There’s nothing more crucial to fielding a successful NFL DFS team than finding value players. Whether you’re playing in a cash game or a GPP tournament, you need to have low-priced, low-owned players to help differentiate your lineup from your opponents, at least in GPP tournaments. DraftKings and FanDuel pricing is starting to become closer and closer with each passing week, and with several players on bye in Week 8, navigating a thinner player pool and finding values that allow you to pay up for top-tier talent — like the Todd Gurley’s of the world — is critical.
I almost always use a cash game strategy when trying to find value plays for my lineup. Many times, you don’t need to overthink rostering value plays in tournaments, provided that you look to diversify your lineup in other areas. Be sure to check out the RotoQL Trending Players Tool to quickly identify who the top value plays are each week.
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Week 8 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
NFL DFS Picks Week 8: Quarterback values
QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens, DK: $5,200, FD: $7,500
There isn’t a whole lot to like in terms of value quarterbacks this week. There are no less than six quarterbacks who are $6,000 or more on DraftKings that are in “ceiling” type spots, so spending up at the position will be a popular option this week in all formats. If you do want to venture down below $6,000 and be a little contrarian, then Ravens QB Joe Flacco makes for an excellent option in a plus matchup with the Panthers. Flacco has been a solid fantasy performer this season, posting a plus/minus of plus-2.8 in a Ravens offense that is running the most plays per game in the NFL.
Other QB Values: Matthew Stafford, Baker Mayfield
WEEK 8 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings
Daily Fantasy Football Week 8 Advice: Running back values
RB Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos, DK: $5,200, FD: $6,500
The running back position is loaded with a ton of great options at virtually every price level, and this week offers us some great options at $6,000 and below on DraftKings. Rookie Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay has been one of the better stories in the NFL this season could be in for the heaviest workload of his career this week if fellow RB Royce Freeman is forced to sit out with an ankle injury. Lindsay has been excellent for the Broncos this season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry, while also showing some solid pass catching ability. The Broncos will likely need to lean on Lindsay and the running game early and often in an attempt to keep the Chiefs high-powered offense off the field.
RB Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders, DK: $4,200, FD: $5,700
The Raiders offense is on life support after they shipped Amari Cooper off to Dallas and lost Marshawn Lynch to a groin injury. This opens up a ton of opportunity for guys to step up and Richard looks like a prime candidate to not only pick up some extra carries in the rushing attack, but also see his role in the passing game increase. Richard has been excellent catching passes out of the backfield this year, with QB Derek Carr averaging the lowest depth of passing attempt in the league. Richard is an excellent value across the industry, but is an especially great option on DraftKings for $4,200 given their full-point PPR format. Richard is averaging a solid 6.5 targets per game over the Raiders last four games.
Other RB Values: Raheem Mostert, Duke Johnson Jr.
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Week 8 Daily Fantasy Football Picks, Values: Wide receiver
WR Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams, DK: $6,800, FD: $7,600
Robert Woods is a little more expensive for what I typically consider a “value”, but this week he is the most under-priced wide receiver on the board in a matchup against the Green Bay Packers. The Rams-Packers matchup is the headline game this week for fantasy purposes with its massive over/under of 56. Woods has seen consistent volume all year long, seeing seven or more targets in 6-of-7 games this season. Woods has also been dominant at home going back to last season, posting a plus/minus of plus-9.0 over his last nine games played in LA. Fellow WR Cooper Kupp is 50/50 at best to play this week, and Woods will see a further boost sliding into the slot if Kupp is unable to suit up for the second straight game.
WR Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs, DK: $4,600, FD: $6,400
The value wide receiver range is incredibly slippery this week and after last week’s Jermaine Kearse disaster, I wouldn’t blame anyone for being hesitant to drop down into this price range. However, if you want to roster a few of the high-end running backs you’ll need to find some value at your WR2/3 spots and on a week with so many high totals, I want to shoot for some upside with a big play threat like Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins. Watkins seems to be the forgotten man in the Chiefs offense, but expect to see a big game from Watkins soon as he has a positive touchdown regression coming his way; his seven red zone targets over the last five weeks have translated to only one touchdown. Watkins has also played his best football at home this season, posting a plus/minus of plus-4.2 in his three home games this season.
Other WR Values: T.Y. Hilton, Randall Cobb, Willie Snead, Martavis Bryant
WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Week 8 NFL DFS Picks: Tight end values
TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DK: $3,900, FD: $5,800
With pricing being tight this week, it’s going to be tough to justify paying up for an expensive tight end in cash games. I love the idea of going with Travis Kelce or George Kittle in GPPs, but for cash games, O.J. Howard makes a ton of sense at his $3,900 price point on DraftKings and $5,800 slot on FanDuel. Howard is quickly turning into one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets in the passing game, with 15 targets over the last two games with Winston in a quarterback. Howard’s athleticism always makes him a big play threat anytime he touches the ball and is the tight end most likely to go 5-6 times his salary expectations on a week-to-week basis (at his current price).
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