Each week on Comcast SportsNet, Ben Standig and J.P. Finlay debate their favorite DraftKings plays for the week. However, with all the banter and other topics on the show, there isn't always enough time to discuss every the decision. For Week 8, Ben shares his pre-production notes on his lineup. Watch the video above and catch the entire show every Friday at 6:00 p.m. with re-airs throughout the weekend including Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Teddy Bridgewater ($5100)
Each week I typically look at my lineup with a high price, mid-tier and low-cost quarterback option. Sometimes it's worth spending the extra money for a great situation. Philip Rivers ($6600) at the Ravens certainly counts while Andy Dalton ($6000) makes for a nice value. Those two will be in other lineups of mine, but for the show, I went with Bridgewater because:
1) He's cheap which allows me to have an insane array of playmakers elsewhere
2) He's actually throwing lots of passes now. Part of his slow start involved simple math. It's hard to produce with only 26 attempts per game. Over the last three games -- which coincides with the emergence of wide receiver Stefon Diggs -- Bridgewater is averaging 36 passes per game.
3) The Bears have allowed the second most touchdown passes (15) and the fifth most points to fantasy QBs this season.
4) I generally like stacking my lineup with a QB-receiver combo. That works here since Diggs is surging and comes in at a relatively cheap cost ($4800)
Justin Forsett ($6100)
The Ravens lead RB hasn't been on my radar much this season either in standard or daily fantasy football. His $6100 isn't a bargain based on past production. However, it could be when the Ravens and Chargers conclude.
The duel-threat option faces a San Diego defense allowing an NFL-worst 5.3 yards per carry. We've noted lately in these parts the Redskins have allowed over 100 rush yards 3 straight games. Well, double that and you reach San Diego's current streak.
Antonio Brown ($7800)
When Ben Roethlisberger was healthy, Brown posted crazy stats and his DraftKings salary reflected such work, reaching a high of $9200. Then Big Ben goes down with a knee injury and Brown's production declined, as did his DK cost. Now Roethlisberger is back, but Brown's salary remains at his reduced levels. Players can get Brown at 7800, thus saving $1400 from his previous high with his desired starting QB. Oh, he also had 16 receptions and over 240 yards in two games against Cincinnati last year.
Julio Jones ($9200)
The highest priced WR on the board. That's crazy expensive, but the Bucs are crazy bad against fantasy WRs. They have allowed at least 16 receptions and 200 yards in four of their last five games with six touchdowns in that span.
Going with a cheaper option with defense is often the right approach. Not this week. St. Louis has reached double-digit points in three of its last four games including a monster 25 in Week 7. Now the Rams face a 49ers offense that is without running back Carlos Hyde. Opposing defenses are scoring 12.2 points per week (third overall) against the 49ers.
With Forsett, Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green, I have three players from this game in my lineup. Let's note that the Las Vegas odds makers set the Ravens-Chargers over/under at 50.5, which is the highest of the remaining games. Ideal scenario and in my opinion the likely one, Baltimore jumps ahead early. That means more Forsett in the second half and lots of passing by San Diego after halftime. Woodhead and Green, the likely TE starter with Antonio Gates dealing with a knee injury, racked up plenty of garbage points last week. Using them also gives me a piece of Rivers in case he goes off.
Todd Gurley ($6300)
Barring injury or worse, he won't be this cheap again this decade. Get him while you can.