Week 8 NFL DFS Picks: Best value players, sleepers for FanDuel, DraftKings daily fantasy football lineups
Last week, we saw many of our NFL DFS value picks come to fruition when quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett (four touchdowns) and Jared Goff (three touchdowns) posted solid performances, Allen Robinson and Hunter Henry led their respective teams in receiving, and honorable mentions Chase Edmonds, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, and Gerald Everett all got into the end zone. The matchups for Week 8 leave little to be desired for dailyi fantasy football players, but if we dig deep enough, there’s bound to be some DraftKings and FanDuel plays that will help us finish in the money.
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NFL DFS Picks Week 8: QB sleepers, values
Ryan Tannehill, Titans vs. Buccaneers (DK: $5,100 | FD: $6,900)
The value picks are thin this week with guys like Matt Ryan and Drew Brees questionable to start. Plus, Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson are on bye. Tannehill still isn’t ranked inside the top-20 most expensive DFS quarterbacks in Week 8, but he should be.
After going 13-of-16 passing for 144 yards and an interception in garbage time at the Broncos in Week 6, Tannehill earned his first start of 2019 in Week 7. Taking over for Marcus Mariota, Tannehill played very well against a Chargers defense that has allowed 216.1 yards per game through the air (fifth best). He went 23-for-29 with 312 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
It was the second time a quarterback threw for 300 yards in a game against the Chargers this season, and just the third time over 200 yards. Per Next Gen Stats, Tannehill posted the best completion of passes above expectation in Week 7 (plus-22.1 percent) even though he was pressured on 42 percent of his dropbacks. He draws a Buccaneers secondary that is allowing the most yards through the air (304.5) and 30.8 points per game this season.
Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Giants (DK: $6,100 | FD: $7,700)
The Lions quarterback has faced some challenging defenses to kick off the season. He has gone up against two top-10 secondaries (pass yards allowed per game) and three top-10 defenses (points allowed per game). Despite the difficult matchups, Stafford has averaged 291.8 passing yards per game and has a 13:3 TD:INT ratio over six contests.
Stafford is fresh off a 364-yard performance against the Vikings where he tossed four touchdowns to Marvin Jones Jr. along with one INT. It made for his second 300-yard performance of the season, and with that he became the fastest NFL quarterback to reach 40,000 career passing yards.
The Giants are allowing 26.7 points per game this season (tied for sixth most), so expect Stafford and the offense to be humming in this one. If you’re worried about the Lions blowing out the Giants, think again. Detroit is the defense that’s tied with the Giants for sixth worst in points allowed per game.
More QB Values: Sam Darnold (Jets @ Jaguars)
Week 8 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: RB sleepers, values
Melvin Gordon, Chargers @ Bears (DK: $5,400 | FD: $6,400)
Week 7 saw Melvin Gordon out-touch Austin Ekeler 18 to eight in underwhelming rushing performances by both backs. Gordon caught and scored his first touchdown in three games against the Titans, but he is averaging just 2.3 yards per carry thus far. His share of touches is the most important factor moving forward.
Gordon comes in at a very affordable rate given his pedigree, and he now has three games under his belt to shake off the holdout rust. The Bears may seem like a foe to avoid, but they just allowed Latavius Murray to post 119 rushing yards on 27 carries for two touchdowns and five catches for 31 yards.
Prior to Murray’s Week 7 outburst, things were similar on Week 6. Josh Jacobs ran 26 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, adding three catches for 20 yards. This feels like this is about to be Gordon’s 2019 breakout party.
Sony Michel, Patriots vs. Browns (DK: $5,200 | FD: $6,500)
No one was expecting Michel to have a big output against the Jets on Monday Night Football after posting a pathetic 11 yards on nine carries against them Week 3. But he scored three touchdowns in a lopsided Week 7 victory.
