Week 8 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet

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Week 8 Cheat Sheet
Bye: New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

Here is the Week 8 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet! Remember, the pricing you see is based on DraftKings and the rank next to the player is based on how they are priced (ex. QB3 is the third highest priced QB). The games you see listed are the ones included in the Millionaire Maker event on DK, so the Thursday night game and the London game are not included.

Additionally, you’ll see various references to a team’s DVOA. It stands for “Defense-adjusted Value Over Average”. It’s an advanced metric that takes into account every single play a defense faces. For the full explanation, head over here. If you have specific position questions, be sure to check out my rankings. Enjoy!

St. Louis Rams @ Kansas City Chiefs (o/u44)

St. Louis Rams  (+7.5 – o/u 18.5)

Tre Mason ($4400 – RB23)
Mason is clearly the #1 RB on the Rams. Last week I mentioned that this might be coming. 18 carries vs. 2 for Benny Cunningham and ZERO(!!) for Zac Stacy against the Seahawks. Mason was explosive for 4.7 YPC and found the end zone once. Kansas City ranks 23rd against the run in DVOA and hasn’t held opposing RBs to under 11 fpts (standard scorisang) in any game this year.

Brian Quick ($4600 – WR29)
Let’s face it, it’s been an ugly two weeks for Quick. He’s TOTALED 7.3 DK points in the last two games, but it was against Seattle and San Fran. He’s still the clear cut #1 WR option for Austin Davis and faces a Chiefs team that has allowed 170+ receiving yards to opposing WRs in 4 of their 6 games this year. Finally his salary has dipped from $6,000 last week to a much more manageable $4600 this week.

Kenny Britt ($3000 – WR61)
Britt has made the sleeper list a few weeks this season and he’s back again. He left the game last week when he suffered an ankle injury. Prior to last week, Britt had seen 6, 6, and 7 targets over the previous 3 games. He faces a KC defense that allows 50% more receiving yards to team’s #2 WR than the league average. Assuming health, he could play a large role in the offense Sunday.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football Sleepers on DraftKings

Teddy Bridewater Fantasy Football Sleepers

As you probably know by now, Salary Cap lineups are all about value. One of the ways to win a big GPP is to receive a big performance from a very cheap player. These sleepers are usually owned by a tiny percentage of players and, if they hit, can really jump you up the leaderboard.

This article is to list my favorite sleepers for Week 8 in the NFL. Rostering these guys will allow you salary flexibility to pay for studs. There’s certainly no guarantee these players will have big games, but even a decent day should be able to pay for their salaries. Let’s get to it!

Kenny Britt ($3000)

Britt has seen a respectable number of targets the last three weeks (6,6,7) and is emerging as the Rams #2 WR. He faces a Kansas City defense that is one of the worst in the league at defending the opponent’s #2 WR and on average give up 67.6 yards to that position. If Britt goes for 67 yards and could find the endzone, he’d easily pay for himself.

Jarius Wright ($3500)

It’s difficult to trust Vikings WRs, but the matchup doesn’t get any better than the Buccaneers. The Bucs have surrendered 11 TDs to opposing TEs in only 6 games this year. Factor in the 28 targets he’s seen over the past four weeks and he’s primed for a big day.

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Teddy Bridgewater ($5100)

Speaking of Vikings, Teddy is only $100 over minimum price on DraftKings. My weekly projections have him scoring 15.11 points this week and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him break the 20 mark. It’s a dream matchup for a guy who can score with his arm and legs.

Travaris Cadet ($3000)

Assume that Cadet will see more run with Pierre Thomas being out. In what I expect to be a shootout, he could easily rack up 6-8 receptions which will pay for himself quickly. I think he has the highest ceiling of any sleeper this week.

Week 8 NFL – Position Rankings

Back again for another week of player rankings.  A few extra notes, this time around. Remember that the players in the Thursday game are always omitted, however, this week I’ve also omitted the London game.  These rankings are only for the teams that included in DraftKings full-slate of Sunday games. So the teams you won’t see in here are the Broncos, Chargers, Lions, Falcons.  If you have any questions about players on those teams, leave a comment below or tweet us.

Also, these rankings WILL change throughout the week. So check back often for the most up-to-date ranks. These are current as of: 9:00am EST on Saturday, October 25th

Rank Name Team Opp Salary
1 Aaron Rodgers GB @NO $9,000
2 Andrew Luck IND @Pit $8,800
3 Drew Brees NO GB $8,100
4 Nick Foles PHI @Ari $6,300
5 Russell Wilson SEA @Car $8,400
6 Tom Brady NE Chi $7,200
7 Tony Romo DAL Wsh $7,400
8 Cam Newton CAR Sea $6,600
9 Joe Flacco BAL @Cin $6,500
10 Carson Palmer ARI Phi $6,500
11 Ben Roethlisberger PIT Ind $5,800
12 Jay Cutler CHI @NE $7,000
13 Ryan Tannehill MIA @Jac $6,700
14 Alex Smith KC StL $6,000
15 Kyle Orton BUF @NYJ $6,300
16 Andy Dalton CIN Bal $5,600
17 Teddy Bridgewater MIN @TB $5,100
18 Mike Glennon TB Min $6,400
19 Austin Davis STL @KC $6,300
20 Zach Mettenberger TEN Hou $3,000
21 Brian Hoyer CLE Oak $5,200
22 Geno Smith NYJ Buf $5,700
23 Ryan Fitzpatrick HOU @Ten $5,200

