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Chase Edmonds Activation and other Week 7 Waiver Targets

Chase Edmonds has long been touted by his own team as a player who would be able to fill David Johnson’s shoes if need be. Though still largely unproven, he has at least worked his way to a place where the Cardinals are comfortable running him out in a bell-cow sized role while allowing Johnson to heal up.

While Delanie Walker deals with an ankle injury, Tennessee will be in need of someone to fill his shoes. With recent changes at quarterback, all of the team’s pass catchers receive fresh starts. In Week 8, Jonnu Smith and the Titans face a Tampa Bay team that has allowed five tight ends to score double-digit PPR fantasy points.

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Week 7 Lessons Learned: The NFC North Houses Two Contenders

Kirk Cousins has thrown 10 touchdowns in the last 12 quarters of football, and that’s with Dalvin Cook still seeing top-three running back usage. Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski has let Cousins off the leash, and the team’s utilization of play action has been a revelation in recent weeks.

While Aaron Rodgers uncorks some vintage ARod plays every few games no matter the state of his team, the stars might finally be aligning for one of those vintage magical seasons. It took some time for Rodgers and Matt LaFleur to get on the same page, but the Packers are now on a first round bye trajectory.

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Tomorrow’s Newspaper: Luke Willson and Waiver Wire Prescience for Week 7

Heading into a 2020 draft loaded with potential franchise quarterbacks to choose from, it makes no sense for Cincinnati to roll with Andy Dalton all season. Those in superflex leagues should stash Ryan Finley now in advance of Dalton’s inevitable benching.

Those who need a Week 7 plug-and-play with potential long-term viability can do worse than a tight end who is tethered to, and familiar with, Russell Wilson. The season-ending injury to Will Dissly will give Luke Willson, a perennial Late Round Tight End candidate, the chance to finally break out in his age-29 season.

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Wide Receiver vs. Cornerback Matchups to Target: Week 7

Boasting a 16.3-percent (No. 18 among qualified wide receivers) Hog Rate, D.J. Chark has become one of the most valuable WRs in fantasy and the focal point of the Jaguars aerial attack. Chark has continuously exploited every matchup he’s had in his last six games and the trend looks to continue in week seven against B.W. Webb.

Keenan Allen’s ability as a reliable pass catcher has propelled him to an 18.1 (No. 8) Fantasy Points Per Game average breaking down to 0.58 (No. 10) Fantasy Points Per Pass Route. Allen’s game lines up well with Ryan’s discrepancies in short area proxemics. A top-three fantasy week is imminent.

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The Long Gain: Bargain Running Backs to Target in Week 7

Tevin Coleman is going up against a 1-5 Washington team whose defense is allowing +2.85 (No. 7) fantasy points above the mean to opposing running backs this year. Fantasy gamers strive to find high volume running backs on elite teams. Those who like to build lineups with a well thought out process and sound reasoning can’t possibly avoid him.

While Frank Gore still looms, Devin Singletary’s 30-percent Breakaway Run Rate and favorable matchup against Miami makes him an easy buy low candidate with tremendous upside in Week 7. The Bills should look to take an early lead at home against the Dolphins before riding their running backs to victory.

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DraftKings Value Plays and GPP Targets for Week 7

The Giants recently allowed Tom Brady and Kirk Cousins to eclipse the 300-yard passing mark. Playing in a game with a point total sitting at 50.5, Kyler Murray provides a strong value in cash games and enough upside to warrant GPP consideration in Week 7.

Standing 6-5, 208-pounds, Jake Kumerow dwarfs the 6-0 Gareon Conley, who mans the outside for Oakland. At $3,600, Kumerow provides leverage off Allen Lazard and allows gamers to jam multiple studs into their lineups.

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Cheap DFS Lineup Makers for Week 7

Allen 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.

With Alvin Kamara already ruled out for Week 7, Latavius 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. With Akiem Hicks out with a knee sprain, this is a plus matchup for the Saints.

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Leonard Fournette and the Lock Button Plays for Week 7

The Bengals have given up the second most receiving yards to running backs, the most rushing yards and the most fantasy points per game to the position. Leonard Fournette is priced as the RB6 on DraftKings, $1,900 cheaper than Saquon Barkley, and the RB3 on FanDuel. Lock him in as the best play of the week.

Cooper Kupp, who has scored a touchdown in three of the last four games, is top-three in Target Share, receptions and red zone receptions. He leads in yards after the catch and is No. 3 in fantasy points per game. Kupp is priced as the WR5 on the main slate on both FanDuel and DraftKings and is a good bet to finish as the overall WR1.

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Leveraging the NFL’s most volatile players for fantasy football upside in Week 7

After struggling through castaway Trevor Siemian and third-string rookie Luke Falk at quarterback when Sam Darnold succumbed to mononucleosis, Le’Veon Bell offers big bounce-back, buy-low potential. He currently sits outside the top-15 in PPR formats, has failed to reach 20-plus fantasy points in a game since Week 2 and scored his first rushing TD in Week 6.

No quarterback who played more than 10 games last season showed a higher degree of Weekly Volatility than Mitchell Trubisky. He next faces a capable Saints defense and he’s set up for another failure, but better matchups loom on the horizon and he’s capable of salvaging the second half of the season with a handful of top-10 fantasy finishes.

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Stay or Go: Who to hold and who to drop for Week 7

Marquise Brown had a monster first week of the season. While he hasn’t dominated like that since then, he has still seen a 23.6-percent (No. 23 among qualified wide receivers) Target Share. He saw 16 targets in the last two games in which he was healthy, before suffering a Week 5 ankle sprain. While he hasn’t put up a ton of yardage, the opportunity and skill are still there.

There is one sin when it comes to being a wide receiver in the NFL, and that’s dropping passes. Nelson Agholor dropped a potential game-winner against the Falcons in Week 3, and has been targeted sparsely in the three games since. He has some tough matchups coming up, and the return of DeSean Jackson is looming.