Week 8 NFL DFS DraftKings Picks & Lineups
Seven weeks of the season are in the books, and we’re back with a full slate of NFL DFS games at DraftKings for Week 8. We’re listing our NFL DFS best picks at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end to target in Cash and GPP lineups.
Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes and slanted toward tournaments. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster. Injuries can also play a huge role in NFL DFS on a weekly basis. So always, always check the injury reports when playing an NFL slate.
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Best Week 8 NFL DFS Quarterbacks
Jared Goff vs. GB ($6.0k DraftKings)
Trubisky was in this spot last week when he went up against future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. That worked out for the Bears’ second-year man. Now second-year-man Jared Goff is facing another future Hall of Famer in Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers have allowed their opponents to score at least 30 points in each of the last two weeks. That includes last week when C.J. Beathard threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns in a narrow loss to this Packers squad. That’s probably Goff’s floor in this one, considering his weapons, and the 56.5 over/under, the highest total on the slate. The Packers will need to stop Todd Gurley, first and foremost, opening the door for Goff, who has the potential to flash the upside we saw in Week 2 when he scored more than 40 DraftKings points against the Minnesota Vikings.
Aaron Rodgers @ LAR ($6.4k DraftKings)
On the other side of the highest O/U game on the slate, Rodgers serves as Green Bay’s only offense, more or less. The Rams are capable of scoring with all the offensive weapons at their disposal, and the Over/Under supports the theory that it’ll happen again this week. Rodgers will likely be playing from behind, and the Packers’ running game is as cloudy as ever. The Rams also have Aaron Donald and a stout defense overall, but that’s not enough to shake me off Rodgers, who is entirely responsible for carrying this team to victory. He’s been up for the challenge in the past, and I believe he has more upside than Goff in this one given the likely game flow and the weak running game.
Cam Newton vs. BAL ($5.8k DraftKings)
Newton is the cheapest quarterback on this list, but his recent stats wouldn’t suggest that. The Panthers QB has scored more than 20 DraftKings points in four of six starts this season, never scoring fewer than 18 DK points. Newton faces a tough Baltimore defense this week, but he just dropped 25.66 DK points against the Eagles last week, while he racked up just over 18 against the New York Giants (which is probably where his floor sits in this one). That floor is largely driven by his rushing ability (more than 40 yards in each of the past two games, along with three rushing TDS this season) and touchdown consistency (five straight weeks with at least two touchdown passes). If you don’t want to overthink the quarterback position, Newton is a great play because of all the ways he finds to win football games, which just so happens to correlate with positive fantasy performance in his game logs.
Cash Game Options: Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, Matthew Stafford
Best Week 8 NFL DFS Running Backs
Kareem Hunt vs. DEN ($7.1 DraftKings)
With two consecutive 30+ DK-point weeks, Kareem Hunt has apparently found some level of equilibrium in this new Chiefs offense. With Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, and Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Travis Kelce operating in the passing game, Hunt doesn’t have a great deal of pressure on him. If you’re looking to save some money and pay down from Todd Gurley, Hunt offers strong upside at a manageable price. And there isn’t really any reason the Chiefs shouldn’t control the game flow, considering Denver’s weak offense and their horrible run defense, which ranks dead last in DVOA vs. RBs.
Marlon Mack @ OAK ($5.4 DraftKings)
Mack exploded for 34.9 DraftKings points last week, and this week, assuming he plays, he’ll face a Raiders defense that is average against RBs, but overall pretty terrible. It’s also worth noting they are not operating with a win-now mentality. However, Mack hasn’t practiced this week (as of Thursday). Thus, keep an eye on him, and we’ll also update you here.
But the why behind playing Mack if he is healthy comes down to Andrew Luck. The now-veteran quarterback has looked excellent over the past few weeks, appearing to have overcome the majority of the lingering shoulder issues that led to him being benched during a Hail Mary earlier this season. The beneficiaries are obviously the wideouts, but last week Mack showed what a healthy Luck can allow him. He carried the ball 19 times for 129 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 33 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. Mack is fast, athletic, and versatile, and Luck likes to get guys like that involved. Mack will have to compete with Ebron and others for red zone touches, but he’s very clearly the Colts’ primary back, and, with Luck, the Colts are always going to put points on the board. That’s especially true against the 2018 Oakland Raiders.
James Conner vs. CLE ($7.6 DraftKings)
The Browns don’t have a good team, but they have a good defense. Against the run, however, they have struggled, ranking below average in DVOA vs. RB (25th). Le’Veon Bell is still absent from the Pittsburgh sideline, and Conner will remain the man at least another week. He has proven himself capable, with three 100-yard rushing games and seven touchdowns, while also adding at least three catches in every game this season. Conner’s floor is high given usage alone. But the Browns’ weak run D gives Conner some additional upside this week. If the Steelers wide receivers struggle to find opportunities, Conner could cut out a large portion of the receiving share, and maybe get his first receiving touchdown of the season. Regardless, he seems set for 15+ carries and 4+ targets at minimum, while his usage and ability to find the end zone could help him far exceed that very respectable floor.
