoring affair.
Ekeler’s receiving chops are well-documented for a reason, and the absence of a reliable receiver since Mike Williams’ torn ACL — outside of Keenan Allen — can mean some high usage for Ekeler. The 28-year-old running back saw 20 touches last week and while the efficiency wasn’t there, the usage was, despite it being his first game back from injury.
Only Davante Adams and Derrick Henry have had more all-purpose touchdowns than Ekeler since 2020, which is a perfect example of how the Chargers’ running back can reach a sky-high ceiling with his workload and receiving usage. The Chiefs could storm out to a lead early in this game, forcing a lot of quick throws to Ekeler that will result in amazing PPR performances using DraftKings’ scoring.
Jerome Ford has a solid matchup against the Colts, who just lost one of their best run-defenders in Grover Stewart. The return of Deshaun Watson should, in theory, help the Browns stay on the field but not dominate reps due to his struggling shoulder.
Ford was the RB of choice in the DFS Sleepers article linked above.
Cooper Kupp made us some money last week, but now it’s time to go back to ol’ reliable in the rookie phenom.
Fade the noise about Puka Nacua’s down week against the Cardinals. The Rams were able to run the ball as they pleased last week on the back of Kyren Williams, who rumbled for 20 carries and 158 yards. Matthew Stafford, who was among the league leaders in passing attempts, threw a season-low 24 times.
Even then, Nacua came a drop away from a stable day for fantasy when he dropped a touchdown. That’s obviously not ideal, but it's also perfectly easy to chalk up to an outlier. With Williams now out with an injury, as well as backup Ronnie Rivers, expect the Rams to once more lean on their passing attack.
That means Nacua will be worth every dime, just as he was prior to Week 6, against a Steelers defense that allows the fourth-most FPPG to wide receivers.
This is the breakout week for Jaxon Smith-Njigba. His route participation and snaps have steadily risen over the last few weeks, culminating in season highs last week against Cincinnati.
I made the case in depth for the rookie first-round pick in the DFS Sleepers article linked above.
Let’s go to the other side of the ball now with another rookie. Michael Wilson has been an impressive downfield threat for the Cardinals. It hasn’t resulted in stable fantasy production, but the Seahawks allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers. That tends to grease the wheels a bit.
Wilson was mentioned in depth in the DFS Values article linked above.
The Ravens' tight end has not flashed the dominant ceiling many expect of him. But in an ever-ugly tight end landscape, he is still a very clear tier above everyone not named Travis Kelce or possibly Sam LaPorta.
Andrews gets a nice matchup in a potential shootout with Detroit and doesn’t break the bank with a $5,700 price tag. That’s the same price for his teammate Zay Flowers, and Andrews averages more PPG in a thinner position.
The Lions are one of six teams to allow over 350 receiving yards to tight ends this season. Expect Andrews to deliver a strong fantasy production.
Now here’s the play that could literally make or break this entire lineup. If Aaron Jones sits out another week, then a lot of these names could change. But if he plays, he’ll be a main fixture in my lineup in the best matchup for fantasy running backs.
It’s not a coincidence that the Packers’ best offensive day came in Week 1 with Jones on the field, who scored two touchdowns against the Bears. His ability in the receiving game is tremendous — he’s seen six targets on 48 offensive snaps while not playing at full strength — and has long shown big-play potential.
The Broncos defense is a well-recognized mess, and no other Packers’ running back has been able to step up. Assuming Jones is back at full strength, he’s a must-play in this amazing matchup.
If Jones sits, this is likely where any extra budget could go. This Atlanta defense has the talent to be fantasy-relevant despite its occasional struggles, but the offense needs to hold its own on the other side of the ball.
Baker Mayfield has reportedly shaken off his injured hand from last week, but he has dramatically cooled off after his hot start. He’s thrown an interception in each of his last three games.
I dove deeper into Atlanta’s DST in the DFS Sleeper article.
Michael Sicoli has been writing about fantasy football and betting within the NFL space since 2020. He works as a writer and content creator with ClubFantasyFFL and runs an NFL defensive (IDP) newsletter with The IDP Guys. A graduate from Quinnipiac University, Michael is a long-time NFL fan with a love for soccer and the NBA.More info on Michael Sicoli
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