Week 8 is upon us and we are now half way through the NFL season. With only two teams on a bye this week, there are plenty of FanDuel targets to choose from. A couple of the games clearly stick out and will likely yield some higher ownership on its players.
For me, the key to this main slate is finding some value players with solid floors to lock in some top heavy studs. So let’s get right to it.
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Deshaun Watson $8,400 – The Texans should have no problem scoring at will as the Packers proved last week.
Derek Carr $6,900 – I have noted how I think this game plays out. Carr should chuck it around quite a bit and the Texans defense doesn’t scare me.
Christian McCaffrey $9,600 – This certainly seems like a pay up for running backs week. Almost too high priced to scare people off, he is just too involved in this offense to ignore.
Saquon Barkley $8,600 – Exactly one thousand dollars cheaper, is Barkley. He ran well enough last week and if the Giants can keep it close, he will good enough.
Chris Carson $8,000 – Whether this is a back and forth or a blow out, he is a great play this week.
Leonard Fournette $7,700 – The Jets can be run on. Leonard Fournette has been productive despite only one touchdown this year. He should have opportunities to remedy that this week.
Melvin Gordon III $6,400 – This is the week Melvin reminds people how of good he is. I’m not predicting 200 and three touchdowns or anything crazy. Latavius Murray had 119 and two on the ground last week and that is certainly attainable.
Darrell Henderson Jr. $5,600 – My wildcard pick this week is Darrell Henderson. The Bengals have been brutal versus the run this year. In the last Rams game, he got a solid amount of touches and if the game gets out of hand, there is no need to run Todd Gurley late in the game.
Michael Thomas $8,500 – If you do not end up using all your money on the top backs this week, Thomas appears to be the best alternative. He continues to get peppered with targets, giving him a high floor and plenty of upside to pay off his salary.
Robert Woods $7,000 – Somewhat of a gut call for me here. The Rams have three really good receivers and Woods has yet to have a great game, so possibly the Rams will try to get him going.
Kenny Golladay $6,700 – Despite only reeling in one catch on two targets last week, I fully expect a great game this week with high ownership.
DJ Chark Jr. $6,300 – The Jets have continued to give up long touch downs this year. Chark is the best bet to take a deep one this week.
John Brown $5,900 – Speaking of deep threats, Smokey plays against the Eagles and their never ending gift of a secondary. Enough said.
Kenny Stills $5,700 – The last two games Stills has produced as a deep threat. At his lower middle price he is certainly in play.
Corey Davis $5,500 – One of the sneaky possible shoot out games for me. The Bucs should be able to score and Corey Davis is a great option this week at a low price.
George Kittle $6,900 – It is certainly a tough week to pay up at tight end. Kittle will absolutely be low-owned this week, in a projected defensive battle.
Darren Waller $6,800 – The projected game flow would suggest the Texans leading and scoring at will. That would also suggest a ton of passes for the Raiders and their top target.
Evan Engram $6,300 – Off of last week’s debacle where he killed everyone who had him as chalk, he should bounce back this week.
Patriots $5,000 – The Patriots’ defensive scoring prowess is a well known commodity this year. If I pay up, it will be for them.
Seahawks $4,900 – Only a hundred bucks cheaper than the Pats, if Matt Ryan misses this game, they certainly become more appealing.
Panthers $3,500 – This game could be a defensive battle. The Panthers have generated a continuous pass rush and that could force some turn overs.