DraftKings NFL 2020 Week 7 Picks: Sunday Main Slate
All your weekly fantasy needs in one piece. These are our predictions for Schemers and Streamers for week 7 of the NFL Season.
Justin Herbert (v JAX)
Herbert is averaging almost 300 yards and a little over 2 touchdowns per game. Since becoming the starter he ranks top 10 in points per game at the quarterback position. Jacksonville basically gives up Herbert’s average and I like Herbert in this favorable match-up.
Joe Burrow (v CLE)
Burrow’s schedule lightens up a bit as we move forward, starting this week against a Cleveland defense that gives up 272 passing yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game. When Burrow faces off in favorable match-ups he’s been very good putting up over 20 points in those games.
Justin Jackson (v JAX)
The only reason Kelley saw so many touches early in the season is because Jackson got hurt in week 1. Jackson is clearly the better running back and has been way more productive with his touches. Jackson out-touched Kelley last week 20 to 12 and this will be an every week thing moving forward until Ekeler comes back. Jacksonville one of the worst defenses against the run this year and I like Jackson to shine!
Jerick McKinnon (@NE)
Not a great match-up but we already know the volume he will get this week with Mostert out. He had 38 touches as the lead back in two weeks for the 49ers. He will easily see 15-20 touches against a Patriots defense who just yielded a 100 yard rushing day against Phillip Lindsay.
Chase Claypool (@ TEN)
Even with Diontae Johnson back I feel it won’t effect Claypool. When Big Ben finds someone he can trust and builds that relationship with them they get fed the ball. Claypool won’t come off the field as much as most thing and Tennessee is a favorable match-up for Steelers receivers this week.
Keelan Cole (@ LAC)
Cole has been sneaky productive with his targets this year. Just 2 games this year he failed to score more than 10 fantasy points (PPR). In PPR format he has double digit points in 4 of the last 6 games. In a neutral match-up I can see Cole being good for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Logan Thomas (v DAL)
After scoring a touchdown last week, Thomas is back on my list. He is still running a lot of routes and seeing some good volume. Really good match-up this week, hopefully Thomas can take advantage.
Rob Gronkowski (@LV)
Averaging 7 targets a game over the last 2, it seems like after O.J. Howard’s injury Gronk has stepped into a larger role. Already a great relationship with Brady but at the same time he looks as if he has lost a step. Still a TE seeing 7 or more targets a game in a very favorable match-up can be a very good streaming option. Raiders aren’t the best against the TE position, look for Gronk to take advantage of his volume this week.
CHARGERS DST v Jacksonville
FOOTBALL TEAM DST v Dallas
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Eric DeCosta’s ingenuity strikes again. He just traded for Yannick Ngakoue from the Minnesota Vikings. The Ravens are giving a 2021 3rd round pick, and a 2022 conditional 5th round pick, in exchange for the 25-year-old outside linebacker.
Ngakoue will be another big name piece on the Ravens defense. Ngakoue is joining Marcus Peters, Marlon Humphrey, Campbell, Patrick Queen, Matt Judon, and Chuck Clark to form an elite defense. He is joining a defense, which has given up the fewest points per game. This season the Ravens have given up 17.3 points per game, more than a point better than the second-place Arizona Cardinals.
Yannick Ngakoue will be joining his former Jacksonville teammate, Calais Campbell. Ngakoue has five sacks through six games in 2020. He is in his fifth season in the NFL, and in each of his four previous seasons, he recorded 8+ sacks. Nkagoue will be used in a rotation with Matt Judon, Tyus Bowser, Jihad Ward, Pernell McPhee, and Jaylon Ferguson.
Ngakoue will be a free agent after this season, along with four of the other five Ravens outside linebackers.
Here is my thoughts on the Ravens vs Eagles game from week 6. We analyze all the star players and their performances.
A Tale of Two Halves
The Ravens Eagles game was a tale of two halves. The Ravens shutout the Eagles until midway through the third quarter. The Eagles gained 75% of their yardage in the second half. In the Eagles first six drives, the Eagles went three and out five times, lost a fumble, and totaled -7 yards.
