It’s another great week of fantasy football on DraftKings in Week 7 with a jumbo-sized, 12-game main slate that has been expanded to include the Sunday Night Football game between the Seahawks and the Cardinals that was originally scheduled for earlier in the day. There was another Milly Maker on the board from DraftKings, giving players a chance to walk away with a big payday in the $3.75M Fantasy Football Millionaire contest. We’ll also keep an eye on the DraftKings Reignmakers lineup. This week, there was a $5K free contest against DJ Khaled, and any entry that beats out Khaled’s will also earn entry to an exclusive $10K contest next week.
You can also find coverage throughout the day on The Dream Stream where Leaderboard Live will keep you up to speed and offer analysis for all the big plays and injuries throughout Sunday.
The Sunday Night Football game was a must-play for your Week 7 fantasy lineups and a must-watch since the NFC West clash between the Seahawks and Cardinals was packed with more drama than could fit in regulation. That’s right! The longest Milly Maker sweat of the season got even longer since the Seahawks and Cardinals needed overtime. Even in overtime there were more twists and turns to the story, but ultimately the Cardinals got the win to hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season on Zane Gonzalez’s second try to end the game with a field goal. In the Milly Maker, ‘ncorfield8K’ came out on top after the wild finish with big games from Tyler Lockett ($6,600; 56.0 DKFP) and Russell Wilson ($8,000; 35.92 DKFP). The drive the Seahawks had between Gonzalez’s miss and his make was just enough to put that entry in the lead and a nine-yard catch by DeAndre Hopkins ($8,200; 28.3 DKFP) on the first play after a Wilson interception moved it three points clear of the field. The 279.02 DKFP is an impressive total and congrats to the winning entry, which got over 21.0 DKFP from every spot except the D/ST, where Washington ($2,500; 17.0 DKFP) still had a very solid total.
Our leader at halftime of the Sunday night game, ‘wjm51979’ had the lead when Gonzalez appeared to kick the game-winning FG earlier in OT, but his own coach had to call time out to avoid a delay of game penalty. After the miss, that entry slid down to No. 3 after being passed by ‘ismdown’ on that late Hopkins grab, as well. The ‘ismdown’ entry also had Kyler Murray ($7,100; 41.1 DKFP) at QB, and the second to last play of the game could have made him the winner if Kyler had connected on his shot to the end zone. In another layer of drama, the leaderboard would have looked totally different if the Seahawks had walked off winners, which it looked like they had before a long DK Metcalf ($7,200; 4.3 DKFP) touchdown was taken off the board due to a holding penalty.
The ReignMaker of the week, DJ Khaled, finished with a decent 124.02 DKFP, but definitely left plenty of room for players to outscore him by not playing any players in the Sunday Night Football game. His team was led by Matt Ryan ($6,700; 21.52 DKFP), Chris Godwin ($6,300; 23.8 DKFP) and Keenan Allen ($6,200; 25.5 DKFP). If your lineup finishes ahead of his this week and you were entered in the $5K freeroll with him, you’ll gain entry into an exclusive $10K contest next week, as well.
Note: Leaderboard standings and results current as of 10:05 p.m. ET
Fantasy Football Highlights
Sunday Night Football — Second Half
The Sunday Night Football game was a thriller, even if the fantasy production slowed down significantly in the second half. Kyler Murray ran for a touchdown in the third quarter to close the game to within three points which set up another highlight reel catch from Tyler Lockett, who grabbed some toe drag swag while giving his team a 10-point lead with under seven minutes left in the game.
The Cardinals got a second touchdown from Christian Kirk ($4,900; 20.7 DKFP) to get to within three points after an awful penalty from the Seahawks kept their drive alive, and they were able to drive down the field at the end of regulation to set up a game-tying kick from Zane Gonzalez.
In overtime, the Cardinals and Seahawks both appeared to have won the game at different times, but ultimately, this Russell Wilson interception set up Zane Gonzalez for his shot at redemption.
Sunday Night Football — First Half
The Seahawks and Cardinals met in an NFC West clash on Sunday Night Football in the final game of the main slate. This is the first main slate of this season that has included the primetime game, making it a longer sweat before contests come to a close.
