DraftKings Week 8: All Systems Go for The Red Rocket

Andy Dalton

Andy “The Red Rocket” Dalton – and the entire Bengals passing attack, really – check all the boxes for fantasy goodness in week 8: coming off of a bye week, division rivalry (not that that’s necessarily a thing, but, you know, narrative street), in a game with a presumed high over/under (not released yet – waiting for final word on Roethlisberger), and will be facing a team currently ranked 27th in pass defense, surrendering about 276 yards per game.

Dalton, despite being behind only Tom Brady in FPPG, is still vastly underpriced relative to his output. With the exception of week one against Oakland (where he still paid off his salary, by the way) has exceeded 20 points in each contest, with two of those reaching the 30-plus point plateau. He has multiple touchdowns in every game but one (week 4), has 240 or more yards in every game but one (week 2), and has thrown for 300-plus yards in three games thus far. All the while, oh by the way, while only throwing two interceptions.

In a week where I don’t love most of the spots for quarterbacks, Dalton against Pittsburgh sticks out like a sore thumb and will probably find himself atop most of my cash game lineups this week. But I don’t mind rolling him out in tournaments, either. In fact, while Dalton himself might be highly owned, it would be a great week to stack him with one or maybe even two of his targets in a GPP.

Week 8 beckons. Here are some other options I like this week.

Quarterback

Cash

Philip Rivers/San Diego ($6,600) @ Baltimore

Rivers is quite simply a fantasy point machine this season, and in a week where many of the top signal callers have difficult matchups, he (and Dalton, of course) stand out as terrific mid-priced options that you can roll out with confidence in cash games. Rivers is reaping the benefits of a one dimensional offense that flat out can’t run the ball to save their lives. They do have to travel back east which isn’t always an optimal environment for an offense, but Baltimore is bleeding points to quarterbacks and will be coming off of a short week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick/NYJ ($5,200) @ Oakland

Yes, this makes two weeks in a row for Fitzpatrick, but you know what? The dude is money right now in cash games. He’s had two straight weeks of 250-plus yards, and has two touchdowns in those games as well. The Jets will find it hard to run against Oakland and that will again lay the pressure squarely on the shoulders of Fitzmagic.

GPP

Aaron Rodgers/Green Bay ($7,500) @ Denver

I’m not going to sugar coat it, this is a tough one for ARod; at Denver, who boast the leagues premier defense. But what better time to roster the league’s best quarterback? His price is depressed, he’s coming off a bye, and, more importantly,  you know he’ll be extremely low-owned due to the matchup and recent struggles.

Running Back

Cash

Todd Gurley/St. Louis ($6,300) vs. San Francisco

As expected, Gurley has seen a huge price increase after his third dominating performance in row. However, even with the price hike he’s still probably underpriced. You simply have to ride the hot hand here. He’ll be the obvious play at running back yet again, but the matchup is excellent and you know Jeff Fisher is going to feed him. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Justin Forsett/Baltimore ($6,100) vs. San Diego

It’s pretty simple: San Diego is just awful on both sides of the ball when it comes to the run game. Forsett has had a couple underwhelming performances in a row, but outside of “Smiff” he really is the Baltimore offense. It’s shaping up to be a “spend up at receiver” week, so I definitely don’t mind pairing Gurley or Forsett with my next suggestion to fee up some cash for some pass catchers.

Jonathan Stewart/Carolina ($4,100) vs. Indianapolis

It’s still a little weird even considering Stewart in cash games, and I have to admit I did just get that throw-up taste in my mouth, by this game against the Colts on Monday night just screams “Stewart game” to me. The game currently has a 46-point over/under, but, more importantly, Vegas has the Panthers as 5 1/2-point favorites. The Colts will try to play up in pace some, but should get slowed down by Josh Norman and Co. Carolina should be able to control the game, and that will Stewart game script favor.

