If the Week 7 perfect DraftKings lineup reminds us of anything, it's that losers can make you a winner in NFL DFS. Four players from losing teams made the lineup this week, and while that isn't necessarily out of the ordinary, it's the types of players that stand out. A QB-pass catcher stack, which included one of two losing TEs, and a possession WR. Maybe it was just a random week, but this should remind of you how important game-stacking is as a daily fantasy football strategy, both in GPP tournaments and cash games. Remember that for Week 8.
The best game stack this week, at least for those seeking perfection, was from the Patriots-Bears, which featured three players (Mitchell Trubisky, Trey Burton, and James White). That kind of group makes sense, as you have an RB from the team expected to win and a QB-receiver from a team expected to be playing catch-up. These opportunities present themselves every week -- you just have to find the right ones that fit into your DFS budget.
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NFL DFS: DraftKings Perfect Lineup for Week 7
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Bears
Trubisky continues to put up good numbers, and given that his DFS price tag hasn't caught up with his production quite yet, fantasy owners can take advantage. While he was certainly far from perfect, throwing two picks (on great defensive plays), he used his legs (81 rushing yards, TD) to help pad his stats. He's had at least three TDs in three straight games, posting 12 total in that span, but the number to note is that he's had 181 rushing yards -- at least 47 in every game -- during that time frame, as well. That really raises Trubisky's floor, making him a safe play in cash games. Obviously, if he gets into a shootout or has a favorable matchup, he's a great play in GPPs, too.
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts
Unless this is your first year playing fantasy, Mack should jump out as a classic "It's a trap!" running back. Two straight weeks of good performances? Yeah, we're not going to bet on a third, even with the Raiders on deck in Week 8. Oh, sure, everything looks on the up and up -- lead back, good receiver, solid offense -- but Mack is one of those guys who seems destined to let you down as soon as you start really trusting him, be it because of injury or something else. Hopefully you took advantage of his emergence last week, as we saw signs of a breakout in Week 6. With a favorable matchup against the Bills and a positive game script prediction, Mack made for a solid GPP play -- just don't make it a habit.
James White, RB, Patriots
Does it get much more reliable than White, at least from a PPR perspective? Sure, he doesn't have the ceiling of Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon, but White just gets it done every week. He's scored in five of seven games this year, notching multiple TDs twice. He's also had at least seven catches four times. Certainly White is more of a cash play in full-point PPR formats, but his affordable price tag and ho-hum ownership numbers give him plenty of upside in tournaments, too. It's also worth noting that the stout Bears defense has now had trouble with RBs two weeks in a row, so perhaps there are some contrarian RB plays to take advantage of against them.
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John Brown, WR, Ravens
It's nice when an "obvious" pick works out, right? Brown was on everyone's radar going into last week's matchup against the Saints, and he paid it off in a big way with seven catches, 134 yards, and a score. He nearly scored another touchdown but was tackled at the two after a 56-yard catch. It's clear Brown is the Ravens top wide receiver, and top wideouts -- really, all wideouts -- have a good chance to burn the Saints. While Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead disappointed as GPP plays last week, don't let that discourage you from taking shots with secondary WRs against New Orleans.
Danny Amendola, WR, Dolphins
Picking up the slack for Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills, both of whom were limited by injuries on Sunday, Amendola hauled in six of seven targets for 84 yards and a score against the Lions. Typically, we target RBs against Detroit (and indeed, Kenyan Drake also paid off), but if the Lions can get out to a double-digit second-half lead, their defense is leaky enough to allow plenty of points to WRs, too. Amendola is always an intriguing PPR option if he's a top target, but given Miami's unstable QB situation, this feels more like a game-flow fluke that anything solid that DFS owners can continue to exploit.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings
The "Todd Gurley of WRs" strikes again. At this point, cash lineups almost feel like they need to have Thielen in them, and as his price rises, he actually becomes more attractive in GPPs as a quasi-contrarian play. If you're playing in prime-time/all-day contests in Week 8, you'd be taking a major chance not paying up for Thielen against the Saints.
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Trey Burton, TE, Bears
Burton had looked like a typical "TD-or-bust" TE early in the year, but he finally did in Week 7 what so many expected him to do more often this year -- be "Travis Kelce lite". Burton racked up nine catches, 126 yards, and a score against the Pats, picking up the slack for a limited Allen Robinson (groin). If Robinson is going to continue to be hampered by injuries, Burton becomes the de facto No. 1 receiver, and that role will continue help him pay off. Playing the Pats should continue to help most TEs pay off, too, as New England hasn't fared particularly well against them, at least when it plays good ones. Eric Ebron, Travis Kelce, and Burton have lit them up, while New England has shut down the TEs of teams that rarely feature the position (Houston, Detroit, Miami). However, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Erik Swoope scored against the Pats, too, so that tips the scales toward "favorable matchup" for TEs against them.
Zach Ertz, FLEX, Eagles
Carolina is another defense that has had all sorts of trouble with TEs this year, and sure enough in Week 7, they allowed both Eagles TEs to have big games. Ertz didn't score like Dallas Goedert, but he did catch nine of 11 targets for 138 yards. Very few DFS owners are willing to go with two TEs in their lineups, but if one of your picks is Travis Kelce or Ertz (and maybe Gronk in the right matchup), you can pull it off.
Even on the road, you had to like the Rams in a matchup against the 49ers. While seven sacks, four takeaways, a punt block, and a safety would've been a bit much to predict, the fact is this defense is always capable of a huge game, and the 49ers offense is always capable of giving up a huge game.
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