Week 8 has arrived and I am back in the saddle with Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) core and value picks. Thanks to fellow AthlonSports.com fantasy contributor Sarah Lewis for filling in for me last week and I hope you all saw success!
Along those lines, she hit on two of her three value plays as Baker Mayfield and Tarik Cohen did very well (not so much for Taylor Gabriel unfortunately). Among her core, Adam Thielen and Zach Ertz were both awesome once again while Jared Goff was handcuffed by his own teammate (Todd Gurley). T.J. Yeldon was solid but not spectacular and Julian Edelman at least found the end zone to salvage an otherwise underwhelming performance.
As for Week 8, we have another high-scoring week projected with six games over 50 and one very close at 49.5. Fantasy scoring and stacking options are here in full force.
Green Bay at Los Angeles Rams — 56.5
Denver at Kansas City — 54.5
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati — 53.5
New Orleans at Minnesota — 53
Cleveland at Pittsburgh — 51
Indianapolis at Oakland — 50
Seattle at Detroit — 49.5
(Favored teams in bold)
So let’s get into my Week 8 DFS Picks, shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee
Week 8 Core Plays
These will be my top plays for the Sunday-Monday slate of games. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay at Cincinnati ($7,800 FanDuel/$6,000 DraftKings)
Winston is in a fabulous matchup. We will see if he can repeat his last two weeks of fantasy production although it has come in dramatically different fashion. Winston didn’t have a TD pass in Week 7, but he finished with 365 yards through the air and ran one in for a score.
The Bengals' secondary has been one of the worst in the league and Winston, Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson should be set for a solid week. Winston has been averaging 30.9 DraftKings points over the past two weeks so sign me up.
RB: Kareem Hunt, Kansas City vs. Denver ($8,100 FanDuel/$7,100 DraftKings)
Hunt has been crushing defenses the past three weeks, and now he gets the wonderful opportunity to face the Broncos at home. The Broncos are second to last in the NFL against the run (148.1 ypg) and Hunt is coming off a monster game against the Bengals where he had 141 total yards and three TDs. Hunt is on fire right now and he comes at a fair enough price in this matchup. I won’t tell you what to do but you can fit him and Todd Gurley in your lineups this week.
WR: Adam Thielen, Minnesota vs. New Orleans ($8,800 FanDuel/$8,700 DraftKings)
Thielen is playing on Sunday night, so keep that in mind, but he's been the best fantasy wide receiver this season and should be in line for another strong performance. He's had at least 100 yards in every game this season and he's scored in four straight as well. The Saints are near the bottom in passing defense (293.7 ypg) and Thielen has quickly established himself as Kirk Cousins' favorite target. Based on volume alone (averaging 13 targets per game), Thielen is worth the investment.
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Denver at Kansas City ($6,300 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings)
Someone has to get some yardage in Denver, and the Broncos will likely be playing from behind this weekend. Thomas should see plenty of targets Sunday (unless he's traded), especially if Emmanuel Sanders is limited in any way. Thomas' price is low enough that even though he hasn't put up big numbers (one 100-yard game, two TDs thus far), he's worth the risk here. As impressive as the Chiefs have looked, the defense is second to last against the pass (316.6 ypg). If you want to build around Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt and Adam Thielen, you should be able to add Thomas to the mix.
TE: Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona vs. San Francisco ($5,000 FanDuel/$3,000 DraftKings)
Seals-Jones has a bruised forearm, but he's optimistic that he will be able to play Sunday. The Cardinals' offense has been putrid this season, so there isn’t much upside promise here, but there is the potential to meet value at least. If you play with the Sunday night game as part of the slate, New Orleans' Benjamin Watson is another cheap option.
Value Plays of the Week
Jameis Winston could also fit the bill as a value play or you can pay more for Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes.
RB: Chris Carson, Seattle at Detroit ($6,300 FanDuel/$3,100 DraftKings)
Carson is in a definite time share and that will certainly hurt his fantasy ceiling. The Lions have been giving up some yardage and fantasy points to running backs this season so the hope here is Carson touches the ball 10 or more times, gets 50 yards and a touchdown. That certainly is possible this Sunday.
WR: Martavis Bryant, Oakland vs. Indianapolis ($5,300 FanDuel/$3,700 DraftKings)
Amari Cooper's departure leaves Jordy Nelson and Bryant as the Raiders' top wide receivers. So by default, Bryant should see more targets. He hasn’t looked good this season, but maybe that will change with more opportunities. At this price he fills a roster spot and won’t sting your budget too bad.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.