NFL Week 7 features a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers starting at 8:20 p.m. ET.
If you’re unfamiliar with the single-game NFL DFS format, it differs a bit on DraftKings and FanDuel. On DraftKings, you have one “captain” spot and five flexes. The captain will score 1.5x fantasy points, but he also costs 1.5x salary. That means if you want to roster Jonathan Taylor at Captain and take advantage of the scoring boost, you’ll have to pay $16,500 as opposed to $11,000.
FanDuel’s single-game format features one “MVP” spot and four flexes. The MVP also scores 1.5x fantasy points, but he doesn’t cost any additional salary. That takes away a bit of the strategy and makes the goal simple: Get your highest-scoring player in the MVP spot.
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This matchup doesn’t feature a ton of fantasy superstars, and points are expected to be at a premium. The total currently sits at 42.5 points, and the 49ers are listed as 3.5-point home favorites. That gives them a slight edge in implied team total.
Another thing worth noting is the current weather forecast in San Francisco. It calls for heavy rain and winds, which is another factor that could impact the scoring. The conditions could make it especially difficult to pass the football.
Taylor is the only true fantasy stud in this contest, and he’s been rolling of late. He’s scored at least 23.4 DraftKings points in each of his past three games, and he’s gone for at least 31.8 in his past two. He’s scored five touchdowns over that time frame, and he’s also recorded a 100-yard rushing game and a 100-yard receiving game.