DraftKings Week 8 DFS Bargain Plays

Last week was an okay week for us as we hit on half of our bargain plays while totally missing on Devin Singletary, Mohammed Sanu, and the Lions DST.

Here we are now in Week 8, we brush off Week 7 and get a fresh new start this week in daily fantasy.

Looking forward to starting out with one of my favorite bargains in…

Matt Stafford, Quarterback, Detroit Lions ($6,100)

With running back Kerryon Johnson going to IR, the keys are now 100% in Matt Stafford’s hands (not like they weren’t already). With Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic manning the backfield this should be a field day for Stafford and company. He scored four touchdowns last week, and has thrown three touchdowns in half his games this season. With the Giants coming to town, expect another 3+ touchdowns in front of the home crowd while earning another notch in the win column.

Melvin Gordon III, Running Back, Los Angeles Chargers ($5,400)

Melvin Gordon has done nothing to prove that holding out for a new contract was beneficial. He even said never again that he will ever miss another training camp. His game play has been horrible, so why get him into lineups now? Let everyone else go for Austin Ekeler as he has been the proven one, but this will be the game that Gordon will look like his 2018 self. This Chicago Bears’ defense is looking exactly opposite of what it did last season, and with the loss of Akiem Hicks for at least the next eight weeks, they look lost as they just gave up north of 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns to Latavius Murray. Keep your fingers crossed here, but I just have a gut feeling.

Sony Michel, Running Back, New England Patriots ($5,200)

Okay, so he scored three touchdowns on Monday night and DraftKings once again gives us a free play in Sony Michel as he is $200 cheaper this week than he was Monday. He has had no less than 16 carries since Week 4 and has reached 15+ carries six out of seven games. Cold weather is coming and Tom Brady doesn’t like to pass as much when the weather starts changing. The Cleveland Browns are coming into town and give up the third-most rushing yards to running backs on the season. Keep Michel in your lineups.

John Brown, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills ($5,900)

Would you believe that John Brown is one of two wide receivers this season that has recorded at least 50 receiving yards every game? The other is Michael Thomas. Brown has surprised me more than any other wide receiver being on his third team in three years. Being a product of Josh Allen is the only downside here, but hopefully he can perfect that deep ball this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles who were just embarrassed Sunday night. All we need is a couple of deep catches and touchdowns and we hit the money on this one!

Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos ($5,300)

With Emmanuel Sanders being traded to San Francisco this week, Courtland Sutton is the sure-fire WR1 for this team and has proven to be Joe Flacco’s favorite go-to wide receiver. The trade of Sanders just solidifies that. He struggled last season as a rookie when Sanders went down, but this season he has really taken a hold of his position and has even been better than I expected.

Jamison Crowder, Wide Receiver, New York Jets ($4,800)

A Monday night that the whole New York Jets as a team would like to probably forget. The shutout, the ghosts, the game was just a slaughter. Next on the slate is Jacksonville. What’s that mean for Jamison Crowder and the Jets? No Jalen Ramsey so its up to A.J. Bouye and D.J. Hayden to man the outside. Who will guard Crowder? Miles Jack? Crowder should nab around eight catches Sunday and should get back over that 100-yard receiving threshold.

Jonnu Smith, Tight End, Tennessee Titans ($2,800)

This pick is a tough one because we don’t know for sure if Delanie Walker is out or not on Sunday, but assuming he is, Jonnu Smith should be a solid option. Tampa Bay has been solid all year long against the run holding running backs under three yards per carry, but can’t guard any part of the passing game. With the better quarterback playing in Tennessee, Ryan Tannehill will look to take advantage of having the 6’3″, 248-pound giant at his disposal. Tampa Bay has no pass defense. I can’t stress this enough. Tampa has no pass defense. Get him in there.

Carolina Panthers DST ($2,400)

Is it just me or is this looking to be a battle of the defenses as the Carolina Panthers go into San Francisco and take on the 49ers? The Panthers have 27 sacks on the season and are coming fresh off a bye week while the 49ers have 20 sacks and are coming off a rain-fest snoozer win against the Washington Redskins. It’s nice to be undefeated at this point in the season, but that may come to an end this week for San Francisco – thanks in large part to this Panthers’ defense.

Any questions or comments? Stuck on a couple players to fill in your line ups? Let us help you by reaching out on Twitter or leaving a comment in the section below!

Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we get you set for this week in fantasy football with our DFS stacks, bargains, must-use/sit players and general advice for the week!

Ryan Miner is a featured blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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