Open-Ended DFS: “Dreams”
What if we told you that just a man skateboarding to work, after his car broke down, drinking Ocean Spray cranberry juice while lip-syncing Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” could captivate an entire nation?
Well, that’s exactly what Nathan Apodaca did, when his TikTok video went viral earlier this month. The 22-second clip was so influential that Fleetwood Mac’s album returned to the Billboard 200 top 10 for the first time in 42 years.
Warner Music Group confirmed that Fleetwood Mac’s classic track Dreams has generated over 36m global streams in the last two weeks following Nathan Apodaca's viral TikTok video.#musicbusiness #MusicVideo pic.twitter.com/rZTgngQFTY
— Extraordinary Records (@extrorec) October 16, 2020
While we are not exactly sure whether it’s Apodaca’s authentic vibe, or whether “Dreams” was just that much of a banger, that enthralled so many – one thing is for sure.
If a skateboarder, some juice and a throwback track can bring us all together, what else can bring America, which seems more divided than ever today, back to as good as when it was a dream of its own?
Week 7 Water Tower DFS Picks
QB: Justin Herbert (Jacksonville at Los Angeles Chargers) — $6,400
After having two weeks to prepare, Herbert and the Chargers will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home. While most teams have found serious rushing success against Jacksonville, they’re passing defense, when tested, is equally as poor, allowing a 106.8 average passer rating to opposing quarterbacks (sixth-most in the NFL).
Herbert is still outside the 10 most-expensive quarterbacks this week but should be poised for another successful performance. – Seth Woolcock
RB: Aaron Jones (Green Bay at Houston) — $7,200
Aaron Jones is relatively expensive as usual, but this game has the look of another high-scoring matchup for the Green Bay running back. The Packers offense was humbled, to say the least, against Tampa Bay, and I think Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the team will be eager for a rebound against the Texans. Houston’s defense is weak against the run and it should benefit Jones greatly. – Elliot Hicks
WR: Kenny Golladay (Detroit at Atlanta) — $6,700
Kenny Golladay is the best thing on Detroit’s offense. It was unfortunate that an injury sidelined him for the first few games this season.
But since his return, Golladay has yet to score fewer than 16 points in any game. Not league-winning numbers, especially at his price, but this week the Lions get to play the Atlanta Falcons and their depleted secondary. If there’s ever a week that Golladay will get in his best form, it’s this week, and I don’t plan on missing out on it. – Thomas Cuda
RB: Alvin Kamara (Carolina at New Orleans) — $7,900
Alvin Kamara versus Carolina as a lineup anchor? Yes, please. Carolina has arguably one of the worst run defenses in football.
This matchup screams for rostering Kamara. He is currently averaging 30.1 DFS points per game on a team with a quarterback in Drew Brees, who is fading in what will most likely be his last season. The New Orleans offense runs through Kamara. I suggest your DFS hopes run through him this week as well. – Nate Polvogt
Week 7 Typewriter DFS Picks
WR: A.J. Green (Cleveland at Cincinnati) — $4,300
A.J. Green hasn’t exactly been a superstar this year. Until last week, Green had not scored over 10 fantasy points in any game. But, eight for 11 for 96 yards showed him finally having the rapport with Joe Burrow we all hoped the veteran receiver would have.
This week the Cleveland Browns come to town and Green will have an opportunity to cement his chemistry with the Heisman Trophy winner. And when you factor in his low price of $4,300, he’s a sneaky play that could help you cash in on your flex position this week. – Cuda
WR: Brandin Cooks (Green Bay at Houston) — $5,200
There isn’t much to be excited about in the Houston offense this season. Deshaun Watson is always electric but just doesn’t seem to have a consistent target. That appears to be changing, however.
Brandin Cooks has had two consecutive weeks of more-than-respectable DFS output and I expect that to continue this week against Green Bay. He is finally getting targets and making the most of them. Buy low on Cooks this week in DFS and get an edge on the field. – Polvogt
TE: T.J. Hockenson (Detroit at Atlanta) — $5,100
Second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson has been a model of consistency in his sophomore season, posting at least nine fantasy points in all five of his matchups so far.
If there is a breakout on the horizon for the former Hawkeye, I believe it comes here in Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons, who have been beaten up in the passing game as a whole, but also specifically by tight ends. The position has averaged 6.7 receptions, 73 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game against them, setting up Hockenson for success on Sunday while maintaining a modest price tag. – Woolcock
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh at Tennessee) — $5,500
You’re probably just as surprised as I am that the Steelers’ No. 1 wide receiver could be considered a sleeper pick. Nearly 30 wide receivers are at a higher DraftKings price than JuJu Smith-Schuster, including his teammate Chase Claypool.
Teams have often put their top defensive back on JuJu this year, limiting his effectiveness. But with Claypool beginning to break out, it could leave the other Pittsburgh wideouts with more opportunities. The Titans are just 28th-best (or fourth-worst) against wide receivers this season, which could create a perfect storm for Smith-Schuster to get his good juju back. – Hicks
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