Other Considerations: Lamar Miller/Miami ($4,700) @ New England – if you’re playing the Thursday night slate, Miller is almost a must play given his involvement in the offense and the fact that his price only went up $100. Chris Johnson/Arizona ($4,600) @ Cleveland

GPP

Adrian Peterson/Minnesota ($7,400) @ Chicago

I’ve wiffed on AP these past two weeks (as I’m sure many have), but you can use his recent struggles to your advantage. While I don’t like him for cash this week, now is the perfect time to roll him out in a GPP because you wind up with a classic Peterson game at extremely low ownership.

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Wide Receivers

Cash

Julio Jones/Atlanta ($9,200) vs. Tampa Bay

There’s a cornucopia of excellent high-priced options this week, but Julio at home against Tampa Bay might just take the cake. After a series of pedestrian performances, he finally got back on track last week against Tennessee with a line of 9/92/1. Atlanta’s offense almost exclusively runs through Devonta Freeman and Jones, so you know Jones will continue to see a healthy dose of targets. Vegas has this game pegged at a surprisingly high 48 point total, with the Falcons being a seven-point favorite.

Stefon Diggs/Minnesota ($4,800) @ Chicago

Well, I’d say is safe to say the cat’s out of the bag in Minnesota: Diggs is head and shoulders the most talented pass catcher on that team, and it really showed last week against Detroit. Minnesota’s offense still isn’t one I want a ton of exposure to, especially in a game with a 42-point over/under, but there’s still time to hop on the Diggs train before it leaves the cash game station. In his three starts thus far, he hasn’t caught less than six passes and has over 100 yards in two of those games. When the Vike’s aren’t trying to get Peterson back on track, they should be funneling targets to Diggs, who is still fairly underpriced.

Stevie Johnson/San Diego ($3,200) @ Baltimore

Johnson made his return from a hamstring injury last week against Oakland, and while he wasn’t particularly efficient, he did catch four balls on eight targets. The eight targets is what we want to focus on here. We know the Charges simply can’t run the ball right now, so even if this does end up being another big Keenan Allen game, there should still be plenty of targets to go around. Johnson is an excellent punt play as your third receiver, and might even have some GPP appeal, too.

Other Considerations: Calvin Johnson/Detroit ($7,900) @ Kansas City, Eric Decker/NYJ ($5,300) @ Oakland

GPP

AJ Green/Cincinnati ($7,600) @ Pittsburgh

Dalton and Green make one of the best stacks this week, as we should be able to capitalize on some low ownership for Green in a dream matchup against that Steeler secondary.

Tight Ends

Cash

If you’re not paying up for Gronk on Thursday night…

Tyler Eifert/Cincinnati ($5,300) @ Pittsburgh

Not much to say here, as Eifert has essentially become Dalton’s favorite target. I still think Green get’s his this week, but Eifert should see enough targets – especially in the red zone – to easily pay off his salary.

Travis Kelce/Kansas City ($5,000) vs. Detroit

Slowly but surely, despite Andy Reid’s apparent distaste for him, we’re starting to see “Zeus” involved in the offense more and more. Coming off an 88-yard performance last week, Kelce followed it up with another solid showing of 73 yards on five catches. At some point in time, you’d like to think he’ll have a double digit target game, and if/when that happens you’ll want to have some shares. It could easily come this week against Detroit.

GPP

Greg Olsen/Carolina ($6,500) @ Indianapolis

A case could be made for Olsen in cash games, but I like him better for tournaments given his price and that I think Carolina will try to slow this game down. Indianapolis doesn’t really have anyone that can handle Olsen, however, so there’s always the chance he goes off for a couple scores.

Defense

St. Louis ($3,200) vs. San Francisco

Yes, it’s the “chalk” play yet again, but can you really fade this defense at home against Colin Kaepernick?

Houston ($3,100) vs. Tennessee

The Houston defense hasn’t nearly been as strong as many thought coming into the year, but they still have the best player in football on their defensive line (who own’s the Titans). It’s still unclear weather or not Mariota will play this week, so it’s likely we could see Zach Mettenberger again. But regardless, the Texans can still put pressure on whoever’s under center. If you just so happen find yourself needing that extra $100 that the Rams cost, I don’t mind pivoting down to Houston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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