The NFL list for week 8 is going to be fun for DFS players. There’s a ton of great value created by the multitude of injuries across the league. In particular, there are some bottom dollar recipients who could have big days and, as usual, the low budget quarterbacks have their perks too. Our DraftKings Week 8 tournament roster targets these value games at QB and WR along with a few other budget sleepers to land two of the highest paid players on the schedule.
The main reason we managed to get two expensive players on board was because of the spending on QB. Doing this is always a good strategy, and this week our starting QB is the third lowest price starter on the plan. By mining for this value, we have been able to attract great players at RB, which is critical to improving the bottom of any high quality GPP lineup.
WEEK 8 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker
It was also important for us to target some of the weaker defenses and matchups with higher scores. We went after the Vikings and Seahawks, two teams that fought receivers, and also got a lot of stakes in the Raiders-Browns game as it was supposed to be an offensive fight. Stacks at QB-WR and RB-D / ST help this lineup offer lots of upside potential, and this lineup should have a good chance of getting above the cash line in tournament play.
WEEK 8 PPR RANKING:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker
This list is intended for the main tournaments of week 8 DraftKings.
QB Derek Carr, Raiders @ Browns ($ 5,500)
Carr is one of the cheapest starting quarterbacks on the schedule, but his advantage in this matchup is undeniable. The Browns give the 7th highest DraftKings Points per game (DKPPG) to QBs with a mark of 24.1, and they’re fresh from throwing Joe Burrow over 400 yards. Carr has been a consistent producer that season, scoring at least 20.3 DK points in four of his last five games. He doesn’t flip the ball either, so he should have a good chance of moving the ball efficiently against a Cleveland defense that allows 31.6 points per game this season, the fourth most in the NFL. If we spend on Carr we can save money and spend in other locations to give our lineup a really high cap.
RB Alvin Kamara, Saints @ Bears ($ 8,200)
For another week we trust Alvin Kamara, even though he is the most expensive RB on this board. Kamara has still accumulated no less than 19.9 DK points in a single game, and although he has slowed down a bit after a hot start, the cap remains for him to break the 40 point mark when he’s at his best is. The Bears may look like a tough matchup on paper, but they’ve admitted six TDs to RBs this season, and the Rams did well against them Monday night. That gives Kamara a chance to reach the end zone, so we’re going to take a chance at his raised floor and high ceiling combination in a matchup that could compromise ownership.
WEEK 8 DFS CASH LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel
RB Kareem Hunt, Browns v Raiders ($ 6,900)
The Raiders are one of only five teams to allow a total of nine TDs for RBs this season. The big draw at Hunt, however, is his ability to catch passes. The Raiders have given out 380 yards to RBs, who rank second in the NFL this season, and with Odell Beckham Jr. (ripped ACL) for the season, Hunt could see more work than pass catcher in this matchup. Hunt has only failed to rack up double-digit DK points once this year and that came against the Steelers. He will have the chance to play his best game of the year if he can exploit one of the Raiders’ biggest defensive weaknesses.
WR Davante Adams, Packers vs. Vikings ($ 8,800)
Not only do we have the cheapest RB on this board, we also have the best WR. Adams has been a hit or miss this season as he played two games with less than 12.2 DK points and two with 44.6 or more. That said, one of Adams’ massive games was against the Minnesota team he faced in Week 8. Adams should continue to collect catches and have a chance to make some big games as Aaron Rodgers continues to show the Packers that they had no reason to make a first choice for a future QB replacement for him.
WEEK 8 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS: FanDuel
WR Hunter Renfrow, Raiders @ Browns ($ 3,800)
And here we start spending money again. Since we have Carr at QB, we wanted to stack him with one of his top receivers. Nelson Agholor and Henry Ruggs may have more perks than deep threats, but at that cost, Renfrow is a potential DK theft. Renfrow has been a steady target for Carr, seeing six goals against the Bucs last week, four for 42 yards. He’s averaged 9.2 DKPPG this year, and if he can hit or exceed that number, he’ll be worth it. Renfrow had a more than 20 point game against the Patriots earlier this year so he can jump off as a PPR machine.
WR Kendrick Bourne, 49ers @ Seahawks ($ 3,500)
Another recipient under $ 4,000? You bet! Bourne’s recent appearance against the Patriots may not inspire much confidence, but it is noteworthy that he was the only recipient other than Brandon Aiyuk or Deebo Samuel who saw a target. Now that Samuel (thigh) fails, Bourne could be the 49ers’ No. 2 recipient again. When Samuel was about to start the season, Bourne saw 5.3 goals per game. Given that goal and the fact that he has 10 TDs in the last 39 games, Bourne is a great low-cost flier who can take on a matchup against a Seahawks defense that has by far the most DK points WRs surrender (64.3 per game, closest is 50).
TE Jonnu Smith, Titans @ Bengals ($ 4,100)
Smith has only had one receipt in each of the last two games, which has brought his price down to just $ 4,100. That could make it a bargain. Smith’s production decline is directly related to an injury sustained against the Texans. He fought his way through against the Steelers but couldn’t do much in a tough matchup. With an extra week to heal, Smith should be in better shape and could break out again with a big achievement. His cause is aided by the Bengals’ poor TE defense which has brought 480 yards to the position (second highest in the NFL) and allows Harrison Harrison and David Njoku to score against them three times.
FLEX Le’Veon Bell, Chiefs vs. Jets ($ 4,600)
We’re taking a chance here with Bell as a flex option, but that might work well. This is a big game of revenge for Bell, and the Chiefs will certainly want to give him more options, if only to appease their latest acquisition. He should know exactly how to attack and prevail against the Jets’ discombobulated defenses. The Jets allow the seventh highest DKPPG for RBs (28.1). Even if Bell shares the broadcasts with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Kansas City RBs have plenty of scoring opportunities.
D / ST Kansas City Chiefs v Jets ($ 4,500)
The Chiefs had two games over 20 DK points a year, one of which came against Denver last week. They have allowed 20 points or less in all but one game this season, and they should have no problem dominating the Jets’ unfortunate offensive that stalled after 10 points against the Bills last week. We’re going to grab the Chiefs at this reasonable price and pile them up in a high-scoring duo from this game with Le’Veon Bell.