The Seahawks came out firing with Tyler Lockett ($6,600) making this impressive one-handed grab and capping off the opening drive by catching a touchdown toss from Russell Wilson ($8,000).
The Cardinals answered back with a touchdown strike from Kyler Murray ($7,100) to DeAndre Hopkins ($8,200), and then they got an interception by the goal line from Budda Baker, who looked ready to go for a pick-6 before being chased down by a hustling DK Metcalf ($7,200) in the highlight below. It ended up being a touchdown-saving play since the Cardinals went for it on fourth down on the ensuing possession and were unable to convert. You don’t get any fantasy points for Metcalf’s chase down play, but he’ll definitely earn big props in the film room and plenty of respect from coaches for years to come for the effort.
The Seahawks built their lead with a touchdown run from Carlos Hyde ($4,000) and then answered a Christian Kirk ($4,900) touchdown with another long score from Lockett. While Metcalf had the most memorable highlight, it was Lockett who posted over over 35.0 DKFP in the first half with over 125 yards and his two scores.
4 p.m. ET games — Second Half
In the second half of the late games, the Chiefs D/ST continued to thrive in the snow with the fumble recovery in the highlight below. Patrick Mahomes ($7,400; 12.0 DKFP) hit Tyreek Hill ($6,400; 17.5 DKFP) for a touchdown as well to put Kansas City up 36-9. Chad Henne ($4,000; 6.32 DKFP) came in at QB at the end of the game and ran for a score after Melvin Gordon III ($5,500; 14.0 DKFP) found the end zone for the Broncos. The Chiefs ended up with a 43-16 win and have now outscored the Broncos 96-25 in their past three games combined.
In one of the more entertaining contests of the late window, the Chargers and Jaguars played a back-and-forth contest with big plays in each direction. Justin Herbert ($6,400; 41.48 DKFP) threw two touchdowns in the third quarter — the first to Virgil Green ($2,500; 9.6 DKFP), who was hurt in the process — and the second to Jalen Guyton ($3,200; 16.4 DKFP) in the 70-yard touchdown strike highlighted below. Herbert also ran for a score at the end of the quarter to put his team up eight going into the final quarter. He finished with the best total by a QB on the slate to this point with 347 passing yards and three touchdowns in addition to 66 rushing yards with another touchdown.
San Francisco continued to dominate their trip to New England, as Jeff Wilson Jr. ($4,000; 35.0 DKFP) scored his third touchdown of the game, but was also injured on the play and unable to return. San Francisco still cruised to a 33-6 win, though, and New England even tried to give Jarrett Stidham ($5,000; 1.86 DKFP) some time in garbage time, but he struggled badly.
The Buccaneers also had a comfortable win over the Raiders, who closed to within one score at one point on a touchdown by Darren Waller ($6,100; 17.0 DKFP), but Ronald Jones ($6,200; 10.6 DKFP) ran for a score and Tom Brady ($6,600; 39.86 DKFP) threw for four touchdowns to four different pass-catchers and 369 yards as the Bucs dominated for a 45-20 win in Vegas.
4 p.m. ET games — First Half
The main slate rolled on into the second wave of games, which included four games. The Raiders hosted the Bucs in what would have been the Sunday Night Football game before the schedule adjustment. After Nelson Agholor ($3,900) put Las Vegas on the board early, Tom Brady ($6,600) answered with a rushing touchdown of his own and then connected with his main man Rob Gronkowski ($4,600) in the highlight below. Brady threw his second passing touchdown of the day just before halftime to Scotty Miller ($3,700), putting the Bucs up 21-10.
In snowy Denver, the Broncos and Chiefs met in an AFC West contest. Kansas City went up early on a touchdown from Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($6,100), but the Broncos responded with a touchdown from Drew Lock ($5,100). Lock threw this pick-six, though, as Daniel Sorensen put the Chiefs up, 17-6. A field goal cut the lead to 17-9, but the Chiefs DST ($4,300) stepped up with a 101-yard touchdown return from Byron Pringle to go up 24-9 at halftime.
Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,300) returned to New England to face his former team in another of the late games, but it was the 49ers’ run game that was dominating in the first half. Jeff Wilson Jr. ($4,000) was able to return from injury and score two rushing touchdowns while Kyle Juszczyk ($4,000) had another rushing score as San Francisco built a dominant 23-3 lead at halftime.
The final game in the late window featured the Jaguars and the Chargers meeting in Los Angeles. After an early FG, the Chargers got the touchdown in the highlight below from Joe Reed ($3,000) on a jet sweep to go up 9-0. The Chargers kept putting up points as Justin Herbert ($6,400) hit Donald Parham ($2,500) early in the second quarter, but Jacksonville answered back with a four-yard touchdown run and a nine-yard touchdown catch by James Robinson ($6,200) to rally to only trail 16-14 at halftime.
1 p.m. ET games — Second Half
Seven early games wrapped up in the early window, leaving us four more at around 4 p.m. ET and the Sunday Night Football game still in play. In Houston, Davante Adams ($7,900; 47.5 DKFP) continued to pour it on the Texans’ secondary, scoring his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter after Deshaun Watson ($6,800; 27.12 DKFP) hit David Johnson ($5,300; 17.3 DKFP) to get the Texans on the board earlier in the third quarter. Jamaal Williams ($4,000; 21.4 DKFP) had a rushing touchdown for the Packers, who held on despite a late touchdown catch from Will Fuller V ($6,800; 12.5 DKFP). Green Bay bounced back from their tough loss in Tampa Bay with a nice 35-20 win over the still-struggling Texans.
Down 27-7 at halftime, the unbeaten Titans rallied against the unbeaten Steelers, starting with the big play from A.J. Brown ($6,300; 30.3 DKFP), who hauled in the 73-yard touchdown highlighted below from Ryan Tannehill ($6,200; 17.3 DKFP). After a Steelers penalty, Derrick Henry ($7,500; 15.2 DKFP) punched in a short touchdown to pull the Titans to within 27-24, but Stephen Gostkowski missed the kick that would have sent the game to overtime.
The Bills kicked two FGs in the third quarter and took a 12-10 lead over the Jets. In the fourth quarter, the offense continued to bog down but got two more FGs to go up 18-10. The Jets dropped to 0-7 with the loss although the Bills were not convincing in their victory. In another FG kicking contest in the second half, the Lions kicked another long FG in the third quarter to trail by a single point going into the final quarter. After Matt Prater missed a FG that could have given them the lead, the Lions defense stepped up and forced a fumble from Matt Ryan ($6,700; 21.52 DKFP) which gave Prater another chance. He converted from 49 yards and the Lions took a 16-14 lead. Russell Gage ($4,400; 11.4 DKFP) helped the Falcons drive down the field for a TD from Todd Gurley ($6,000; 22.2 DKFP), who scored a touchdown but left too much time for the Lions, who got this game-winning touchdown from T.J. Hockenson ($5,000; 16.9 DKFP) to pull out a 23-22 win.
In one of the most exciting games from the early window, the Browns tied the Battle of Ohio with a second touchdown from Harrison Bryant ($2,500; 21.6 DKFP), who stepped into a much bigger role with Austin Hooper (illness) ruled out before the game and Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) hurt on the first offensive play of the day. After a Bengals FG, Baker Mayfield ($5,600; 30.78 DKFP) hit his other TE, David Njoku ($3,000; 10 DKFP) for the touchdown that gave Cleveland a 24-20 lead. The Bengals’ dynamic rookie duo still had plenty of time, though, and Joe Burrow ($5,500; 38.64 DKFP) was able to find Tee Higgins ($5,300; 18.8 DKFP) for a touchdown. After a Kareem Hunt ($6,800; 19.2 DKFP) receiving touchdown, Burrow found Giovani Bernard ($4,500; 20.6 DKFP) for a touchdown with just over one minute left to put the Bengals back ahead, 34-31. Mayfield still had enough time, though, and found Donovan Peoples-Jones ($3,000; 14.6 DKFP) for the below touchdown with 0:11 left. When the Bengals’ Hail Mary fell just short, the Browns escaped with a narrow 37-34 victory.
