Week 8 DraftKings Quarterback Plays
Cash Games QB #1 – Andy Dalton ($5,700)
The Red Rifle gets perhaps his best matchup all season this week but DraftKings has him priced at his cheapest since week 3. Coming off a bad loss at Pittsburgh, Dalton and the Bengals are looking to rebound in a big way this weekend. Rightfully a 10.5-point favorite against the hapless Colts, Cincinnati has an implied team total of 26 points, one of the highest in the NFL in week 8. The Colts defense is 28th in the league in QB points given up and Dalton badly needs a big game to get back on track and gain some momentum for a playoff spot. The 14th-most expensive QB just for the Sunday morning/afternoon slate, Dalton has a good chance to be the highest-owned QB this week in cash games. Because of that, going against the grain in this situation would not be a great idea. Let others in your 50/50s and double-ups spend big money on the top QBs. Dalton gives you a very high floor and ceiling this week at a cheap price. This is a no brainer. Personally, I am playing Dalton, Mixon, Green, and Kroft in my big money 50/50s and have no shame in that.
Cash Games QB #2 – Philip Rivers ($6,300)
Just $600 more than Dalton is the other undoubtedly high-owned QB, Philip Rivers. He gets the Patriots and their league-worst pass defense this week. The Chargers are a 7.5-point underdog and the total of this game is 48.5, so this could be a garbage time, stat-padding special for Rivers. Because of this, a Rivers/Keenan Allen stack would be highly recommended, even in cash games. A victim of game flow last week against Denver, I expect Rivers’ numbers to be similar to his Week 4 performance versus the Eagles (347 yards and 2 TDs, 23.88 DraftKings points) — a game where he needed to pass the ball to keep up with Wentz, and, foreshadowing to this week, a game the Chargers ultimately lost.
GPP QB – Russell Wilson ($6,500)
Wilson is capable of putting up huge performances this season — evidenced by his three games of more than 29 fantasy points. Houston’s defense is a shell of its former self and Wilson has been hearing all week that Deshaun Watson is the new sheriff in town. The next Russell Wilson? Look for Wilson to put the rookie in his place with a huge game on Sunday, especially if this becomes a shootout (the total of 45.5 is an unusually high amount for a game in Seattle). From a GPP standpoint, Wilson will be somewhat contrarian when Wentz, Brady, Prescott, Dalton, and Rivers all have nice matchups and/or are the talk of sports talk radio this week. I will be taking Seattle to cover the -5.5 as well; this should be a statement type of game for the Seahawks.
QB To Avoid – Carson Wentz ($7,200)
Wentz just had his best game of his career on national television, so the urge to roll with him against a soft 49ers defense will be real high for many people this week. Will the Eagles even need to pass in the second half? Wentz has gotten more expensive on DraftKings every week this season, and while he will definitely put up good numbers this week, will he put up elite numbers? Resist this trap. He’s the third-most expensive QB this week and is likely to fall well below that ranking in Week 8.