In the second half, the Eagles scored all 28 of their points, and they knocked off multiple big plays, including a 74 yard run by Miles Sanders. The Eagles struggled throughout the game on third down. The Eagles went three of twelve on third down.
Lamar Jackson had a great day running the football. Jackson had nine carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. Jackson had a 27 yards touchdown run right up the middle of the field. Jackson’s best runs this year have been up the middle. (To hear why-check out this episode of Sports with Yosef. At 6:20 Keith Mills, who covers sports for WBAL TV and radio breaks down why the edge has been sealed. https://anchor.fm/sports-with-yosef/episodes/Keith-Mills-Interview-el4nsf) The game was Jackson’s seventh career 100-yard game, in only his 27th career game. Jackson has the second-most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in NFL history. He trails Michael Vick who had ten 100 yard rushing performances in 143 games.
Calais Campbell had an incredible game for the Ravens. He had three sacks in a dominating performance. Brandon Williams and Derek Wolfe were both inactive for the Ravens. Williams was placed on the COVID list, and Wolfe is dealing with a neck injury/concussion. Campbell’s dominant performance anchored the middle of the Ravens defensive line. Campbell recorded a season-high for quarterback hits, tackles, and of course, sacks. At four sacks, Campbell is well on his way to eclipsing his 2019 sack total of 6.5.
The Ravens played really sloppy football against the Eagles. There were 12 accepted penalties against the Ravens for 132 yards. The Ravens offense was guilty of 9 of those penalties. Seven of the penalties were on the offensive line. The Ravens defensive penalties was a roughing the passer which negated an interception, a roughing the passer which negated a third-down stand, and a pass interference call which resulted in an Eagles touchdown and an opportunity to tie the game with a two-point conversion. Some of the penalties weren’t good calls. But, the Ravens have to play disciplined football if they want to take the AFC North title.
Andrews and Brown Nonexistent First Half
Jessie Bates, the Bengals safety, commented that the Ravens mainly throw the ball to Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown. In the first half of the Eagles game, neither Andrews nor Browns had a reception. The Ravens had just six receptions in the first half and ten in the second half. Jackson and Miles Boykin continued to not be on the same page. Boykin has to start making plays, or Devin Duvernay (and possibly Dez Bryant, who the Ravens signed to their practice squad) will start taking his playing time.
The Eagles rushed four players on 29 of the thirty passing plays. Lamar Jackson had ample time and space (according to filmstudybaltimore.com) on just eight plays. Jackson was antsy in the pocket (rightfully so) and he ran into three sacks.
This is my analysis of the Ravens vs Eagles game from last week.
DraftKings NFL 2020 Week 6 Picks: Sunday Main Slate
The Philadelphia Eagles are a struggling team in the worst divisions in football this year. When times are tough, you have to take a step back and evaluate. Taking a step back and evaluating the Eagles, I found many problems layered one on top of the other. Some of these problems are fixable, some require massive change. Some problems you just gonna have to live with and hope for the best.
While watching the Eagles this year, it’s hard not to come away with one common theme. The Eagles simply lack talent. Yes there are some schematic issues and injuries have once again decimated the team, but when you break it all down guys just aren’t good enough. It’s my humble opinion that a massive influx of talent is desperately needed. So where do they need talent? Short answer, everywhere. This is where I come in. I’m going to take on the arduous task of scouring the college ranks to find players that make sense for the Eagles.
This week in college football there is a ton of talent on display. Mainly for this week I’m looking directly at Georgia vs Alabama. This game stands out to me because there are multiple players that play positions the Philadelphia Eagles really need help. Where do the Eagles need help at? I’m glad you asked! Let’s begin…
To put it simply, the Eagles have been down right irresponsible with the linebacker position. The team doesn’t value the position, ok I get it. That shouldn’t mean that they should be this negligent in their talent evaluations. The only hope for the position right now is that rookies Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley develop down the road. The starters Duke Riley and Nathan Gerry are below average players and unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. So where is the help? Here.
