Last week my plays from this article were solid and consistent overall. The two QBs I mentioned both scored 15.76 points or more, both RBs scored 16 points or more, and both tight ends scored a respectable 7 points or more on DraftKings. Half of my ten value plays from last week scored 15 points or more. But we can and will do better with my 2023 NFL DFS Week 8 Value Picks.
As we approach the halfway point in the 2023 NFL season, fantasy football and DFS have been as wild and unpredictable as ever. In the last three weeks of DFS Desmond Ridder, Justin Fields, DeVon Achane, David Montgomery, and Adam Thielen are all in the top-5 scoring on DraftKings for their positions.
Now that we are halfway through the fantasy regular season...
TOP 5 POSITIONAL LEADERS
1) Josh Allen
2) Jalen Hurts
3) Patrick Mahomes
4) Lamar Jackson
5) Tua Tagovailoa
1) Christian McCaffrey
2) Raheem Mostert
3) Travis Etienne Jr.
4) Kryen Williams
5) Zack Moss
— FFTony (@ItsJustFantasy_) October 24, 2023
The unpredictable nature of the NFL is exactly why me and my cohost of the F6P DFS Kickoff Show @joeematz focus on DFS plays $6.9k or lower in price each week. Those lower-priced players in DFS can make the difference between cashing on DraftKings/FanDuel or losing money.
A case in point was my inclusion of Cooper Kupp(the most expensive player on DraftKings) in all of my DFS lineups last week not preventing me from cashing. Despite Kupp scoring 6.9 points on DraftKings I still finished 113th out of 555 entries in my $100 single-entry lineup thanks to Rashee Rice, Jerome Ford, Mark Andrews, and the Falcons defense. Every one of those plays was $5.7k or lower on DK and when combined with Lamar Jackson won me $200.
Keep the conversation going with us on social media. You can find me on Twitter @KeithFlemming where I love talking DFS with my followers. I am also on the Inside Drive on ESPN NW Florida Radio at 12 pm central time every Wednesday talking DFS football. Finally, you can find me on the Fantasy Six Pack YouTube Channel every Thursday night with Joe Matz, where we do a live NFL DFS show leading up to the TNF game, talking our favorite median and bargain tier plays for the upcoming week of NFL action!
2023 NFL DFS Week 8 Value Picks
Desmond Ridder, QB, Falcons vs Titans
($5.1k DK, $7.3k FD)
Desmond Ridder with the game on the line: pic.twitter.com/8EfUE5fPag
— GSN (@GASportsNow) October 22, 2023
On Sunday Ridder should have had his third straight game with 20 or more fantasy points but he fumbled inches before crossing the goal line. That fumble was an 8 point swing in terms of fantasy points and nearly gave this Falcons fan an aneurism. Even with that turnover costing him 8 points Ridder is 5th among QBs on DraftKings over the last 3 games at 22.68 points per game.
The Falcons QB was only making his 11th career start. He rebounded from his turnovers to lead the Falcons to his league-leading fourth game-winning drive of the season. Ridder has looked much better in the passing game recently averaging nearly 300 yards per in his last 3 games. It is not a coincidence that Ridder has looked better throwing the ball with nearly 60% of his passes going to the Falcons 1st round picks Drake London and Kyle Pitts.
What I like the most about Ridder this week is his high ceiling due to the Falcons throwing it nearly 60% of the time in recent games. I also like his high floor due to his rushing upside as Ridder has rushed for 66 yards on the ground with two touchdowns in his last 3 games.
Another option: Dak Prescott ($6.1k DK, $7.3k FD)
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Now that you have read the 2023 NFL DFS Week 8 Value Picks, be sure to check out my Thursday Night Live DFS Show, Joe Matz, at 7:15 pm EST on the Fantasy Six Pack YouTube Channel. Each week we will break down our favorite median and bargain tier plays for the main slate on Sunday. As well as talking about our favorite showdown plays for the Thursday Night Game!
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