Ride or Die: The Fantasy Footballers Predictions for Week 7
New name, same great segment. “Ride or Die” pits The Ballers against each other with three players to meet a certain number each week. Each Baller will pick the player to “Ride” or “Die” with the stat, similar to a “prop” bet.
Each week I will be here to recap where each of the Ballers took the wheel or gave a nice tuck and roll out of the vehicle for each one. Of course, I’ll weigh in as well and we’ll keep score throughout the season so you can see how smart I really am.
As always, let me know if you’re jumping in the passenger’s seat with me or think I’m driving the crazy train here or on Twitter: @KurtKnowsBest.
“Ride or Die” Scoreboard
It’s not worth playing if you don’t have a winner, right? Mike and Jason were a perfect three for three last week, while Andy and I both got two correct together. On the season, Jason still has a solid two-prediction lead as we head into the middle of the fantasy regular season.
Week 7 “Ride or Die” Predictions
Dameon Pierce (HOU) at Las Vegas: 100 total yards
Pierce and the Texans are coming off a bye week and riding their only win of the season as they head to Las Vegas. Houston’s rookie RB has been a top-12 finisher at the position three straight weeks (RB10, RB6, and RB12) and seems to have a stranglehold on the work in the Texans’ offense.
Jason moved the line from 90 to 100 total yards and was willing to “Ride” with “Dameon Fierce.” The Big Shimmy argues that regardless of the matchup, the Texans are going to lean into Pierce as often as possible. Mike is riding along with Jason on this one.
Andy was the only Baller to “Die” on the prediction and I’ll join him. The Raiders’ defense actually poses a tougher threat than their 13th overall ranking against opposing RBs suggests. Through five games, the Raiders have only allowed one RB 100 total yards in a game and that was Derek Henry in Week 3. Of course, that’s probably mainly due to their awful pass defense.
Romeo Doubs (GB) at Washington: Double Digit Fantasy Points (Half-PPR)
The Packers’ rookie WR has cooled off over the last three weeks after putting up a WR12 finish in Week 3. Doubs has failed to finish inside the top 24 three weeks straight, despite averaging seven targets per week and seeing 93% of snaps in that stretch.
Andy was a quick – and only – “Die” on this prediction, arguing that Doubs has only even hit this mark twice so far this season. He also thinks the other pieces in Green Bay, like Aaron Jones, will play a bigger role in Green Bay’s success against the ‘Manders than Doubs.
Despite the down back-to-back weeks, Jason is a “Ride” with Doubs, arguing that he believes that Aaron Rodgers will figure out what will work for this offense. Mike is a “Ride” as well due to the poor passing defense in Washington. I’ll hop in the back seat with Mike and Jason on this prediction.
Tom Brady (TB) at Carolina: Top-6 QB
Originally this line had Brady finishing inside the top eight, but the Ballers moved it to top six because they were all in agreement. Brady dropped outside of the top 12 last week after having back-to-back weeks at QB7 or higher.
Mike makes it a “Ride” on all three picks this week arguing that having a handful of the top-end QBs on bye with a good matchup for Brady will allow him to get inside the top six QBs.
Andy and Jason are both a “Die” on this prediction and I’ll join along. Carolina allows 24 points per game to opposing offenses, but they haven’t allowed a single QB a top-6 fantasy finish any week this season.
Kurt’s Week 7 Bonus Picks
Kyler Murray (ARI) vs New Orleans: 300 Combined Passing/Rushing Yards
Finally, maybe, just possibly, a Thursday night game that won’t put everyone to sleep early as the Cardinals host the Saints. Arizona’s offense has been disappointing for fantasy managers, only scoring more than 20 points three times through six games. With injuries starting to pile up at the Cardinals’ skill positions, Murray will be relied upon even more to make this offense turn things around.
Getting to 300 total yards may not seem like much for Kyler, but he’s actually only done it twice this season and one time was in an OT game in Week 2. The Saints’ defense is coming off two straight games of allowing 30 points, so Murray may have a path to fantasy success. While the Saints have only given up a combined 300 yards to a QB once this season, they’ve come very close when facing dual-threat QBs in Marcus Mariota (287 in Week 1) and Geno Smith (281 in Week 5).
I’ll bet on the talent of Kyler to come through and “Ride” with this prediction.
Darnell Mooney (CHI) at New England: 70 Receiving Yards
Mooney was a popular mid-round selection during draft season as he was poised to be the main – and possibly only – receiving target for Justin Fields in Chicago. The Bears started the season refusing the throw the ball, but in the last few weeks have opened things up more in the passing game, which has led to increased opportunity for Mooney. The third-year wideout has posted at least 50 receiving yards in three straight weeks, including 94 yards in Week 4 against the Giants.
Taking on a tough New England team on the road will make hitting 70 yards difficult, but the Patriots have given up at least 70 yards to an opposing receiver in all but one game this season.
I’ll “Ride” will Mooney on this line, hoping he can keep his production streak alive.
Kenneth Walker III (SEA) at LA Chargers: Top-8 RB
The Seahawks gave Kenneth Walker III every opportunity to show he deserved a full workload last week against Arizona, and he repaid them with a productive starting debut with 97 yards and a TD. Walker’s first game in the lead role led to an RB8 fantasy finish on just 69% of snaps and without adding much on the receiving end. There’s still room for his production to increase.
Walker’s second starting week offers a juicy matchup against a Chargers team that allows the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. The Seahawks rookie should have every opportunity to put up big numbers again this weekend.
I’ll “Ride” with Walker on this prediction.