Doug’s Draftkings Picks Week Eight
Last week was a rough week for fantasy players in season long with all of the bye weeks and injured players. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy DFS so much. You don’t have to worry about scrambling for players to pick up and with the prices locked in early in the week if you do need to swap someone out there is value to be had which can then help you adjust your lineup and potentially fit more studs. The more studs, the merrier!
As a way to hold myself accountable to myself and you, the reader, I will provide a weekly recap of the previous weeks player picks. I find that accountability is important in this industry as too many writers, podcasters and “experts” throw things at a wall and see if they stick and are quick to tout their “wins” but never talk about the “losses” or “misses”. Both you and I know nobody is perfect at predicting what is going to happen week to week but I think some reflection is due when you whiff on a player or team pick for the week. I will break these down into three categories: Touchdowns are players that finished in the top 10 at their respective position or produced 3-5X their value. First Downs are players that didn’t hurt you in your lineup and had average results based on cost. Punts are the players that I completely whiffed on and did not help you in any way, shape or form. They happen, it’s part of the game. If I did a bad job picking them I’m going to own up to it!
Touchdowns: Cam Newton, Baker Mayfield, Joe Flacco, Tarik Cohen, Adam Thielen, David Njoku
First Downs: Josh Gordon, O.J. Howard, Minnesota D, Dallas D
Punts: Sony Michel (injury), Peyton Barber, Taylor Gabriel, James O’Shaugnessy (injury), Jacksonville D
Andrew Luck: $6,300 vs Oakland (Road)
Coming off of a super efficient four touchdown performance, Luck now finds himself in a great matchup against a tilting Oakland Raiders squad who seem to be mailing it for the season after the trade of Amari Cooper. The yardage for Luck wasn’t great last week but that appears to be an outlier. I think Luck gets back into the 250-yard range and throws for another three scores.
Jameis Winston: $6,000 vs. Cincinnati (Road)
What if I told you Jameis scored 26.1 points in Draftkings last week despite throwing two interceptions and not throwing a passing touchdown? Jameis passed for 365 yards and added an additional 55 yards on the ground with a score. He’s becoming a Konami code quarterback! Ok, well maybe. I love Jameis in fantasy the rest of the year as his volume will remain high as they don’t seem to be focused on running the ball and the defense can’t stop me from getting a first down. He’s a tournament and cash game play this week.
Jared Goff: $6,000 vs. Green Bay (Home)
Apparently, I’m in love with the mid-tier pricing on quarterbacks this week. I’m not sure why Goff is priced down this week, to be honest. The Packers run defense is ranked pretty high and The Rams are still projected to score a decent amount of points and it’s at home. Very puzzling on Draftkings part so take advantage! I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw a three touchdown performance from Goff this week.
Kareem Hunt: $7,100 vs. Denver (Home)
What’s left to be said about Kareem Hunt over the last three weeks? He’s been a stud and he’s in a smash spot. Get him in your cash game and tournament lineups. Sky’s the limit this week folks.
Phillip Lindsay: $5,200 vs. Kansas City (Road)
Royce Freeman appears like he will miss this game so Lindsay should see his usage increase into the twenty touch territory in a game that Denver likely trails in. It will be him and Booker, who the Broncos seem reluctant to use at all, handling the lion share of touches. Lindsay can handle the workload in a plus matchup. Great option if you’re looking for mid-tier pricing play.
Raheem Mostert: $3,800 vs. Arizona (Road)
This one is a bit of a hail mary play. The Cardinals are one of the worst ranked run defenses, Matt Breida is constantly getting hurt, Alfred Morris doesn’t catch passes and the Niners might actually be competitive in this game. All the signs point to Mostert getting a decent amount of work and putting together a 12-15 point day which is perfect at this bargain basement price!
A.J. Green: $8,000 vs. Tampa Bay (Home)
Draftkings rule number one: start the opposing stud wide receiver against Tamp Bay. Jarvis Landry is the most recent example of this rule. Green is coming off of a fourteen target, seven catch, one hundred and seventeen yard performance and he’s lining up all over the field so Cincinnati is looking to get Ariel Jeremiah in favorable one on ones. He’s my WR1 of the week and he should be yours too.
Robert Woods: $6,800 vs. Green Bay (Home)
Bobby consistency is working out of the slot these days with Cooper Kupp sidelined by a knee injury and he’s putting together some solid, yet unspectacular performances. I think this is the week we see Woods chop down the opposing defense and eclipse one hundred yards and a score. Stack him with Goff and Gurley and make all the monies!
Jordy Nelson: $4,700 vs. Indianapolis (Home)
Amari Cooper is gone and the only other relevant receiver Derek Carr has is Martavis Bryant. Jordy finds himself as a WR1 again and should be set up for a big increase in targets. The Colts defense has played better than most predicted but they are still exploitable on the outside. The Raiders may find themselves trailing in this one so Jordy could also see a game script boost as well. He’s not a sexy pick but damn it, he’s practical.
David Njoku: $4,600 vs Pittsburgh (Road)
All hail the chief! The TE1 weeks continue for my boy as he slices and dices the Steelers linebacking corp on his way to a six catch, eighty yards and a score this week.
O.J. Howard: $3,900 vs Cincinnati (Road)
Ok, back to back weeks for both Njoku and Howard in this article. It’s not me being lazy! Tight end is a train wreck and both of these players have elite potential again this week. The Bengals are atrocious against the tight end and Howard is coming off of a 5/67 on nine targets game against the Browns. He scores this week, book it!
C.J. Uzomah: $3,500 vs. Tampa Bay (Home)
A Bengals stack of Dalton, Mixon, Green, and Uzomah is looking pretty juicy in what should be a nice bounce back game for the Bengals offense. The Bucs lost Kwon Alexander for the season so that’s even more reason to like Uzomah this week.
Arizona: $3,200 vs. San Francisco (Home)
The last time the Cardinals faced the Niners they scored twenty-one fantasy points and that was on the road. I look for them to repeat that number at home against C.J. Beathard and crew.
Kansas City: $2,600 vs. Denver (Home)
Don’t look now but the Chiefs have averaged fifteen fantasy points a game in their last two games at home. Denver’s offense may find tough sledding in one of the toughest places to play in all of the NFL.
Pittsburgh: $2,300 vs. Cleveland (Road)
Baker Mayfield is holding the ball way too long and taking way too many sacks. The Steelers are fresh off the bye and are looking to right their ship defensively. They are my super cheap defense of the week!
That wraps up Doug’s Draftkings player picks for week eight! If you have any questions please shoot us an email at email@example.com or feel free to send us a tweet @dafantasyfather or @TFFGurus. Good luck and let’s win some money!!!