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Daily: Week 7 Walkthrough

Week 7 of the NFL season proved to be a surprising slate of games, as seven of 30 teams playing failed to score an offensive touchdown, while the Broncos, Cardinals, and Colts were shut out in their respective matchups.

Perhaps the most disappointing performance of the weekend was the Titans barely beating the Browns in an overtime win in a field goal game between Ryan Succup and Zane Gonzalez. In what appeared to be an excellent matchup for the Titans and a game in which many DFS players stacked Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry, Tennessee managed just 269 yards of total offense against arguably the leagueís worst team.

The Cowboys lived up to expectations by taking care of business in a 40-10 shellacking of the lowly 49ers in Santa Clara. Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, and Dez Bryant all delivered solid performances for DFS owners, with Elliott scoring 43.9 points in his highest-scoring game of the season.

Elliott was the centerpiece of my $100 winning ticket on DraftKings, along with a Bills stack at home against the Buccaneers. Below is a breakdown of the entire lineup, including a few misses on players like Pierre Garcon and Bennie Fowler.

Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor
Fantasy Points: 20.02
Grade: B+

My lineup construction for this week started with Ezekiel Elliott and his hefty $9,000 salary, which meant that I would not be able to fork out for a premium quarterback if I planned on having any money left over for wide receivers and running backs. The Bills at home against a Bucs defense that entered Sunday allowing the third-most points to opposing quarterbacks seemed like a great value, even though Taylor had yet to score more than 17 fantasy points in a game this year.

At 20.02 points Taylor provided enough points to help me cash, but I was disappointed with the fact that he did not score a rushing touchdown and he did not throw a touchdown to Nick OíLeary, my tight end stack play.

Running Backs: LeSean McCoy & Alvin Kamara
Fantasy Points: 43.9
Grade: A-

If there were ever a week for Shady to break out of his touchdown scoring drought, a home contest against the Bucs seemed like a logical time. His threat as a pass catching weapon and the possibility of a double-dip touchdown with my quarterback looked like an excellent play in this GPP. With 122 total yards and two touchdowns, the assumption on McCoy paid off as he posted his best game of the season.

My play of Alvin Kamara did not work out exactly as I planned, as the rookie from Tennessee failed to score a touchdown in his second consecutive week. I love Kamara, and the fact that he is a weapon in the passing game makes him an excellent play in a full point PPR like DK. But after logging 10 catches three weeks ago against Miami, Kamara now has eight catches combined in his last two games, while Mark Ingramís work in the passing game continues to grow.

Wide Receivers: Jarvis Landry, Pierre Garcon, and Bennie Fowler
Fantasy Points: 41.7
Grade: D+

Going with expensive running backs like McCoy and Elliott left me with slim pickings at wide receiver. I chose this route primarily because Elliottís matchup was too lucrative to pass up, regardless of price, and there were very few elite level wide receiver plays Week 7 that seemed worth the cost.

So I targeted two reasonably inexpensive possession receivers in Garcon and Landry, mixed in with a bottom barrel-priced wide receiver in Fowler who looked primed for a big game as a starting WR opposite of Demaryius Thomas.

Landry proved to be an excellent choice as he and Matt Moore connected for 93 yards and a touchdown for 22.3 fantasy points. The other two turned out to be busts and cost me a chance at a high payday.

Despite having a perfect game script for garbage catches and yards, Garcon managed just five catches for 49 yards, as rookie C.J. Beathard struggled to find his No.1 wide receiver in the second half. I plan on avoiding Garcon on future tickets due to the fact that he and Beathard do not have the same rapport as what he had with Bryan Hoyer.

Tight End: Nick OíLeary
Fantasy Points: 7.8
Grade: D

I fell into the trap that can hurt fantasy owners, assuming that an injury replacement will step up and provide a similar level of production as their injured incumbent. With Charles Clay established as Taylorís favorite non-running back target in the offense, it seemed logical that OíLeary would continue to see a high level of activity. But what I didnít consider is the fact that Clay and Taylor have a connection built on multiple seasons of working together in practice and games. OíLeary and Taylor are not there yet, and my assumption cost me to the tune of 7.8 fantasy points on 58 yards receiving.

Flex: Ezekiel Elliott
Fantasy Points: 43.9
Grade: A+

As I mentioned earlier, Elliott was my must-start play of the week and the centerpiece of this winning ticket. The second-year tailback came through with a three-touchdown game and his best performance year to date. There are certain matchups each week in which you need to pay up, regardless of the cost, and Zeke against my lowly 49ers was undoubtedly one of those times.

DST: Jacksonville
Fantasy Points: 20
Grade: A+

My second-best selection of the week was the Jacksonville defense against the Colts. The logic here was simple: The Jags lead the league in quarterback sacks, and they have an excellent secondary. The Colts cannot protect Jacoby Brissett, and the second-year quarterback has struggled with pressure. It was a simple equation that paid off handsomely for me.