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Erickson: Week 7 fantasy football rankings overview

In this week’s preview of the Week 7 NFL slate, I'm highlighting key insights on every road team. You can find my thoughts on fantasy-relevant  players on every home team in PFF’s huge NFL Week 7 Preview.

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I'll identify sleepers, busts, DFS picks and waiver-wire options with consideration for injuries and other fantasy-relevant news and notes. It’s the behind the scenes look into my Week 7 fantasy rankings

And as a special treat — it is Halloween szn after all — I’ll also call out my favorite game to stack in DFS. Stacking has been a tried-and-true approach to winning tournaments — if the right stack hits, well, let’s just say the trick-or-treaters will be surely getting king-size chocolate bars this year. 

DALLAS COWBOYS @ WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

The market is extremely down on the Dallas Cowboys after they put up an absolute dud in Week 6. After Dallas opened up as the favorite against the Football Team, the point spread settled at a pick-em in most spots after Monday night concluded. 

But that means we can expect to see a much more competitive game than Monday night, so there are going to be fantasy options. Wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb should still be started in lineups, with WR2 expectations. Both have seen 14 targets (21.5% target share) since Andy Dalton took over during the Giants game, so continue to chase the targets for production. 

The same can’t be said for Michael Gallup, who continues to remain low in the pecking order of targets in the Dallas offense — there just won’t be enough to go around against a Washington defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. 

They have been particularly elite against perimeter wide receivers. Quarterbacks targeting outside receivers against the Football Team have averaged a league-low 51.3 passer rating. 

For that reason, Lamb is my favorite option on DraftKings — he is priced lower than Cooper ($6,900 vs. $6,500) and as the best matchup out of the slot against Jimmy Moreland, who has allowed the third-highest target percentage per route covered (21%) among slot cornerbacks. 

The Washington defensive line also has a massive edge over the banged-up Cowboys OL, which should lead to more short-to-intermediate throws as the Red Rifle tries to overcome the defense’s pass rush. Take that as a recommendation to pay down at DST with the Washington defense going for the unbeatable price of $2,500. 

That could also make Dalton Schultz a low-end TE streaming option. He saw five targets last week and Washington ranks fifth-worst against the position this season. The Cowboys’ tight end is also one of the best options at TE from a salary standpoint at just $3,900. Per PFF’s Nathan Janke, Washington has allowed only two players to surpass 90 receiving yards and both were TEs. 

From a DFS stacking perspective, Washington would be the offense to create a contrarian stack with a combination of Kyle Allen, Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson because they get the atrocious Dallas D. Lamb or Schultz would present the two most viable bring-back options. 

BUFFALO BILLS @ NEW YORK JETS

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