DraftKings NFL: Week 8 Picks
DraftKings NFL: Week 8 Picks

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QUARTERBACK

CASH

Andrew Luck, IND at OAK ($6,300): Luck has been on a four-game streak that has seen him hit at least 3.7x value in each while averaging 29.7 points. While his passing attempts were down last week, he still threw for four touchdowns even with Marlon Mack cutting into his volume. The Raiders are at a point where they are already looking toward the future and have nothing for which to play. Even with Luck's recent success, his salary has only increased $800. The Colts are still in the hunt for the AFC South division and need this game.

GPP

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. NYJ ($6,100): Trubisky has been on a three-game roll in which he has scored 46.46, 31.34 and 36.42 points. While those have come against some weaker defenses, it still is impressive. Trubisky gets another weak passing defense at home against the Jets, who I have been targeting for the last four weeks since their secondary suffered numerous injuries. The Jets slowed down Kirk Cousins somewhat last week, allowing 17.54 points, but prior they allowed 28.32, 25.08 and 28.74 to quarterbacks. Trubisky's projected ownership is around 1-3% making him a nice tournament option.

RUNNING BACK

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Todd Gurley, LAR vs. GB ($9,800): If DraftKings wants to keep pricing Gurley less than $11,000, I will continue to recommend and play him every week. Gurley posted another top performance finishing third last week in running back points. He has finished below fourth just once all season. The only possible pause for concern on Gurley is that the Packers have been tough against opposing running backs, only allowing one to finish in the top 17.

Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. KC ($5,200):
Lindsay gets a bump this week with Royce Freeman out with an ankle injury. While Devontae Booker will take over some of the passing game, Lindsay should still be in for a strong workload. Even if this game becomes a blowout, he should get enough touches to hit value. Lindsay doesn't have the ceiling you look for traditionally, but his floor is a solid 15-18 points this week.

GPP

Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. NYJ ($5,800): You can see a common theme in my weekly articles in that I have written about Gurley almost every week, and now Cohen for multiple weeks. Cohen has posted 33.4, 24.1 and 22.3 points over the last three games with 8.1x, 5.2x and 4.4x value. The Bears should be able to move the ball at will against the Jets banged up defense which has only allowed three opposing running backs to score more than 20 points.

Raheem Mostert, SF vs. ARI ($3,800):
Mostert is a risky play in that he only put up 11.8 points last week but did hit for 3.6x value. The gamble is you hope he can get 15-20 touches and into the 20-point range making him a great tournament play. His matchup against the Cardinals is very attractive as they have allowed eight running backs to hit for at least 3.4x value.

WIDE RECEIVER

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Geronimo Allison, GB vs. LAR ($5,000): I look to target wide receivers in the $4,000-$6,000 range for cash games because I am spending up at running back. Allison has hit value all four games this year – 4.6x, 3.3x, 3.5x, and 3.0x and is in a high total game against the Rams. The Rams secondary has given up a ton of points to wide receivers once Aqib Talib went down with an injury.

Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. DET ($5,200):
I have written up Lockett several weeks in this column and will continue to do so as Doug Baldwin is not 100 percent healthy. He has had a couple down games recently, but he still posted at least 10 points in every game this year. The Lions defense has been attacked on the ground all year, but in the last two games their secondary has also been gashed by the Packers and Danny Amendola.

GPP

Robert Woods, LAR vs. GB ($6,800): Recency bias is something to take advantage of in tournaments, and everyone was on Woods last week, but he fell short only scoring 13.4 points. Now that most people will look at other receivers, I'm going back to Woods as this matchup against the Packers looks to be the shootout of the week. Woods had hit at least 3x value in the last 4 weeks.

Davante Adams, GB at LAR ($7.900):
I would love to run both Woods and Adams in a game stack as this game could hit 70 combined points. Adams has posted 32 and 38 points over the last two games and with the Packers coming off a bye, his projected ownership is very low. I also think because they played on Monday Night the week before people are just forgetting about Adams who has top 5 upside any given week.

TIGHT END

CASH

David Njoku, CLE at PIT ($4,600): Njoku has been a beast since Baker Mayfield took over the starting quarterback job for the Browns. He has hit for at least 3.2x value in four consecutive games, averaging 14 points per game. The key in cash games is nailing consistency and floor, which is what Njoku has. Also, you need to find value at tight end. You also want matchup and the Steelers have allowed six opposing tight ends to hit for at least 3.8x value.

GPP

Eric Ebron, IND at OAK ($4,900): Ebron should be the top-owned tight end this week, but his upside of 100 yards and two touchdowns make him a tournament option. The Colts are three-point favorites at Oakland and have one of the highest projected team totals on the Sunday main slate. Ebron is one of three tight ends to have at least four games of 15 points or more (Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce are the others).

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

CASH

STEELERS vs. CLE ($2,300): It will be very hard to pass on the Steelers DST in cash games this week on DraftKings. The price and matchup (strong home favorite vs. rookie quarterback) provide enough of a floor that you only need 6-8 points to pay off, but there is a potential for a 10-12 point game. Defenses have hit at least 3x value in five of seven games against the Browns this year.

GPP

BENGALS vs. TB ($2,500): This is more of a play against Jameis Winston versus an endorsement of the Bengals defense, but they are at least a four-point favorite at home putting us in a good spot. Winston will be throwing a ton in this game as usual and he is susceptible to multiple turnovers (fumbles/interceptions).

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Michael Rathburn
Known as “Rath” in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) community, he has helped run operations for two prominent daily fantasy sports startups. Michael has taken his insider knowledge and expertise in daily fantasy sports to the content side. Rath won the 2016 FSWA "Baseball Article of the Year, Online" award and was a finalist for the FSWA Best Baseball Series in 2011.
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