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Matt Savoca’s Week 7 Fantasy Football Matchups Breakdown Column for Daily Fantasy Football

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Week 7 NFL daily fantasy football matchups breakdowns. Matt Savoca gives in depth analysis of every game for fantasy & NFL DFS slates.

Matt Savoca’ Daily Fantasy Football Matchups Column returns for Week 7 of the NFL season. In it, he goes through every single game on the main slate on Sundays for your season long fantasy football lineups on Yahoo, ESPN and CBS and your NFL DFS ones on DraftKings and FanDuel.

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We’ve broken down this massive article into a bunch of smaller ones, so feel free to click through at your leisure. For your viewing convenience, we have broken up the matchups breakdown into several single columns, each one covering a single game. You can find links to every game right here. We have 11 games on tap for Week 7, so let’s dive into the action.


You can check out Matt Every Thursday on the NFL DFS Strategy Show, going over all the fantasy football matchups with Dave Loughran. The entire matchups article will be available in podcast form, every Friday afternoon on the Awesemo Podcast Network. And don’t forget about On The Contrary for Week 7 this Saturday at 1:30 PM ET!


Week 7 Daily Fantasy Football Matchups Breakdown for NFL DFS

Daily Fantasy Football Matchups: Early Games

Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team

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Daily Fantasy Football Matchups: Afternoon & Night Games

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders 

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Here is an excerpt from Matt’s Detroit Lions NFL DFS Football Matchups column this week!

The Lions scored on their first two offensive possessions against the Jaguars in week 6 and never looked back, cruising to a 34-16 win over the struggling Jaguars. It was by no means Matthew Stafford’s greatest day, but it was more than adequate, as the Detroit running game was getting yards in chunks (they ranked 11th in the NFL in yards per attempt in week 6), and the Jaguars couldn’t generate nearly enough offense to stay competitive. Stafford’s 61% completion rate and 7.2 yards per attempt are essentially identical to his season-long averages, and he’s thrown between 31 and 33 passes in four straight contests as well. Most encouraging for Stafford was his (and his offensive line’s) ability to avoid pressure. After two straight weeks allowing four-plus sacks earlier in the season, the Detroit offensive line has dropped to just 1.5 sacks allowed per game over the last two weeks. It will be vitally important that the trend continues in week 7, as Atlanta’s defensive line is ranked 10th best in the league by PFF and just pressured Kirk Cousins on 15 dropbacks a week ago, seventh most in the NFL.

Assuming Stafford’s upright and able to get the ball out in time, he should find plenty of opportunities to hit his star receiver Kenny Golladay against a Falcon’s secondary that ranks 21st in PFF’s team coverage grade, 30th in Football Outsider’s pass DVOA and 31st in yards allowed per pass attempt, though Atlanta’s secondary was noticeably improved with re-insertion of rookie A.J. Terrell, who earned a top-25 defensive grade among cornerbacks in week 7 and, at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is the logical choice to guard the gargantuan Golladay. Still, at 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds, Golladay will have a size and speed advantage over most of the Atlanta secondary. PFF ranks any one-on-one matchup with the Falcons’ Kendall Sheffield as the most receiver-advantageous matchup of the entire weekend. At a salary of $6,700, Golladay isn’t an inexpensive option by any means, but he’s a value due to his sky-high ceiling and as an attractive pivot play off of the highest-salary receivers.

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Over the past two games, Marvin Jones and tight end T.J. Hockenson have combined to command almost an identical weighted opportunity rating to Golladay, but it’s Hockenson who leads the team in red zone targets, end zone targets and touchdowns during that span. He ranks 11th in the NFL among tight ends in target share since week 3. The Lions also seem to be moving away from Danny Amendola as full-time contributor, as his snap share has dipped to 44% over the last two weeks. He’s been squeezed for playing time for a secondary tight end (typically Jesse James, who averages two targets a game), as well as receivers Jamal Agnew (22% of snaps) and Marvin Hall (16% of snaps). All are strong considerations in mass multi-entry tournaments, as the game environment should set up nicely for multiple Lions to contribute significantly in the receiving game. Hall, with only three targets over the last two games, but an average depth of target of nearly 30 yards is especially interesting as a contrarian dart-throw throw option, who only needs to connect with Stafford on a singular long bomb to return value.


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A middling athlete who was offered his first sports analytics position at age 14, I've been working on NFL and fantasy football data science since 2017. With a particular passion for data visualization and dashboard building, I love to make data accessible by using graphs and charts to communicate ideas that are difficult to explain with words alone. You can contact me by e-mailing [email protected]

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