The key to cashing in DFS on FanDuel is to jam in as many of the best plays as possible while punting others. The best way to do this is by identifying “lineup makers.” With Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette all in smash spots with a high price tag, these cheap options will give the lineup flexibility necessary to jam them in. Here are some lineup makers for Week 7 based on advanced stats, metrics and player profiles.
Latavius Murray, RB: $5300
With Alvin Kamara banged up with multiple lower-body injuries, Latavius Murray had his highest Snap Share (43.5-percent) and saw the most touches (eight carries, three receptions) of his season. With Kamara already ruled out for Week 7, Murray is in for a hefty workload against the Bears.
The Saints have been opening up holes for Murray this year, evidenced by his 77.3 (No. 13 among qualified running backs) Run Blocking Efficiency rating. Judging from his 24.4 percent (No. 24) Juke Rate, Murray doesn’t have the loosest hips, but his 115.8 (97th-percentile) Speed Score allows him to explode when given the chance. Chicago is also not the top-notch defense that they were last season. With Akiem Hicks out with a knee sprain, this is a plus matchup for the Saints.
Darrell Henderson, RB: $5200
Malcolm Brown‘s questionable knee and Todd Gurley‘s lower-body injuries have opened the door for rookie running back Darrell Henderson. Henderson was hyper-efficient at Memphis, averaging a robust 8.9 (99th-percentile) college yards per carry, and has respectable passing-game chops.
This Rams-Falcons matchup has the highest total on the Week 7 slate at 54.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If one or more of his RB teammates can’t suit up, Henderson should be locked into lineups in this shootout environment.
Tyler Boyd, WR: $5600
FanDuel seems to have priced Tyler Boyd as if he was going to be shadowed by Jalen Ramsey. Fortunately for Boyd and the Bengals, Ramsey now plays in Los Angeles after a blockbuster trade. With A.J. Bouye only traveling to the slot on 3.7-percent of snaps, Boyd should avoid his coverage most of the day.
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Boyd has seen double-digit targets in four games this year and ranks top-5 in targets, receptions and Hog Rate this year. Buy his cheap opportunity while you can.
Zay Jones, WR: $4500
Now in Oakland, Zay Jones seemingly takes over the alpha receiver spot with Tyrell Williams dealing with foot issues. Jones never truly impressed in Buffalo but with a 119.7 (88th-percentile) SPARQ-x score and great college production, he’s not a prospect worth writing off. His new quarterback, Derek Carr, has a 7.5 (No. 12) Accuracy Rating, which is significantly better than Josh Allen‘s 6.3 mark. A change of scenery is sometimes all a player needs to ascend.
Allen Lazard, WR: $4500
The Packers might be down their top four pass-catchers, because Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Jimmy Graham are all in serious doubt. Aaron Rodgers sang the praise of Allen Lazard after the second-year receiver hauled in a score to put Green Bay back in the game in Week 6.
Lazard is sneaky athletic at 6-3, 225-pounds with a 107.9 (88th-percentile) Speed Score. Undrafted receivers can be DFS diamonds in the rough when given opportunity. Especially when priced at the stone-minimum in premium matchups while being tethered to Hall of Fame quarterback.
Robert Foster, WR: $4500
Robert Foster is back. With John Brown popping up late on the injury report with a bad groin, it may finally be time for the Bills to turn to their undrafted field-stretcher. Foster was a stud down the stretch in 2018, posting double-digit fantasy points in five of the final seven games. He’ll be due for a big game against the tanking Dolphins, who rank 25th in fantasy points allowed to receivers in FanDuel scoring.
Hunter Henry, TE: $5700
The Chargers said Hunter Henry would be limited before letting him run 32 routes on nearly 70-percent of the snaps on Sunday night. He racked up 100 yards and two scores on eight catches, flashing his massive ceiling after FanDuel set his low price. Henry will be the chalk at tight end against a Titans defense ceding the fourth-most fantasy points above the mean to tight ends.