Stefon Diggs keeps rolling in Week 8 DFS
Last week’s picks did very well. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 316 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Brian Hoyer finished as the eighth-highest scoring quarterback. Todd Gurley finished third among running backs in PPR scoring. Stefon Diggs snatched six-of-seven targets for 108 yards and a touchdown. Ladarius Green scored a touchdown and two two-point conversions. And, that’s just to name a few.
That’s not bad for a bunch of cheap players! If you rostered a combination of them, you likely finished in great shape. If you played them with the right high-priced superstars, your stars-and-scrubs strategy might have put you near the top of the GPP leader boards.
After sorting through this week’s price sheets, I’ve found some valuable players for your Week 8 rosters. As I do every week, I used my prediction models—which I’ve written about in the past—to find the players with the most value at each position on all three major DFS sites. I also accounted for injuries and matchups when I made my picks.
Most of the well-known fantasy studs and superstars have been excluded. Even though I think many of them have a lot of value this week, I don’t think it’s necessary to explain why. Some of those excluded stars include: Philip Rivers (all three sites), Devonta Freeman (FanDuel), Tyler Eifert (FanDuel), Mike Evans (Yahoo), and Cam Newton (FanDuel).
Now, lets dive into some of my most value picks for Week 8. I’ve included many of the players’ projected floor and ceiling scores (PPR). They give us clear indication of who has good GPP potential (high ceiling), and who should be used primarily in cash games (high floor). The prices listed below each player are the ones I consider to be a good values this week.
Alex Smith at Lions
Smith has been an above-average fantasy quarterback this season. Excluding Week 2, he has scored 13-or-more fantasy points each week. He currently has the eighth most passing yards (1,824) in the league, and a 7:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He has also sneakily rushed for 124 yards.
The struggling Lions defense has the fourth-most points allowed per game this season (28.6). They also have given up over 288 passing yards per game. This explains why they are ranked 27th against opposing fantasy quarterbacks this season. This is an excellent matchup for Smith. His floor is eight points, and his ceiling is 28. He is a nice value play in cash games this week.
Dave Pratt, DPT, writes two weekly columns focused on fantasy-relevant injuries and DFS values. Follow him on Twitter @PFF_DavePratt