The 6’3 240 Dylan Moses has played inside and outside LB for Alabama. In 2018 he led the team in tackles and is dong the same this season. Moses has the athletic ability to get from point A to point B in a hurry as well as the strength to shed blocks. What might be the most impressive are the natural LB instincts the Moses has. If the term “heat seeking missile” was a player it would be Dylan Moses. There is a bit of an injury concern with Moses missing the 2019 season because of a torn ACL. Talent wise Dylan Moses is everything the Philadelphia Eagles need in the middle of the defense. Below you can see Moses attacking the line of scrimmage and quickly reacting to the run at the mesh point.
Playing for the Georgia defense is ILB Monty Rice. Rice took over the starting position in 2018 and hasn’t looked back. In 2019 Rice led his team in tackles and is currently doing the same in 2020. On tape Rice looks to have good short area quickness and coverage ability. In the run game he reads his keys and quickly diagnoses the play. A stout build at 6’1 235 and strong hands allow Rice to have success stacking and shedding blocks. Rice isn’t a freak athlete like some of the other players in his class but a solid athlete in his own right. In the clip below we see something Eagles fans haven’t seen all year. A linebacker having success in man coverage…
It feels like the Philadelphia Eagles have been looking for competent cornerback play forever. They got it right with the trade for Darius Slay. The problem is Slay can’t cover 3 receivers at a time. The rest of the Eagles CB room has been a disappointment. Nickell Roby-Coleman and Avonte Maddox were supposed to be the other two top corners, but both have under achieved for different reasons. Currently Jalen Mills is back at CB opposite Slay, but we’ve all seen that movie before and we know how it ends. Once again the position needs a overhaul. So who to keep an eye on?
Patrick Surtain II
Standing at 6’2 203, the son of former Dolphins CB Patrick Surtain Sr. has the ideal length/speed combination to have success in the NFL. Surtain has a ton of experience lining up at the outside CB position. Currently has 27 consecutive starts and is showing no sign of slowing down. On tape Surtain looks like a strong physical boundary CB. He uses the sideline as an extra defender very well as he routinely smothers receivers out of bounds. When Surtain is targeted downfield, he shows a willingness to attack the all in the air, conceding nothing to the WR in jump ball situations. I think smaller, quicker receivers would give Surtain some trouble, but against the bigger contested catch receivers Surtain should make plays like this…
Tyson Campbell & Eric Stokes
Georgia boasts a dynamic duo at the CB position this season. Both Stokes and Campbell stand around the 6’1 range weighing in at 185. At the NFL level they may have to add a bit of muscle to help with contact balance and in the run game. Both are similar players in that they both offer an excellent blend of length, speed and athleticism. At Georgia, both players are used in a variety of coverage including press and bail technique as well as man and zone concepts.
Campbell is the more naturally gifted athlete, but I believe both players have starter upside at the next level. Both certainly could earn major snaps in Philly immediately. Two clips below show Tyson Campbell flipping hips and showing his speed taking away a go route that the QB was looking for. The QB is forced to tuck the ball and run because of the sticky coverage of Campbell. Next Eric Stokes is seen being physical throughout the stem of the route, never panics on the back shoulder throw and knocks the ball away at the last minute.
All your weekly fantasy needs in one piece. These are our predictions for Schemers and Streamers for week 6 of the NFL Season.
Kirk Cousins (vs ATL)
Cousins has been pretty solid all year outside of his week 2 performance. The Falcons are the worst against opposing quarterbacks. Great match-up here for Cousins to get the ball to the likes of Thielen, Jefferson, Smith Jr. & Mattison out of the backfield.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs NYJ)
Fitz has been putting up some pretty solid stat lines over the past few weeks. Putting up over 20 points per game over the past 4 games. Averaging almost 290 yards and 2 touchdowns over the past 4 games. The Jets have given up on average over the past 3 games almost 275 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. I can see Fitz easily giving you 300/2 this week.
Gardner Minshew (vs DET)
I’ll just keep riding Minshew Mania here. Throwing for at least 300 yards and having multiple touchdowns in three of his five games this year (one game being a 3 touchdown performance but fell short of the 200 yard mark). I like Minshew to keep the train rolling against a middle of the pack Detroit secondary.
