Last week was the first of the season where the majority of the NFL DFS chalk plays busted across the board. Let’s all pour one out for Jermaine Kearse, who put up a goose egg as the value wide receiver of the week and burned anyone who decided to roster him, myself included. In Week 8, we see a distinct shift back to tight daily fantasy football pricing, but with those tight price tags we also have a plethora of high-volume picks to choose from at both the running back and wide receiver positions in DraftKings — some of which we can stack from the same teams and/or same games.
This week is already shaping up to be an excellent week for GPPs, with half of this week’s games having over/unders currently sitting at 50 points or higher. The premier matchup of the week is also the hammer game between the Rams and Packers, which features an O/U of 56 points. Some other spots that should garner some attention include the Bucs-Bengals (O/U 54), Broncos-Chiefs (O/U 55.5), Browns-Steelers (O/U 51), and Colts-Raiders (O/U 50.5).
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Week 8 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Week 8 NFL DFS Strategy: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games
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RB James Conner and Steelers D/ST, Steelers vs. Browns
Last week, we were limited in our high-end, high-volume running back options. However, this week we have a ton of excellent options up top at the position, and it’s hard to pass up on the floor of Conner in cash games in a great matchup with the Browns. Le’Veon Bell is still nowhere to be seen for the Steelers, which means Conner will get at least one more week in a true bellcow role.
Conner has amazingly seen his price drop on DraftKings coming off the Steelers bye week. This price drop comes off the heels of back-to-back games with over 100 yards rushing against the Falcons and Bengals, with four rushing touchdowns in those games. Conner is also averaging over four receptions per game this season, which only further boosts hsi cash game appeal. The pairing with Conner here is the Steelers D/ST, who are by far my favorite cash game defense of the week at only $2,300 on DraftKings. Pittsburgh’s defensive unit has really turned it around over the past few weeks and should show even further improvement coming off their bye week. The Conner/Steelers D/ST combo has posted an excellent 0.30 correlation score thus far this season.
QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley, Rams vs. Packers
The highest implied team total of the week belongs to the Rams, who have the headline game of the week against the Packers. The Rams offense has been one of the best units in NFL history through seven games, and the QB-RB combination of Goff and Gurley is an excellent option in cash games. Goff is simply too cheap this week at $6,000 on DraftKings, despite coming off two subpar fantasy performances in a row against the Broncos and 49ers. Goff has been excellent at home over the last year, posting a plus/minus of plus-3.6 over his past 11 home games.
You don’t need me to tell you that Gurley is the smash play at running back every week in cash games, but it makes a ton of sense to pair Gurley with Goff given his usage in the passing game out of the backfield. Gurley has met or exceeded value in all of his games this season, posting an insane plus/minus of plus-9.8 through seven games and is averaging a shade over five targets per game this season.
QB Jameis Winston and TE O.J. Howard, Buccaneers @ Bengals
Winston has been slinging the ball all over the field since sliding back into the starting quarterback role for the Buccaneers and is one of the best plays at the position this week in a matchup with the Bengals, who have been struggling mightily on the defensive side of the ball. Winston has thrown for 300 or more yards in four straight starts going back to last season and continues to show excellent rushing upside, which boosts both his floor and ceiling projections on a week-to-week basis. The matchup with the Bengals is also fantastic for the Bucs, as Cincinnati is giving up the fifth-most fantasy points in the league to quarterbacks.
You can look to pair Winston with any of his excellent pass catching options, but Howard makes for the cash game play at only $3,900 on DraftKings. Howard has elite athleticism for a tight end and is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. Howard has been a model of consistency this season, posting a plus/minus of plus-6.6 in the five games in which he has started and finished this season. The Bengals also rank in the bottom three in the league DvP against tight ends.
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Week 8 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Davante Adams, Packers @ Rams
While the Rams side of the ball in the GB-LAR game is the safer option for cash games, the Packers side of the ball, specifically the Packers passing attack, has the type of upside that we are looking for in tournaments. The Packers enter this game as massive 9.5-point road underdogs, which is the largest underdog that Rodgers has been in his entire career. The large point spread, combined with the Packers lack of an efficient running game, should force Rodgers to carry the offensive load deep into the fourth quarter. Rodgers has excellent splits as an underdog, posting a plus/minus of plus-3.0 over his past five games that the Packers have been underdogs.
The obvious pairing with Rodgers is his top target Adams, who is beginning to enter the conversation as a truly elite wide receiver. Adams is seeing incredible volume in the Packers offense, averaging 14 targets per game over the past three games. Similar to Rodgers, Adams has excellent splits as an underdog, posting a plus/minus of plus-6.2 over the past 10 games the Packers have coming in as underdogs, with a consistency rating of 90 percent.
QB Patrick Mahomes II, RB Kareem Hunt, TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Broncos
The Chiefs are tied with the Rams for the highest implied team total of the slate at 32.8 points, and every Kansas City offensive player is in play this week in a home matchup with the Broncos. Mahomes has been simply incredible for the Chiefs this season, and while he is a touch too expensive for my tastes in cash games, he is squarely in play for GPP lineups.
There are plenty of options of who to pair with Mahomes, but I want to start by pairing him with Hunt, who has seen his role in the passing game significantly rise over the past four weeks. Hunt is one of the best running back options on the entire slate against a Denver defense that has been getting smashed by RBs, ranking 26th DvP. Remember, Hunt exploded for 175 total yards and a touchdown against Denver in Week 4. The other guy I’m looking to pair Mahomes with is Kelce, who has the best matchup among Chiefs pass-catchers. The Broncos have looked to funnel targets to tight ends over the past few years and that trend has continued this season, as well. Kelce has crushed the Broncos the past two times facing them, posting 14 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
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QB Andy Dalton, WR A.J. Green, and WR Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Buccaneers
The final three-man stack that I’m looking at this week is the Bengals passing attack of Dalton with Green and Boyd. The Bengals offense just put up a complete dud last time out in a prime-time game against the Chiefs, which is likely to drive down their ownership on a week that is full of excellent options. However, this is a great bounce back spot for Dalton and the rest of the offense against a Tampa Bay passing defense that ranks dead last against quarterbacks, 31st against wide receivers, and 32nd against tight ends.
The target distribution for the Bengals passing attack is one of the more condensed in the league, and we can comfortably project Green and Boyd to see 20 targets total between them. Both Green and Boyd have both been models of consistency this season, with Green posting a plus/minus of plus-3.1 with a 71-percent consistency rating, and Boyd posting a plus/minus of plus-6.7 with a 57-percent consistency rating
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