The Week 8 DFS Building Blocks are here for your leisure reading as you build your lineups this Sunday morning. There’s a lot to unpack on this slate with weather concerns, heavy chalk plays, and numerous injuries that could dictate the slate. Below are my five favorite pieces to build around for main slate lineups. I have a video out of my DFS Top Low-Owned plays that I’ll be looking to combine with these five in hopes of taking down some tournaments this weekend. Let’s get it – and hope to see you guys a-top the leaderboards!
Price: $5400 on DraftKings, $7100 on FanDuel
If you’ve followed along with any of my content, I appreciate you. No, but really if that is the case you know how much you love targeting quarterbacks with a narrow distribution of targets. Guys like Joe Burrow, Russ Wilson, and Ryan Tannehill are firmly in play for me this week due to not having to do much guesswork of where their production is coming from. Here’s another guy in Jimmy Garroppolo who will be without his No. 1 wideout in Deebo Samuel. San Francisco is also dealing with injuries to their backfield so this could be a Jimmy G game going against Seattle.
Seattle has been a gold mine to use quarterbacks against week after week in the 2020 season. This firmly cemented his place in the Week 8 DFS Building Blocks piece. …. If you’re just box score and game log watching, sure there’s may not be much to get excited about here. But this is arguably the best matchup Jimmy G will have all year and he’s priced like a bum on DraftKings. Jimmy G builds allow you to play “all the guys” so don’t be afraid to fire up the late hammer on GQ Jimmy this week.
Price: $6900 on DraftKings, $8200 on FanDuel
I can’t get away from Kareem Hunt this week. He should be printing money for everyone on Sunday. I still don’t feel like DraftKings has adjusted to the role that Hunt is seeing with Nick Chubb out. He checks the boxes of being on a team that is a home favorite and the volume is absolutely salivating. He’s coming off a game versus Cincinnati where he received 90 percent of the running back snaps. D’Earnest Johnson was only able to spell him for one carry. Hunt is Cleveland’s man for now, and he’s giving them their best chance to win this game with Beckham out.
The Raiders actually have held opposing backfields to pretty pedestrian numbers on the ground, but they’ve allowed eight rushing touchdowns on the year. They’ve also allowed the third-most targets to backs and the second-most yards through the air to opposing backs (380!), That type of production they’re allowing is why they give up the second-most DraftKings and FanDuel points to the position. There’s no need to overthink the play of Hunt this week. Let him shoot you up the leaderboards on your builds.
Price: $6100 on DraftKings, $7000 on FanDuel
Yet another week where we will get Jamaal Williams as the lead back in Green Bay. This play here has little to do with the matchup here and more so for the role, Williams is inheriting when Aaron Jones is out. Last week we saw this come to fruition with Williams seeing 89 percent of the snaps (55/69) with rookie RB AJ Dillion seeing only 14 snaps – good for five carries and 11 yards. Now I will say, last week versus Houston against that run defense, indoors, was such a better matchup. But even then you’re looking at
You also have to love that Williams has a legit receiving role in this offense. He has 19 targets on the year and saw five last week with the backfield basically to himself. No other back saw a target last week. If we look back on Week 1, when these teams first met on the season, Green Bay running backs saw a whopping 39 (!) total opportunities. We may not see that again here, but the weather in Green Bay for Sunday looks to be wet and windy. If Williams seeing close to 90 percent of the snaps and we can reasonably project him for a minimum of 20 opportunities, he is in a phenomenal spot to pay off his price tag on both sites this week.
Price: $4500 on DraftKings, $5800 on FanDuel
AJ Green is back. Or has he never really left? The targets have consistently been there – Green has the 12th-most targets with 58. That ties him with Tyler Lockett and is more than Travis Kelce, Julio Jones, and Alvin Kamara. This kind of volume is what we are accustomed to seeing from the all-pro talent, it’s just coming on late. It isn’t helping his cause for fantasy purposes that he has yet to find pay dirt as we near the halfway point of the season. Still, 15 receptions for 178 yards on 24 targets the past two weeks is nothing to sneeze at and shouldn’t be ignored.
Green comes in at the 27th WR on FanDuel and the 37th WR on DraftKings which makes absolutely no sense to me. This slate has limited value that we can really feel good about and project with a reasonable floor. Salary spent is going to be extremely important this week and Green offers the relief your lineups will need. The Bengals have the fifth-highest wide receiver target share so you need to be considering one of these wideouts in every lineup you build this week, especially in lineups that include Derrick Henry. AJ Green comes in as this week’s Week 8 DFS Building Blocks cover man.
Price: $5600 on DraftKings, $6800 on FanDuel
Lastly, we land on Darren Waller for the final spot in the Week 8 DFS Building Blocks. The talk of the slate on Sunday will be weather – and this game presents yet another situation with high gusts of wind that will lead to lower ownership. While I agree we should temper expectations of what this game would be in neutral weather, Waller is too good to pass up on here. He should be relied on early and often to move the chains with his mediocre yards per target 6.2.
The matchup stands out here, too. Cleveland been middle-of-the-pack versus tight ends but has allowed the fifth-most targets and sixth-most receptions to the position. Waller is second to Kelce in both targets and receptions at the position. Production comes in bunches for Waller and with the dominant RedZone role Waller has on the team, it’s hard to see Waller letting down in this spot. Rich Hribar had a stat on Sharp Football that the Cleveland Browns are allowing 13 RZ plays per game and that’s all I needed to see to solidify Waller here. The weather wasn’t factored in heavily when these prices were set on players earlier in the week, and despite the weather, Waller should pay off his volume with ease on Sunday.
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