By Andy Goddard (@godsy1985)
How are we at week 8 already?!
With the season flying by, we now have more valuable information to help gauge who to pick in the weekly games. Here’s my lineup!
QB – Russell Wilson – $7,200 (Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons)
Wilson is coming off his worst fantasy performance of the season in the Seahawks loss to the Ravens, but he has a major upside this week, the Falcons secondary! Whilst the Falcons have talent on the offensive side of the ball, their defense is worryingly poor. They have allowed an average of 24.64 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and Wilson has the skills and weapons to exploit this further. He has been averaging 25.4 fantasy points across the season.
Wilson is part of the league MVP talk, and rightly so. He has been very impressive so far this season and should be padding those stats on Sunday!
RB – Marlon Mack – $6,100 (Detroit Lions @ Indianapolis Colts)
In last weeks game against the Texans, the Colts won the game through the air with Jacoby Brissett throwing 4 touchdowns. This week I think the Colts will be a much more balanced offense and could actually lean heavier on the run. The Detroit Lions are ranked 28th against the run giving up an average of 139.2 yards per game to running backs so look for Mack to cash in this week!
Mack is averaging 14.5 fantasy points per game but, in my opinion, should be well placed to eclipse 100 rushing yards against the Lions.
RB – Sony Michel – $5,200 (Cleveland Browns @ New England Patriots)
Michel had his best outing last week in the Patriots easy win over the New York Jets, scoring three times. He has amassed 21 points or more in two of his last three games and with Rex Burkhead likely to still be out, Michel will see most of the running duties for the unbeaten Patriots.
Michel also has value in the receiving game this season with his 6 catches resulting in 51 yards. He will of course, share the load with James White but Michel is the go to running back inside the 10 yard line and offers more opportunities for touchdowns.
WR – Tyler Lockett – $7,000 (Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons)
If you have read any of my DraftKings articles before you will know that I always advise to select a receiver from the same team as your quarterback. With Wilson being my pick for quarterback, it was easy to pick Lockett as the wide receiver!
Averaging 16.8 fantasy points per game and having already clocked up 515 yards, Lockett is primed to go off again the poor Falcons secondary. With Will Dissly done for the season, Lockett’s targets could increase further. He is expensive but will be well worth the investment!
WR – Kenny Golladay – $6,400 (New York Giants @ Detroit Lions)
If you had Golladay anywhere near your fantasy team last week, I feel sorry for you, but don’t be put off this week. Golladay has a favourable matchup against the Giants as their defense has given up an average of 140 yards per game and the seventh most fantasy points to receivers lined up out wide. Golladay is still averaging 15.6 FPPG and has 4 touchdowns from 25 receptions.
Golladay is on the field for over 80 percent of the offensive snaps and the Giants D has allowed the second most yards per pass attempt this season. Stick with him!
WR – Courtland Sutton – $5,300 (Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts)
Sutton is now the number 1 receiver in Denver after the trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers. There was a very valid argument that he was already the number 1 as his 80.6 yards per game ranks 11th in the league. Sutton is averaging 16.2 FPPG and the only concern is that without Sanders, Sutton will draw a lot of coverage.
He has scored at least 11.6 fantasy points in his last five games and he has a very advantageous matchup this week as he will be up against Colts CB Pierre Desir. This matchup is ranked as the third best this week for all wide receivers, according to Pro Football Focus.
TE – Josh Hill – $3,200 (Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints)
This pick is a little bit of a gamble. With Jared Cook out last week due an ankle injury, Hill was an able deputy. At the time of writing, Cook is listed as doubtful so you could get great value at just $3,200 for Hill. He caught all three of his targets for 43 yards in the Saints win over the Bears. Drew Brees is also hopeful of returning the action this week so the gamble has so many upsides, it’s worth it!
FLEX – Latavius Murray – $5,800 (Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints)
Alvin Kamara is currently listed as questionable. If he cannot go, Murray should get a huge workload against the Cardinals. He was excellent last week against the Bears racking up 119 yards on 27 carries, adding 31 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Cardinals defense is allowing 4.7 yards per carry to opposing running backs and Murray has already performed very well against them when he replaced the injured Dalvin Cook last year, rushing for 155 yards and a touchdown.
DST – LA Rams – $3,800 (Cincinnati Bengals @ LA Rams)
The Rams are facing the Bengals! Im not sure how much more needs to be said at this point. The Bengals offense are having problems all over the field right now. They have allowed 3.4 sacks per game and given up 15 turnovers! The Rams D are a ‘must start’ this week!