Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 8

Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 8

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Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 8

One of the most frustrating parts of DFS is not being able to fit all of your star players under the designated salary. Each week The Huddle will look at several value picks and sleepers at each position that could help you free up some valuable cap space for the studs you want to play.

MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, TITANS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $7500 12.5% 14.6%
DraftKings $5900 11.8% 15.2%

Mariota and the Titans face a soft Jacksonville defense that has the 17th best defense against quarterbacks. This week The Huddle has Mariota logging 230 through the air with 2 passing TDs and getting 30 on the ground. Last week Carr put up 200 and a TD vs. the Jaguars, but we’re expecting big things from the division rivalry on Thursday Night Football. Last week Mariota was able to put up 232 through the air for 2 TDs, and he has thrown for 8 total over the past three weeks. Additionally, his legs will give him an edge against a defense that struggled containing Latavius Murray and the Raiders’ run game last week.

JAMEIS WINSTON, QB, BUCCANEERS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $7400 12.3% 14.6%
DraftKings $5700 11.4% 15.2%

Since the Bucs have started leaning on Rodgers at running back, Winston has excelled tremendously in the passing game. Sunday sets the stage for another productive outing from Winston, against the Oakland Raiders defense that is giving up the 5th most points to opposing quarterbacks. Last week Winston threw for 269 yards with 3 TDs and an interception. He’s not running as expensive as Aaron Rodgers, but could have equally productive numbers for a lesser price tag. I like Winston a lot in tournaments and Draft Kings leagues this week.

Other Considerations:  Ryan Fitzpatrick is back! I mean, he was benched, but now he’s back. But really just because the Jets don’t have any other choice. That being said, the Jets are playing the Browns this week which usually means good things for everyone… except the Browns. For the time being, Fitzpatrick’s price tag is going to stay low – but he will continue to have an assortment of weapons that make him an appealing sleeper in DFS leagues. We’ve seen his ceiling – which isn’t bad. So hopefully he hits it in a tournament you can gamble on.

DEVONTAE BOOKER, RB, BRONCOS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5600 9.3% 14.5%
DraftKings $3700 7.4% 15.4%

CJ Anderson is expected to miss this week with a knee injury, which puts Booker into the starting lineup at a great price. The 9.3%/7.4% are very comfortable RB2 price tags with RB1 upside. The Chargers are one of the worst teams defending the run, and Booker should have a field day. The Huddle’s official projection is 100 yards for a TD, with 3 more catches for 20 yards, but it isn’t crazy to think he could post an additional touchdown. The price tag will inevitably catch up with him after this week’s game, and he could be looking at 10-12% next week against Oakland in Week 9. Take advantage of it now!

THEO RIDDICK, RB, LIONS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5900 9.8% 14.5%
DraftKings $5000 10% 15.4%

Riddick is still listed as questionable, but looks expected to play on Sunday against a Houston defense that made CJ Anderson and Devonate Booker look great. While Detroit’s backfield has started to look a little crowded, if Riddick plays he is the clear frontrunner. Owners should anticipate 100+ yards for at least a touchdown with a handful of catches as well. At 9-10% of your salary he is a bit more of a sure thing than Booker but a little more costly. He is a risky RB1, but a great RB2 with upside on Sunday.

Other Considerations:  Matt Asiata continues to get the goal line carries for the Vikings. He has a cheaper price tag this week, and could look at 85+ yards for at least a TD, with an additional TD if it’s an exceptional game.

RUSSELL SHEPARD, WR, BUCANNEERS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $4500 7.5% 15.3%
DraftKings $3300 6.6% 19.2%

Shepard has answered the call at WR2 for the Bucs, and at the perfect time when facing the Oakland’s secondary. The Raiders spent the week in Florida to try and cut down on jet lag, but that shouldn’t strengthen their secondary more than what we’re used to seeing. Last week, Marqise Lee was able to post 7 grabs for 107 yards against the Raiders secondary while they were occupied with Allen Robinson; this week the Raiders will be focused on Mike Evans which should allow Shepard to post some WR1 numbers at just over 1/3 of the cost.

BRANDON LAFELL, WR, BENGALS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $6000 10% 15.3%
DraftKings $4300 8.6% 19.2%

LaFell has quietly filled the void left by Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, putting up 27 catches for 372 yards and 4 TDs. Last week against the Browns he grabbed 4 balls for 83 yards and a TD. This week the Bengals face a Washington defense that will have their hands full with AJ Green, opening LaFell up for consistent yardage on his 5-6 targets per game. The price tag this week makes him a solid candidate to fill your WR2 slot, but I like the upside against Washington’s secondary that has struggled, outside of Josh Norman. Norman is slated to play on Sunday, but LaFell will only see him on a limited basis.

MARQISE LEE, WR, JAGUARS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $4500 7.5% 15.3%
DraftKings $3300 6.6% 19.2%

It appears Lee has surpassed Hurns as the WR2 from a production standpoint, and he has averaged at least seven targets a game over the past five weeks. While he has yet to find the end zone for the Jaguars, this week against the Titans on Thursday Night Football, clad in their mustard yellow jerseys, could be the week. The Titans are dead middle on points allowed to wide receivers, and The Huddle is anticipating a 6 catch, 80-yard night for Lee. I like Lee a lot this week as a WR3 that could post some high end WR2 numbers of the chips fall in his favor. Blake Bortles has struggled to find a groove the past few weeks, and Lee could be exactly what he needs to get Jacksonville going.

COBY FLEENER, TE, SAINTS

Website Cost % of Cap #1’s % of Cap
FanDuel $5700 9.5% 13.5%
DraftKings $3400 6.8% 14%

A favorite early on in the season, Fleener has been inconsistent so far. The price tag in Fan Duel is just a little too high for a value pick, but in Draft Kings he hits just about right. Since coming out of the bye, Fleener has had 9 catches for over 100 yards and a TD in two games. This week he faces a stout Seattle Seahawks defense, but could serve as a valuable scapegoat for Brees in the passing game. Seattle held Jacob Tamme in check two weeks ago, but if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative than Gronk – take a flier on Fleener. The Huddle is projecting 5 catches for 70 yards and a TD, at 2/3 Gronk money.

Other Considerations: C.J. Fiedorowicz faces a Detroit Lions defense that is one of the absolute worst in covering TEs. His price tag is extremely low this week ($4900 FD/$2800 DK) and he has received 22 targets over the past three weeks 180 yards and a TD. Great low risk, high reward candidate for Week 8.

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