WEEK 7 PICKS: Gates in for a Big Day

There will be plenty of interesting football over the next several days, with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. Jacksonville and Buffalo will get the action started early on Sunday with their Week 7 game in London. There are several intriguing matchups this week, including important divisional games.

Picks this week will be without the usual offensive stars from the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers, who are on the bye this week along with the Chicago Bears.

Here are some potential Picks this week:

Landry Jones (QB) will have more passing yards than Matt Ryan

Ben Roethlisberger is likely to sit out one more week with his injured knee, even though he’s nearing a return for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead, Landry Jones is expected to get his first career start with Mike Vick also injured. Jones replaced Vick last week and put up decent numbers. This week, Pittsburgh gets Kansas City’s 25th-ranked pass defense. Jones had immediate success going to Martavis Bryant last week and also has Antonio Brown at his disposal.

Meanwhile, Ryan will be facing the Tennessee Titans. On the surface, many would expect Ryan and receiver Julio Jones to have their way with Tennessee. But Atlanta has shown an emphasis on running the ball with Devonta Freeman (and rookie Tevin Coleman, when he’s healthy and not fumbling) when the matchup presents it. The Titans have allowed the league’s fewest passing yards because of one reason: opponents can run all over them. Tennessee is 29th against the run, so Atlanta should be relying on Freeman and Coleman on the ground on Sunday.

Suggestion: 15 Points x 2.60 Offer = 39.00 Return

Todd Gurley (RB) will have at least 125 rushing yards

Coming off the bye, Gurley and the St. Louis Rams face the league’s worst run defense. Gurley got a week of rest after two games where he had 49 total carries and at least 149 yards rushing in each game. This game is absolutely set up for Gurley to continue his run, no pun intended. After running through Arizona and Green Bay, Gurley should have no trouble against Cleveland, which has allowed 149.8 rushing yards per game.

Suggestion: 25 Points x 2.47 Offer = 61.75 Return

Christine Michael (RB) will have at least 75 yards rushing

I’ll buy into the hype a bit, and hope the Dallas Cowboys aren’t bluffing with their talk that Michael will get a chance at helping the team’s underwhelming running game. Michael has long been a favorite of fantasy players but has never gotten much of a chance because he hasn’t been able to beat out some mediocre players ahead of him.

Dallas apparently has seen enough of Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden and want to see if Michael can help. Michael is an athletic freak and he could take advantage behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Michael probably isn’t DeMarco Murray, but the Cowboys did have the league’s second-best running game last year. Michael should get a chance to get the running game back on track.

Suggestion: 15 Points x 4.00 Offer = 60.00 Return

Antonio Gates (TE) will have at least 2 total touchdowns

What a return it’s been for Gates, one of the most productive tight ends in NFL history. In his return from a four-game suspension, Gates has at least nine catches and 90 yards receiving in both games to go with two receiving touchdowns.

This week brings a perfect matchup for Gates and San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers (and likely second tight end Ladarius Green). One look at the stats shows Oakland in the middle of the pack in allowing just eight passing touchdowns this season. But six of those touchdowns have been to opposing tight ends. Tyler Eifert and Crockett Gilmore each got the Raiders for two touchdowns.

Rivers has been passing a ton as he’s on pace to set NFL records for completions and passing yards. Gates will still be one of his main targets, especially in the end zone.

Suggestion: 10 Points x 5.00 Offer = 50.00 Return

Julian Edelman (WR) will have at most 60 yards receiving

Edelman has been one of the most consistent producers at receiver this season and a favorite target of New England quarterback Tom Brady. It was just last week in this space that we predicted Edelman would have at least 10 catches in last week’s game. Edelman was sure on pace before he suffered a right hand injury.

Edelman then dropped several passes, one intercepted and returned for a touchdown, and didn’t see the same attention from Brady in the second half. This time around, Edelman will be facing the New York Jets’ stout defense and will likely be followed by shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Suggestion: 25 Points x 4.00 Offer = 100.00 Return

BOLD PREDICTION OF THE WEEK

John Brown (WR) and Michael Floyd will combine for at least 2 receiving touchdowns

Arizona’s passing game is one of the best in the league and most people will look to quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver Larry Fitzgerald. I’m going to look to the second and third options for Palmer. The Cardinals demonstrated last week there’s plenty of room for Fitzgerald, Brown and Floyd to all be productive. Brown had 10 catches for 196 yards last week, while Floyd continued to emerge with 50 yards receiving and a touchdown.

The Baltimore Ravens’ dreadful pass defense was also on display last week as Colin Kaepernick threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Baltimore opponents have now thrown for 11 touchdowns. Brown and Floyd continue the misery on Monday night in Arizona.

Suggestion: 10 Points x 6.06 Offer = 60.60 Return

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Written by Brian Hall
Hall has spent the past 13 years as a reporter in the Twin Cities, covering every professional team along with the University of Minnesota. For the past four years, he was a regular beat reporter covering the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild for FoxSportsNorth.com. He's been an avid fantasy sports player for years and has caught the daily fantasy sports bug like so many others.