Week 8 of NFL DFS comes with a lot of major decisions and a lack of major chalk compared to some other weeks. There are still some great options with high ownership, but there is not a consensus “must play” at any position this week.
Drew Brees is my favorite GPP quarterback at basically no ownership due to the lack of knowledge surrounding his injury. If Brees is back and playing like expected, I expect him to look like the same old Drew Brees that we know and love. This is a fantastic spot vs. a bad Cardinals secondary as well.
This means I will likely go underweight on Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson in what seem to be great matchups. I expect to own more Watson and may have zero Russell Wilson because I think his stat line looks similar to Brees’ at less salary and less ownership.
My favorite GPP running back this week is Melvin Gordon. Gordon has been terrible since returning from his holdout, and I think this is the buy-low spot if there ever was one. Facing a tough defense and as an underdog is not exactly what you typically want from Gordon, but the price is too good to pass up for me.
If he continues to see 20 touches, I think he will eventually see his touchdown regression come to fruition. I don’t love Gordon as a football player right now, but I can’t pass him up in fantasy at the low price and ownership.
Welcome to Julio Jones week, everybody. It seems as though every year, Jones goes through a stretch where he seems like the Falcons WR3, and it seems like his season has gone to waste.
However, every single time this happens, Julio has an eruption week. With the trade of Mohamed Sanu and the elite matchup vs. a Seattle secondary that has no singular player that can defend Julio, I think that Julio puts up over 150 yards and at least one touchdown in this matchup.
Jones won’t be unowned, but he is only expected to be about 10 percent this week, and I think that he is the best top option on the slate outside of DeAndre Hopkins, who will be more than twice as owned. I love trying to pair these two up if you can afford it to get massive upside and a unique roster build in big tournaments.
This spend-up leads me to my other favorite wide receiver play. DaeSean Hamilton should see a massive increase in his role without Emmanuel Sanders in the Broncos’ offense. Hamilton produced well without Sanders last year, and I have no reason to believe that this should not be the case again. Hamilton had seven, seven, six, and five catches in his last four games without Sanders last season and is expected to be very low-owned.
There is no clear cheap tight end option on this week’s slate, and that means I will go back to my favorite tight end all season, Darren Waller. Waller is the best receiver on the Raiders roster, and he lacked seeing the good side of touchdown variance until last week.
Waller has had struggles through his short career, but after signing an extension last week, he seems to be back on track and destined to be a key part of this Raiders offense moving forward. Waller is also an elite athlete for his position, so I don’t think he is a huge risk to get shut down on a given day because he is just a freak athlete.
While his price went up, this situation and his target projects are still too good for a tight end on this slate.