DraftKings Week 8 Strategy Guide

I’m back after a one week hiatus with my DraftKings players to target. I made the choice last week to sit out after not manufacturing enough free time to put in the research for my piece. I apologize for not putting the work out there, but felt that I did not want to half-ass it. With that being said, let’s get back to the grind and back in the green on DraftKings.

With six teams on a bye this week, the tournament slate is once again challenging. With a smaller slate the idea of paying up for the studs you choose can make or break you. Rostering a high priced guy like Zeke is hard with a lack of cheaper guys to balance your roster out. Ill give you my targets to help try and make it all work, and with a little luck we can win.

(Simon Bruty for Sports Illustrated)

(Simon Bruty for Sports Illustrated)




Dak Prescott $7,300-He was a monster last week against the woeful Niners. While the Redskins are expected to get top CB Josh Norman back this week, I expect to see a high scoring affair. Dak has a solid chance for big numbers here.

Carson Wentz $7,200-As an Eagles fan I am loving the MVP caliber start to the season Wentz has had. The 49ers have looked to give up on defense this year. Wentz will be on a ton of lineups Sunday and for good reason.

Cam Newton $6,600-Cam Newton is a tough player to gauge this year. The Bucs however are easily one of my favorite defenses to stream against. The Buc’s defense is still banged up and just got torched by the Tyrod Taylor and no receivers.

Kirk Cousins $6,400-Like I prefaced with Dak, there should be points in this one. I think the Cowboys get the early lead and force Cousins to pass to stay in the game.

Phillip Rivers $6,300-The Patriots finally stopped giving up 300 passing yards every game last week in the fog bowl. I think Rivers gets that streak started back this week. He has too many weapons even with an ailing Melvin Gordon.

Andy Dalton $5,700-The Colts are struggling to stop anything on defense. When you have A.J. Green to throw to and get John Ross for the first time this year has the Red Rifle making the cut.

Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott

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Running Back

Ezekiel Elliot $9,200-Was an absolute stud last week in a plus matchup. The Redskins are actually middle of the pack against the run this year but when they faced elite RB’s Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt they gave out great value. Look for a big game from Zeke to pay for his high price.

LeSean McCoy $8,700-Shady also coming off a good week last week has another good matchup versus the Raiders. Another week without Charles Clay to maybe add a few more passing targets again as he had the second most last week.

Christian McCaffrey $6,200-Jonathon Stewart appears to be a full go after looking banged up recently. Run CMC has looked great in the passing game and that trend should continue this week. He currently has 44 receptions on the year good for fourth most in the NFL.

Chris Thompson $5,800-He is the passing running back in a game where his team should need to pass to hang with the Cowboys. It really is as simple as that.

LeGarrette Blount $5,100-Game script has the Eagles winning big and as long as they do score early Blount will get carries and opportunities to score.

Joe Mixon $4,700-He looked good in the start versus the Steelers then just stopped getting carries. After the game he complained about that exact scenario. In a good matchup I think he’ll get the chance to prove he was right with more carries and a good outcome.

Dion Lewis $4,600-Guess who else is back? Dion Lewis won our hearts in fantasy before being injured and now has appeared to regain the lead back role for the Pats. This should be a game where he gets his chances to score.

Tarik Cohen $4,600-It is still hard for me to process the idea that the Saints defense is good now, but they are. Cohen still has the big play ability and will be getting targets in a game I expect the Saints to win.

Jalen Richard $4,300-It seems the Jalen Richard versus DeAndre Washington choice is a good one for this week. I’m on team Jalen. He has been the better runner really on the team and more productive as a receiver.

Marlon Mack $4,000-The Colts could be down quick and I do not trust Brissett to get the ball down field. That means check downs and hopefully carries for the more explosive runner Mack.

Eric Hartline - USA TODAY Sports

Eric Hartline – USA TODAY Sports


Wide Receiver

A. J. Green $8,600-Any time he has a favorable matchup he is in play. It is the same situation it usually is where he should get the majority of he targets.

Mike Evans $7,900-He is still Jameis’s favorite target. He has not had the monster season as he did last year. He has been very solid though having at least fifty yards in all games so far (technically he had forty-nine in his worst game) and always a good bet for a chance at a touchdown.

Keenan Allen $7,300-The Patriots always try to take away your best weapon is something we hear all the time. I do not believe this Pat’s defense is good enough to do this. Look for a rebound off his most disappointing game so far.

Alshon Jeffery $6,700-This has to be the huge Alshon game right? We saw Dez eat last week in this spot. Carson Wentz has played phenomenally and has spread the ball around hurting Alshon’s value. I feel good that he will get a chance or two at a touchdown.

Chris Hogan $6,500-He continues to be the Patriots receiver you want to start. The chargers are not terrible on defense yet I feel he can be used to exploit them short and as a deep threat.

Kelvin Benjamin $6,400-I went back and forth on who to use between Kelvin and Funchess this week. While I am not opposed to using both, ultimately give Kelvin the edge as the Bucs seem to struggle more against the top wide out.

Michael Crabtree $6,300-Amari Cooper had his breakout game last week, now let’s get back to reality with Crabtree be the better fantasy play.

Will Fuller V $5,300-Also know as the touchdown machine. He has five of them on eight receptions. That’s crazy! Richard Sherman should be locked onto DeAndre Hopkins and that is good new for Fuller.

Josh Doctson $3,900-The Redskins new number one? He was the surprise starter last week and did not do much. If they give him more opportunity this week he could cash in on the cheap price.

Marquise Goodwin $3,900-He could be getting garbage time catches in the first half and I like using him over Garcon to fit some more expensive targets in.

Jordan Matthews $3,900-He comes back to the Bills and should be the immediate top target again. Zay Jones led the team last week with nine targets resulting in two catches.

Dontrelle Inman $3,000- Inman was an afterthought as an option for the Chargers. He could be great as big, fast target for Trubisky as long as he suits up.

Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed

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Tight End

Zach Ertz $7,000-Ertz has been outstanding and really the most reliable receiving threat for the Eagles. It looks like there will be an Eagles stack in a bunch of lineups this week if for nothing more than not wanting to miss out.

Hunter Henry $4,800-Can the Patriots stop Hunter this week? He has started to push Gates out of the picture and should be able to push Patriots defenders around as well.

Jordan Reed $4,700-Eight catches for sixty yards and two touchdowns last week on ten targets. Vernon Davis is still in the picture here but Jordan Reed definitely looked back last week.

Jason Witten $4,200-Witten aint dead yet. The very reliable target has a plus matchup here and isn’t too expensive.

Jared Cook $3,900-The Bills struggle to contain the tight end and Cook just came off one of his best games last week perhaps earning more targets.

George Kittle $3,600-He has been good and should see a multitude of targets chasing the Eagles.

Defense and Special Teams

Eagles $3,800-In what should be a blowout win for the Eagles, hopefully the defense can add a pick or two.

Saints $3,400-Have been a legit defense and facing a rookie QB could equal another big day.

Cowboys $2,300-If going cheap here is your option the Cowboys have been so so on defense and been able to get sacks.

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