NFL DFS Picks for Week 8 – Best Plays for Your Lineups

| October 27, 2021 3:34 pm PDT

Chalk, as it turns out, sometimes doesn’t go as planned when making NFL DFS picks. I saw a meme on Twitter today that people using chalk in 2021 are rolling in cash.

That may be true to some degree, but it wasn’t the case in week seven. I vouched for Davante Adams and Derrick Henry, and while they didn’t burn you, they weren’t really worth their hefty salaries.

Fortunately, they still did a fine job. Aaron Rodgers was also a hit, while the Patriots defense also worked out. The Chiefs were a collective disgrace and Darrell Henderson was a bum, but we lick our wounds and move onto the next one.

With that, join me as I break down my favorite NFL DFS picks for week eight.

Josh Allen, QB, Bills ($8.1k)

Lamar Jackson is on bye. Kyler Murray and Aaron Rodgers play on TNF. Dak Prescott is playing on SNF, and Patrick Mahomes is playing on MNF.

The cupboard is bare if you want a stud passer you can trust in NFL DFS this week. While true, Josh Allen still exists, and he feels like a smash play at home against the Dolphins.

Allen really wasn’t needed back in week two against Miami, but with the Dolphins fielding a more competitive team lately, it’s possible he’s called into action a bit more.

Either way, Allen is on a heater.

Allen’s Last 4 Games:
  • Week 6: 32.72 fantasy points
  • Week 5: 39.5 fantasy points
  • Week 4: 21.02 fantasy points
  • Week 3: 40.22 fantasy points

Allen has been amazing, and he gets a second crack at a reeling Dolphins team that comes into the week at 1-6.

Miami has given up 300+ passing yards to Matt Ryan and Trevor Lawrence in consecutive weeks, and they rank 30th against quarterbacks on the year. Yeah, sign me up for some Josh Allen.

D’Andre Swift, RB, Lions ($7.1k)

It is once again difficult to ignore Derrick Henry, but after his failure last week, I’m a bit more open to paying down at running back.

Insert Swift, who has quietly been positively amazing as a rookie.

Detroit’s ineptitude plays into his value, as Swift is basically matchup proof with his reception count climbing, regardless of score. He’s seen at least six targets in all but one game this season, and his huge role has allowed him to top at least 17 fantasy points five different times.

Running backs who catch a ton of passes are elite options on DraftKings, but Swift still runs 10+ times a game, and can score in more than one way.

Oh, and he faces the Eagles, who are giving up the third most fantasy points to running backs on the year. Philly specifically has had issues with pass-catching tailbacks, too.

Here are their ranks in that regard.

  • 5th most receptions allowed (49)
  • 8th most receiving yards allowed (348)

Swift feels like a smash play in NFL DFS, no matter how you look at it.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos ($6.4k)

Another smash play in week eight has to be Sutton. You can pay up for Cooper Kupp ($9k) or Stefon Diggs (I just might), but Sutton is a beautiful mid-range option.

I don’t exactly trust Teddy Bridgewater, but there’s no denying he at least knows how to feed Sutton.

Denver’s top receiver had a down week last week, but before that had back-to-back games with 11+ targets and 23+ fantasy points. Sutton does have to overcome the return of Jerry Jeudy, of course.

I’ll see that as a help more than a hindrance, though, especially given the sweet matchup against Washington.

The Football Team ranks 31st against wide receivers on the year, and it didn’t stop last week. Aaron Rodgers tossed two scores to wide receivers in that matchup, with both Davante Adams and Allen Lazard looking good.

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions ($5.4k)

This is a really bad slate for tight ends. I am also giving Kyle Pitts a nod below, but you’re going to be hard-pressed to not take the $900 savings with Hockenson.

You honestly may just want to punt this position, altogether.

Still, Hock has some upside. He flashed that earlier in the year, and over the last two weeks he at least has a viable role (20 total targets).

On top of that, he gets an Eagles defense that has struggled against tight ends. Philly has been solid against the pass in general, but they rank 27th against fantasy TEs in 2021.

I don’t trust all Lions this week, but pairing Hock with Swift really isn’t a bad idea.

Cincinnati Bengals Defense ($3.6k)

My favorite team defense for week 8 has to be the Bengals. They showed everyone what they’re capable of in a complete dismantling of the Ravens last week, and now they host the Jets.

And that’s with Zach Wilson on the shelf.

New York is so desperate they even swung a trade to acquire the corpse of Joe Flacco. It’s bad for Gang Green these days, and while this stinks of a potential trap game, I find it hard to believe Cincy gets tripped up here.

More NFL DFS Picks for Week 8

  • Jalen Hurts, QB, Eagles ($7.2k)
  • James Robinson, RB, Jaguars ($6.6k)
  • Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks ($6.1k)
  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Falcons ($6.3k)
  • Los Angeles Rams Defense ($5.1k)

I also like the NFL DFS picks listed above. Despite his best efforts, Jalen Hurts continues to be a viable fantasy asset. Barring his inevitable benching, a date with the Lions probably won’t change that.

James Robinson finally has his feature role back. Since the Jaguars wisened up, he has topped 19+ fantasy points in each of his last four outings. Now he gets the Seahawks, who have given up the second most fantasy points to rushers.

On the other side of that game is Lockett. Geno Smith is terrible, but he’s going to find Lockett eventually. A guy capable of 40 fantasy points at this price is a steal, regardless of the climate.

Pitts is the pivot off of Hock, too, while the Rams just might be worth that disgusting $5.1k salary.

Overall, this is a fine batch of NFL DFS picks for week eight. Ideally, my favorite plays can help you win some cash. Whether they can or not, you can always look to the best NFL betting sites and bet on these games individually.

There is more fantasy football goodness to be had, of course. If you prefer the season long grind, check out our week eight fantasy football guide below.

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Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at 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.

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