Alexander Mattison (vs ATL)
Anyone that has paid attention to the Minnesota backfield over the past year or so knows Mattison is a baller, kid can run the ball! Taking advantage of a Cook injury (If he sits) and against a pretty favorable match-up I would try and get Mattison in your lineup this week.
Ronald Jones (vs GB)
ROJO! I know Fournette might come back this week and this would be an even better play if Fournette sat out but RoJo is averaging almost 18 touches per game. Jones is averaging almost 5 yards per carry and again this kid just needs his touches. Great match-up here against a Packers run defense that has given up almost 175 yards and almost 2 touchdowns per game to opposing backfields.
Chase Edmonds (@ DAL)
Making the list last week and showing up by putting up 20.2 points (PPR)! I thought Drake would have had a better game, a coming out party if you will with the match-up last week but that didn’t happen. I like Edmonds this week in what figures to be a high scoring game (O/U at 54.5).
Adrian Peterson (@ JAX)
Averaging 18 touches per game over the past 2 games is great volume for 35 year old ageless wonder. It’s primarily his backfield in a very favorable match-up this week!
Chase Claypool (vs CLE)
Just going to ride the lightning here! I don’t think Diontae Johnson coming back will matter since in 3 WR sets Johnson, Smith-Schuster and Claypool will be on the field. After last week’s performance I think it’s safe to say Claypool has officially jumped James Washington on the depth chart. Claypool has the physical stature and metrics to get the job done. He stands 6’4” and weighs almost 240 pounds. His metrics are through the roof, running a 4.42 40 yard dash (89th percentile), 129.8 speed score (99th percentile) and a 131.9 burst score (92nd percentile). For me to see him get an opportunity (11 targets) and to produce like that, it wasn’t too surprising.
Mercole Hardman (@ BUF)
Sammy Watkins appears to be out this week and Hardman won’t come off the field much this week. In such a high scoring and explosive offense I like Hardman to see a slight spike in targets and to put up some solid numbers this week.
Jamison Crowder (@ MIA)
The only bright spot for the NYJ this year has been Crowder. Averaging 11 targets in the 3 games he’s played in, a little over 7 catches and 111.6 yards. Crowder is pretty much all the NYJ offense has and in what I would call a neutral match-up, I like Crowder to continue to see the volume he’s seen this year.
Laviska Shenault Jr. (vs DET)
Since I’m rolling with Minshew Mania again this week, I like Shenault. If Chark does play this week he is still dealing with an injury. Shenault is averaging about 6 targets per game over the last 3 games. I can see a slight spike in target for Shenault in a very favorable match-up this week.
Irv Smith Jr. (vs ATL)
Smith saw season highs in targets and snaps this past week. Seems like the Vikings are getting him more involved. Great match-up here with Atlanta giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
Eric Ebron (vs CLE)
Great match up here, Cleveland ranks in the bottom 5 against opposing tight ends. Decent volume here with Ebron, seeing on average 5 targets a game over the past three games.
DOLPHINS DST vs Jets
PANTHERS DST vs Bears
WASHINGTON DST vs Giants
These are our schemers and Streamers for week 6 of the NFL season.
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Here is my thoughts on the Ravens vs Bengals game from week 5. We analyze all the star players and their performances.
Shutting down Mixon
The Ravens have struggled defensively to stop opposing running backs in the passing game. In all but the Texans game, the Ravens had given up over 100 yards a game to opposing running backs. This wasn’t the case against the Bengals. The Ravens held Joe Mixon to 35 receiving yards, 32 of which came in garbage time in the fourth quarter. On the ground, Mixon put up 59 yards on 24 carries. In his previous game against the Jaguars, Mixon put up almost three times that yardage on 25 carries.
The Ravens defensive line was physical and dominated the Bengals offensive line.
