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NFL DFS Must Plays: Week 8

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 26, 2018, 1:41 pm ET

As we head into the weekend, be sure to check out all the content rolling onto the Rotoworld Daily page. Here’s a list of articles looking at the NFL DFS Week Eight slate. I will be updating as new columns are added, so consider this section as the DFS Table of Contents.

 

NFL DFS Bargains by Renee Miller

DRAFT NFL Strategy by Spencer Limbach

DRAFT NFL Mock by Spencer Limbach

QB/RB Grind Down by Stephen Young

NFL DFS Starting Points by Renee Miller

NFL DFS Single Games by Spencer Limbach

DraftKings NFL 6-Pack by Chris Prince

WR/TE Grind Down by David Kaplen

NFL GPP Plays by Spencer Limbach

NFL DFS Fades by Renee Miller (coming soon)

Rotoworld Ranks vs DFS Pricing by Rich Hribar (coming soon)

 

Now onto the NFL DFS Must Plays for week eight!

 

 

Just a reminder, this column includes only Sunday afternoon games, as that’s considered the main slate on DFS sites. Games on Monday and Sunday night do not factor into this analysis. The early London game is not included either.

 

 

PLATINUM: Build your lineup around these guys

 

Kareem Hunt – Kansas City (vs Denver)

 

Unlike the past few weeks, we actually have a viable running back pool to pivot away from Todd Gurley. That’s exactly the strategy I plan on using this Sunday, as the likes of Kareem Hunt and James Conner are in excellent positions for a fraction of the cost compared to Gurley … Hunt has been a beast within this Kansas City juggernaut offense, putting up massive production via the ground and air. He has notched 25+ fantasy points in three of his past four games, and this is a fantastic matchup against a Denver team that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Hunt notched 25 FP in his first meeting with the Broncos, and game flow should be on his side once again.

 

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James Conner – Pittsburgh (vs Cleveland)

 

The Steelers have figured out that they need to feed James Conner early and often. That was the recipe in their past two victories over Atlanta and Cincinnati, wherein Conner posted 33 and 27 fantasy points respectively. There’s a chance he’ll land within that range again, considering an advantageous matchup against a Browns’ defense that has allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing RBs. If you recall, Conner was very good in his debut at Cleveland earlier this season, racking up 182 total yards and 32 fantasy points. Similar to the write-up of Kareem Hunt, game flow and subsequent volume appears to be on Conner’s side this weekend.

 

 

GOLD: Next wave to consider in terms of priority

 

Andy Dalton – QB – Cincinnati (vs Tampa Bay)

 

This Cincinnati-Tampa matchup has one of the higher totals on the board, and we could see a back-and-forth shootout. As you’ve probably heard, the Buccaneers aren’t very good against the pass this season. As a result, they have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs so far in 2018. I’m going to take the path of least resistance while looking towards a strong bounce-back effort from Dalton. You better believe his top receiving options, Green and Boyd, are firmly in play through all DFS formats as well.

 

Emmanuel Sanders – WR – Denver (at Kansas City)

 

Despite the inconsistencies of his quarterback Case Keenum, Sanders has been very good this season. It’s evident that the Broncos want to get him involved at all costs, as he’s the best playmaker of the offense. He should see another double-digit target share while the Broncos try to keep pace with the Kansas City offense. Sanders was somewhat underwhelming in his first meeting with the Chiefs, but this matchup screams volume for the Denver wide-out who has topped 21+ FP in two straight outings.  

 

 

SILVER: Good options that narrowly rank ahead of similar players

 

David Njoku – TE – Cleveland (at Pittsburgh)

 

This write-up is going to be pretty simple. QB Baker Mayfield and Njoku have established a strong connection, exemplified through his 28 targets, 17 receptions, 176 yards, and two scores over the past three games. There’s a great chance Njoku keeps things rolling while facing a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. We can expect another pass-happy day from the Browns, and a healthy dose of those targets should go towards Njoku.

 

Tyler Boyd – WR – Cincinnati (vs Tampa Bay)

 

I already mentioned Tyler Boyd and the Cincinnati passing game in Andy Dalton’s write-up above. Boyd comes at a steep discount from teammate AJ Green, and he has similar upside in this matchup. While the Cincy WR has flopped in two of his past three outings, don’t forget that he has registered 16+ FP in four of his seven games this season. This is an excellent bounce-back spot against a Tampa defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

 

 

BRONZE: Not 100% necessities, but they mix well into a quality lineup

 

Jarvis Landry – WR – Cleveland (at Pittsburgh)

 

You may want to limit your exposure to the Browns’ passing game, but take note that Jarvis Landry is in a pretty good spot as well. Pittsburgh has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing receivers, and QB Baker Mayfield will likely be chucking the ball all around the field on Sunday. Landry was able to finally get on the same page as his rookie quarterback last week, and there’s a chance that will spill into this promising matchup.

 

Tarik Cohen – RB – Chicago (vs NY Jets)

 

It’s evident that the Bears love getting Tarik Cohen involved in the short passing game. He has caught seven or more receptions in each of his past three games, notching 18+ fantasy points in all of those contests. I believe Cohen is a strong FLEX play against the Jets as a candidate to flirt with 20 fantasy points yet again. You can even stack Cohen with QB Mitchell Trubisky, as he effectively serves as a receiver listed at running back for fantasy purposes.

 

 

PARTICIPATION RIBBONS: Fell just short of a featured spot

 

WR A.J. Green – Cincinnati (vs Tampa Bay)

WR Davante Adams – Green Bay (at LA Rams)

RB Joe Mixon – Cincinnati (vs Tampa Bay)

QB Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago (vs NY Jets)

RB Marlon Mack – Indianapolis (at Oakland): listed as questionable.

RB Phillip Lindsay – Denver (at Kansas City): better if Royce Freeman is ruled out.

WR Taylor Gabriel – Chicago (vs NY Jets)

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.