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Here are your best DraftKings values for the Week 8 games. I usually play the early slate because I like counting my winnings before dinner time. But because we only have a smaller main slate, I will make an exception. The best strategy this week with the tight salaries is to get your studs at running back (Todd Gurley, James Conner, Kareem Hunt, Saquon Barkley) and go cheaper at the other positions. So wide receivers, quarterbacks, and tight ends will be heavily featured here.
Quarterbacks – QBs you can get for equal or less than $6,000 in Draftkings
Jared Goff ($6,000) – LAR
Love, me some Jared Goff this week. He is my highest ranked quarterback on the week and thus has a great return of value at $6K. Stack him with literally any combination of Rams’ players and you should be good to go. Goff, Todd Gurley, Robert Woods, and Brandin Cooks all in the same lineup? You’ll probably be in good hands. In the three games that the Rams have allowed over 20 points, Goff has averaged 380 passing yards. and three touchdowns. The Rams are going to have score in this game, and it could be behind Goff’s arm especially at home. Goff has averaged over 28 fantasy points per game at home this season.
Derek Carr ($5,200) – OAK
GPP play of the week is Derek Carr. He has the Colts in Week 8, and they have allowed the 15th fewest fantasy points to the QB this season. The Raiders are ninth in the NFL in passing attempts and face the team that is first in the league in that category. Oakland at home also averages 10 more passing attempts allowed than on the road. The Colts before the Derek Anderson game (irrelevant) had allowed multiple passing touchdowns in three straight games. They have also allowed at least 240 passing yards in every single game that did not feature Derek Anderson. And with no Amari Cooper, Carr will not have to deal with any dropped passes! I think Carr has something to prove in this game, and will just be straight chucking the ball.
Alex Smith ($5,000) – WAS
The Giants’ defense is becoming very attractive to opposing quarterbacks. Smith has been very disappointing this season making him a perfect GPP target. He has finished as QB16 or worse in five straight games. But with the Giants on full take mode, Smith could produce in this matchup. He has thrown for at least 250 yards in both road starts this year, and the Giants rank dead last in sacks per game at home. 9.2% pressure rate for the Giants is third-worst in the NFL. I fully expect the Redskins to dominate in the trenches so Smith could be extremely effective in this game.
Jalen Richard ($4,200) – OAK
Richard has scored at least 11.7 PPR points in four or six games so far this season. The run game for Oakland has been struggling overall, which is why Richard has the most upside at the running back position. With Cooper also being traded away that opens up an even larger target share for Richard to thrive. This Raiders squad looks to be going all in on 2019, which means the garbage time check downs are going to be absolutely a real thing. The matchup in Week 8 against the Colts is also nice, particularly for Richard. The Colts have yielded the second most receptions (49) to the running back position so far in 2018. Via Evan Silva on Rotoworld: Despite an early bye, Richard ranks top ten among NFL backs in targets (37), catches (31), and receiving yards (253). And it’s hardly out of the question Richard will see an uptick in the post- Marshawn Lynch carries.
Isaiah Crowell ($3,700) – NYJ
I killed him in this week’s article, but for DFS his price is way too cheap to not have in your cash and tournament lineups. Expect Crowell to get the majority of carries in the Jets’ backfield, but also expect him to be involved in the passing game as well. When healthy Powell only slightly edged out Crowell as a pass catcher. Powell had 18 targets vs Crowell’s 13 targets. With no Powell, do not just assume Trenton Cannon will just find himself with a large market share in the passing game within the Powell role. Because the Powell role did not have a large target market share.
Devontae Booker ($3,700) – DEN
This same script screams Denver playing catchup, which could open an opportunity for Booker to catch a ton of passes. If Royce Freeman misses, Booker will most likely see backup work to Philip Lindsay. On the season Booker has the slight edge on Lindsay with 2o targets versus Lindsay’s 18. Booker has run 98 passing routes versus Lindsay’s 72. Lindsay has the edge in yards per route run, however, at 1.95 versus Booker’s 1.65. Lindsay is another great option but comes in at a slightly higher cost of $5,200.
Jordy Nelson ($4,700) – OAK
Lock him into you cash plays all across the board. Amari Cooper is gone, which gives Nelson a large boost in target market share. Colts have allowed the second most receptions to the wide receiver position over the past four weeks.
Michael Crabtree ($4,800) – BAL
Crabtree is the target share leader on the second-heaviest pass offense in the NFL, and he is priced at a mere $4,800. 8, 12,9, and 9 are his total targets over the past four weeks. Another cash play lock. The weakness of the Panthers’ defense is their secondary so exploit it with Crabtree.
O.J. Howard ($3,900) – TB
Howard has now had at least 54 yards receiving in every single game this season that he has played. He saw a season-high nine targets in Week 7 and faces the Bengals that have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the tight end position. Howard is a viable option in both cash and tournament plays. He has shown this year that he can be pretty consistent but possesses a massive upside. And at 3.9K? BUY, BUY, BUY. The Bengals have allowed the fifth most red-zone touches to the tight end position.
C.J. Uzomah ($3,500) – CIN
He is for sure a top ten option this week. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are awful against the tight end position. In their last five games, they have allowed a top 6 tight end finish. They have allowed five tight ends to score 15 plus fantasy points against them. No other team has allowed more than 2. Factor in that Uzomah has run the 4th most routes at the tight end position over the last two weeks, makes him a great play across all DFS games. Justin Evans the Buccaneers safety has allowed 1.03 fantasy points per route run this season to opposing tight ends. That is more than 50% to the second highest player.
Mark Andrews ($2,900) – BAL
The Carolina Panthers gives up the 2nd most fantasy points to the TE position. He has run the most routes of the Ravens’ tight ends this season, and leads the position group in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. Absolutely dirt cheap at $2,900. Throw him in your tournament lineups.
Michael Roberts ($2,500) – DET
In the games two games that Michael Roberts has played, he has scored 3 touchdowns. Roberts is no stranger to the end zone as he scored 16 touchdowns in his final collegiate season. Again a very cheap play that makes a lot of options for your lineups. His price did not adjust based on his performance from last week. He leads the Lions in red zone touchdowns. Seattle allows the fewest red-zone targets to the WR position. Stafford could be looking Roberts’ way frequently in the red zone.