HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23:  Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants rushes the ball against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

5 Fantasy Football Matchups to Exploit in Week 7

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Each week we set you up nice for exploitable matchups backed by numbers and analysis. In Week 7, there are some of the best combinations we've seen all season. Here are the best fantasy football matchups to exploit heading into Week 7. 

1. Quarterback: Jared Goff - Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

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The 49ers up-tempo pace (fifth-fastest situation-neutral pace) will put the Rams on the field for more plays than usual, and that's music to the ears of this offense. The whole country just saw Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who hadn't led the team to 30-plus points yet this season, get back on the good foot against the 49ers. Goff and the Rams have been sleepwalking in each of these last two weeks, so look for them to put it on a 49ers defense that had one less day to prepare this week. 

2. Running Back: Saquon Barkley - New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons

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We have targeted the Falcons with excellent results from running backs all season -- in fact, the 18.6 FanDuel fantasy points that Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber dropped on them last week were a season-low for RB1s this season. The Falcons have allowed the most receptions (8.8) and targets (11) per game to running backs this season, and that's Barkley's bread and butter  

3. Wide Receiver: Willie Snead - Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints

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There are people out there that don't subcribe to "revenge game" narratives -- and that's ok, you don't have to. However, it's a nice side caveat to highlight while mentioning that No. 2 and slot receivers have been quite profitable against the Saints secondary this season. Snead has at least seven targets in four of the last five games, so look for him to be a big part of a Ravens' attack that'll mostly come through the air -- the Saints have the NFL's No. 1 run defense but allow the third-most passing yards (298) per game. 

4. Tight End: David Njoku - Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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No other team in the NFL allows more FanDuel fantasy points (16.9) per game to the tight end position this season. It's no surprise that Njoku's numbers have increased at the same time rookie Baker Mayfield took over as the starting quarterback. In fact, Njoku has at least 11 targets in each of the last two games, and at least seven targets in all but one game this season. 

5. Defense/Special Teams: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills

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Things have gotten so bad for the Bills starting quarterback situation that they are now resorting to a guy that was on vacation with his family two weeks ago. The Colts defense hasn't been anywhere near as bad as years previous -- despite having only 10 sacks, they have the third-most QB hits (41) in the NFL. Look for them to pressure Bills quarterback Derek Anderson early and often in this game, hopefully, creating some turnovers in the process. If Nathan Peterman ends up relieving him, that's the proverbial cherry on top.

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Al Walsh is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Al Walsh also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username 14AdotWalsh. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.