The Browns defense is allowing the third-most rushing yards per game (154) and have given up some major production on the ground over its past three contests. Chris Carson racked up 124 yards on 24 carries with a score; Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida combined for 211 yards and two scores on 27 carries; and the Ravens piled up 137 yards on the ground between Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson’s 21 rushes.
The Browns simply can’t stop the run, and Michel frequently logs 20 carries against bottom-dwelling rush defenses. Rex Burkhead also missed last week with a bad foot. If he misses again, Michel should be in line for around 20 carries again.
More RB Values: Tevin Coleman (49ers vs. Panthers), Ronald Jones (Buccaneers @ Titans)
FanDuel, DraftKings Picks Week 8: WR sleepers, values
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals @ Saints (DK: $5,400 | FD: $5,400)
Week 7 was catastrophic for Fitzgerald, as the Cardinals got run happy and let Kyler Murray throw just 21 passes, three of which went Fitzgerald’s way. The veteran wideout ended with one catch for 11 yards as Chase Edmonds ran the ball 27 times and Murray an additional 10 times.
The Saints are stingy when it comes to yards allowed on the ground, giving up just 90.6 yards rushing per game (ninth best). Fitzgerald should get closer to the 8.7 targets per game that he received through the first six contests. Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin went off against the Saints twice in the past three games. Expect Murray to look his way more after completely neglecting him last week.
Courtland Sutton, Broncos @ Colts (DK: $5,300 | FD: $6,000)
Sutton has become one of the best long-ball receivers in football, putting a unique type of pressure on secondaries. Joe Flacco’s big arm can accommodate Sutton’s ability to beat swift corners, and the two have connected for long passes of 41, 41, and 70 yards over the last three games.
Sutton has three touchdowns over his last three contests and is averaging 80.5 yards receiving per game this season. With rookie Drew Lock set to return from the IR sooner than later, Flacco may need to take some more risks to prove that he’s indeed capable of leading Denver to more victories and that should benefit both Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders. Sutton’s 23 targets over the past three contests trounces Sanders’ 10.
More WR Values: Robby Anderson (Jets @ Jaguars), Corey Davis (Titans @ Buccaneers)
Week 8 NFL DFS Picks: TE sleepers, values
Jared Cook, Saints vs. Cardinals (DK: $4,000 | FD: $5,800) ( UPDATE: Cook has been ruled OUT for Week 8.)
Cook was forced to sit out New Orleans’ last game with an ankle sprain. We hope that won’t be the case this week, as Drew Brees is aching to play and the Cardinals have allowed some massive performances to tight ends this season.
Cook had nabbed a touchdown in two consecutive games prior to his recent absence, so the connection with Teddy Bridgewater was already becoming a thing, but Brees’ impending return could be even better.
Arizona has allowed big games from T.J. Hockenson (six catches, 131 yards, TD), Mark Andrews (eight catches, 112 yards, TD), Greg Olsen (six catches, 75 yards, two touchdowns), Will Dissly (seven catches, 57 yards, TD), and Austin Hooper (eight catches, 117 yards, TD). For the season, the Cardinals have allowed at least one TE touchdown in every game but one. Are you convinced? If Cook can’t go, backup Josh Hill, who scored last week, would also be in play.
More TE Values: Ben Watson (Patriots vs. Browns), T.J. Hockenson (Lions vs. Giants), Josh Hill (Saints vs. Cardinals)
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Week 8 NFL DFS values: D/ST sleepers
Buffalo Bills vs. Eagles (DK: $3,000 | FD: $4,300)
Last week saw the Bills allow more than 17 points in a game for the first time all season, with the Dolphins of all teams managing 21 points against them. Buffalo is limiting teams to just 292.6 total yards of total offense per game, and it ranks ninth in interceptions, too.
The early weather forecast for Sunday in Buffalo calls for rain and winds above 10 miles per hour. Last week saw great weather and more points, but Philadelphia should be slowed down by the Bills staunch defense, especially if the elements create an even tougher atmosphere.
More D/ST Values: Seahawks (@ Falcons), Chargers (@ Bears)