Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Sunday Night Football of Week 8. Tonight’s matchup is between the Packers and Chiefs, as Green Bay is listed as five-point home favorites with an over/under of 47.5.
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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Aaron Jones - RB - Green Bay
The stars have aligned for Jones to post a strong fantasy performance on Sunday Night Football. Green Bay checks in as five-point road favorites, likely putting game flow on his side. On top of that, Kansas City has been generous to opposing running backs this season, allowing the ninth most fantasy points to the position. All signs point to Jones as a top option on this single game slate, and he should draw plenty of consideration as your MVP/Captain.
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Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay
Of course, we can’t forget about Rodgers following his marvelous 429 yard and five touchdown showing against the Raiders last Sunday. His top receiver, Davante Adams, is doubtful, but that didn’t slow down the Green Bay passing game last time out. There’s some debate between which member of the Packers’ backfield deserves your primary MVP/Captain spot for cash game action. Rodgers makes a compelling case on FanDuel, while Jones’ salary is more favorable on DraftKings - where you have to pay 1.5x the baseline salary for your Captain.
Geronimo Allison - WR - Green Bay
As mentioned in the previous write-up, WR Adams is doubtful tonight. That boosts the rest of Green Bay’s receiving corps, and Allison checks in with one of the better salary/projection combinations of that group. Allison was unable to cash in on Rodgers’ big performance last week, some of that may have been due to fewer snaps with a lingering injury. He’s had another week to heal, and I’m expecting Allison to return near the top of the WR pecking order alongside Valdes-Scantling.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Kansas City
It appears McCoy is the frontrunner in Kansas City’s RBBC approach. They’ll need him to take the pressure off backup QB Matt Moore, who is taking over for an injured Patrick Mahomes in this primetime draw. The Packers have been vulnerable against the run this season, ranking 29th in that regard. I wouldn’t be surprised if McCoy was featured early tonight with the Chiefs tweaking their gameplan sans Mahomes.
Matt Moore (QB - KC) makes for a realistic pick on both FanDuel and DraftKings, as his salary is short enough on this single game slate. We aren’t expecting Mahomes-like production (maybe half of that?), but taking an economical quarterback in this format seems like a plausible strategy. It helps that he’s had 10 days to prepare for this matchup.
As for the Kansas City pass catchers, Travis Kelce (TE - KC) and Tyreek Hill (WR - KC) seem too expensive (tournaments only) considering their MVP quarterback isn’t playing. Hill obviously has more upside with game-breaking speed to make something happen after the catch … Sammy Watkins (WR - KC) is reasonably cheap, but we aren’t sure what the snap count will look like while coming back from a hamstring injury. Again, he’s a tournament-only consideration … Byron Pringle (WR - KC) is the dirt-cheap tournament pick here. His snap rate will likely take a hit with Watkins back in the picture, but the Chiefs like getting him the ball when he’s on the field.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR - GB), Allen Lazard (WR - GB), and Jake Kumerow (WR - GB) are all in play tonight. Lazard could represent the best value within that, as his salary is much more relaxed than MVS despite leading the Packers in snap rate (85%) last Sunday. As a result, Lazard is playable through all formats.
Jamaal Williams (RB - GB) can be featured in the same lineup as his backfield mate, Jones. That would grant you 100% of the Packers’ rushing production (and some receiving upside) against a vulnerable Kansas City run defense. While this seems like a spot for Jones to thrive, we’ve seen Green Bay side with Williams as the hot hand several times this season.