We sure hope you followed our daily fantasy advice on both the podcast and this weekly article last week as we definitely helped add some funds to those FanDuel and DraftKings accounts.
But what’s better than a winning week? How about two winning weeks as we’re set to provide you with another slate of DFS bargain players for Week 8 in the NFL.
Helping us out this week was Anthony Cervino of Gridiron Experts, and he personally assured us that if his bargain pick doesn’t provide you excellent return on investment, that he will apologize to each of you individually if you yell at him on Twitter. He can be found @therealNFLguru.
Take a look at what we have in store for you this week.
Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns (pick made by Mikey Ostrowski)
FanDuel: $7,200 / DraftKings: $5,700
Mayfield draws a fairly easy matchup against Pittsburgh, who’s defense has been… well, ineffective. This divisional game should be an exciting and high-scoring affair where Mayfield will be relied on heavily. I’d expect him to clear the 20-point mark, and at his low price, could free up some much needed camp room for those big name players on your DFS roster this week. Not to mention his talent has looked better and better each week, so I’d expect him to really bring it against the Steelers.
Raheem Mostert, Running Back, San Francisco 49ers (pick made by Ben Morgan)
FanDuel: $5,600 / DraftKings: $3,800
Recording just eight total touches in the first two games he appeared in this season, Mostert has seen a nice boost in his usage recently tabbing 23 total touches in his last two games. The only thing that’s been missing from Mostert’s stat line has been a touchdown as he’s scored 9 and 10 points each of the last two weeks, despite not finding the endzone. If Mostert can find that elusive touchdown, which I believe he will against the Cardinals’ 32nd-ranked run defense, Mostert will be in line for a 15-20 point fantasy day, providing very good return on your minimal investment. With Mostert you won’t be playing a running back that’s going to dominate carries as Matt Breida and Alfred Morris are still in the picture, but Mostert is looking like the most capable RB in this backfield and should once again be in line for another increase in volume.
David Johnson, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals (pick made by DJ Premo)
FanDuel: $7,300 / DraftKings: $6,700
Not a huge bargain, but this is the week that you have all be waiting for from David Johnson. The Cardinals fired their offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, because he’s an idiot. You best believe that new offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich, doesn’t want to be the next in line to get fired. This entire offense should run through DJ this week. I am predicting 80 yards rushing and a touchdown, and an additional receiving TD to go along with 107 yards through the air. With a name like DJ, you know you’ve got a winner.
Martavis Bryant, Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders (pick made by Anthony Cervino)
FanDuel: $5,300 / DraftKings: $3,700
When I play DFS, I try to hit the home run and cash in on the GPPs. In order to do so, you need to be on the money to win the money with your value plays. I like Martavis Bryant in Week 8 for his opportunity alone. With Amari Cooper out of the fold, Bryant is in line to step into his role as the WR1. While Jordy Nelson is also a fine value play this week, I’d rather roll with Bryant’s upside. A deep-play threat, it wouldn’t surprise me if Derek Carr got his new starter involved early and often to get him going in a game that is a projected high-scoring affair with its 50.5 over/under point total. And although the Colts’ secondary has played well at times this season, they’ve surrendered at least 11.1 PPR points (Kelvin Benjamin) in each of the last four games with a 32.9 point ceiling (DeAndre Hopkins) in that timespan.
Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens (pick made by Ryan Miner)
FanDuel: $6,300 / DraftKings: $4,800
Crabtree has received 12, 9 and 9 target over the last three weeks. Overall, he has not seen less than six targets (Week 1) in a game all season. The Panthers are good at stopping the run and we know what a headache the Ravens’ backfield can be, so I expect a lot of passing in this game and Crabtree to be the beneficiary. He’s getting WR1 targets, and I expect double-digit targets coming his way on Sunday. Targets lead to catches, catches give you yards, yards can lead to touchdowns. At this value, you have to get him in your lineup.
Larry Fitzgerald, Flex, Arizona Cardinals (pick made by Ryan Miner)
FanDuel: $5,800 / DraftKings: $4,400
He’s cheaper than teammate Christian Kirk ($4,500) and you’ve gotta also remember that Mike McCoy was finally fired and Byron Leftwich was promoted to offensive coordinator. Leftwich says he wants to go back to the Bruce Arians way of play calling and get his skill players the ball. You can remember how Fitzgerald was a WR1 in that offense over the past few years, so hopefully you can expect that this week as we should get a “flash from the past” out of Fitzgerald, providing extraordinary DFS value. Welcome back to fantasy relevancy, Larry Fitz!
For more daily fantasy talk be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys breakdown their stacks and bargains plays along with their weekly against the spread gambling picks!