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Best bang for your NFL Week 7 daily fantasy buck
By Scott Rickenbach

Daily Fantasy has woven itself into the fabric of sports betting, whether the leagues want to consider it gambling or not. Each week, regular DFS player Scott Rickenbach breaks down the best buys in NFL daily fantasy, comparing players priced in the same range to give you the edge when it comes to which player is the best bang for your DFS buck.

Running backs

Dexter McCluster, Tennessee Titans ($5,200) vs. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,500)

The Titans have a trio of running backs splitting the work, but with the Falcons on deck this weekend, McCluster has an opportunity to build on a breakout performance last week. The versatile back put together 11.7 DFS points on 23 yards rushing and 19 yards receiving with a touchdown catch versus Miami. It’s that ability to make plays after the catch that has McCluster in our sights this week, as Atlanta has allowed 466 yards receiving to running backs, the most in the NFL.

Sproles DFS value has been waning in recent weeks, especially with the emergence of DeMarco Murray as the bell-cow back in Philadelphia. Sproles started the season with a bang, posting 16.1 points in Week 1 and 17.6 in Week 3, but has totaled a combined 5.9 DFS points in the past two games. Sproles and the Eagles take on the vaunted Carolina defense, which returned LB Luke Kuechly last week and is allowing only 257 yards receiving to running backs, and that’s where Sproles makes his money.

Buy: McCluster

Wide receivers

Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns ($6,600) vs. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals ($6,700)

Benjamin has been a home-run hitter for the Browns this season, with five catches for 25 yards or more. Cleveland’s offense thrives on that big-play ability but runs into a stingy St. Louis defense that likes to keep the ball in front of them. The Rams have allowed only four passing plays of 25 yards or more, which is the lowest across the league. St. Louis’ dominating defensive line will try to pressure QB Josh McCown and not give him time to strike deep to Benjamin.

Brown stepped up with a huge game in Week 6, catching 10 of the 14 balls thrown his way for an incredible 196 yards in a loss to the Steelers. Arizona’s small speedster has four plays of 25 yards or more and won’t face much resistance against a Ravens stop unit that has been blown up for 17 passing plays of 25-plus yards already this year. Brown has steadily improved each week this season and while another 190-yard performance is unlikely, you’re getting a steal at this current price.

Buy: Brown

Tight ends

Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,600) vs. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys ($5,600)

Thomas found paydirt for the first time as a Jaguar last week, catching seven of 13 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Houston. Thomas suffered a rib injury in that game and his status was uncertain earlier in week, however, he practiced Wednesday and appears to be ready to take the field against the Bills in London, England Sunday morning. Buffalo has struggled containing tight ends, allowing 323 yards and three touchdowns to TEs so far this year.

Witten has been a Giant killer throughout his career but without Tony Romo throwing him the ball and Dez Bryant get most of the secondaries attention, big No. 82 will draw the ire of the New York defense Sunday. Matt Cassel steps under center for the Cowboys, replacing Brandon Weeden who only targeted Witten 12 times in his two starts. The Giants will likely take away Witten and force Dallas’ other receiving options to hurt them in Week 7.

Buy: Thomas