I’ve been critical of Pernell McPhee and Jaylon Ferguson all season long. But against the Bengals, they were both better. Pernell McPhee was sensational. He had four quarterback hits, a sack, five solo tackles, and a deflection. This was all on just 35 snaps or 52% of the Ravens defensive snaps. Ferguson played 24 snaps, which was 35% of the Ravens defensive snaps. He recorded three solo tackles, three tackling assists, and a tackle for a loss. Ferguson had the third most combined tackles on the Ravens, and McPhee had the fourth most (tied with DeShon Elliott and Marlon Humphrey.
Lamar Jackson missed two days of practice last week because of a knee issue. He was back for Friday’s practice and was a full participant in the practice. Since the Ravens were playing the Bengals, I assumed the Ravens would rely heavily on their running game to protect Jackson. Instead, they decided to have Jackson throw 37 passes (There were more than 37 passing plays called. The Bengals sacked Jackson once.
It’s tough to tell which of the plays are designed run or pass plays because Lamar Jackson can and does go off-script based on the defensive front on the given play.) Twenty-eight of the 37 passes were in the first half, nine of which were on the two-minute drives at the end of the first half. Despite an abundance of passing attempts, Jackson completed just 19 passes for 180 yards. He did throw two touchdowns while being held in check on the ground for just three yards on two carries.
The Ravens continued to neglect Patrick Ricard. He played in just 17 offensive snaps. According to sharpfootballstats.com, the Ravens have used four personnel groupings 10+ times in 2020. Of those. The most successful personnel grouping is the 22 personnel followed by the 11 and then the 21 personnel. (The first number refers to the number of running backs, and the second number refers to the number of tight ends. Hence, the 22 personnel features two running backs, two tight ends, and one wide receiver). Yet the Ravens are only running the 22 personnel on nineteen percent of their plays.
Defensively, Wink Martindale confused Joe Burrow as the Ravens totaled sevens sacks. They are the first team in NFL history to have five defensive backs record a sack.
Jackson had numerous opportunities against the Bengals. He targeted Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown 19 times, accounting for 12 receptions. Jackson had wide-open receivers all over the field, which he ignored. On a 3rd down he had a low high option with Devin Duvernay coming across on a drag route, and Mark Andrews on a deeper over. Duvernay was open underneath at the first down marker, but Jackson chose to target Andrews in tight coverage. The pass was incomplete. In that situation, quarterbacks are normally told to take the low option.
This has been an issue dating back to last year. Jackson has been ignoring open receivers in favor of one or two favorite targets (namely Andrews and Brown), who aren’t necessarily open. Given Jackson’s work ethic, I thought this would improve over time, but it hasn’t. Jackson needs to spread the ball around to his other targets. Opposing defenses are expecting Jackson to only throw to a couple of players. Bengals safety Jessie Bates said in an interview that the Ravens primarily feed Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown the ball. That has to change if the Ravens want to make a deep postseason run. What works against the hapless Bengals won’t work against the premier teams around the league.
The Ravens need to stop throwing the ball on first down. On first downs Jackson completed only three of his nine passes.
Jackson looked off. He threw multiple balls that should have been intercepted, and it looked like he wasn’t seeing defenders. Jackson will bounce back, and his unimpressive performance likely had to do with his knee injury, and he missed practice time.
The Ravens had technical difficulties during the game, and there were a couple of times throughout the game when the Ravens sideline couldn’t communicate to Jackson. Jackson called the plays on those plays. There’s no way to know if Jackson called passing or running plays. (Given Jackson’s drive to improve, I think he called passing plays, but this is just a guess.)
Marlon Humphrey shadowed Tyler Boyd all day. Humphrey held Boyd to just four receptions for 42 yards.
A.J. Green looks like a shadow of his former dominant self. Green didn’t record a reception, and he left the game several times because of injury.
Patrick Queen was sensational. He recorded nine combined tackles, a quarterback hit, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and a defensive touchdown.
Justin Tucker missed a 61 yard field goal, wide right.
This is my analysis of the Ravens vs Bengals game from last week.
DraftKings NFL 2020 Week 5 Picks: Sunday Main Slate
All your weekly fantasy needs in one piece. These are our predictions for Schemers and Streamers for week 5 of the NFL Season.
