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Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Thursday Night Football of Week 7. Today’s matchup is between the Browns and Broncos with Cleveland checking in as a one-point home favorite. The over/under currently rests at 40.5 total points. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 ET.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Denver (DK: $11,000 / FD: $14,500 / Yahoo: $24)
Well, there aren’t a ton of confident top options in this matchup. The over/under rests at just 40.5 total points, which has something to do with the overall injury situation of both teams. Bridgewater is the top overall pick by process of elimination. Cleveland has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Sure, the Browns’ pass rush is great, but they are beatable through the air if you can get the pass off. Bridgewater is a savvy veteran with a quick release, so he should be able to move the ball tonight.
Case Keenum - QB - Cleveland (DK: $9,400 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $20)
Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt are sidelined for Cleveland. Odell Beckham Jr. is questionable. The offense will fall on the arm of journeyman QB Case Keenum. The Broncos have been stout against the run this season, so Keenum could be forced into passing situations in order to move the chains tonight. It probably won’t be pretty, but Keenum could patch together enough volume to have a worthwhile fantasy night. He’s a lock on FanDuel for a mispriced $5,000 salary.
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D’Ernest Johnson - RB - Cleveland (DK: $4,600 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $15)
Johnson will reportedly get the first crack at the Cleveland rushing opportunities. The Browns want to run the football, which is good news for Johnson in his first career start. However, the matchup is tough, and we aren’t really sure how the carries will be split among Cleveland’s remaining RB options. In conclusion, Johnson is a fine pick on DK and Yahoo, but the salary on FanDuel seems high.
Kendall Hinton - WR - Denver (DK: $2,000 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $10)
Hinton is an interesting bargain filler, especially on a site like DraftKings where you might need to reach for more value to make your lineup work. Hinton is locked in as Denver’s WR3 due to injury situations, and he saw five targets (5-37) in that role last week. As mentioned earlier, the way to beat Cleveland is through the air, as the Browns have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to WRs this year.
Demetric Felton - RB - Cleveland (DK: $5,000 / FD: $8,000 / Yahoo: $12)
Felton figures to get in on the action at running back tonight. Johnson will see the start, but it’s anyone's guess as to how the rushing attempts will actually shake out. John Kelly was just signed off the practice squad, and he could get some carries as well. However, it looks like Felton and Johnson are the one-two punch worth targeting in DFS tonight.
Courtland Sutton (WR - DEN) is an interesting top play candidate. He’s the leading receiver for the Broncos, demonstrated with 10+ targets, 90+ receiving yards, and seven or more receptions in his last two games … Tim Patrick (WR - DEN) and Noah Fant (TE - DEN) are two pivot options away from Sutton, who will likely be popular. Fant makes for an interesting tournament pick while buying into the belief that Denver will focus on short passes to negate Cleveland’s pass rush.
Jarvis Landry (WR - CLE) is expected to be active tonight while Beckham Jr. looks very questionable. That promotes Jarvis to WR1 territory … Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR - CLE) sees a nice boost if Beckham is officially ruled out. Keep him on your tournament radar as a result.
Austin Hooper (TE - CLE) and David Njoku (TE - CLE) could be asked to do more with so many injuries to Cleveland’s playmakers. Njoku stepped up last week, but Hooper is substantially cheaper on all sites. That has me looking towards Hooper as a tournament extension of Keenum.
Brandon McManus (K - DEN) and Chase McLaughlin (K - CLE) are both in play on DraftKings and FanDuel. This should be a low-scoring game between a pair of solid red-zone defenses. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns into a kicking battle.