Last week was a rough one for injuries when you look back on the daily fantasy football lineups I handed out.
Across two NFL DFS lineups (one for cash, one for GPPs), four players ended up being pretty unusable, either because they were out, or the starter ahead of them suited up.
In those instances, I suggest using my advice the best you can to fill the holes. Fortunately, there was a lot of value to use last week, and you were also in good hands with my NFL DFS picks and sleepers for the week.
To get the party started, check out both posts for week 8.
That should get you going in the right direction, but there is more to consider.
Let’s take a look at the week 8 daily fantasy football landscape and come to some NFL DFS lineups for week 8, 2020.
Week 8 Daily Fantasy Football Advice
I feel like I say it all the time, but we’re in for another week of straight fire. I took a look at the early week 8 NFL odds like I do every week, and the first thing I noticed was how wild some of the scoring may end up being.
There have been crazier weeks, but five games easily surpass the 50-point total plateau. Two others come in at 49, and the Cowboys vs. Eagles game isn’t among that grouping despite having crazy potential.
Per usual, we need to highlight these types of games. For week eight, the following should be front and center for stacking.
Colts vs. Lions (50)
Vikings vs. Packers (54.5)
Titans vs. Bengals (54.5)
Raiders vs. Browns (53.5)
49ers vs. Seahawks (54)
That doesn’t mean we should ignore other games. There is always going to be logic in stacking some contrarian game situations, while numerous one-offs exist.
I’d just lean toward these games mostly – especially since they all come in with 6.5-point spreads or shorter.
Beyond game totals and point spreads, we also need to keep an eye on some injury news. Here are the big names that aren’t officially active for week eight as I write this.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
Aaron Jones, RB, Packers
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals
Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins
Austin Hooper, TE, Browns
These guys would all be viable DFS plays if they’re active. I wouldn’t rush to use Parker or Hooper, but the others would be great options if they’re 100%.
If they’re out, it’d open the door for Alexander Mattison, Jamaal Williams, Giovani Bernard, Preston Williams, and Marquez Callaway offering solid-to-elite value.
I’ll try to avoid these situations as I build my favorite week 8 NFL DFS lineups, but keep your eye on these situations and adjust accordingly.
NFL DFS Cash Lineup for Week 8
QB: Aaron Rodgers – Packers ($7.6k)
RB: Derrick Henry – Titans ($8k)
RB: Myles Gaskin – Dolphins ($5.2k)
WR: Davante Adams – Packers ($8.8k)
WR: Henry Ruggs III – Raiders ($4.9k)
WR: Rashard Higgins – Browns ($4.2k)
TE: Jonnu Smith – Titans ($4.1k)
FLEX: Jamycal Hasty – 49ers ($5k)
DEF: New York Jets ($2k)
Yes, the Jets are probably going to get smoked, but this lineup is just trying to cash. That makes punting your defense a pretty top priority, so you can get all of the points elsewhere.
For me, the cash core is Rodgers, Adams, and Henry this week. I will probably have Henry in almost all of my week 8 daily fantasy football lineups, and that Rodgers/Adams stack is very tough to get away from.
He’s risky, but the Seahawks are terrible against the pass, and this is a huge game for the Niners.
George Kittle is worth paying up for to stack with him, but I’ll just take the savings here and go with Aiyuk. He popped off for 20.5 fantasy points last week, and should have a cemented role with Deebo Samuel out.
I’ll pay for both of the top two running backs here. Henry is in a smash spot against the Bengals, and Kamara is basically matchup proof.
Tyreek Hill is due for a big game. The Jets may oblige in giving it to him, as they’re just awful. I’ll run it back the other way with Mims, though, seeing as he caught four of seven targets in his pro debut.
In a game the Jets will almost certainly be trailing throughout (insane +1200 underdogs at BetOnline), Mims should be very busy in this one.
Early line movement: Jets down to 19.5-point underdogs against Chiefs. Line opened around +21.5 at most shops.
I don’t know how busy Harrison Bryant will be, but he’s too cheap to ignore. His matchup is fine enough, and the Browns lost Odell Beckham Jr. for the season.
Austin Hooper is also doubtful to play for the second week in a row, so Bryant could again be a terrific source of value.
Kareem Hunt has a nice matchup against the Raiders. You can play around at other positions to move up over Hunt to Dalvin Cook or Aaron Jones at the Flex spot, if you so desire.
To wrap it up, we can use a value defense like the Dolphins. Their offense will probably play it safe in Tua Tagovailo’s first NFL start, while the Rams are flying across the country for this game.
Don’t be shocked if Miami’s defense plays pretty well in this spot.
Week 8 NFL Betting
All roads lead back to the NFL betting scene. You should lean on betting lines to help piece together your week 8 NFL DFS lineups, and you also can’t ignore how fantasy research trickles into some interesting wagers.
For this week, I’m probably fading my favorite bet in the DFS realm; the Steelers to beat the spread. That game is going to be an ugly defensive battle, so beyond my James Conner shares in season-long leagues, I want nothing to do with it.
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.