Week 8 DFS Locks of the Week: Use your Jets and Chiefs
If we could just forget that Blake Bortles and that Jaguars ever happened last week, all would have gone exactly as planned in Week 7 DFS locks. This is the locks of the week piece for DFS, highlighting the less-obvious names that nonetheless should be in as many of your DFS lineups as possible. It isn’t about highlighting the top tier of names, but the next tier and lower, guys who aren’t premium-priced but should offer premium production.
As usual, I’ll be offering up two quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, and then one tight end to lock into lineups. While this article is tailored for DFS, if a player is in here, he should also be a lock in your season-long lineups as well.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at Tampa Bay)
It’s odd to see Carr priced below $6,000 on DraftKings as the 16th-most-expensive quarterback on a week where there are only 13 games going on (26 starting quarterbacks). He’s much more appropriately priced on FanDuel, where he is the eighth-most-expensive option. The Buccaneers are not an opponent you should worry about, despite their ranking as the 17th-best defense against fantasy quarterbacks. While the No. 17 ranking is nothing to brag about, it is going to get worse as the season goes on. Considering the quarterbacks they’ve played (since Matt Ryan in Week 1, it’s Carson Palmer, Case Keenum, Paxton Lynch, Derek Anderson and Colin Kaepernick), it’s a miracle that they aren’t allowing the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. So when you look at a statistic saying that they have held three quarterbacks under 200 yards, consider the competition. Despite that level of talent, the Bucs have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in four of their six games. The Raiders cannot move the ball on the ground consistently, and the Bucs are allowing just 3.7 yards per carry on the season. Carr and his duo of wide receivers should be able to shine and get back on track this week.