In Washington, the Dallas Cowboys were already behind 22-3 when Andy Dalton ($6,000; 3.6 DKFP) took a brutal hit to the head and appeared to be knocked out by Jon Bostic, who was ejected from the game. Dalton was replaced by Ben DiNucci ($4,100; 1.56 DKFP), who struggled and was unable to get the offense going in the Cowboys’ 25-3 loss. Antonio Gibson ($5,000; 21.8 DKFP) was the star for Washington, which got its second win of the season.
In the Big Easy, Teddy Bridgewater ($5,800; 19.16 DKFP) and the Panthers tied the game on a rushing touchdown from Curtis Samuel ($3,900; 17.3 DFKP). The Saints answered with a FG, and when Joey Slye’s 65-yard attempt came up just short, New Orleans and Drew Brees ($6,100; 24.68 DKFP) escaped with a 27-24 win despite missing some key players on offense.
1 p.m. ET games — First Half
The Green Bay Packers scored the first touchdown of the day on a three-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers ($7,000) to Davante Adams ($7,900) in the highlight below. Adams piled up 109 yards on eight catches in the first half and already has over 25 DKFP. Later in the first half, Rodgers threw two more TDs to Jace Sternberger ($2,500) and Malik Taylor ($3,000) as the Packers opened up a 21-0 lead.
The Saints also got on the board early with Drew Brees ($6,100) finding Jared Cook ($4,300) early and adding a rushing score later in the half. Teddy Bridgewater ($5,800) and D.J. Moore ($5,600) had an answer, though, connecting on a massive 74-yard touchdown in the highlight below. Just after the two-minute warning, Moore scored a second touchdown to give the Panthers a 17-14 lead and get over 20 DKFP in the first half. Brees wasn’t done, though, connecting with Deonte Harris ($3,000) on a four-yard touchdown just before the half to put the Saints back in the lead, 21-17.
Connected like the WiFi‼️ pic.twitter.com/F6qma6s3L9— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 25, 2020
The Pittsburgh Steelers struck first in the battle of undefeated teams, taking a 7-0 lead over the Tennessee Titans on a touchdown toss from Ben Roethlisberger ($6,600) to Diontae Johnson ($4,200). After Benny Snell Jr. ($4,000) vultured a short touchdown, the Titans answered back with a four-yard touchdown catch from Corey Davis ($4,800). Roethlisberger led the Steelers on another good drive, though, capped by the second touchdown from Johnson highlighted below as Pittsburgh went up 24-7 at halftime.
The New York Jets are threatening many survivor league plays by getting off to a strong start against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East matchup. After an early FG, La’Mical Perine ($4,200) got his first NFL touchdown in the highlight below, which put the Jets up, 10-0. The Bills got a pair of field goals before halftime but still trail, 10-6.
After a breakout last week, D’Andre Swift ($5,400) got started early for the Lions against the Falcons. Todd Gurley ($6,000) answered back with a touchdown of his own. Just before halftime, Atlanta took the lead on a touchdown catch by Calvin Ridley ($7,300) and the Lions answered with a long FG to make the halftime score 14-10.
The two Ohio teams met in Cincinnati, where the Bengals welcomed in the Browns. After Baker Mayfield ($5,600) threw an interception on his first pass, Odell Beckham Jr. ($6,100; knee) was forced to leave the game with a potentially serious injury he sustained while trying to chase down the returner. Joe Burrow ($5,500) scored on a QB sneak, as Cincinnati built a 10-3 lead before a Harrison Bryant ($2,500) touchdown tied the score at 10-10. Burrow had an answer, though, with an 11-yard touchdown to Tyler Boyd ($5,400)
Washington got an early safety as the Cowboys continued to struggle in the highlight below, and later added a touchdown from Antonio Gibson ($5,000). In the second quarter, Kyle Allen ($5,200) hit Terry McLaurin ($5,800) for a 52-yard touchdown and later connected with Logan Thomas ($3,500) to put the Football Team up, 22-3.
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