Cash Game Options: Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley, David Johnson, Joe Mixon, Kerryon Johnson, Isaiah Crowell
Best Week 8 NFL DFS Wide Receivers
Martavis Bryant vs. IND ($3.7 DraftKings)
While Jordy Nelson is almost equally appealing, I expect Bryant to be lesser owned this week, yet he could be the receiver who benefits the most from Amari Cooper’s departure. Sure, Bryant struggles with drops, and his career has been marred with suspensions and inconsistencies in his performance. But now that he’s starting, the sheer uptick in snaps unlocks a lot of upside for a guy priced at $3.7k. The Colts secondary is quite good, and the Indianapolis defense ranks ninth and third in DVOA against WR1 and WR2s, respectively. But with the Colts as road favorites and the Raiders preferring to start Bryant rather than continue with Amari Cooper, there’s solid potential for Bryant to show off his deep route-running ability. It’s also his first opportunity to be the wideout in an offense.
Odell Beckham Jr. vs. WAS ($7.5 DraftKings)
After dropping more than 30 DraftKings points against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, OBJ has a short-ish week to get ready for a divisional matchup against Washington. That defense ranks 27th in DVOA against WR1, and Beckham is very clearly the most exciting feature of this dysfunctional Giants offense (sorry, Saquon). He also had five red-zone targets last week, converting one into a touchdown, while also earning 143 yards on eight receptions. We may never be able to truly quantify how many years OBJ added on to Eli Manning’s career, but, objectively, Manning doesn’t have anywhere close to the stuff he’s had in years past. Still, Beckham continues to deliver. At $7.5k, he’s in play regardless of matchup. This matchup certainly isn’t an exception.
Robert Woods vs. GB ($6.8 DraftKings)
It’s hard to roll with Woods or Brandin Cooks with Todd Gurley in LA. But these receivers still tend to get theirs, and Robert Woods is deeply entrenched in this LA offense. The wideout had more targets than Cooks last week, though he failed to score a touchdown. Also, Cooper Kupp is not expected to be ready to return on Sunday. Woods will almost certainly gain the lion’s share of targets in this one (at least among wideouts), and Goff may find himself attempting to out-gun Aaron Rodgers at some point in this one. The highest Over/Under on the slate gives me a lot of confidence in Woods’ ability to deliver on investment, with additional upside given game flow and Kupp’s injury.
Sammy Watkins vs. DEN ($4.6 DraftKings)
The Denver Broncos are elite in DVOA against most positions. However, they struggle against the run, WR2s, and tight ends. Against WR2 opponents, the Broncos rank 22nd in DVOA (compared to sixth against WR1s). Given Travis Kelce’s notoriety, my hunch is that the Broncos gameplan around him, leaving Kareem Hunt and Sammy Watkins to step into larger roles. Tyreek Hill is obviously on a different athletic level than most players on the field, but Sammy Watkins is still very athletic himself. He’ll also draw a lighter matchup and will likely get a few more looks than usual. Just look at the six receptions on eight targets from two games back against the Jacksonville Jaguars defense (who couldn’t quite figure out the incredible Patrick Mahomes). Watkins should be a nice alternative for Mahomes in this one, and he’s cheap considering his upside (and quarterback).
Doug Baldwin @ DET ($5.5 DraftKings)
The Detroit Lions rank 30th in DVOA to WR1s and 26th vs. WR2s. They rank 30th against WR3 and 28th against TEs. That is all to say you can target Seahawks pass-catchers in this one. The one that stands out is Doug Baldwin. The veteran looked good last week after a couple of very lackluster performances since returning from injury. Last week, he managed 89 yards on six receptions, and this week he’ll face a Detroit Lions team in a game expected to be close. Matthew Stafford and the Lions have a history of dramatic comebacks and close losses. That seems like it could very well be the case again this week for the late-starter Stafford. Baldwin will be underowned due to concerns around this Seattle offense, his recent game logs, and general injury concerns. But this more feels like a week where Baldwin could emerge with a breakout performance. There’s upside matchup here, and Baldwin serves as a good leverage opportunity.
Cash Game Options: Golden Tate, Brandin Cooks, Chris Godwin, A.J. Green, Juju Smith-Schuster, Davante Adams, Michael Crabtree, Jordy Nelson
Best Week 8 NFL DFS Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham @ LAR ($4.7 DraftKings)
The LA Rams have a stacked defense (and lineup overall), but that doesn’t discount Graham as a great play this week. The Packers may or may not have Randall Cobb, and Graham has 20 targets over the past two weeks. Last week, the Rams allowed only George Kittle to find success against them. The Niners tight end hauled in five passes for 98 yards and a score. Graham will have Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, and he seems up to speed with Rodgers: 180 yards over the past two weeks on 11 catches. At $4.7k, Graham is a solid option and gets you exposure to the slate’s highest scoring game (per Vegas over/under).
Eric Ebron @ OAK ($4.9 DraftKings)
The Oakland Raiders rank dead last in DVOA against opposing tight ends, and Ebron just burned a fair amount of people with a dud last week. The Colts are three-point favorites on the road, and Oakland just dealt away their top wideout in Amari Cooper. Maybe the change will inspire this Raiders offense and we’ll get a little shootout. Either way, the Luck-Ebron connection is real, as the former Detroit Lion has seen at least seven targets in each of his past five starts. He also has six touchdowns on the season, and while this regression was expected, the Raiders are prime targets for an Ebron bounce-back performance.
Cash Game Options: C.J. Uzomah, David Njoku
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