Monday Night Football FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for Week 7 Bears-Rams single-game tournaments

The Bears and the Rams close out Week 7 in a clash of NFC teams in the playoff hunt. Both will be looking to win to keep pace in their difficult divisions and with both teams sporting strong defenses, this Monday Night Football game could be a defensive struggle. NFL DFS players should be excited to craft lineups for this slate, and our FanDuel single-game lineup is favoring one side with some sleeper picks.

With no defenses available in FanDuel’s single-game format, our strategy was about finding potential scoring candidates and fading most of the big names on the slate, as they could get shut down in difficult matchups. As a result, we ended up spending $3,000 less than our budget and targeted a Bears-heavy lineup that assumes the Rams are going to have a lot of trouble moving the ball on one of the NFL’s toughest defenses.

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FanDuel Single-Game Picks: Rams vs. Bears

MVP (1.5x points): David Montgomery, Bears ($11,500)

Montgomery may not seem like the ideal pick for MVP when you see the likes of Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Allen Robinson available in this slate, but as mentioned, we’re fading most of the better players in tough matchups in this contest. As such, Montgomery makes sense as a candidate here. He’s a true workhorse back who is averaging 17 touches and 78 yards per game this season. Even if he doesn’t get a ton of yards, the opportunities will be there, and he could always get a TD. Montgomery is averaging 11.8 FanDuel points per game (FDPPG) this season, and if the Bears feed him early and often and continue to target him in the passing game (11 total targets the past two games), he should pay off here as a high-floor option in what should be a defensive battle.

FLEX: Cooper Kupp, Rams ($14,500)

Kupp is the most expensive player we’re paying up for, and he’s also the only Ram in our lineup at all. The reason for this is simple. Chicago has a great defense and a particularly good secondary that should shut down most of the passing game for the Rams. Still, the Rams will move the ball a bit, and their best chance to do that will be via Kupp, who is averaging 8.5 targets per game in his past four outings and has posted double-digit FD points in half of his games this year. His worst outing came last week against the 49ers, but he had plenty of opportunities to convert big plays and even score in that game, but he just couldn’t do it. At the very least, he should rack up some catches against the Bears, and in the best-case scenario, he could go for over 100 yards and find the end zone.

FLEX: Nick Foles, Bears ($13,500)

Foles over Jared Goff may seem like an odd pick, but given that Goff has struggled under pressure during his career, I’ll take the cheaper option with Foles. The Bears QB has at least one TD in each of his four games this season, and while he hasn’t put up big numbers, he is averaging 38 passing attempts per game this season. The opportunity is there for Foles to make some plays, and he’s likely to be lower-owned than Goff. He’s worth a chance for some lineup differentiation given that he could go for a couple of TDs if this game breaks right.

WEEK 8 STANDARD RANKINGS: 
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

FLEX: Jimmy Graham, Bears ($9,500)

Normally, if I have a quarterback in a single-game lineup, I want to pair him with his No. 1 weapon if possible. However, this time around, I’m going with Graham since he is one of Foles’ preferred red-zone targets. Graham has seen nine red-zone targets so far this season, which is tied for the third most in the NFL. He has four TDs on those plays, and when the Bears get down near the goal line, Graham may be Foles’ first read if Jalen Ramsey is guarding Allen Robinson. The Rams have allowed the 13th-most FD points to TEs, so this may be an area that the Bears can exploit. Graham is a good sub-$10K option and could even be a nice contrarian MVP pick due to his TD upside. 

WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: 
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

FLEX: Darnell Mooney, Bears ($8,000)

Mooney is a nice sleeper pick. The rookie is emerging as the Bears’ No. 2 receiver and has averaged 6.0 targets per game his past four outings. The targets haven’t translated to big production — he’s averaging just 5.72 FD points per game this year — but he could break a long catch at any time. Mooney could get a lot of looks on Monday night with Ramsey on Robinson and even if he just catches a handful of short to intermediate passes, that could be enough to carry this lineup in a defensive battle. With Foles and all of his weapons (minus Robinson) in this lineup, we’ll be in good shape if the Bears can move the ball on the Rams enough and get a couple of scores.

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