Week 7 NFL FanDuel Salary Movers
Things can change quickly in fantasy football. To quote Ferris Bueller -- "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
We're here to "look around" and make sure we don't miss any week-to-week salary changes that could pay dividends on FanDuel.
Maybe a player had an outlier performance and saw their salary rise too high, making them a sub-optimal play. Or, perhaps a player saw an increase in their role but played on Monday night after salaries for the following week's slate already came out, and therefore they haven't been priced accordingly.
This week's article will take a look at which players' salaries have changed the most from Week 6 to Week 7.
Now that you're ready, let's get to it!
Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Week 6 Salary: $6,500
Week 7 Salary: $7,200
Daniel Jones and the Giants move back to the main slate this week after a Thursday night drubbing from the New England Patriots, 35-14. Jones made a big splash in the fantasy sphere in his first start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, passing for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. Saquon Barkley left that game early due to injury, and Jones added an additional 28 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns for 34.24 FanDuel points. He's failed to reach that mark with his last three games combined, but two of those were tough outings at home against the Minnesota Vikings and on the road in New England.
The Arizona Cardinals head to East Rutherford, New Jersey, and MetLife Stadium to face Jones and the Giants. The Cardinals are numberFire's 28th ranked defense and give up 0.28 Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back, third-worst in the league. The strong matchup is why Jones is the biggest riser this week at the position, up $700. Barkley and tight end Evan Engram could return this week as well, giving Jones more viable options in the passing attack. Despite the price adjustment, Jones is still just the 14th most expensive quarterback on the slate but carries the ninth-highest projection at 18.7 FanDuel points.
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams
Week 6 Salary: $4,800
Week 7 Salary: $6,100
Perhaps the off-season panic regarding Todd Gurley and his knees were a bit overblown. The writing, however, was hard to ignore. Street free agent C.J. Anderson led them through the playoffs, and Gurley's role in the Super Bowl was minimal with just 11 touches. The Los Angeles Rams also spent a third-round pick in the 2019 draft on Memphis running back Darrell Henderson. Gurley averaged nearly 16 touches per game before missing Week 6 with a quadriceps injury, opening the door for Malcolm Brown to take over lead-back duties. At just $4,800, Brown was a popular selection based on his expected workload, but only mustered 40 rushing yards on 11 attempts for a disappointing 4 FanDuel points.
This article will be posted before the Rams release their Wednesday injury report. As of now, Brown is dealing with an ankle injury, but was listed as day-to-day. If Gurley is out again this week, Brown makes for a nice bounce-back candidate as his next opponent is the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have surrendered 7 rushing touchdowns and over 700 yards on the ground through six games while giving up 31 points per game. This is clearly a situation to monitor as we get closer to Sunday. Whoever gets the majority of the opportunities in the Rams backfield should be able to capitalize with a good matchup.
Golden Tate, New York Giants
Week 6 Salary: $5,000
Week 7 Salary: $6,100
Golden Tate was suspended for the first four weeks of the season after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. In his first game back against the Minnesota Vikings, Tate secured 3 of his 6 targets for a lowly 13 yards. Things took a positive turn last Thursday night versus the Patriots as Tate became the de facto top option with Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley all sidelined. He responded with a 64-yard touchdown -- topping 100 yards overall with his 6 catches for 19.2 FanDuel points.
As I mentioned above, the Cardinals present a soft matchup that the Giants offense should take advantage of. Patrick Peterson will return for the Cardinals, but Tate will avoid the All-Pro from the slot. What isn't certain, however, is Tate's status in the offensive pecking order. Barkley, Shepard, and Engram all have a chance to play this week. As it stands currently, his projection of 11.8 FanDuel points ranks 14th at the position, and $6,100 is still affordable for an offense with an implied team total of 26.25 points.
Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals
Week 6 Salary: $4,000
Week 7 Salary: $4,900
With six weeks down in NFL season, Kyler Murray has completed 153 passes for 1,664 yards and 7 touchdowns. Larry Fitzgerald leads the team with 52 targets, followed by David Johnson with 41. So, why are we talking about a position group that has just 16 combined targets on the year? Because Maxx Williams caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown for 10.9 FanDuel points in Week 6.
Williams moves up $900 from the minimum salary, but has just a four percent target share on the year. Sunday was the first game all year any tight end had more than one target and that was likely due to wide receiver injuries, specifically Christian Kirk. Did Williams just have his best game of the season? He did, and even if his targets do increase, he's still well behind the wide receivers in terms of priority. I can't imagine playing Williams this week, even if Kirk remains out. Given how shallow the position can be, however, it's a situation to keep track of should Williams turn the corner and become a viable streaming option or DFS play.