It is hard to believe the NFL is in Week 8. That means only 8 more weeks to capitalize on DraftKings daily fantasy contests.
Week 7 of the NFL season is in the books. More bye weeks are coming for teams which means daily fantasy is going to get tougher. There was a big trade in the NFL this week as well. Amari Cooper is now on the Dallas Cowboys, which may help that abysmal offense. Eli Apple is a Saint and Snacks Harrison is on the Detroit Lions, signaling a fire sale in New York. Not super relevant fantasy moves, but maybe a signs of things to come with the NFL trade deadline.
Here is a breakdown of how to maximize your resources in DraftKings contests for Week 8, starting at the quarterback position.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos – $7000
It is nice to have the front runner for MVP, Patrick Mahomes back on the regular Sunday slate. Mahomes is leading the NFL’s most prolific offense and dominating the fantasy landscape. This week he plays a Denver Broncos defense that has struggled this season. The Broncos’ struggles have actually come against the run more than the pass. Looking at stats alone, this signals a tough matchup for Mahomes. That still is not enough to limit the exposure for this guy. Until he plays a bad game, there is little chance he under performs his price.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers @ Los Angeles Rams – $6400
A former MVP comes up next in Aaron Rodgers. This season has been up and down for the Packers and Rodgers. His health does look to be increasing every week, which is good news for fantasy players. Green Bay will need peak Rodgers this week against the Rams. Los Angeles is going to score on a sub-par Packers defense. It will fall on Rodgers to keep up against a Rams defense that ranks as the fifth toughest for opposing quarterbacks. There will be points scored, so Rodgers is not a complete stay away, but caution needs to be had.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland Raiders – $6300
Speaking of health, it is nice to see Andrew Luck back to form after a weird two year run. Luck has the Colts offense over performing like he has his entire career. There is not a lot of weapons at his disposal but they are playing well on offense. Now Luck gets to travel to Oakland and play a defense that ranks 11th in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. They only have four interceptions on the season compared to 12 touchdown passes. Luck is getting his weapons healthy, and this could be a big week for the former number one pick.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $6200
A revelation for the fantasy community has been the emergence of Andy Dalton as a viable option at the quarterback position. Dalton ranks as the 14th best quarterback this season and has played well against some tough defenses. This week he gets the NFL’s softest defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even after firing their defensive coordinator the Buccaneers are a weak unit on that side of the ball. The complete Bengals offense should score points this weekend and Dalton is a good option.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns – $6100
Coming off the bye week, the Pittsburgh Steelers were expecting to have Le’Veon Bell back in the fold. They may not need him with the way James Conner is playing. Ben Roethlisberger has been his usual up and down self this season as well. This may be a must-win for the Steelers to keep up with Cincinnati and Baltimore in their division. Roethlisberger gets to take on a pesky Browns defense. Cleveland ranks 25th in points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Roethlisberger at home is a safe bet to put up points, but if this was on the road it would be a different issue.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams @ Green Bay Packers -$6000
Only a week after topping this list, Jared Goff finds himself in the value bin. A lot of Goff’s value taking a hit is just how sensational Todd Gurley has looked. However it is odd to see the NFC’s top offenses quarterback outside of the top five pricing. Goff plays a Packers defense that has played better than the perception around the league may suggest. Despite their ranking, Goff is poised for a big game here against an inexperienced secondary. With the Packers interior focusing on Gurley, Goff could see some big shots hit off play action and make that $6,000 look foolish.