Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers for NFL Week 8 (2020)
NFL DFS sleepers remain a key part of winning big in daily fantasy football. Some of them end up being chalky, but last week guys like Jamaal Williams, Giovani Bernard, and Harrison Bryant cost you nothing, and they all smashed.
Some of my NFL DFS sleeper picks panned out nicely, too. Teddy Bridgewater and Joe Burrow were straight fire. David Johnson and Antonio Gibson both smashed, while D’Andre Swift was rock solid.
Christian Kirk found the end-zone twice, and A.J. Green was again heavily involved for the Bengals. If even had a hit at tight end with Logan Thomas, while the Washington defense was a great cheap play.
I write up my daily fantasy football sleepers post pretty early in the week, so I wasn’t on the chalky plays. Maybe that was a good thing, as some of these guys smashed, and still saved cash so you could use the best plays of the week.
It’s another week, so we can try to do it all again. Hit up my week 8 NFL DFS picks, and join me for a breakdown of my favorite NFL DFS sleepers for week 8.
Quarterback NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 8
- Baker Mayfield – Browns ($6.1k)
- Cam Newton – Patriots ($5.7k)
- Jimmy Garoppolo – 49ers ($5.4k)
Mayfield tossed five touchdowns last week, and still remains a fair price in a plus matchup against the Raiders. Las Vegas ranks 29th against fantasy passers, and the top NFL betting websites have this projected as a shootout (53.5 total).
Do I feel great about Cam Newton? No, of course not. He’s tossed five picks and no touchdowns over his last two games, and last week he even got benched.
We could absolutely be nearing the end for Cam, but he’s a warrior, and I expect him to fight back. That, and he was bad two games ago, and his rushing upside still got him over 20 fantasy points.
Newton still has a solid floor and ceiling due to that, while a date with the Bills (19 fantasy points allowed per game to QBs) isn’t quite as troubling as it appears.
Lastly, I love Jimmy G this week. He crushed on Sunday Night Football two weeks ago, and just wasn’t really needed last week.
The 49ers quarterback has been really inconsistent on the year, but literally nobody has a bad game against a truly horrendous Seattle Seahawks defense.
Just check out the fantasy points for the first six quarterbacks they’ve faced in 2020.
- Kyler Murray (41.1)
- Kirk Cousins (16.16)
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (26.3)
- Dak Prescott (33.48)
- Cam Newton (38.58)
- Matt Ryan (27.9)
Cousins is the only one who didn’t totally smash, and it needs to be noted that he turned the ball over three times and Minnesota played with a lead for much of that game.
Seattle’s run defense has been decent, and the Niners are down to their fourth running back. It’s quite possible they see the positive matchup and have Jimmy G rip it here. At this price, he’s worth the gamble in tournaments.
Week 8 Running Back Sleeper Picks
- Myles Gaskin – Dolphins ($5.2k)
- Jamycal Hasty – 49ers ($5k)
- Le’Veon Bell – Chiefs ($4.6k)
Should Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, and/or Aaron Jones remain out this week, you won’t need my help finding value at running back.
Guys like Alexander Mattison, Giovani Bernard, and Jamaal Williams would be instant locks for your NFL DFS lineups. They could all be back this week, though, so I’ll look to other running back sleepers that could help you.
Gaskin stands out immediately. The Rams aren’t an easy matchup, but he’s at home, and has a rock-solid role. Miami will feature him on the ground, and will try to keep Tua Tagovailoa from doing too much in his first NFL start.
He’s also just, um, good.
Most missed tackles forced on runs this season:— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) October 14, 2020
◾ Dalvin Cook – 24
◾ Josh Jacobs – 22
◾ Myles Gaskin – 17
◾ Ezekiel Elliott – 17
◾ Devin Singletary – 17
◾ Derrick Henry – 17 pic.twitter.com/ysXQmzuqDq
If Miami controls this game, Gaskins could smash. Tua could dump passes off to his running backs regardless of game flow, too, while Miami trailing would again cement Gaskins’ PPR value (3+ catches in every game this year).
While I love Jimmy G this week, you shouldn’t totally ignore Hasty, who may draw the start for a banged-up 49ers running game. The matchup isn’t ideal, but he’s an explosive runner and could get a bunch of touches.
Ready for some Le’Veon Bell revenge?
Bell is splitting work in Kansas City’s backfield, but it’s got to be somewhat comforting that he got six carries in his first game with the Chiefs. I’d imagine he gets a little more involved as a receiver here, and a date with a bad Jets defense – revenge or not – looks pretty appealing.
