Week 8 of the NFL DFS season is here and by now, savvy fantasy players have figured out who the top values are. Pricing has gotten tighter and there are less insane value picks available at any price point. Plus, bye weeks have thinned the player pool a bit making it slightly harder to differentiate our lineups. Still, there are a handful of solid plays on the lineup and injuries and trades have opened up opportunities for guys to produce. We’re making sure to target them in our FanDuel GPP lineup for this week, and they will be a crucial part of our daily fantasy strategy.
We didn’t end up targeting a QB-WR stack as we normally do, we ended up with one contrarian stack of a couple of Browns weapons. Believe it or not, that may pan out this week, and the relative cost of these guys allowed us to spend up at RB and target some solid volume receivers that could be in position to pay off. And as we’ve seen this season, paying up for big-time RBs has panned out, so we want to stick with what works.
Week 8 Standard Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
With all that said, here’s a look at our FanDuel tournament lineup for Week 8 of the NFL season.
WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Week 8 FanDuel Picks: NFL DFS tournament lineup
QB Mitchell Trubisky, Bears vs. Jets ($7,700). Trubisky has been generating a lot of rushing yards, and he had a season-high 81 yards and a TD on the ground last week to go along with 300-plus passing yards and a couple scores through the air. The Bears may not need to throw as much against the Jets as they did against the Patriots, but the Jets secondary is banged up. Three of their top-five defensive backs were out last week, so Trubisky could take advantage of that in Week 8. We also like saving money at QB and since Trubisky is just ninth-ranked in salary at QB, he’s a solid value.
RB Kareem Hunt, Chiefs vs. Broncos ($8,100). Hunt had three TDs last week and he is a huge part of the Chiefs offense. The Broncos just shut down the Cardinals running game, but they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to RBs this season. Hunt should have a monster game and we’re saving $2,900 off the positional ceiling. That seems like a winning proposition to us.
RB James Conner, Steelers vs. Browns ($8,000). Last time the Steelers played the Browns, Conner totaled 192 scrimmage and two scores. With Le’Veon Bell still out, Conner should have a chance to put up similarly strong numbers and continue on as a workhorse. He will be out to prove himself again, so grabbing him for $8,000 could be a worthwhile investment.
WEEK 8 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings
WR Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Buccaneers ($6,800). Boyd had his worst game of the season last week (three catches, 27 yards) but he gets a great matchup with the Buccaneers. They have allowed the second-most FanDuel points per game to WRs at 39.0. Boyd should have a bounce-back performance, but his ownership could be down a bit after the disappointing performance last week. That makes him a prime target for us in this GPP tournament.
WR Jarvis Landry, Browns @ Steelers ($6,700). The Steelers allow 39.6 FanDuel points to receivers. That’s the most of any team in the league. Landry should have a chance to rack up catches and at a sub-$7K price-tag, he’s well worth the investment in this contest.
WEEK 8 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | DraftKings
WR Jordy Nelson, Raiders vs. Colts ($5,300). Nelson is the new No. 1 receiver in Oakland with Amari Cooper gone. The Colts have been solid against receivers this year, but they have allowed 28.3 FanDuel points per game this season. If Nelson gets enough volume, he could put up solid numbers. You won’t really find another top receiver with this low of a price-tag, and you can thank the Cooper trade for that pricing inefficiency.
TE David Njoku, Browns @ Buccaneers ($5,700). Njoku has been much better with Baker Mayfield at the helm, and he faces a weak Steelers defense that has struggled against tight ends this season (second-most points surrendered to the position). He’s a good lower-cost option at one of the thinner positions in fantasy and even though we already have his teammate Landry, we think the Browns can support two weapons in the passing game.
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FLEX Mike Evans, Buccaneers @ Bengals ($7,800). Thanks largely to Nelson’s price-point, we were able to add Evans as a high-cost option at FLEX. Evans has at least four catches and 58 yards in every game this season, and he’s always a TD threat. The Bengals were just shredded by the Chiefs, and the game flow here will likely force the Bucs to pass a lot. Considering that the Bengals allow 32.5 FanDuel points per game to the receiver position, Evans should be a solid pickup and if he can score, he could really pay off for this lineup.
DEF New York Giants vs. Redskins ($4,600). The Giants are one of the cheaper defenses on the board, but they just did a good job of limiting the Falcons on Monday Night Football — at least in the first half. The Redskins have had some issues on their offensive line and haven’t produced much on offense this season. That makes the Giants a sneaky-good play and one that may be low-owned in tournament lineups.
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