* The Song I am ALL IN on this Week: (Never Back Down - No Resolve) *
I want to change things up a bit this week in terms of my All In Plays. This week instead of breaking down two players from each position, I want to share the line up I'm firing up this week in Draftkings cash games, minus the defense.
Derek Carr ($5,500): I was high on Carr this off season as I felt he would return to that MVP caliber player we saw before the Colts snapped his leg in two at the end of 2016. Through the first 6 games the Raiders played I have been right. Carr has been a solid fantasy QB for those streaming and going cheap at the position for DFS. This week I am going with Carr as my QB in DFS, as he is criminally cheap, especially because he projects as a top 8 play this week at the position. The Browns are allowing the seventh most fantasy points per game to the position(22.8) which I fully believe will be Carr's floor this week. I am very high on Ruggs this week and believe he goes off again like we saw against KC, which means Carr should see fantasy points near his ceiling.
*Other QB'S I'm ALL IN on for week 8: Joe Burrow($6,200), Ryan Tannehill($6,800), Carson Wentz($6,200), Jared Goff($6,500), Aaron Rodgers($7,600), Patrick Mahomes($8,100)
Derrick Henry ($8,000): Henry goes from the toughest matchup for running backs to one of the best in a blink of an eye. Cincy is very generous to opposing rushers allowing the fifth most fantasy points per game to the position. This Cincy defensive front also just lost their best piece on the D-Line in Carlos Dunlap who was traded to Seattle earlier this week. This bodes well for Henry and his 2nd best 25.48 fantasy points per game average this week. I am throwing Henry in every line up I can this week.
Kareem Hunt ($6,900): Hunt's time as the featured back of the Browns is almost about out of time, as Chubb will be returning very soon. However, we are going to continue to use Hunt until that time comes, especially this week. Week eight has Hunt taking on the Raiders which is the best matchup for running backs. Hunt has been solid this season as he has already found the end zone seven times. Hunt has also found solid production over the past four weeks, putting up 18+ fantasy points in three games over that span. Like Henry above I am firing Hunt up everywhere I can this week.
Jonathan Taylor ($6,600): Since week three Taylor has been heading in the right direction in terms of usage, as each week his touches and opportunities have been on the rise. We hope that old Frank and company has had time to realize during their bye that Taylor is their best offensive weapon and one in which they need to ride. I am hopeful he did and the near 60% usage Taylor saw in week six continues into week eight. If it does Taylor is set up for an absolute huge game potentially, as the Colts are set to take on the Lions. Detroit has allowed the fourth most rushing yards per game to the running back position through their first six games. Taylor is coming off back to back games of 15+ fantasy points and that streak should continue in week eight. Taylor is a top play at the position this week, and I wouldn't be shocked if he has his best outing of the season.
Other RB'S I'm ALL IN on for week 8: Boston Scott($6,000), CEH($6,500), D'Andre Swift($5,300), Le'Veon Bell($4,600)
Tyreek Hill ($6,700): I picked on the Jets in this spot last week and they made me look like a fool, as Stefon Diggs barely just cracked double digit fantasy points. Its not like the Jets clamped down on Diggs, Allen just continued his downward slide which cost Diggs. This week Hill finds himself in the same spot, but he is set up for a better chance at success seeing how his quarterback is one of, if not, the leagues best in Mahomes. The Jets are allowing the tenth most fantasy points per game which sets up well for a Hill blow up game, which we haven't really seen yet. Hill has put up fifteen or more fantasy points in six of the seven games played so this tells me that big game is looming, and I feel it could come this week.
Tee Higgins ($5,600): I went to his well last week and he paid off once again. Through the first seven weeks of the season, Higgins has been one of, if not the single most consistent rookie wide out week in and week out. Higgins is currently riding a four game streak where he has caught four or more receptions. Higgins has also gone over 70 yards receiving in three of the last four games. This week Higgins gets a Tennessee defense that has allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to the wide out position. With that said I like his good production to continue.
Donovan Peoples-Jones ($3,800): Many are going to be all over Rashard Higgins this week, who was one of the most added players off waivers this week after OBJ suffered a season ending knee injury. While I agree with the notion that Higgins is the wide out to target too fill OBJ's role for the rest of the season, I don't agree with the notion that he is the best Browns wide out to target for DFS this week. Yes, Landry is the preferred Brown wide out, but he's dealing with that nagging rib injury and a higher price tag which I can't make work in my line up. So I go with the next best play to take advantage of this juicy Raiders matchup and that is the rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones. The thing I found interesting after OBJ went down last week was Peoples-Jones led the team in air yards, which sets up well this week against these young corners of Vegas. Peoples-Jones scored last week and I'm liking the odds he does it again this week at home.
*Other WR'S I'm ALL IN on for week 8: Davante Adams($8,800), A.J. Brown($6,900), Copper Kupp($6,500), Marquise Brown($6,100), Brandon Aiyuk($5,800), Scotty Miller($4,000), Henry Ruggs III ($4,900)*
Jonnu Smith ($4,100): Last week Jonnu let his fantasy owners down with yet another single digit fantasy week. When looking at that game film it isn't hard to see why. Jonnu Smith was asked to stay attached to the line to help block that ferocious defensive front of Pittsburgh. This week that will not be the case as the Bengals are the next team the one loss Titans are set to face. Last week this defense gave up not one, not two, but three passing TD's to the position, Harrison Bryant(2) and David Njoku(1). Jonnu has five touchdown receptions on the season, which is tied with the likes of Kelce, Andrews, and Tonyan for the most at the position. I like Jonnu to get back on track this week as he will not be asked to stay in to block, as the Bengals have essentially zero pass rush to contend with.
*Other TE'S I'm ALL IN on for week 8: Jimmy Graham($4,600), Mike Gesicki($4,900), Jared Cook($4,400), Harrison Bryant($3,200)*