Before we dig up some deadly DFS studs to haunt your Draftkings competition, let me bring you up to speed on a very popular feature here at Gridiron Experts called The DraftKings Gauntlet.
If you haven’t already heard, 12 Gridiron Experts writer’s have been sharing their DraftKings Lineups with the public in a staff contest that will be stretched out over 16 weeks. This mini tournament amongst our staff is for bragging rights but also showcases each writer’s DFS skills.
Currently, the DraftKings Gauntlet is heating up with 6 writers separated by less than 77 points. Jen Ryan is clinging onto a small lead of less than 1 point on top of the board. The DraftKings Gauntlet has seen 11 writers go over 175 points this season, while many more have produced scores well above the DraftKings Millionaire Maker money cut line. With just a 54 points off the lead, and still holding onto the season high score (222.5) I’m here to breakdown my favorite 10 Draftkings value buys for Week 8.
DraftKings Gauntlet Standings
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$6,300 (vs. San Francisco)
Gurley will likely be owned by 95% of DFS teams this week, meaning he’s not giving you a leg up on anybody. There’s also a good chance you won’t win if you don’t have him in your lineup though. At $6,300, you have to wonder what DraftKings is thinking, making Gurley yet again too good a value to pass up.
9. Stefon Diggs
$4,800 (@ Chicago)
Another guy you can expect to be 80% owned, but the stats don’t lie. Stefon Diggs is on a tear right now. He’s been targeted 9 times in the last 3 weeks and should see just as many against a Bears secondary that leaves much to be desired. Diggs has shown early signs of being this year’s Odell Beckham, who proved to be a great daily play every week last year.
8. Mike Evans
$6,800 (@ Atlanta)
In the full-point PPR format it doesn’t make sense to shell out almost 20% of your salary on Julio Jones, Deandre Hopkins or Odell Beckham Jr. I try to avoid most receivers over $7,500. Mike Evans, at $6,800 feels like a great add. He’ll be widely owned after his bounce back performance last week, which hurts his value in tournament formats, but with Vincent Jackson out, he’s likely to get a ton of targets and has tremendous upside.
7. Benjamin Watson
$3,500 (vs. NY Giants)
Saving money on your defense and TE gives you tremendous spending power elsewhere. And there’s always value out there. I had the Rams defense in every lineup last week, which proved to be quite profitable after their 25-point performance for only $2,400. The best value play this week might just be the Chiefs, who have consistently put up 10 points every week (with the exception of the Packers & Bengals games where they ran into elite offenses). Matched up against a turnover prone Lions team, with a banged up Matthew Stafford, in London (where defensive TDs seem to come aplenty), KC should be productive again on defense. Benjamin Watson cooled off a little bit this past week, but his follow-up performance was promising. He came up a few inches shy of another TD and showed he’s likely to be an active target in Drew Brees’ arsenal. The Giants linebackers and safeties are as bad in coverage as any units in the league. Targeting the TE is the easiest way to expose New York’s defense. Watson’s ceiling is high this week.
6. Philip Rivers
$6,600 (@ Baltimore)
The Chargers may be a dumpster fire as a team, but Philip Rivers is on fire statistically. Rivers turned what looked like a regrettable daily start into another 30-point performance after a strong second half. Garbage points or not, points are points. Philip Rivers is on pace for 6,000 yards right now and at $6,600, there’s no reason to look at the top tier QBs ahead of him or gamble on the cheaper values below him.
5. Charcandrick West
$4,700 (vs. Detroit, London)
Car-dunk-a-chug gave Fantasy owners that spent all of their FAAB balances on him a scare his first week on the job, but he bounced back in a big way last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. West rushed for over 100 yards and found the end zone, looking fairly elusive, running at 5 yards per clip. This week he faces a Lions defense that bottled up AP, which could defer people from drafting him in tournament formats. I think Andy Reid depends on him enough to make him worth the investment though.
4. Doug Martin
$5,500 (@ Atlanta)
While I do agree with Jason Willan about Charles Sims getting the chance to contribute this week, I am starting to really buy into Doug Martin being fantasy worthy again.
With 3 straight 100+ yard efforts, two of which included trips to the end zone, Muscle Hamster owners are flexing their fantasy muscles. Matched up with Atlanta, the team ranked 31st against the run, looking to keep Matt, Julio and Devonta off the field, the table appears set for Doug to have another big game.[wlm_nonmember]
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3. Danny Woodhead
$4,500 (@ Baltimore)
With MG3 oft sidelined for injury and fumble concerns, Danny Woodhead has emerged as a legitimate fantasy threat. He’s the perfect complement to Philip Rivers air attack and a PPR monster that throws some shade on the Chargers atrocious offensive line. His involvement in the passing game makes him a great fit for your DraftKings lineup every week, no matter the matchup. At $4,500, how could you not?
2. Davante Adams
$3,900 (@ Denver)
Kind of a gut play here, because Adams did nothing the first few weeks when healthy, but Davante is a great value at $3,900. Cobb and Jones are matched up with two of the league’s best cornerbacks (Talib and Harris), and with Ty Montgomery likely sidelined, Davante Adams has a great opportunity to breakout. If he plays, I think he’s worth a start. He’s unlikely to get a lot of love in tournament formats too, which could give owners an advantage over their competitors.
1. Darren McFadden
$3,800 (vs. Seattle)
Watching Darren McFadden run all over the Giants last week, I was awestruck by his size and speed. At the same time, I was wondering how he has been so ineffective all of these years. That said, the Cowboys o-line looked formidable once again, leaving a strong Giants’ run defense inept all afternoon. I can’t say for sure that inserting La’el Collins into the starting lineup was the difference, but the unit sure looked much improved. McFadden should have plenty of room to run this week if they keep it up. He also handles all passing downs for the Cowboys as well, which makes him an even more obvious PPR play. At $3,800, he is a must play. Don’t let the Seahawks defense or the Christine Michael revenge factor make you overthink it.[/wlm_ismember]
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Bob, a Quinnipiac grad, is an avid sports fan and fantasy enthusiast. Currently resides in the professional sport-less state of Connecticut, but will never forget his roots in the great state of New Jersey.