The bargain basement DFS plays are back for Week 8. Everyone knows to start Aaron Rodgers and Julio Jones most weeks. What can bring home the money in DFS is finding players who will produce at a lower salary but might not be on many lineup cards.
Here’s a look at some players in Week 8 who have low salaries but are worth considering for your rosters:
Alex Smith, Chiefs
If you can stomach watching Smith refuse to throw to Jeremy Maclin, he actually makes for a good start this week.
The Colts give up the eighth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Indianapolis’ defense allows an average of 291 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Matthew Stafford, Blake Bortles, Brian Hoyer, Brock Osweiler and Marcus Mariota all threw for multiple touchdown passes against the Colts defense.
It’s tough to trust Smith because the Chiefs rely so much on their running game but he has put up 17 and 18 DraftKings points in two of his last three games. Smith should throw for 250+ yards and a couple of scores against the generous Colts pass defense.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
Winston may be having a disappointing real world season but he’s still been delivering in fantasy football. He’s averaging just under 20 DK points for the year.
Winston has one of the best matchups on the board this week. The Raiders allow the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Oakland’s defense gives up an NFL-worst 308.6 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers have thrown for over 350 yards against the Raiders defense this season.
Winston has topped 15 fantasy points four times this year. He’s had a problem with turnovers but since the Buccaneers have put more emphasis on running the ball over the last two games, Winston has thrown four touchdowns and just one interception. He’s worth a look this week with a favorable matchup and low salary.
Latavius Murray, Raiders
Murray returned from a toe injury last week and brought some clarity to the Raiders backfield. He carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards and scored twice against the Jaguars.
Assuming the Raiders give Murray carries again this week, he’ll be a bargain at his $4,500 DK salary. The Buccaneers allow the eighth most fantasy points to running backs. Opposing running backs are averaging 93 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game against Tampa Bay’s defense.
Murray has only seen double-digit carries in a game three times this year, so volume is a concern. Hopefully last week is a sign of things to come because Murray does have five touchdowns on the season.
If Murray can get 15-18 touches versus the Bucs defense on Sunday, he should easily pay off for fantasy owners given his modest salary.
Devontae Booker, Broncos
Booker is the obvious play this week. C.J. Anderson is dealing with a knee injury and will miss significant time. Booker is now the Broncos clear-cut No. 1 back.
Against the Texans Monday night, Booker ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He’s now averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the season.
The Broncos leaned on Booker and Anderson against a Texans defense that struggles to stop the run. Denver has a similar matchup this week. The Chargers allow the sixth most fantasy points to running backs.
The last time the Broncos and Chargers played, Trevor Siemian threw the ball 50 times in a loss. Don’t expect a repeat performance. Booker should easily see 20 touches this week now that he’s the Broncos starter.
Needless to say, this is the last time you’ll be able to get Booker this cheap for the rest of the season.
Quincy Enunwa, Jets
Enunwa only caught two passes last week but one went for a 69-yard touchdown. He’s been targeted nine times and has five receptions in his last two games. Sounds like a thrilling play, huh?
There are a couple of things to like about Enunwa this week though. Ryan Fitzpatrick is back after getting benched for a game. Fitz wasn’t playing well but one thing he does do effectively is put up big numbers against bad defenses. He’s facing a bad defense this week.
The Browns give up the fifth most fantasy points to receivers. Cleveland’s defense allows an average of 11.7 receptions, 181.1 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers on 19.0 targets. Even Nelson Agholor, Chris Hogan, Rishard Matthews, Kendall Wright and Brandon LaFell have put up double-digit fantasy games against the Browns.
The Jets haven’t been the same since Eric Decker went down. One thing that’s hurt Fitzpatrick is he’s forcing the ball to Brandon Marshall. This is a perfect week for him to spread the ball around more against a defense that gives up receptions to secondary receivers. Look for Enunwa to see more targets versus the Browns.
J.J. Nelson, Cardinals
If you’re searching for a real sleeper this week, give Nelson a look.
John Brown (hamstring) is expected back this week but Michael Floyd (hamstring) is looking like he’ll miss Sunday’s game against the Panthers. With Jaron Brown out for the season, Nelson will serve as the Cardinals No. 3 receiver if Floyd can’t play. Last week with Brown out, Nelson caught 3-of-7 targets for 84 yards.
Nelson is facing a secondary that’s given up a lot of big plays this season. The Panthers are allowing the ninth most fantasy points to receivers. Carolina’s defense gives up an average of 12.5 receptions, 196.5 yards and 1.0 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers on 20.5 targets.
Nelson obvious isn’t going to be one of your top choices but if Floyd doesn’t suit up, he’s a solid punt play if you’re looking for a minimum salary receiver this week.
Cameron Brate, Buccaneers
Brate has put up a couple of stinkers since the Buccaneers have gone run-heavy over the last two games but he has a shot to break out of his slump this week.
Over his last two games, Brate has just four receptions for 67 yards on six targets. The Buccaneers don’t have much in the passing game other than Mike Evans right now. Brate is hard to trust every week but he does have a favorable matchup against the Raiders.
Oakland’s defense is giving up the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends. The Raiders have struggled to defend the tight end position for two years now. Opposing tight ends are averaging 5.0 receptions, 65.1 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game against the Raiders.
Evans is obviously the top player to stack with Winston but if you’re looking for a low-cost tight end, Brate is worth a shot this week as well. He should post his best numbers since Week 4.
The Panthers are still getting by on what they did last year. The Cardinals defense has a salary of $2,700 on DraftKings, despite the fact that Carolina has given up the third most fantasy points to team defenses.
Perhaps the Panthers turn it around after a bye week but the bottom line is opposing defenses average over 10 fantasy points against them so far this season. The Cardinals have scored 15, 12 and 8 DK points in their last three games.
Cam Newton is still a stud but he plays behind a weak offensive line. The Cardinals already have 20 sacks and haven’t allowed an opponent to score an offensive touchdown in 111 snaps. Arizona’s defense is the best play on the board this week under $3,000 at DraftKings.