Week 8 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Value Buys at DraftKings
If you used our value buys in daily fantasy football last week, you just might have won all of the money. Especially if you used some of them together.
Philip Rivers, Todd Gurley, Lamar Miller, Martavis Bryant, Carson Palmer and the Rams defense all worked out at a very high level. Miller, in fact, was the top play in DFS for week seven.
But enough of the horn tooting. We did well and we hope you did well. But as Belichick always says, it’s “on to”, and in this case, week eight. Let’s get you some more stellar value buys you can use at DraftKings to win big this week:
Quarterbacks: Andy Dalton – Bengals ($6k) and Ryan Fitzpatrick – Jets ($5.2k)
Dalton has just been money all year. He has one game below 21 fantasy points on the season and even that “dud” was a solid 18 points. He’s as stable as it gets right now and this week he has a huge divisional clash with a beatable Steelers defense. He’s still a tremendous value and he could be in for a monster outing.
Fitzmagic has turned it up a notch the past two weeks, and had Brandon Marshall not dropped a potential game-winning TD, the beard would have had back-to-back 26+ fantasy point outings. The nice thing about Fitzpatrick is he hasn’t had a single implosion game yet and has been probably the safest cheap play in all of daily fantasy football (no game below 14 fantasy points). This week he gets a Raiders pass D that ranks 32nd against quarterbacks in DFS and also gave up 300+ yards and 2 scores to Philip Rivers last week – pretty much all in one half.
Running Backs: Jonathan Stewart – Panthers ($4.1k), Alfred Blue – Texans ($3.5k) and Chris Johnson – Cardinals ($4.6k)
You get three value plays here and they’re all mixed bags. No Lamar Miller or Doug Martin here, sadly, but you could be totes fine with any of these guys. Stewart was awesome two weeks ago and last week produced a nice 100+ yard day. It seems he’s finding his groove and at this price pretty much has to be used. He also gets a bad Colts run defense on MNF this week, so he gives you a sweet closing option to hang your hat on.
Blue needs to be mentioned thanks to the death of Arian Foster. Reports suggest the Texans will split carries between Blue and Chris Polk, but let’s keep in mind this dude put up a massive 130+ yard day the week before Foster came back. He has some potential if the role is his and this price is insanely cheap.
I like Johnson a lot for three reasons – he’s cheap, he’s facing an awful Browns run defense and the Cardinals are actually feeding him the rock. He also is still pretty darn good even at 30 years old, so it’s time to start trusting the guy. He won’t always score or crush with yardage, but this matchup is way too good to not use him.
Wide Receivers: Martavis Bryant – Steelers ($5.3k) and Stefon Diggs – Vikings ($4.8k)
Bryant has been back for two weeks and this is now the third time he’s still priced under $5.5k. All he’s done is score three time sand with Big Ben due back, he’s in for another big outing. There is just too much value there.
Diggs is no longer a true sleeper, but he remains priced like one. Charles Johnson is a totally forgotten man and Diggs is pretty much Minnesota’s #1 passing weapon at this point. He won’t score every week but the role is there and this week he gets a solid matchup with the Bears.
Tight Ends: Ben Watson – Saints ($3.5k) and Ladarius Green ($3k)
We all know by now that Watson crushed the Falcons two weeks ago. He almost dominated the Colts last week, two, as he was twice tackle just before falling in for a score. He has a role and is going to have a shot in any week he has a plus matchup. In week eight he gets the Giants, who are 30th against the tight end position. So…
Green somewhat depends on Antonio Gates being out, but that was the case last week and our boy Ladarius had a solid role and even scored. This week he’d get a tough Ravens defense that has been good against TEs, but the upside and value would be too good to ignore if Gates sat out again (knee).
Team Defenses: Denver Broncos ($2.9k) and New Orleans Saints ($2k)
Sure, Denver is facing the Packers, but let’s consider a few things. One, they’re cheap as heck. Two, they’re consistent as heck (zero games below 10 fantasy points). Third, they’re at home. And lastly, Green Bay has been regressing offensively the past few weeks – especially against tougher matchups. Obviously the Packers are a tough matchup and Green Bay could torch Denver, but no one has yet to this point. Everything doesn’t necessarily add up to the Broncos’ best fantasy outing, but it does add up to killer value.
If you don’t have faith in Denver or the expensive defenses, why not save big with the Saints, who stand in at the minimum? New Orleans has actually been quite strong defensively the past two weeks and in week eight they’ll host a Giants team that has looked kind of spare the past two weeks. At this price, I’m down for taking the dive with the Saints and hoping Rob Ryan knows what he’s doing.
Try out some of these value buys in week eight and let us know how they worked out!
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