By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro


It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the halfway point of this season, and yesterday began the long grind of NBA DFS! Welcome to week 7, or “bye-mageddon” as it’s being unaffectionately called by the masses on twitter. In DFS we don’t have to worry about that, but there are still a whole mess of injuries hanging in the balance to wade through. Join me tonight at 10:35 EST with the Football Diehards on SiriusXM Fantasy to talk DFS, and follow me on twitter @jac3600





Jalen Hurts, PHI ($6900)

If you have the funds to spend all the way up for Mahomes (or even Lamar Jackson), I won’t fight you at all. However, we have Derrick Henry back on the main slate, and the top three WRs are all in absolute smash spots this week, so you’ll want to allocate as much funds as possible to getting those guys into your cash. It’s possible you won’t even fit Hurts, but he’s proven to be an excellent cash option week in and week out, and his sub-7k price tag is really not indicative of his play (he’s QB5 on the season). Even though Hurts is wildly inefficient at time, his running game more than makes up for it. Only Lamar Jackson has rushed for more yards among QBs, and Hurts is tied for the QB rushing TD lead with five. He also gets Lane Johnson back this week, which is a big boost to his offensive line.

Other options - Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Matthew Stafford

Mid-tier options - Derek Carr





Matt Ryan, ATL ($5700)

Ryan has been WAY more consistent lately, and getting Calvin Ridley being back should only help his floor. Miami came into this season with a solid defense on paper, but missing both Xavien Howard and Byron Jones has really opened up the secondary and they’ve allowed the third highest YPA over the past three weeks. Atlanta’s offensive line play has improved, and Ryan legit has three solid weapons in Ridley, Pitts, and Patterson.

Other options - Tua Tagovailoa, Taylor Heinecke










Derrick Henry, TEN ($9200)

What else is there to say? Over the past five weeks Henry has averaged 32 touches per game and scored an incredible 10 touchdowns already. The one potential drawback here is that Tennessee falls behind to the Chiefs early and forces them to pass more, but we had that same argument with the Bills game last week, and the Titans won by continuing to feed Henry who ran for an impressive 7.2 YPC. The Chiefs have allowed the 12th most FPPG to RBs, so Henry still very much has room for value at his price tag.

Other options - Aaron Jones

Mid-tier options - Leonard Fournette, Chuba Hubbard, D’Andre Swift, Darrell Henderson (best value)





Darrell Henderson, LAR ($6600)

For the second straight week, I’m going back to Henderson as a cash lock on this slate. He still continues to operate as the complete bellcow in the Rams’ rushing attack, playing 42 more snaps than Sony Michel in week 5 and logging 14 more touches. The Lions have allowed 5.5 YPC and the most FPPG to opposing RBs, and the game script (LAR -14.5) suits the ground game perfectly.

Other options - Darrel Williams, Khalil Herbert, Miles Sanders, Jaret Patterson/JD McKissic (if Gibson sits)











Davante Adams, GB/Tyreek Hill, KC ($8900/$8600)

I refuse to pick one outright, as both are in massive smash spots this week. Their two opponents (the Titans and WFT) have allowed the most and second most FPPG to opposing WRs and the highest and second highest YPT as well. With each player’s skill set and talent, I would make sure to at the very least lock in one of these guys to your cash builds. If I’m forced to pick, I’d probably lean Adams at this time given his target share is simply higher, and Tyreek is still playing hurt (he only played on 47 of 82 snaps last week, even though he still got 12 targets).

Oh, by the way, Cooper Kupp is in an amazing spot this week too………

Other options - Cooper Kupp, DJ Moore

Mid-tier options - Calvin Ridley (far too cheap at $6600), Robert Woods, AJ Brown, JaMarr Chase, Brandin Cooks, Chris Godwin (if A.Brown sits)





Rashod Bateman, BAL ($3400)

How do we fit all these studs we’ve discussed so far? It’s not easy, but Rashod Bateman helps. His price has only risen $400 from the minimum 3k it was last week, and Bateman is coming off a game where he received six targets (more than Marquise Brown) and Sammy Watkins is set to miss another game. We have no floor data on Bateman to go by yet, but that kind of usage at $3400 is more than enough in order to fit these high-priced guys in.

Other options - Sterling Shepard, Jaylen Waddle, Jakobi Meyers, Tee Higgins, Hunter Renfrow, Darnell Mooney, Mecole Hardman











Travis Kelce, KC ($7600)

The way Mark Andrews and Darren Waller are playing, we actually have a discussion at this position for who to rank #1, but if I’m paying up it’s still going to be for Kelce. The Titans have actually done well against TEs (third fewest FPPG allowed), but Kelce makes up for any matchup concerns with skillset and volume (he’s received double digit targets in three of his last four games) and he’s still not fully priced to where he was at the beginning of the season.

Other options - Darren Waller, Mark Andrews

Mid-tier options - Kyle Pitts





Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS ($3700)

It’s the third straight appearance in this series for RSJ, even though his price continues to rise and is now approaching 4k. Given his usage over the past two weeks (nine catches, 15 targets, 93% snap share, 1 TD, 3 EZ targets), there’s little risk in going back to the well one more time if it helps you fit in the top RBs and WRs we explored above. GB is slightly below average against the position, allowing the 14th most FPPG to TEs.

Other options - Mike Gesicki, Dallas Goedert, Zack Ertz, Cole Kmet






Arizona Cardinals ($3100)
New York Giants ($2500)
New England Patriots ($3400)
New York Jets ($2400)
Atlanta Falcons ($2700)