We all know why you’re here, so I’m not going to waste your time with an intro. Let’s get that money, folks.
C.J. Beathard (QB, San Francisco 49ers)
The San Francisco 49ers reset the clock on their franchise, making a push towards the future. Evidence of this is the trading of LB NaVorro Bowman, the trade whispers surrounding RB Carlos Hyde, and the benching of veteran QB Brian Hoyer. While Packers QB Brett Hundley is likely to receive a fair amount of ownership in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers, Beathard may prove to be the less volatile play as the 49ers aim to figure out what they have in the young Iowa product.
A three year starter in college, Beathard protects the ball and is solid in the short-to-intermediate areas. Thrown into a tough situation down 17-0 against the Washington Redskins in Week 6, Beathard went 19/36, 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception that came on the second to last play of the game. 11 of his completions went for over 10 yards, showing that Beathard is willing to push the ball downfield, and he had a preseason performance where he showed off his ability to scramble with a 6/85/1 rushing stat line.
Coming into a match-up as 6+ home underdogs against a Dallas Cowboys team that has struggled stopping the pass, take the risk and give Beathard a shot.
Marlon Mack (RB, Indianapolis Colts)
Two factors play into the thought that rookie Colts RB Marlon Mack could be in for a big week. First, Frank Gore is coming off a season low 40% snap count in the Week 6 match-up against the Titans. Second, Robert Turbin will miss a significant amount of time with a dislocated shoulder. Mack brings much of what Gore has lacked in recent years, second level explosion and breakaway ability. While Mack has only hit double-digit carries once this year, he did bust out against the 49ers in Week 5 with 9 carries, 91 yards and a touchdown, so the signs of an eventual Mack bust-out game have been there.
Rishard Matthews (WR, Tennessee Titans)
Avergaing 1.89 yards per route route, Titans WR Rishard Matthews leads the team in targets heading into their Week 7 match-up with 38 and yet is still surprisingly underpriced on FanDuel. He will likely see Browns CB Jason McCourty, who played well in recent weeks, but previous to that consistently gave up solid-to-monster stat lines. With either Matthews or fellow WR Eric Decker looking to have good weeks, my money is on Matthews.
Robert Woods (WR, Los Angeles Rams)
With Rams WR Sammy Watkins facing shutdown Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson and the benching of CB Justin Bethel, Rams WR Robert Woods is well worth the value. It’s likely he’ll be running routes against the 34-year-old CB Tramon Williams. With Woods leading the team in targets (37), averaging 1.78 yards per route run, and getting at least 6 targets for 4 weeks straight, Woods provides a solid floor at good value.
George Kittle (TE, SF)
If you’re going to play Beathard, you might as well go with a familiar face in his college teammate TE George Kittle. Over the past two weeks, Kittle has been targeted 17 times for 11 catches, 129 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys have given up several big days to tight ends this year and Kittle is coming off a week where he played in 92% of the 49ers offensive snaps. With the needle pointing up for Kittle and his relationship with Beathard, Kittle can be played on his own or as a stack.
Beathard/Kittle Stack: $9,700 (FD), $10,800 (DK)