Wide Receiver NFL DFS Values for Week 8
- Henry Ruggs III – Raiders ($4.9k)
- Donovan Peoples-Jones ($3.8k)
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Packers ($3.8k)
Give me all of the Ruggs this week. The explosive rookie has been really hit or miss in his first NFL season, but we saw in week five what his ceiling can be.
Ruggs has a stellar matchup this week, as he faces a bad Browns pass defense that just gave up 406 passing yards to Joe Burrow. They also rank 31st against fantasy wide receivers, and have allowed the second-most 20+ yard pass plays in 2020.
Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III has a passer rating of 125.6 when targeted https://t.co/1g2ujmIHox— Raiders Wire (@TheRaidersWire) October 27, 2020
Staying in that same game, I really like Rashard Higgins ($4.2k) and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Higgins will likely garner more ownership as the starter who will effectively replace an injured Odell Beckham Jr.
Higgins hauled in six catches for 110 yards last week, too, so I understand he might be the safer play. That said, DPJ is cheaper, will be lower-owned, and also flashed his upside with 56 yards and a score last week.
Davante Adams went ham last week, and dropped 44.6 fantasy points the last time he faced Minnesota back in week one. The problem? He’s crazy expensive ($8.8k). If his ownership is going to be high, I love the idea of spending elsewhere and gaining some extra leverage by using MVS instead.
This is the ultimate GPP dart, to be sure. Not only is fading Adams risky by itself, but Valdes-Scantling hasn’t done anything since week one.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is his best game of the year came against the Vikings (19 fantasy points), and he’s still been involved (4+ targets in every game). He’ll be an afterthought in every sense in week eight, even against a Vikings secondary that ranks 30th against fantasy receivers.
Week 8 NFL DFS Sleepers at Tight End
- Jonnu Smith – Titans ($4.1k)
- Drew Sample – Bengals ($3.4k)
- Harrison Bryant – Browns ($3.2k)
I love me some Darren Waller and George Kittle this week, but it’s very possible they’re just not necessary. If you want to pay up for Adams and other guys, then punting tight end makes sense.
Luckily, it’s not a reach, as Jonnu Smith starts things off with a crazy-low price tag.
Yeah, he’s been quiet lately, but the guy has topped 20 fantasy points twice this year and can pay off with one play. His week eight matchup with the Bengals (30th vs. TEs) makes him an elite NFL DFS value pick.
Smith might end up being pretty chalky due to the reasons I just went over, so you can drop a little lower if you want. Drew Sample failed me the only other time I rostered him this week, but he showed signs of life again last week (5 catches for 52 yards).
Sample is risky, but he’s in a possible shootout with Tennessee. The Titans have given up the 7th most passing scores on the year, and rank just 26th against tight ends.
Let’s not ignore Harrison Bryant, either. He scored two touchdowns last week, and while we can’t demand that again, he has a role moving forward.
That role could be bigger than we think given the Odell injury, so he’s probably too cheap. His matchup with the Raiders doesn’t really stand out, but they did get burned by Rob Gronkowski (17 fantasy points) last week.
Best Defense Sleepers for Week 8 NFL DFS
- Green Bay Packers ($2.9k)
- Chicago Bears ($2.8k)
- Miami Dolphins ($2.4k)
Kansas City is going to be tough to ignore against the Jets this week, but week eight probably demands we pay down again at defense.
Green Bay looks viable here. Their defense didn’t get it done against the Buccaneers two weeks ago, but they have a shutdown corner, and their pass rush came alive last week. Kirk Cousins showed up in the second half against them in week one, but his otherwise spotty play gives you reason to like them.
Chicago fell flat in L.A. this past week, but they return home to host Drew Brees and the Saints. On paper, the Bears are still a problem, so if you think they bounce back here, they seem like a respectable value.
The Lions are a solid punt if you think Philip Rivers drowns in a sea of turnovers, but I like Miami as a nice stack option to go with Myles Gaskin. In my early week 8 NFL betting lines breakdown, I noted that the Rams felt like a really nice value in South Beach.
They are, but let’s consider they’re going to be on a short week, and have to travel across the country. The Dolphins should be running the ball to make life easier on Tua Tagovailoa, too, while this Miami defense has quietly churned out 10+ fantasy points three different times this year.
If you need some quality week 8 NFL DFS sleepers, this is the post for you. As noted, I do release my favorite NFL DFS sleepers early in the week, which should help you get a head start on building out your daily fantasy football lineups.
The downside, of course, is I’ll miss out on some solid value picks that become known after players are ruled out due to injury. It’s up to you to keep tabs on said situations, but these NFL DFS sleepers will help you, one way or another.
If you got things under control for DFS and want some help with your bets this week, check out our sports betting picks section.