4 NFL FanDuel Tournament Pivots for Week 7
If you've played daily fantasy sports for a while, you realize by now the importance of being contrarian, especially in large-field tournaments. Being able to recognize which players are going to be owned by the majority of the field -- and to find players who you think have a similar point projection but will come at much lower ownership -- can help separate you from your opponents.
The purpose of this article will be to identify some players who will be the chalk at each position and how you can pivot off of them with high-upside options that could go overlooked.
Let's take a look at pivot options for Week 7.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins ($7,100)
Tua Tagovailoa is a viable option in the lower-tier of quarterbacks this week.
Despite having only 10 games on the main slate, quarterback is loaded with options, and there are many in the top-tier who should be popular. Tua isn't among the group, so going to him in tournaments is something to consider. He has a great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, and stacking some of his pass-catching options alongside him is rather easy during roster construction.
The Falcons come into this game allowing 22.3 FanDuel points per game to quarterbacks, which is the eighth-worst in the league. A 47.0-point over/under and close 2.5-point spread should offer a strong game environment where the Miami Dolphins need to keep pushing their offense down the field, enabling Tagovailoa to reach a ceiling of fantasy points.
James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals ($6,500)
The Arizona Cardinals are 17.5-point home favorites, and we want some exposure to that offense.
Despite being massive home favorites against the Houston Texans, James Conner isn't expected to be a popular running back, and you should look to jump on that in tournaments. The Texans are allowing the eighth-most (23.9) FanDuel points per game to running backs this season, a spot you should look to attack.
We also have to factor in that Chase Edmonds is dealing with a shoulder issue and was limited in practice on Thursday. This is the same issue he was dealing with prior to last week, and he ended with only seven total touches against the Cleveland Browns, his lowest total of the season.
If Edmonds isn't fully healthy and this is an amazing spot for Conner, why isn't he going to be more popular?
D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers ($7,700)
D.J. Moore is still a great wide receiver.
Yes, despite failing to reach 10 FanDuel points in either of his last two games, Moore is still a receiver you should be turning to in NFL DFS. He started the season super hot, and since then, has cooled off along with the rest of the Carolina Panthers' offense.
While much can be said about the Panthers' quarterback play in recent weeks, this has also caused Moore to be pushed down the list of top options at the wide receiver position. We need to look past all of that because they are in a clear "get right" spot, as they are on the road to take on the New York Giants and the group of players they call a defense.
Moore still dominated the Panthers' offense with a 29.6% target market share, running a route on 93.4% of passing plays, 63 total targets, and 6 red zone targets. He is still the clear number one receiving option in their passing game and shouldn't have any issues with the Giants' secondary. The Giants are allowing 35.7 FanDuel points per game to wide receivers, which is the fourth-worst in the league.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams ($5,500)
With a loaded top-tier at tight end, it can be tough to look elsewhere at the position.
We all know that the big three options at tight end -- Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, and Mark Andrews -- are elite DFS options. But paying up for them is tough on a week with so many injuries and only 10 games on the main slate.
There are a few value options to consider at tight end, but the option going overlooked is Tyler Higbee. The Los Angeles Rams are holding a massive 33.00 implied team total this week, as they are at home to take on the lowly Detroit Lions.
Higbee has piled up 5 targets or more in four of the six games this season while playing on 89.4% of the offensive snaps, running a route on 78.8% of the passing plays, and owning the third-most (6) red zone targets on the Rams. If you don't have the salary to pay up for the elite tight ends, drop down and take the consistent option in Higbee.