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DRAFT DFS Strategy Week 8: Snake Draft Advice

Joe Mixon

Three Person Drafts: NFL Week 8 (Sun-Mon Slate)

DRAFT 1I hope you did some drafts last week. Todd Gurley and Patrick Mahomes came through yet again. Julio Jones was a disappointment, but Odell Beckham Jr. was a huge value. Week 8 looks even better than last week. You’ll get a huge advantage from every position this week.

Reminder for this week. These projections are based on the full Sunday-Monday slate, but Jacksonville plays Philadelphia in London Sunday morning at 9:30 AM EST.

Let’s compare some Draft with DailyRoto this week projections:

*Projections may change throughout the week. These projections were pulled on October 25th for the Sun-Mon slate.


QuarterbacksDailyRotoDraftDraft Rank
Patrick Mahomes23.8321.8QB1
Jared Goff21.9119.5QB8
Aaron Rodgers21.6819.5QB8
Andrew Luck21.3018.7QB11
Andy Dalton20.7919.9QB4
Ben Roethlisberger20.0620.3QB2
Jameis Winston20.7720.1QB3

Patrick Mahomes, Patrick Mahomes, Patrick Mahomes. We’re drafting Mahomes early and often this week. Jared Goff and Aaron Rodgers are freebies if by chance we don’t get Mahomes.

Running Backs

Running BacksDailyRotoDraftDraft Rank
Todd Gurley25.1621.4RB2
Joe Mixon20.8616.2RB8
Saquon Barkley20.6621.6RB1
James Conner20.4618.3RB3
Kareem Hunt17.6318.1RB4
James White17.5917.5RB5
David Johnson16.9716.7RB7
Christian McCaffrey14.7816.7RB6

For some reason, Draft actually has Saquon Barkley projected higher than Todd Gurley. We’re going with Gurley everywhere we can. Notice Joe Mixon. He’s a key part of our teams this week.

See More of Daily Roto’s Projections here.

Wide Receivers/ Tight Ends

Wide Receivers/TEDailyRotoDraftDraft Rank
Adam Thielen18.7417.3WR1
Tyreek Hill18.2114.5WR7
Robert Woods18.0315.0WR5
A.J. Green17.7715.9WR3
Antonio Brown16.4615.2WR4
Stefon Diggs15.8012.9WR13
Davante Adams15.5314.8WR6
Michael Thomas14.7516.0WR2

WR is a jumbled mess. We like Tyreek Hill and Robert Woods more than draft, but these WRs are projected so close that you can nab Antonio Brown, Michael Thomas, or Davante Adams if you prefer. We can draft Mahomes early because Joe Mixon is a last round freebie and all of these WRs are nearly interchangeable.


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Drafting in First Position

YouTeam 2Team 3
Todd GurleySaquon BarkleyJames Conner
Joe MixonKareem HuntAdam Thielen
Patrick MahomesMichael ThomasA.J. Green
Tyreek HillAntonio BrownBen Roethlisberger
Robert WoodsJameis WinstonJames White
DR Total: 106.09DR Total: 90.27DR Total: 94.62
Draft Total: 88.9Draft Total: 91.0Draft Total: 89.30

This draft falls perfectly for you. I decided to draft Mixon early because of that WR value you can get late. That 11.5 point projection advantage you get over Team 3 is the biggest we’ve seen in weeks.

Drafting in Second Position

Team 1 will take Saquon Barkley first overall in theory. You’ll see that the draft order is a little bit different,but your team is exactly the same as it was in the first draft spot.

Team 1YouTeam 3
Saquon BarkleyTodd GurleyJames Conner
Kareem HuntPatrick MahomesAdam Thielen
Michael ThomasTyreek HillJames White
Ben RoethlisbergerRobert WoodsA.J. Green
Antonio BrownJoe MixonJameis Winston
DR Total: 89.56DR Total: 106.09DR Total: 95.33
Draft Total: 91.2Draft Total: 88.9Draft Total: 89.1

I’m thinking Team 1 takes Gurley more often than not, which leaves us with a draft that looks like:

Team 1YouTeam 3
Todd GurleySaquon BarkleyJames Conner
Michael ThomasAdam ThielenKareem Hunt
A.J. GreenPatrick MahomesAntonio Brown
James WhiteJoe MixonRobert Woods
Ben RoethlisbergerTyreek HillJameis Winston
DR Total: 95.33DR Total: 102.30DR Total: 93.35
Draft Total: 91.1Draft Total: 91.4Draft Total: 86.7

We lose that massive advantage Gurley gives us, but we still have a 7 point advantage. If by chance Team 3 takes Adam Thielen at the first turn, take Mahomes with your second pick.

Drafting in the Third Position

Team 1Team 2You
Todd GurleySaquon BarkleyJames Conner
Michael ThomasKareem HuntAdam Thielen
A.J. GreenAntonio BrownPatrick Mahomes
Jameis WinstonBen RoethlisbergerJoe Mixon
James WhiteDavante AdamsTyreek Hill
DR Total: 96.04DR Total: 90.34DR Total: 102.10
Draft Total: 90.9Draft Total: 90.0Draft Total: 88.1

This is the draft position I worry the most about. I think most teams will scoop up A.J. Green, Michael Thomas, and Antonio Brown before getting their QB, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he gets drafted before our third pick. If you’re worried about losing him, you can draft him with one of your first two picks and just fall back to waiting on your WRs.


This may be the best week for these drafts so far this year. If you do a bunch of drafts, I would start mixing in some different combos of WRs just in case Tyreek Hill or Robert Woods disappoint. Go forth and conquer.


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