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Week 7 NFL Lineup Review

Back again to look at some of my best and worst lineups from this past weekend. As the games play out on Sunday, it always looks so easy. “Why didn’t have have that guy?” runs through my head about 50 times. I am sure you feel the same way. Remember, DFS is not easy! Consistent results come from hard-work, research, and dedication to the craft (or just luck-boxing a GPP).

All these lineups and players are from the $2 $100k Play-Action on DraftKings. It’s a nice GPP to try out a bunch of different strategies and see what works.  I had 40 lineups in it this week, which I will talk more about in another post, but it felt like too many.  I never had a chance in a percentage of them.

Best Lineup:

Week7 Best

To be honest, I wasn’t nearly as high on Russell Wilson as I could have been.  I had him ranked as the #10 QB on the week. My thoughts were that the Seahawks could win this game handily and wouldn’t need him to be Superman. I was wrong there and lucked my way into having Wilson.

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NFL Cheat Sheet – Week 7

Week 7 Player Previews

BYE Teams: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay
Thursday Game Omitted: Jets @ Patriots

Here are this weeks previews for players in every single
game. I use this exact outline when constructing my own lineups. If you don’t see a player listed here, he won’t make my lineups. If you’d like to see someone in the future or what to discuss the previews, leave a comment, I’d be glad to read it!

Falcons @ Ravens

Atlanta Falcons
BAL vs. QBs- 18th most fpts allowed
BAL vs. RBs- 28th most fpts allowed
BAL vs. WRs- 11th most fpts allowed
BAL vs TEs- 25th most fpts allowed

Matt Ryan ($6500 – QB15)
Not a good showing from Matt Ryan against the Bears at home, in what everyone expected to be an offensive slugfest. Ryan has had exactly 3 or 1 TDs in every game this season, so it’s no surprise that he’s a little boom-or-bust. I am buying into a bounceback week for Ryan. It’s not a particularly good matchup and it’s on the road, but it’s at least on turf. I think this offense is too (fantasy) good to not play Ryan. His price has plummeted ($8600 last week) and there’s big upside to this guy.

Julio Jones ($7800 – WR4)
If I am buying Ryan, I have to buy Julio. Again, his price drops after a pedestrian week and he’s matchup proof. I am hoping that owners shy away from these two this week and I will stack them together.

Roddy White ($4100 – WR44)
I am giving up on Roddy until future notice. He looked TERRIBLE against the Bears. He didn’t look particularly interested in running routes and has alway been susceptible to dropping the football. He’s just not the player he used to be and it’s showing on film.

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NFL Nuggets From Fantasy 32

Every week, Mike Clay writes a great piece that he calls 32 Fantasy Tips.  I wanted to pull out a couple of nuggets from this week’s article and discuss the impact on DFS.


27. The Lions continue to struggle on offense, which has really held Golden Tate back from massive production. Despite putting up only 44 yards on seven receptions Sunday, Tate was the target on 39 percent of Matthew Stafford‘s throws. Tate has seen at least 30 percent of the team’s targets each of the past three games. Don’t sleep on Tate after the “down” week. Assuming Calvin Johnson remains out, Tate is in for a pair of big games against New Orleans and Atlanta the next two weeks.

This one is self-explanatory.  I believe Golden Tate will be under-owned this week after being a “disappointment” in week 6. So as owners jump off the bandwagon, it is to our benefit to hop on! Tate is $5900 on DraftKings and should fit into a ton of lineups.

28. No offense has used two-plus tight end sets more than Kansas City (47 percent) this season. Veteran Anthony Fasano is a near-every-down player and averaging a respectable 14 percent of the team’s targets. Travis Kelce is playing closer to half the snaps but has seen just under 20 percent of the targets. Alex Smith has targeted his tight ends 34 percent of the time, which, as you probably guessed, is highest in the league. Kelce’s status as a back-end TE1 is safe.

Right here are two of the contrarian tight end options of the week. Travis Kelce is priced as the #8 TE at $4800 on DK.  He’s scored TDs in the last three games.  Fasano is an even deeper sleeper who’s min-priced ($3000) on DK. Both have a ton of opportunity to succeed and it will be very easy to forget about both guys as they had a bye last week.

