While you have to take some risks to win big tournaments, you’re not going to make any money if a player that you spend big bucks on is a complete flop. These are the players that could destroy DFS lineups if they struggle in Week 7.
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Top 5 Potential Land Mines in Week 7
RB Doug Martin
Tampa Bay @ Washington
This is only a land mine on FanDuel, because Martin is relatively cheap on DraftKings and should do just fine. Yet if you’re expecting a repeat of his monster 3-TD performance against the Jaguars two weeks ago, you’ll probably be disappointed in him as a tournament play. Despite getting touched up by two of the NFL’s best runner this year (Chris Ivory and Devonta Freeman), the Redskins are playing solid run defense, and are at home against a rookie quarterback that could make some mistakes. That could lead to negative game flow for the Bucs, and more touches for backup RB and preferred passing-down option Charles Sims.
TE Gary Barnidge
Cleveland @ St. Louis
The madness has to stop somewhere. Barnidge is catching TDs at an unsustainable rate, and could finally break his streak against a Rams defense that has been historically solid against the TE position. He’s only $100 cheaper than Antonio Gates on DK and $100 more expensive for some reason on FanDuel, so it makes sense to go with a much safer option in that price range. Remember Barnidge is 30 years old and operating on an offense with few other weapons, look for Jeff Fisher and the Rams talented defense to try and take him away from Josh McCown.
QB Tom Brady
New England vs. New York Jets
I can’t pay all the way up for Brady in this kind of tough matchup. The Jets have personnel gave him much more trouble than any Rex Ryan Mojo in past seasons, as he posted numbers well below his season average against the Pats divisional rivals. He still has a very high floor as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but there are cheaper options at the position that can meet or exceed his production in Week 7.
WR Julio Jones
Atlanta @ Tennessee
While I truly hope he gets over the hamstring injury that bothered him in Weeks 3 and 4, Julio may draw too much coverage from the Titans solid secondary to be worth risking in cash games. You have to fade one of the highest priced receivers, and the way DeAndre Hopkins is playing, it’s tough to fade him. The Titans are giving up the fewest passing YPG (184) in the NFL this year, and are at home in a bounce back spot against an offense that has been struggling.
RB DeMarco Murray
Philadelphia @ Carolina (Sunday Night)
Murray did succeed during a truly ugly Monday Night Football showdown by NFC East teams, but it’s tough to trust him in this spot. The undefeated Panthers are playing great defense and recently got back All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly. Murray is splitting touches with Ryan Matthews pretty evenly and Darren Sproles is always in the mix if the opposition is stout up front. He’ll have a hard time reaching the value of this price tag on the road.