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FanDuel NFL Lineup Advice: Week 8 (Full Slate)

by Elliott Baas | @ElliottBaasBB | Featured Writer
Oct 23, 2019

Tyler Lockett has both a high floor and ceiling against Atlanta

Another wild and woolly week of NFL action lies ahead, and Week 8 gives us a loaded slate of games to work with in DFS. This article will cover the entire Thursday-Monday slate on FanDuel, starting with WAS @ MIN on Thursday Night Football.

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Quarterback

Deshaun Watson (HOU): $8,400 vs. OAK
Watson was a bit underwhelming last week in a loss to Indianapolis, but the Houston signal-caller more than delivered in his previous two matchups against bad defenses, averaging 36.57 points per game against Kansas City and Atlanta. Oakland more than fits the bill of a bad defense and their heads are still spinning after Aaron Rodgers dropped six total touchdowns on the Raiders last week in Lambeau. This secondary unit took a hit this week too, as Oakland shipped cornerback Gareon Conley off to Houston. The Raiders are just a hair behind the Falcons for most points per game allowed to opposing quarterbacks and Watson could be primed for a huge game in a soft matchup. This is a situation where it’s worth paying up at quarterback.

Running Back

Saquon Barkley (NYG): $8,600 @ DET
Speaking of paying up, Barkley offers us an elite running back in a great matchup this week against Detroit. The Lions have been gashed on the ground, allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs along with a robust 4.9 YPC against. Even with his high price tag, Barkley is just the third-most-expensive back on the slate in one of best matchups for running backs. He was considered to be on Christian McCaffery’s level coming into the season and he’s in a better spot and $1,000 cheaper than McCaffery on this slate. That makes Barkley an excellent top-tier alternative.

Leonard Fournette (JAC): $7,000 vs. NYJ
Fournette has seen one of the biggest workloads in the league, topping 25 touches in each of his last four games, and notching over 30 touches twice during that stretch. He tore up a weak Cincinnati defense for 131 yards last week, and Fournette faces another soft rush defense this week against the Jets. The Jets have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns through just six games. Jacksonville is a six-point home favorite in this one and should cruise to a victory while feeding Fournette to grind clock.

Wide Receiver

DeAndre Hopkins (HOU): $8,200 vs. OAK
Big money quarterback and wide receiver stacks are quite lucrative in both GPP and cash games, and there’s no better duo to use this week than Hopkins and Watson. The stars are aligning for Hopkins this week, as the Raiders traded away a starting cornerback and replaced him with a rookie, and Will Fuller V is unlikely to play in this game. With a massive 51.5 O/U and Houston as a -6.5 home favorite, the Texans should light up the scoreboard in this one. Hopkins and Watson will be the two most heavily involved players in that scoring and, as a result, are my favorite stack of the week.

Tyler Lockett (SEA): $7,200 @ ATL
Just about anyone is in play against the Falcons, but Lockett’s status as Seattle’s top receiver gives us both a solid floor and a high ceiling given his explosive, big-play ability. He was out-targeted by D.K. Metcalf last week, but Metcalf lost a fumble and has had an abysmal 50% catch rate on his targets this season, the worst among receivers who’ve received at least 40 targets. Those are both signs of a raw, unpolished rookie, which makes Lockett the more reliable choice in this matchup for just $500 extra in salary.

The Falcons’ defense is in a freefall, having allowed at least 34 points in each of their last three games and allowing at least 24 points in every game this season except Week 2 against Philadelphia. The Falcons have also allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, and the second-most passing yards in the league at 1,918 through seven games. Lockett could be in for a huge game with this matchup.

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI): $5,400 @ NO
Fitzgerald was rather disappointing last week, recording just one catch for 12 yards against the Giants. The silver lining of that underwhelming performance is a dirt-cheap price tag. Fitzgerald is astonishingly cheap for a number one receiver against a weak pass defense like the Saints. New Orleans has allowed the seventh-most points per game to opposing receivers and could be without starting cornerback Eli Apple in this game. Christian Kirk is in danger of missing his fourth-straight game this week, which would once again leave Fitzgerald as the top target for Kyler Murray. Arizona is a -9.5 underdog in this game and the Cardinals should be airing it out early and often to chase points in what could be a lopsided matchup.

Also Consider: Kenny Stills (HOU): $5,700 vs. OAK

Tight End

Josh Hill (NO): $5,000 vs. ARI
The Cardinals have been famously bad against tight ends this season; their 16.0 fantasy PPG against is the worst in the league by nearly five points. With Jared Cook banged up and potentially out for this game, Hill may see increased opportunities in a cupcake matchup. At this price point, Hill gives us decent upside with minimal risk. Obviously, if Jared Cook suits up, Hill is off the table in cash games, but he could be decent GPP play, regardless.

Delanie Walker (TEN): $5,200 or Jonnu Smith (TEN): $4,900 vs. TB
Delanie Walker exited the Titans’ game against the Chargers last week with an ankle injury and his status for Week 8 remains unclear. What’s not unclear is just how bad Tampa Bay’s defense is against tight ends. They aren’t quite Arizona bad, but the Bucs have allowed 11.3 fantasy PPG to opposing tight ends this season. If Walker plays, he’s the preferred option, but if he sits, then Jonnu Smith provides the opportunity for a cheap tight end dart throw similar to Josh Hill. Both Walker and Smith give us good pivot options from Hill should Jared Cook play as well, as the three are all situated around the $5K price point.

Flex

Ty Johnson (DET): $5,200 vs. NYG
With Kerryon Johnson placed on injured reserve, Detroit turns its backfield over to the rookie sixth-rounder out of Maryland. Don’t let his status as a late-rounder scare you since Ty Johnson was a monster in college, averaging 7.6 yards per carry over four seasons. He also crushed drills at his pro day workouts, clocking in a blazing 4.26 40-yard dash at 210 pounds, recording a 34-inch vertical, and repping 225 pounds 29 times on the bench. Those numbers rivaled any other rookie running back, and while these skills won’t transfer directly to production, they show that Johnson has the physical tools to produce even if he’s inexperienced.

Defense

Los Angeles Chargers: $4,100 @ CHI
The Bears’ offense has been anemic lately, rushing for a pathetic 17 total yards last week against the Saints. They may have scored 25 points in that game, but 15 of those points came in absolute junk time. They’ve also scored 16 points or fewer in three of their six games this season.

The Bears’ offensive line took a huge loss just over a week ago when the team placed veteran guard Kyle Long on injured reserve. Long’s replacement, Ted Larsen, has consistently ranked towards the bottom of the league in PFF grading for interior linemen. Not only does this hurt Chicago’s already absent run game, but it could expose Mitchell Trubisky to extra pressure, something Trubisky hasn’t been able to cope with at the NFL level. This game has a 40.5 O/U, the lowest of the week, and the Chargers allow us to have a solid defense in a low-scoring game at a cheap price point.

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Elliott Baas is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Elliott, check out his archive and follow him @elliottbaasbb.

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