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4 NFL FanDuel Studs to Target in Week 7

Saquon Barkley is back, and he's got a tantalizing matchup on his hands. Which other top-flight options should we prioritize?

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As is the case when playing any sport on FanDuel, it’s imperative to hit on the high-priced players in your lineup. They require a big chunk of your salary, and when paying up for a player, you shouldn’t have to worry about him letting down your lineup.

Heading into the opening week of the NFL season, here are four studs who should prove to be worth their high price tag.

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills

FanDuel Price: $7,700
Projected Points: 20.6

This is not a drill -- the Buffalo Bills are 4-1 and just a single game back of the New England Patriots in the AFC East.

Now, part of that could be attributed to an otherwise terrible division -- but keep in mind that this is Josh Allen and company's first time playing the lowly Miami Dolphins in 2019. However, the schedule has still been kind with wins over the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Tennessee Titans.

But it's time for Allen to be in full throttle against a Miami team that's allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year (28.0 points per game). We also rank them as the league's worst defense overall and against the pass.

Expect a big day from Allen.

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

FanDuel Price: $8,600
Projected Points: 21.0

Despite missing two weeks from a nasty high ankle sprain, Saquon Barkley is back practicing and projected as our second-highest scorer on the day at the running back position.

It's Saquon season, y'all.

We all know that Barkley's opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, play at a silly pace, and that's great news for the Giants. What could be surprising, however, is that the Giants rank 8th in pace and 11th in situation-neutral pace.

And if you check out our heat map, this game is going to be raining points, and the Giants are expected to be the third-highest scoring team on the day.

Factoring in a high-speed game against a bad defense, it's time to play Barkley.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

FanDuel Price: $7,600
Projected Points: 13.3

With a murky over/under of 47.0 points, what makes T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts such a great play against the Houston Texans' 11th-ranked pass defense?

When Hilton sees the Texans, it's go time. He's played 15 career games against his division rivals, and his numbers are wacky -- 81 catches, 1,530 receiving yards, and 9 touchdown grabs.

While the Colts may boast a run-heavy attack with a 1.09 pass-to-run ratio, Hilton is still the man in this offense. He's scored in every game this year, save the contest against the Chiefs, racking up six or more targets in each of those first three games.

Expect Hilton to continue his excellence in this matchup.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

FanDuel Price: $6,800
Projected Points: 12.6

It's not a surprise that you want pieces of the Giants' offense this week if you peeped what I wrote about Barkley, and Evan Engram may be even a more obvious play (who's also returned to practice this week).

But here's where a Giants stack gets juicy. The Cardinals have allowed a whopping 17.0 points per game to opposing tight ends, easily the league's worst mark.

Why so bad? They've gotten roasted by nearly every tight end they've faced this year, including T.J. Hockenson (6 catches, 131 yards, 1 touchdown), Mark Andrews (8-112-1), Greg Olsen (6-75-2), Will Dissly (7-57-1), and Austin Hooper (8-117-1). Yes, they've allowed six receiving touchdowns to tight ends already.

If you want exposure to the Giants but can't work Barkley in, consider Engram a pretty darn good, wallet-friendly alternative.



Matt Kupferle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Matt Kupferle also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username MKupferle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.