Teddy Bridgewater (@ ATL)
He’s got Atlanta this week, need I say more. Atlanta on average has given up about 353 yards per game and a little over 3 touchdowns per game to opposing QBs. I can see Robbie Anderson having a good game too since he seems like he’s Bridgewater’s favorite target, great streaming option here at QB.
Justin Herbert (@ NO)
Herbert averaging about 310 yards per game and a little over 1.5 touchdowns per game over his first 3 starts. He sees a Saints defense who has a handful of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, including both cornerbacks.
Gardner Minshew (@ HOU)
Minshew Mania returned last week like promised! More of a neutral match-up here but the Jacksonville defense has been pretty bad. Minshew will see a high passing game script to keep up in this one and Houston’s defense hasn’t been anything special this season.
Damien Harris (v DEN)
In his first game back this year Harris saw 17 carries for 100 yards. Harris makes the list solely because Michel is out. When all five New England backs (this includes Cam Newton) are on the field and healthy I’d probably stay away from this backfield. James White and Rex Burkhead are supplanted in their roles and I still see Harris getting 15 touches a game.
Chase Edmonds (@NYJ)
Drake has been a complete disappoint considering his ADP. This is a great match-up for both backs so Drake could have his best day yet but I can see the Cardinals expanding Edmonds role sooner rather than later. He is being utilized well in the passing game but if he sees his role expand because of Drake’s lack of production this season I can see Edmonds taking advantage of such a favorable match-up.
Brian Hill (v CAR)
The consistent use isn’t there but it’s an amazing match-up against probably one of the worst defenses to opposing running backs this season. This Carolina defense has given up a ton of production to running backs and if given the 10 touches he saw in week 3 I like Hill to take full advantage. I can see this being a high scoring game as well so there will be points to be scored in this one.
Justin Jefferson (@ SEA)
If he keeps producing like the way he has been over the past 2 weeks then he won’t’ be on this list much longer. Seattle has given up the most fantasy points to opposing WRs. Since Minnesota’s defense is not what it once was, I can see the Vikings needing to pass in this one. Either catching up or to keep themselves in this game. I expect Jefferson to get some great volume this week, he will draw cornerback Quinton Dunbar who has given up 16.56 yards per reception and 9.31 yards per target.
Darius Slayton (@ DAL)
Dallas has given up the 2nd most fantasy point to opposing WRs this season. It’s a great match up for Slayton who will draw Daryl Worley who has given up almost 2.5 fantasy points per target. My only fear here is the Giants offensive line, if they continue to play as terrible as they’ve been this might be more of an Engram and Tate type of game. Dallas’s secondary will give up production to someone.
Tim Patrick (v NE)
Looks like NE will be without Stephon Gilmore this week. Patrick has been pretty consistent these past 2 weeks with games of 4 catches, 43 yards, 1 TD and 6 catches, 113 yards and 1 TD. No Gilmore means Patrick should see a lot of Jason McCourty who has given up 12.25 yards per reception, 9.8 yards per target and 4.18 fantasy points per target!
Eric Ebron (vs PHI)
Ebron seems like he’s getting more and more involved each week. Eagles have given up some pretty good numbers to opposing TEs this year. I like Ebron in this favorable match-up.
Logan Thomas (vs LAR)
Last week I said I was going to keep riding Thomas because of his great usage but mentioned the horrendous play of Haskins. I was waiting for him to get benched and sure enough after another atrocious outing from the 2nd year QB he was benched. This man will never see the field again this year baring injuries to the 2 QBs in front of him. The Washington Football team may have a real chance at winning the division now that they have moved on from Haskins.
Drew Sample (vs CLE)
A bounce back game for Sample last week, seeing 5 targets for 3 catches and 47 yards. The good thing here is Sample stays on the field, he is seeing a very high snap percentage and will face off against a Ravens defense that has given up some production to the TE. The Ravens haven’t given up a ton of production but enough here to use Sample as a deep stream.
CARDINALS DST v NYJ
CHIEFS DST v LV
TEXANS DST v JAX
SEAHAWKS DST v MINN
Here are our Schemers and Streamers for week 5 of the NFL season!
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