DraftKings NFL Picks Week 8
This column’s week 7 picks would be a mixed bag of returns. Those picks would be highlighted by strong play from the quarterback position and touchdowns at the wide receiver position. Jimmy Graham would also score a touchdown but not without trying to drop every other pass in the process. Almost every column you read this week will mention the staggering number of teams with a week 8 bye. While this will likely be problematic for your year-long lineups, daily fantasy allows you to forget about all of that. So after the bye week dust settles, here are some players that I would suggest using in week 8.
Carson Wentz ($7,200) – The Eagles signal caller has had the city of brotherly love feeling all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings. Over the last three games, Carson Wentz has thrown for 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The strong play is expected to continue for Wentz as his Eagles host the winless 49ers. After seven weeks of football, the 49ers are allowing the second most points to the quarterback position. On top of that, the 49ers have also allowed a league-high three rushing scores to quarterbacks. This should come in handy for Wentz who has run the ball six or more times over his last four games. Wentz needs just one more 300-yard passing performance to tie his four such games that he had in his rookie season. I say that he hits that mark in week 8 and proves to be a terrific return on your daily fantasy investment.
Philip Rivers ($6,300) – In week 7, Philip Rivers would have his lowest passing yards in a game since week 6 of last season. That being said though, his 183 passing yards against the Broncos in week 7, came off of just 15 attempts. Luckily for Rivers, he is going from a team that has allowed the fewest passing yards, to a team in the Patriots that has allowed the most. Despite keeping the Falcons in check on Sunday night, the Patriots have continuously allowed quarterbacks to have great games in 2017. This week will not be any different. In his five career games against the Patriots, Rivers has averaged just over 270 passing yards a game with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. This is a different Patriot defense than he is used to seeing and I see Rivers tallying his third 300-yard passing game in week 8. If you’re one who likes themselves an expensive stack, I would definitely keep Rivers and Keenan Allen in mind.
LeGarrette Blount ($5,100) – The last three games for LeGarrette Blount have been less than stellar. In his defense, his opponents during that time hadn’t given up a lot to the position. Luckily for the Eagles, things will get easier for Blount this week when the 49ers come to town. In draftings formats, the 49ers have allowed almost 40 points more to the position than the next worse team. While running backs opposing the 49ers have done a healthy amount of damage through the receiving game, I still like Blount to take advantage of the four yards per carry that the 49ers are allowing. If you’re interested to see how a powerful offense can wear down the 49ers defense, look no further than Ezekiel Elliot thrashing the 49ers for 147 yards. The 49ers may have been playing teams close for a while but they are still a nice fantasy matchup to grab a hold of.
Chris Thompson ($5,800) – The Redskins running back has been one of the more consistent parts of the Washington offense. Thompson hasn’t had 50 yards or more rushing in the last four games but in that time, he has had two games with 100 or more receiving yards. That strong play has him leading the team in receiving touchdowns and sitting at third in targets. While the Dallas Cowboys, Thompson’s week 8 opponent, are only allowing the twentieth most points to backs, this is a gut feeling pick for me. I expect him to have his fourth game of 2017 with 20 or more draft kings points. As he sits with a price tag of only $5,800, him potentially scoring 20 or more points could help put you over the top this week.
Kelvin Benjamin ($6,400) – Yes, I’m selecting a wide receiver from the Carolina Panthers. While the Panthers loss to the Bears last week was an ugly one, Benjamin’s production prior to week 7 was solid. In the three weeks before week 7, Benjamin would finish one yard shy of two 100 yard performances and scored a touchdown. So while the prevailing thought is that the Panthers are a mess, there is still production to be had in Carolina. It especially shouldn’t be overlooked considering their next opponent. Of the top 10 teams with most DK points allowed to wide receivers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team that has played six games rather than seven. That leaves the Buccaneers allowing right around 45 points on a per game basis to wide receivers. Thanks to Cam Newton, the Panthers offense have been consistently inconsistent. All of that aside, I like Benjamin to give you a solid return on your investment this Sunday.
Michael Crabtree ($6,300): In regards to scoring touchdowns in 2017, Michael Crabtree has been one of the most consistent wide receivers in football. Even with Amari Cooper setting the NFL world ablaze on Thursday night, Crabtree was still able to find his way to pay dirt. The Raiders receiver has had only two games with less than seven targets and I like that to continue in a matchup against the Buffalo Bills. At this point in 2017, the Bills have allowed only three touchdowns to the wide receiver position. I think we could see a scenario in which they allow three this Sunday. Maybe not all three to Crabtree but the production will be there. I would go a little further to say that even with Cooper’s huge week 7 performance, Crabtree will outscore him in week 8.
Hunter Henry ($4,800) – Lock of the week: To say that Hunter Henry owners were a bit freaked over his first few games in 2017 would be an understatement. After receiving zero targets in two out of his first three games though, Henry has turned things around. Over the last four weeks, Henry has had two touchdowns and over 200 yards receiving. On top of that production, he is also averaging 18 yards per reception over his last two games. Next up on the Chargers schedule is the previously mentioned New England Patriots. This is a Patriots team that is currently allowing the fifth most points to the position. With some of the top tier talent at the tight end facing some stiff competition, I view Henry as one of the best buys of the weekend. The rough start is in the rearview for Henry so don’t be afraid to buy back in.
Saints ($3,400) – Prior to week 7, the Saints were the talk of the daily fantasy town. With 62 points scored in DK formats in just three weeks, who could blame anyone for being excited. Their game against the Packers seemed like a prime opportunity with Aaron Rodgers sidelined but the Saints would wind up scoring only four points as a defense. I like the Saints to get back to their high scoring ways against Mitch Trubisky and the Bears. John Fox and the Bears coaching staff are handling Trubisky with kid gloves. If the Saints can find a way to contain the running game, this could be a rough outing for the rookie quarterback.
Mike is a hardcore fantasy football fan. He has been doing serious writing for a couple of years now and loves finding the next big sleeper that no one is talking about. He also isn’t afraid to go against the grain and predict the next big bust. The fantasy community is as strong as ever and Mike is ready to help you win a title!