Daily Fantasy Football Picks for NFL Week 8 (2020)
If you rolled with my top NFL DFS picks last week, you were on your way to profiting. I didn’t plug Tyler Lockett or Davante Adams, but I gave you enough solid plays to get going in the right direction.
Kyler Murray topped 40 fantasy points and was a next-level boss. Aaron Jones didn’t suit up, but his backup (Jamaal Williams) was super cheap. All of the same advice still applied, and he was one of the best value plays of the slate.
The Bills defense (14 fantasy points) got the job done, and Kenny Golladay was serviceable. Travis Kelce was my lone miss on the week.
I’m back to hand out more of my favorite NFL DFS picks for week 8. Let’s go over my top plays, with some analysis for each.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers ($7.6k)
This is going to be an interesting week at quarterback. Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes are also on this slate, while there are some solid week 8 NFL DFS sleepers at the position, too.
It could pay to go with a stud, of course, and Rodgers is easily among the best this week.
Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers find themselves at the top of the early Week 8 fantasy player rankings ⬇️ https://t.co/YnlU2PqexR— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 26, 2020
Mahomes and Wilson have their cases, but Rodgers feels like the top overall play. He bounced back nicely with four touchdowns last week, proving his awful week six performance was an aberration.
His matchup for this week sets up nicely, as the Minnesota Vikings are having a fire sale these days. The team just dealt one of their best pass rushers to the Baltimore Ravens, after all.
Life gets easier for the green and gold, while the Vikes have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2020. That, and Rodgers lit them up for 33 fantasy points back in week one.
Derrick Henry, RB, Titans ($8k)
When thinking about who would make the cut in my week 8 NFL DFS picks, the first guy I thought of was Henry. I faded him last week due to price and a terrible matchup, but I know when to come right back to a guy.
The crazy thing with Henry is that he’s honestly pretty matchup proof. He went up against the top run defense in all of football, yet still produced 15 fantasy points.
He wasn’t worth paying up for in DFS, but the guy finds a way to get it done every week. Henry has 15+ fantasy points in five of six games this year, and he should get right back to being a monster in week eight.
Henry would be a solid play in even a modest matchup, but this week he gets the Bengals, who rank 29th against the run this year. Cincy’s fantasy ranking isn’t awful due to their defense giving up most of their scores through the air, but something tells me that changes this week.
The big chunk plays will be there, and it’s likely Henry turns one or two into a score.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs ($6.7k)
If you like Rodgers like I do, then you know Davante Adams ($8.8k) is one of the best NFL DFS picks for week 8. However, he’s crazy expensive, and I’m not sure we need to spend up at wide receiver this week.
Not when Tyreek Hill is discounted like this. The Chiefs star has quietly been just fine with 16.6 fantasy points per game, but a loaded supporting cast has prevented him from that massive blow-up game.
I think it could be coming this week.
The New York Jets have given up 22 plays of 20+ yards and five of 40+ yards through the air. On the year, they rank 28th against wide receivers in terms of yardage allowed.
Will Hill for sure get the touchdowns he needs? I can’t say, but I do think he racks up a bunch of yardage and has his way in this matchup. The reality is it’s a great spot, and he’s way too cheap given his upside.
Darren Waller, TE, Raiders ($5.6k)
I also really like George Kittle, but you’re getting better value with Waller, who consistently sees more targets.
Kittle is more explosive by nature, but Waller also has the better-isolated matchup this week.
Las Vegas will be ready to rock against the Cleveland Browns, who rank 30th against the pass, and have allowed the 12th most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Waller’s role is what should get the saliva going here, though. He’s seen seven or more targets in five of six games, and has topped 15+ fantasy points in four of his last five contests.
New Orleans Saints Defense ($3.4k)
If you want to pay up for the Chiefs ($4.5k), they’re facing the Jets, so nobody will blame you. I’ll just go with the Saints, who offer better value and get a totally lost Bears offense.
Chicago is so bad that they have to internally be thinking about going back to Mitch Trubisky. New Orleans, meanwhile, can generate some pressure up front, stops the run well, and has a matchup in front of them where they could see a slew of turnovers.
This feels like a pretty obvious week where we’re punting defense, but if you want a somewhat safer option, the Saints look like a solid try.
My top NFL DFS picks for week 8 should get you on the right track. It all starts with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who should be able to find plenty of success against a Vikings team that has seemingly given up.
Whether or not you end up pairing Davante Adams with Rodgers is up to you. For tournaments, it could be interesting to fade Adams and stack guys like Aaron Jones, Robert Tonyan, or even Marquez Valdes-Scantling with A-Rod.
Elsewhere, Henry is a total lock for me this week. He’ll probably be in 100% of my daily fantasy football lineups. I also love the value with Tyreek, who is due for a huge game, and has an awesome matchup.
Tight end does offer some solid value, but I like Waller’s role and matchup. I’ll likely be punting defense when I hand out my final week 8 NFL DFS lineups, but New Orleans looks like a very good option in the mid-range.
Hopefully this gets you going in the right direction. Keep in mind that I hand out my daily fantasy football picks early in the week. Injuries happen, so just consider my advice as you try to adapt to news as the week goes on.
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