Here we go with a Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 8. Tonight’s matchup is between the Buccaneers and Giants with Tampa Bay listed as a 12.5 point road favorite with an over/under of 45.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Tom Brady - QB - Tampa Bay (DK: $12,000 / FD: $16,500)
No surprise here. Brady has the best projection of any player tonight (according to Rotoworld’s NFL DFS Optimizer), and he should be the foundation through most lineup formats. The Buccaneers’ signal-caller had a few mediocre weeks against the Bears and Packers, but he has surpassed 33 fantasy points in his other most recent games (LV & LAC). Tonight’s matchup sets up great for the future Hall of Famer, as the Giants have allowed Carson Wentz (359-2) and Kyle Allen (280-2) to find success in recent weeks. Needless to say, Brady and the Tampa passing attack represents the most formidable task NYG has seen lately (and potentially all season).
Mike Evans - WR - Tampa Bay (DK: $10,800/ FD: $14,000)
Chris Godwin will not play tonight, which serves as an obvious boon to Mike Evan’s fantasy upside. The 6’5” receiver has been quiet in recent games, combining for 3-47 on four targets over his last two. However, that was with Godwin in the lineup demanding a healthy amount of targets. Evans has played three games with Godwin on the sidelines this season, coming through with totals of 7-104-1 (CAR), 7-122-1 (LAC), 5-41-1 (CHI). He should see double-digit targets against a Giants team that has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Needless to say, we could see a monstrous bounce-back effort from Evans.
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Leonard Fournette - RB - Tampa Bay (DK: $6,200/ FD: $10,000)
Fournette looked really good last week, taking 11 carries for 50 yards while adding six receptions for 47 yards. The month of rest apparently served him well, as Fournette looked sharp while returning to 100% health. He has taken over LeSean McCoy’s role in the passing game along with half of Ronald Jones’ carries. That makes him a viable fantasy asset on this single-game slate. The Giants have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and game flow should be on Fournette’s side.
Dion Lewis - RB - NY Giants (DK: $1,200 / FD: $7,000)
If you have been reading these articles, then you know I like to point out a dirt-cheap option for tournaments on DraftKings. Dion Lewis is our proverbial “dice roll” this time around, as he could see more volume with Devonta Freeman ruled out. Wayne Gallman (RB - NYG) could see 10-15 carries as the primary back, but Lewis should serve as the third-down back with a handful of targets and rushing attempts - at least that’s the hope. Keep in mind that Lewis posted 56 total yards and a score on 14 touches against Chicago earlier this season, and we are hoping he can get closer to that range on Monday.
Rob Gronkowski (TE - TB) makes for a nice mid-range selection who is cheaper than the aforementioned top picks. I don’t mind stacking the Bucs tonight, as the most likely game flow suggests they’ll run away with this one. Taking Brady-Evans-Gronk-Fournette in the same lineup is certainly doable on both sites … Scotty Miller (WR - TB) is more of a tournament option in my eyes, but he should certainly be incorporated into the mix when assembling multiple entries.
Daniel Jones (QB - NYG) isn’t a necessity for the price on Monday. He has been under 11 fantasy points in the majority of his starts this season, and tonight’s date with the Bucs is one of the toughest on paper … Darius Slayton (WR - NYG), Sterling Shepard (WR - NYG), and Evan Engram (TE - NYG) are fringe-plays who could be sustained by game flow. Of that group, Shepard apparently has the best bang for the buck while coming off a 6-59-1 showing on eight targets against the Eagles.
Tyler Johnson (WR - TB) is another bargain filler to keep an eye on in tournaments. He’s not as cheap as the aforementioned likes of Lewis, but Johnson could see a heightened role with Godwin sidelined. The former Minnesota Gopher has snagged a touchdown in consecutive weeks despite only seeing a total of three targets. The last time he played without Godwin, Johnson came through with 4-61 on six targets against Chicago. The prospect of more volume, a nose for the end-zone, and a solid matchup could propel Johnson to a nice fantasy line.