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Week 8 DFS: Expect Big Games From These Wide Receivers

Daily fantasy players on DraftKings and FanDuel would be wise to get at least one of these pass catchers in their Week 8 lineups.

Heading into Week 8, three of the top 12 wide receivers in terms of fantasy scoring will miss multiple weeks with injuries – Ja’Marr Chase, Marquise Brown, and Mike Williams. These casualties force fantasy managers to search for fill-in options while understanding their teams take a step back in potential. Sometimes the next-man-up theory can pay off while offering a low salary.

Week 8 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers

This week, multiple mid-tier wide receivers have a chance to be on the winning tickets in the daily games. Here are the top options:

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (DraftKings – $6,900/FanDuel – $7,200)

After the first two games, St. Brown had 17 catches with 248 yards and three touchdowns. He left Week 3 (6/73) early with an ankle injury that cost him the next matchup with minimal action against the Patriots (4/18). A concussion vs. the Cowboys destroyed another game (1/4). Miami sits 26th in defending the wide receiver position (87/1,157/6 on 137 targets). Three wide receivers (Rashod Bateman – 4/108/1, Tee Higgins – 7/124/1, and Justin Jefferson – 6/107) gained more than 100 yards. St. Brown should regain his stride in this matchup, leading a potential impact game.

Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins (DraftKings – $6,700/FanDuel – $7,200)

Waddle has six targets or fewer in five games this season, hurting his ceiling. His year started with three productive showings (4/69/1, 11/171/2, and 4/102), but the Bengals (2/39) and Jets (3/23) held him to short games. Over the last two weeks, he caught 10 combined catches for 217 yards on 15 targets. Waddle had limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Miami expects him to play on Sunday. The Dolphins’ top cornerback (Xavien Howard) should see Tyreek Hill on many plays, pointing to Waddle seeing the better matchup in coverage. I expect one of Miami’s wide receivers to pay off in the daily space.

A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (DraftKings – $7,700/FanDuel – $8,200)

The Eagles featured Brown in Week 1 (10/155 on 13 targets), but he doesn’t have more than five catches in any other game. Over the last five matchups, Brown caught 23 of his 40 targets for 348 yards and two touchdowns. He is on pace to catch 94 passes for 1,425 yards and six touchdowns. Pittsburgh ranks 30th vs. wide receivers (99/1,467/9 on 160 targets), with three teams gaining more than 200 yards (18/232/1, 18/389/4, and 14/204). Five wide receivers (Ja’Marr Chase – 10/129/1, Nelson Agholor – 6/110/1, Amari Cooper – 7/101/1, Gabe Davis – 3/171/2, and Stefon Diggs – 8/102/1) gained more than 100 yards against the Steelers. Brown looks poised to do the same with a minimum of one touchdown. I want to have him in my starting lineup this week.