Week 8 Yahoo Fantasy Football: NFL DFS picks, lineup advice for GPP tournaments
Last week’s Yahoo daily fantasy football GPP lineup featured only one real disappointment (Joe Mixon). Everyone else either scored a TD (Nick Chubb, John Brown, Brandin Cooks, David Njoku, Kenyan Drake) or had 100 total yards (Josh Gordon), and our D/ST (Minnesota) came through with four takeaways and three sacks. One more TD from Joe Flacco would have been nice, but we’re not going to complain about our best daily fantasy football showing of the season. We’ll look to keep the momentum going with our Week 8 NFL DFS picks for Yahoo tournaments.
We’re doing mini game-stacks from the Saints-Vikings and Colts-Raiders games (a strategy we discussed in this week’s Perfect Lineup Review), and going all-in with a Bengals onslaught against the Bucs. While you’ll likely see a lot of Bengals in DFS lineups this week, we’re hoping our triple-stack is unique enough to differentiate us from the masses. Likewise, we’re hoping our abundance of bounce-back picks struggled enough last week that the public will look to fade them despite favorable matchups.
Week 8 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Yahoo Fantasy Football: Week 8 NFL DFS tournament lineup
QB Kirk Cousins, Vikings vs. Saints ($33). We have to have a Viking in our lineup when they’re facing the Saints, and many will probably choose to stack Cousins with Mr. Automatic Adam Thielen. Thielen is the third-most expensive player on the slate, $1 behind Patrick Mahomes II and Todd Gurley, so we’ll go with a Cousins one-off and hope he spreads the love around this week.
RB Joe Mixon, Bengals vs. Buccaneers ($29). We pick Mixon pretty much every week, mainly because we feel he’s in the elite RB class despite being priced noticeably lower than the Gurley’s, Gordon’s and Zeke’s of the world. Last week Mixon killed us in an extremely favorable matchup, but we’ll chalk some of that up to game flow. We’re banking on last week’s poor performance scaring people away despite an equally good matchup against the Bucs. There’s no way Mixon gets held down two weeks in a row against weak defenses…right?
RB Doug Martin, Raiders vs. Colts ($12). So, this feels terrible, but a starting RB in a good matchup for $12? It worked last week with Nick Chubb, and while Martin is, you know, “less spry” than the rookie, we still think he’ll get a good amount of touches against an Indy defense that entered Week 7 allowing 18.6 standard fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RBs (and promptly allowed Chris Ivory to rack up 106 total yards despite Buffalo trailing big all game). Even Martin can pay off at his price against Indy…right?
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WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts @ Raiders ($28). Hilton only had two catches on four targets last week, but both receptions went for TDs. That actually worries us a bit (what are the odds he has another multi-TD game?), but he should see a bunch more targets, catches and yards against the Raiders. With another week to get healthier from his hamstring injury, Hilton should be close to 100 percent against an Oakland defense allowing the fifth-most FPPG to WRs.
WR Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Buccaneers ($26). Like Mixon, Boyd was a massive bust against the Chiefs last week, but that’s all the more reason to jump back on his bandwagon against the lowly Bucs defense. Boyd had at least been a steady source of targets all season prior to last week, and Andy Dalton should be more comfortable back at home in a non prime-time game.
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WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos @ Chiefs ($18). Nobody likes Thomas, and that’s just fine with us. The chances for a monster game are somewhat slim, even against the Chiefs, but Thomas should still see a good amount of targets and have a realistic chance for a touchdown. He’s scored in two of the past three games and seems unlikely to get held down twice in the same year by one of the league’s worst pass defenses.
TE Benjamin Watson, Saints @ Vikings ($13). This might be an example of “chasing points”, as Watson caught all six targets for 43 yards and a score last week, but with Ted Ginn out and New Orleans set up for a shootout in Minnesota, there will be targets to go around. Minnesota has struggled against TEs virtually all season, even allowing a score to Chris Herndon last week. Watson is too much of a value to pass up on if you’re looking to jam in high-priced studs like Cousins or Mixon.
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FLEX David Johnson, Cardinals vs. 49ers ($24). As is the case with Mixon and Boyd, Johnson flopped in a great matchup last week, but when your team is down 28-3 with 14:40 left to go in the second quarter, you’re probably not going to do much as a running back. An offensive coordinator change in Arizona can only help this week, as Johnson and the Cards take on a 49ers defense that has been brutalized by RBs all year. When these teams faced off in San Francisco in Week 5, Johnson had 71 total yards and two scores. Expect more yards and at least one TD this week.
D/ST Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buccaneers ($14). Defenses are priced tight this week, and with three high-quality sleepers (Dolphins, Texans, Patriots) playing in Thursday or Monday games, we’re forced to take a risk. The Bucs offense will score on the Bengals, but fantasy D/STs make their money with turnovers and big plays anyway. Tampa loves to turn it over, and the Bengals play better defense at home (seven sacks, six takeaways, two TDs in three games).
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