Daily Fantasy Football Picks Week 8

by Greg Benson

Week eight started off with probably the best Thursday Night Football match up of the season, a showdown of AFC contenders at Mile High Stadium. On paper this looked to be a dandy but after a quiet first quarter Peyton Manning and company proceeded to go on a tear that the San Diego Chargers had no answer to. Led by Emmanuel Sanders and his three scores the first place Broncos cruised to victory over a particularly frustrated Phillip Rivers. If you didn’t use any players from last nights game then the crop of available options may seem a bit thinner than usual, missing names like Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Antonio Gates, Brandon Oliver, and the aforementioned Manning and Sanders combo. There’s no reason to worry because I will still give you some guys you want to have in your daily fantasy lineup when Sunday rolls around, beginning with this weeks best wide receiver plays. Along with the pass catchers you should play, I will give you some running backs that have flown under the radar in price and performance but are worth trusting in this week, and of course the weekly breakdown of how to use your sneaky savings effectively. Lets get to it!

Playmakers
Mike Wallace (MIA – WR) – FanDuel Cost: $7,500 – Vincent Jackson, Reggie Wayne, and teammates Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery, what do all of these guys have in common? Mike Wallace is averaging more fantasy points per game than all of these studs according to FanDuel. The truth is if you have been paying attention this season it has been a disappointing year for Marshall, who has battled injuries, while Jeffery, Wayne and Jackson have had moments of greatness just not with the consistency Wallace has shown. The former Steeler has scored double digit fantasy points in all six of his games this year while hauling in a end zone grab in all but one contest. The numbers don’t lie and the speedster has been one of the best wide outs in fantasy football this season, which is why a looming match up with the lowly Jags gives me all the motivation in the world to continue riding his hot start.

Terrence Williams (DAL – WR) – FanDuel Cost: $6,800 – Pretty much a touchdown or bust option through the first seven weeks, Williams has amazingly scored on 19% of his targets in 2014. While that number is obviously unsustainable for any player, Dez Bryant’s sidekick is in line for some solid work this week versus a mediocre Redskin’s secondary. I can see lots of double teams in Mr. Bryant’s Monday night future there for leaving the window open for Williams to expose some one on one match ups with the less than stellar Skins cornerbacks. While Demarco Murray & Bryant are still the main weapons at Tony Romo’s disposal, Williams seems to have supplanted Jason Witten as the third option of one of the most efficient offensive units in the game, giving you all the more reason to plug him into your line up for Monday’s divisional showdown with Washington.

Running Under The Radar
Ahmad Bradshaw (IND – RB) – FanDuel Cost: $7,000 – After last years implosion in the Colts backfield which saw Trent Richardson lose carries to Donald Brown over the final weeks of the season, I was skeptical about any Indianapolis back in 2014. TRich hasn’t been terrible this season, but it has been Bradshaw who has taken over as the Colts running back to deploy this season, averaging 15.0 FPPG as opposed to Richardson’s 10.4 FPPG. The key reason for the higher average for the former Giant is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield from MVP candidate Andrew Luck, a skill TRich has yet to polish in his young career. The Steelers have been torched by former teammates Ben Tate & Arian Foster over the past two weeks, and the bleeding wont stop this week when the Indy’s high powered offense heads into Pittsburg’s in an important game for both teams. At a price of just $7,000 the 2X Super Bowl champion should be considered a strong option when setting your daily fantasy line up in week eight.

Justin Forsett (BAL)Justin Forsett (BAL – RB) – FanDuel Cost: $6,700 – Nobody wants to talk about the issues surrounding Ray Rice and the league, but with the news that Roger Goodell must testify under oath at Rice’s hearing I’m positive ESPN will talk about nothing else for weeks to come. In the midst of a terrible situation, Justin Forsett has risen from the ashes and resurrected his career on an underrated Baltimore team. The veteran has been nothing but positive for the Ravens this season after what looked to be a shaky backfield committee forming following the Rice news. Forsett has totaled more than 95 yards a game in three straight contests and now goes up against the suddenly soft Bengals defense. Baltimore’s rivals have given up an astonishing 531 total yards to opposing running backs over just the last three weeks since their bye week. That trend should continue in week eight as the Ravens look to go to 6-2 behind Joe Flacco & Forsett, make sure you have him in your lineup when Sunday comes around.

Sneaky Savings
A.J. Jenkins (KC – WR) – FanDuel Cost: $5,100 – Now keep in mind that these next two guys I’m going to discuss are completely boom or bust this week. The reason I like Jenkins this week is because of the ineffectiveness of the other Kansas City wide outs, wait there’s only one other KC pass catcher who has more than one catch this season, Dwayne Bowe. While the Chiefs certainly aren’t a air it out type of team and most of there offense runs through the shifty Jamal Charles, a matchup with the worst secondary in football brings some upside for Jenkins. If he is able to get open and use his ability to make people miss after the catch a solid day at the office is not out of the question for the Chiefs new number two wide out.

Jermaine Kearse (SEA – WR) – FanDuel Cost: $4,900 – While Kearse has more skill than Jenkins and plays on a better team (or does he?) he is a bit trickier to figure out. The trade that sent Percy Harvin to the Jets has opened the door for Kearse to have a breakout performance and establish himself as a legitimate fantasy wide out option. Another intriguing factor in playing him this week is his matchup with the Panthers who have allowed the most fantasy points out of any team to opposing route runners this year. Kearse, just like Jenkins is a risky play but if you used lots of money elsewhere, say on Aaron Rodgers $10,000 price tag you may be able to find some sneaky value in these two wide outs who both have great match ups in week eight.

Remember to always spend your money in wise places when setting a line up and here’s to fantasy football, let the games begin.

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