32. Desperate for running back help in PPR? Look no further than Roy Helu. Washington has called pass 86 percent of the time when Helu is on the field this season, which is the highest rate among backs with at least 120 snaps played. The veteran has managed just 20 carries but has caught all 17 of his targets for 258 yards. Helu sits 26th among backs in fantasy points in PPR leagues.

This is a really fun call that I love.  Roy Helu ($3900 – RB36) is priced to move! The guy has had at least one play of over 22 yards in his last four games. In fact, he’s only NOT scored in double digits on DK once in those last four. He is about a sneaky as you get for a RB, because he might only seen one or two carries. He does his damage in the receiving game.

NFL Position Rankings – Week 7

cropped-Luck.jpg As always, these rankings take into account both their projected performances in conjunction with their salaries. Also note, this is for the games starting on Sunday, so the Thursday game is omitted.

Player Salary Opponent
1 Andrew Luck $9,700 Cin
2 Aaron Rodgers $8,800 Car
3 Peyton Manning $9,000 SF
4 Philip Rivers $8,600 KC
5 Matthew Stafford $7,000 NO
6 Drew Brees $8,100 @Det
7 Jay Cutler $7,900 Mia
8 Cam Newton $8,200 @GB
9 Colin Kaepernick $6,500 @Den
10 Russell Wilson $6,800 @StL
11 Matt Ryan $6,500 @Bal
12 Carson Palmer $7,300 @Oak
13 Joe Flacco $7,700 Atl
14 Tony Romo $7,200 NYG
15 Eli Manning $6,200 @Dal
16 Kirk Cousins $7,400 Ten
17 Andy Dalton $7,100 @Ind
18 Alex Smith $6,000 @SD
19 Ben Roethlisberger $5,700 Hou
20 Charlie Whitehurst $5,000 @Wsh
21 Brian Hoyer $5,600 @Jac
22 Blake Bortles $5,700 Cle
23 Derek Carr $5,800 Ari
24 Austin Davis $5,800 Sea

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Week 6 – Lineup Review

Just because the week is over and the results are in, does not mean your work is done! A great exercise is to go back and review the lineups that you submitted for the week and try to determine what worked, what didn’t, and if there were any trends.

This article is used for me to go through my best & worst lineups and give the thought process that I had when constructing them.

Note: These rosters are all from the $2 entry ($100k Play Action on DraftKings). I was testing out a new predictive model and had 27 lineups in this contest.


Week 6 Best Lineup

I didn’t have any lineups that really broke out and flirted with 200 (the magic number). I did, however, have a bunch of lineups in the 155-164 range.  This was my best that I assembled.

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NFL Position Rankings – Week 6

Here’s the DraftKings rankings by position. It’s my rankings based on not only how I think they will fare this week, but also taking their salaries into consideration.

Name Salary Team Opp
1 Peyton Manning $9,400 DEN @NYJ
2 Philip Rivers $8,200 SD @Oak
3 Russell Wilson $7,600 SEA Dal
4 Aaron Rodgers $8,400 GB @Mia
5 Eli Manning $7,800 NYG @Phi
6 Jay Cutler $8,000 CHI @Atl
7 Nick Foles $6,800 PHI NYG
8 Matt Ryan $8,600 ATL Chi
9 Kirk Cousins $6,700 WSH @Ari
10 Jake Locker $5,500 TEN Jac
11 Colin Kaepernick $7,200 SF @StL
12 Matthew Stafford $8,200 DET @Min
13 Ben Roethlisberger $6,500 PIT @Cle
14 Andy Dalton $6,500 CIN Car
15 Charlie Whitehurst $6,200 TEN JAC
16 Cam Newton $6,100 CAR @Cin
17 Tom Brady $6,000 NE @Buf
18 Teddy Bridgewater $6,300 MIN Det
19 Joe Flacco $6,700 BAL @TB
20 Brian Hoyer $6,100 CLE Pit
21 Mike Glennon $5,900 TB Bal
22 Tony Romo $6,100 DAL @Sea
23 Ryan Tannehill $6,100 MIA GB
24 Austin Davis $6,400 STL SF
25 Blake Bortles $5,700 JAC @Ten

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Football Preview – Week 6

Week 6 Preview
Bye Teams: Kansas City, New Orleans

A few notes here:

  • All salaries are based on DraftKings prices
  • Points against are based on ESPN Standard Scoring
    (1st is LEAST allowed, 32nd is MOST allowed)

Lions @ Vikings – 1:00pm

Detroit Lions
MIN vs. QBs – 25th most pts allowed
MIN vs. RBs – 13th most allowed
MIN vs. WRs – 14th most pts allowed
MIN vs. TEs –  18th most pts allowed

Matt Stafford ($8200 – T-QB4)
Hasn’t had time to throw being sacked 17 times in the first 5 games.  Has only thrown for over 300 yards once this year (week 1) and hasn’t thrown for more than 2 TDs. He’s dependant on Calvin Johnson and is priced way too high to be a considerable play this week.

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