Week 8 is upon us, and there are a couple of games that jump off the page from a points standpoint. Beyond those contests, there are some, dare I say, potentially low scoring affairs in a season where points have been thrown up left and right. This week's main slate features 11 games, and there are plenty of exciting contests to dive into on DraftKings. Let's look into what stacks to build around in GPP contests!
Las Vegas Raiders
- QB Derek Carr (DK $5,500)
- TE Darren Waller (DK $5,600)
- WR Henry Ruggs (DK $4,900)
The Cleveland Browns have been very strong against the run this season, allowing the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game, which could spell difficulty for Josh Jacobs (DK $6,200). However, the Browns' pass defense has been very weak, allowing 288 passing yards per game, ranking 30th. Carr has been great this season, especially of late, with multiple touchdowns in each of his last five games (12 total) while throwing just two interceptions over that span. Carr is also fifth in adjusted air yards per attempt, so he's not just dinking and dunking the ball down the field.
Tight end Darren Waller might as well be considered as a big-bodied wide receiver at this point with the volume he sees, specifically in this offense. Waller sees a 27.6 percent target share, including 10 red-zone targets, and leads all tight ends in receptions. In a tough matchup last week against the Buccaneers, Waller was pedestrian for his standards, although he did get into the end zone. In an easier matchup this week, I'm expecting a big effort.
When the Raiders drafted Henry Ruggs in the first round this season, they knew that they were getting a speedster with all of the promise in the world. However, Ruggs has been banged up a bit early, but the upside is there now that he looks to be completely healthy. The Browns have allowed the second-most DraftKings points per game against wide receivers over the past four weeks. I prefer the upside of Ruggs at (DK $4,900) over the mediocre smoke-in-mirrors production that we've seen from Nelson Agholor (DK $4,700) over the past three weeks.
Run it Back: RB Kareem Hunt (DK $6,900)
With Nick Chubb still out, Hunt has been great after everyone ran to pick up D'Ernest Johnson a few weeks back. Game script hasn't mattered for Hunt, who is strong in both the run and pass game with two receiving touchdowns in his last three games. Overall, Hunt has at least 15 touches in each of the past three games, and Oakland allows 120 rushing yards per game this season. Hunt was a popular running back last week and should be once again in Week 8.
- QB Joe Burrow (DK $6,200)
- WR Tyler Boyd (DK $6,600)
- WR Tee Higgins (DK $5,600)
The Bengals look to have their man under center for the next number of years in Joe Burrow. All they need now is to build an offensive line so the guy doesn't get killed. Still, under siege all year long, Burrow has some numbers that jump off the page:
- 46 pass attempts per game (second-most)
- 42 red zone pass attempts (third)
- 2431 air yards (third)
- 31 deep ball attempts (sixth)
The numbers above don't paint the entire picture for Burrow as he is still a rookie and has made some mistakes while again, being under pressure more often than not. Nonetheless, this is a great matchup against a Titans secondary that can't run or cover anyone. That's a problem. Tennessee is allowing 287 passing yards per game over the last four weeks, and cornerbacks Malcolm Butler, Jonathan Joseph, and Chris Jackson have been eaten alive playing a part in wide receivers compiling the most DraftKings points against the Titans over the past four weeks.
Speaking of wide receivers, Tyler Boyd has been great out of the slot this season, seeing a 21 percent target share, with nine red-zone targets, 48 receptions. Chris Jackson, the slot corner for the Titans, has allowed 16 receptions on 20 attempts with a touchdown and a 115.4 passer rating against.
Clemson product Tee Higgins has come on as of late and is cementing himself as the number two receiving option for the Bengals. Higgins has at least five targets in six straight games and has eclipsed 60 receiving yards in each of his last four games. Whether he sees Jonathan Joseph or Malcolm Butler, there will be a mismatch that Higgins will be able to exploit all game long, and he comes at an excellent value of $5,600.
Run it Back: WR A.J. Brown (DK $6,900)
The Titans' top pass-catching option is Brown, and given how much the Titans defense has struggled, Brown will be leaned on to make plays as he has the past three weeks. Since returning from injury, Brown has 24 targets, 18 receptions, 293 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. One could argue that Derrick Henry should be the player to lean on in this spot, but quietly the Bengals have been solid against the run, specifically not allowing a rushing touchdown over the last four weeks. Of course, Henry is also pricey at $8,000, making Brown that much more attractive for me.
- QB Lamar Jackson (DK $7,400)
- TE Mark Andrews (DK $5,800)
- WR Marquise Brown (DK $6,100)
The Ravens' offense has not been running on all cylinders to this point, and that starts with Lamar Jackson. Jackson hasn't reached 200 yards passing in any of his last four games. Furthermore, Jackson hasn't been running as much as he did last season until their last game when he compiled 108 yards on the ground. Now, coming out of a bye week, I'm expecting the Ravens, who return much of the talent they had last season, to bounce back and put their best foot forward as there is room for improvement. Jackson is fourth in air yards and sixth in red zone completion. We know that there is immense upside with him, and in a tough matchup against the Steelers, the Ravens will be overlooked.
Mark Andrews was a stud last season and Jackson's top target, but he, too, is off to a slow start. Andrews is still seeing 24 percent of the target share while lining up in the slot 31 percent of the time and has seen eight red-zone targets. He's had some trouble with drops, but that's something that can be, and I expect it will be corrected. Andrews is fifth among tight ends in air yards, so the opportunities are there.
Speaking of opportunities, the Marquise Brown monster game is coming sooner than later. It could be when least expected, like potentially this week in a matchup with Joe Haden, who is still a very good cornerback but is susceptible to the big play at this stage of his career. Brown is ninth among wide receivers in air yards (668), has seen 16 deep targets, 44 percent of the Ravens' air yards share, and averages the 11th-best target separation in the league.
Run it Back: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (DK $5,400)
JuJu saw 14 targets last week, the most he's seen all season, and they resulted in nine receptions for 85 yards. The Ravens secondary is legit; there's no question about it. However, JuJu, who lines up in the slot 81 percent of the time, will see Jimmy Smith and maybe some Marlon Humphrey in there and likely avoid Marcus Peters. Smith and Humphrey aren't exactly a walk in the park, mind you, but JuJu has had success against the AFC North rival before. In three of his last four games against Baltimore, JuJu has eclipsed 60 receiving yards. I can't see the Steelers having much success running the ball while I also don't expect Ben Roethlisberger to get the ball to the outside to Diontae Johnson or Chase Claypool. Smith-Schuster out of the slot to intermediate seems to be the best way to attack this stingy Ravens defense.
Green Bay Packers: QB Aaron Rodgers (DK $7,600), WR Davante Adams (DK $8,800), TE Robert Tonyan (DK $4,300)
Run it back: WR Justin Jefferson (DK $6,500)
Los Angeles Chargers: QB Justin Herbert (DK $6,900), WR Keenan Allen (DK $6,200), WR Mike Williams (DK $4,400)
Run it back: WR Jerry Jeudy (DK $4,800)
Week 8 is upon us, and there are a couple of games that jump off the page from a points standpoint. Beyond those contests, there are some, dare I say, potentially low scoring affairs in a season where points have been thrown up left and right. This week's main slate features 11 games, and there are plenty of exciting contests to dive into on DraftKings. Let's look into what stacks to build around in GPP contests! Subscribe for full article
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