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CASH: Aaron Rodgers ($7,600) vs. Vikings:
Rodgers and the Packers lit up the Vikings in Week 1 to the tune of 364 yards and four touchdowns, but his salary has jumped up quite a bit since then. He was $6,300 in Week 1 and is now the third-highest priced QB at $7,600 in Week 8. That costly price tag is a bit too rich for GPPs, but in cash games, it’s well worth paying up for the Packers’ passer. That’s especially true when considering that the Vikings have ruled out two of their starting defensive backs for this NFC North battle.
GPPs: Joe Burrow ($6,200) vs. Titans:
Cincy’s rookie QB has five 300-yard games in his young career, which is just one less than the QB record held by Andrew Luck. Burrow is coming off the best game of his career in which he threw for three touchdowns and also ran in a score in addition to a career-high 406 yards. The Titans’ defense has allowed six passing touchdowns in the past two games and with the over/under on DraftKings Sportsbook set at 51.5, we know points will be scored in bunches.
The Chiefs’ star quarterback gets all the well-deserved praise for his passing ability, but perhaps the one area of his game that is actually overlooked is his athleticism when scrambling. In seven games this year, Mahomes has rushed for more than 20 yards five times. The only games in which he didn’t have more than 20 yards on the ground came in games when he didn’t run at all. New York is allowing the eighth-most rushing yards to quarterbacks, including their most recent opponent in Josh Allen, who ran for 57 and 61 yards against the Jets in two matchups this season.
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CASH: Derrick Henry ($8,000) vs. Bengals:
The league’s leading rusher is averaging 22.6 DKFP per game and faces a Bengals run defense that has allowed at least 20 DKFP to opposing running backs in five of seven games this season. Look for the Titans’ rusher to have one of his notorious long runs that puts him over the 100-yard mark, earning your DFS roster a few bonus points as icing on the King Henry cake.
GPPs: Josh Jacobs ($6,200) vs. Browns:
The weather forecast looks sloppy and windy in Cleveland, which typically bodes well for running backs. Considering that the Browns’ defense has allowed 112 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns to running backs in their past three outings, this has the makings of Jacobs having his best game of the year.
The expected game script for the Chiefs’ matchup against the Jets is less passing and more rushing in the second half. Favored by over 19 points, the assumption is Kansas City will be up by plenty heading into the third and fourth quarters. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mahomes gets to rest for most of the fourth quarter (I still like the OVER on his rushing yards). Combine the big lead we expect the Chiefs to have with the revenge factor of Bell facing the team that just cut him two weeks ago, and we are all over the OVER on Bell’s rushing yards.
CASH: Davante Adams ($8,800) vs. Vikings:
We already mentioned the Vikings will be without two of their starting DBs against the Packers and while Adams, like his quarterback, is expensive, it’s worth paying top dollar for the guaranteed production. With 26 targets in his past two games, it is clear Adams has fully recovered from the injury that kept him out for a few games at the beginning of the year. Remember those four touchdowns that Rodgers threw against the Vikings in Week 1 which we talked about above? Adams caught two of them and finished the game with 14 catches for 156 yards and 44.6 DKFP!
GPPs: Tee Higgins ($5,600) vs. Titans:
We were about to claim Tyler Boyd as our WR GPP play but then we saw that Higgins is $1,000 cheaper. The truth is we like both of the Bengals’ receivers (no, not you A.J. Green) along with Joe Burrow in a game stack but if choosing just one, we’ll save the grand and roster Higgins. The rookie has really elevated his game in the past few weeks with 18 and 21 DKFP and yet his salary still hasn’t caught up with his level of production.
The Jets will have to pass fast, quick and in a hurry in order to keep up with the Chiefs, who are favored by 19.5 points on DraftKings Sportsbook. With Jamison Crowder likely out and Breshard Perriman already ruled inactive, Mims is suddenly New York’s top receiving threat. He was active for the first time last week and led the team with 42 yards on four receptions. With the lack of options in the passing attack, Mims could see double-digit targets against Kansas City and should breeze past the 3.5 reception line.
CASH: George Kittle ($7,000) vs. Seahawks:
According to DraftKings SportsBook, the 49ers-Seahawks tilt is projected to be the highest-scoring game of the week (O/U 54). With Deebo Samuel out, Kittle is left as the only consistent playmaker for Jimmy Garoppolo to target. Kittle is expensive (the highest-priced tight end), but given the high O/U and the lack of options for Jimmy G, Kittle should get plenty of opportunities to generate plenty of fantasy points. Sure, one could argue the Seahawks allow the third-fewest DKFP to the TE position. But when factoring in the tight ends the Seahawks have faced (Hayden Hurst, Dalton Schultz, Mike Gesicki, Kyle Rudolph and Dan Arnold), it’s no surprise why they’ve given up minimal points to the position.
GPPs: Trey Burton ($3,500) vs. Lions:
Since returning from injury in Week 4, Burton has seen 15 targets in three games and caught 11 of those opportunities. Maybe that’s not that thrilling. But take a look at his DKFP total in Week 6 when he scored twice and picked up 58 yards. The Colts are in need of a versatile playmaker in their passing attack and Burton provides that versatility. Fresh off their bye week, look for head coach Frank Reich to dial up some creative ways to get his talented tight end involved in the Colts’ game plan.
Take everything you just read regarding putting Burton in your GPP lineups and apply it here. Before the Colts’ bye week, Burton caught five passes in Week 5 and then four passes in Week 6. Meanwhile, tight ends facing the Lions are averaging 4.6 catches per game. With Mo Allie-Cox looking like he’s on the wrong side of questionable, we are double-dipping with Burton in our GPPs and player props.
Good luck in Week 8!
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