If you are looking for help with your Week 8 NFL lineups on FanDuel, DraftKings, or any other DFS site then you are in the right spot. We break down the matchups and data and share our top picks for the main slate on both sites. This includes a FanDuel Sunday Million and DraftKings Millionaire Maker lineup for Week 8.
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Week 8 features a 12 game main slate on both FanDuel and DraftKings, with the main slates on FantasyDraft and Yahoo each featuring 13 total games. The Lions, Rams, Patriots, and Texans have the highest team implied totals for the slate.
Our Favorite Overall Plays at Every Position
QB – Matthew Stafford
DraftKings Salaray – $6,100 | FanDuel Salary – $7,700
DraftKings simply refuses to give this man any damn respect. He is QB3 in this slate, has an A+ home matchup, and is priced as QB8. He is QB4 on FanDuel, which is clearly better, but I would still have him priced ahead of Goff and Brady. He has a higher FanDuel PPG average than both guys and has fewer outs in his matchup, with the Lions defense banged up and struggling and Kerryon Johnson now out.
The Giants are the 12th best QB matchup right now, but that includes a game against Dwayne Haskins, the monsoon game last week, and a game against a struggling Kirk Cousins. They gave up 26 to Brady, 34 to Dak, and 27 to Jameis already this season.
RB – Todd Gurley
DraftKings Salary – $7,400 | FanDuel Salary – $7,400
I honestly thought the breakout would happen last week, it didn’t, but it will 100% happen here in Week 8. Gurley’s schedule to open up the season was absolutely brutal. Aside from a game against the Browns, Gurley opened with four top 10 run defenses in the first five weeks. Combine that with an offensive line that has been surprising poor (PFF’s 28th ranked unit), and Gurley has done quite well to even average 15 DraftKings PPG in 2019.
The Bengals lead the NFL in rushing YPA, YPG, are second in rushing touchdowns allowed and have given up the most big-play runs in the league.
WR – Kenny Golladay
DraftKings Salary – $6,400 | FanDuel Salary – $6,700
While I predicted Marvin Jones would outpace Golladay against the Eagles in Week 3, I was shocked to see the target difference between Golladay and Jones and Amendola in Week 7. It was not a coverage issue, as Detroit moves their WR’s around and targeted Marvin against all three of the Vikings corners. Golladay has still scored 20+ in 3 of his last 5 and did put up 23.7 DraftKings points coming off his last down week.
He should see plenty of DeAndre Baker here, who has been an absolute disaster this season allowing almost 2 yards per route covered.
TE – Hunter Henry
DraftKings Salary – $4,900 | FanDuel Salary – $6,700
If Matt Ryan ends up playing I would probably roll with Hooper over Henry, but in the event Schaub plays, I think we have to slot in Henry as the top TE play in DFS this week. Henry has dominated since returning from injury, catching 14 passes on 17 targets over the past two weeks. While his Week 8 matchup with the Bears may not seem all that attractive, I think he could be the primary receiver for the Chargers again this week. Chicago is actually a top 10 TE matchup, and you would expect Rivers to keep the air yards down in this game to avoid that Chicago pass rush.
Our Favorite Value Plays at Every Position
QB – Ryan Tannehill
DraftKings Salary – $5,100 | FanDuel Salary – $6,900
Tannehill has provided some much-needed juice to this Tennessee passing game and appears to be hitting stride at just the right time. His week 8 matchup is with the Bucs, who have given up an NFL-high 305 passing YPG this season. The best part is that Tampa is a complete funnel defense right now, meaning Derrick Henry will likely be less effective here, forcing the Titans to let Tannehill air it out.
RB – J.D. McKissic
DraftKings Salary – $5,400 | FanDuel Salary – $3,90
I know we were all tripping over ourselves to pick up Ty Johnson off the waiver wire this week, but not so fast. Matt Patricia has already said this is going to be a committee backfield moving forward for Detroit, and I think that means McKissic will get plenty of early-down work with Kerryon Johnson out. He certainly should, as the Lions desperately need a difference-maker in the backfield. Despite Detroit having PFF’s #3 rated run-blocking offensive line, Johnson and Johnson both average well under 4 YPC this season, and the Lions have just 2 20 yard runs on the season. McKissic enters week 8 averaging over 7 YPC and is also the preferred pass-catching back here.
WR – Corey Davis
DraftKings Salary – $4,400 | FanDuel Salary – $5,500
While I knew the Titans schedule would be tough to open the season, I was still all in on Corey Davis after watching a lot of the Titans offseason camp. I thought Arthur Smith looked more than competent as a play-caller, and nobody could cover Davis. Well, after just 6 quarters of Ryan Tannehill, I think we can clearly see the issue was Marcus Mariota. Tannehill has completed 80% of his passes, and Corey Davis actually looked like a top 5 pick again last week. He caught 6 of 7 targets for 80 yards and a touchdown against Casey Hayward and the Chargers. You have to love his odds of repeating that success against this awful Bucs secondary.
TE – Jonnu Smith
DraftKings Salary – $2,900 | FanDuel Salary – $4,900
I am never one to wish for an injury, but man it would make this pick easy if Delanie Walker would just sit out a week. The Bucs have allowed the second-most fantasy PPG to oppose tight ends, and Smith has flashed ability in his limited role for the Titans this season. He has averaged 18 YPC and was able to put up 3/64 once Walker went out against the Chargers last week.