The NFL is always giving us some crazy outcomes, results and stats. It’s the nature of the game. But there’s a very interesting stat that I heard this week regarding the 2018 Fantasy GOAT, Todd Gurley. So far this season, Gurley has scored 88 real-world points (14 touchdowns and two-2 point conversions). That’s impressive by itself, but more impressive is that he has scored more total points than the entire Buffalo Bills season (81) and found the end zone more than eight teams. He’s on a crazy scoring spree and the best part is that’s completely sustainable.
Gurley won’t be slowing down, but there are still a lot of other great options for you to consider in your PlayON Daily Fantasy NFL lineups in Week 8. Let’s take a look.
PlayON PICK OF THE WEEK
Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos ($9.1M)
Lindsay has been a true breakout star this year after falling to the Broncos as an undrafted rookie. He’s taken over the majority of the backfield shares and almost all of the pass catching from the position. And he’s in line to up that workload this weekend against the Chiefs. Royce Freeman suffered an ankle injury last week and is a questionable listing this week.
The kid is averaging 62 yards rushing per game and will see that drastically improve against a defense allowing 118 yards a week and 5.1 yards per carry. The game script suits the running back priced at a discount in Week 8.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings ($12M)
Throw your hand up if you’re growing tired of me talking about how bad the Saints pass defence is. Here’s the thing though: it doesn’t matter. Because them being bad means good things for your DFS team. And ready to exploit that weakness in a primetime affair is one of this year’s best passers.
The Saints are allowing 294 pass yards a game and a 69% completion rate, while Kirk is averaging 308 yards on 70% completions. The Saints have intercepted just 2 passes this season and Kirk has thrown just three of his own. And he has the added bonus of throwing the ball to Mr 100, Adam Thielen.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers ($12.2M)
Winston has not been shy about throwing the ball around since his return from suspension. In just three games he has attempted 113 passes, connecting on 78 of them (69%) for 905 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Honestly, that last stat isn’t ideal, but he has been easing into the season. Winston returned for one game before the Bucs bye and then in the two games following that break, he’s thrown 760 yards (380 per), four touchdowns, four picks and rushed for 84 yards and a score.
All considered, Winston has a very solid floor. He also has an impressive ceiling, which gets helped further by the matchup with the Bengals. So far this year, the teams allowing the most 300+ yard games to an opposing quarterback are the Falcons (bye), Bengals and Bucs, all with 5 each. This also pits Andy Dalton as a solid play. (Another crazy stat: the same Buffalo Bills from above, are the only team in the league NOT to allow a 300-yard passer).
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts ($12.6M) vs. Raiders, Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals ($11.6M) vs. Buccaneers
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals ($12.4M)
It’s no secret that DJ has been a huge disappointment in 2018. And especially against a poor run defence like Denver last week, when Johnson had 39 rush yards and another 31 receiving. Thing is, your team won’t rush a whole bunch when they’re down four touchdowns after one quarter.
The horrible offensive play has led to an offensive coordinator change and an admission from the coaches that DJ needs more work. Good news, the 49ers are next up and they don’t fare to well when it comes to stopping the run. DJ had 71 total yards and 2 touchdowns against the division foes in week 5 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat here. After all, they did just give up 128 yards and 2 scores to Gurley and Malcolm Brown last week, on only 28 attempts.
James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers ($14.8M)
Le’Veon Bell is still nowhere to be seen for the Steelers, which means Conner will get at least one more week in a true bell cow role. So, ring-a-ding-ding. Yep, that was weird.
This kid had back to back 100+ yard rushing games to go with his four rushing touchdowns as the Steelers went into the bye. Coming out the other side, and he gets to see the Cleveland Browns, who he torched for 192 total yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. And then the Browns have gone on to allow 134.7 rushing yards per game and 10 rushing scores. So, tell me, where exactly is the part where I don’t start this guy?
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers ($6.5M) vs. Cardinals, Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions ($9.5M) vs. Seahawks
John Brown, Baltimore Ravens ($10.6M)
I’m a big John Brown fan and it’s awesome to see him living up to his potential. For those that don’t know, this is a dude who has battled a sickle cell trait his entire career. Now, in his first year as a Raven, it appears that he’s finally healthy and showing everyone what he’s capable of.
Brown is averaging 84 receiving yards a contest and has found pay dirt four times in 2018. Last week, he had 134 yards and a score against the Saints. The Panthers are a tough ask but in the past few games they have let NFL East opponents Alshon Jeffery (88 yards/1 TD), Paul Richardson (31 yards/1 TD) and OBJ (131 yards/1 TD) to have productive days as the lead wide receiver.
Robby Anderson, New York Jets ($7.8M)
Even against a tough Bears defense, Anderson has huge upside because the Jets are extremely thin at receiver. New York cut Terrelle Pryor this week and Qunicy Enunwa remains out with an ankle injury.
Anderson is the best option Sam Darnold has left and he’s also becoming the favourite. Darnold targeted him 10 times against the Vikings last week, albeit only connecting on 3. And then there was the 123 yards and two touchdowns he had against the Broncos. That’s closer to what I would expect with the amount of targets he is likely to see. He just needs to catch them.
Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins ($6.6M) vs. Giants, Robert Woods, LA Rams ($12.5M) vs. Packers
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs ($12.2M)
Kelce is one of the top two options at a very shallow position and playing in one of the top offenses in football. He has the most explosive young quarterback this season throwing him the ball, and plenty of teammates to take the focus of defences off the big man.
The Denver Broncos are a pretty solid defensive side but have been allowing targets to tight ends while focusing on stopping the other areas of the offense. The last two games have seen four targets each go to the opposing tight end. And then there’s also the 78 yards and a touchdown Kelce had on them in week 4.
O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($6.9M)
The MCL hasn’t hindered the big whatsoever. Since hurting himself, and then the week off for the bye, O.J. has returned games of 62 and 67 yards respectively with 1 touchdown. And he’s not even Winston’s favourite target. That honour falls to Brate historically.
But this isn’t really about him. It’s about the Bengals and their terrible defence. I mentioned it earlier with the quarterback position but the same goes for tight ends. They allow big yards to the big men. The last two games the starting TE has averaged 81.5 yards a game, mostly to the man mentioned above here, but also to Vance MacDonald. Stack him with Winston and don’t look back.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals ($6.1M) vs. Buccaneers, George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers ($9.8M) vs. Cardinals
Baltimore Ravens ($6.3M)
The Ravens defence to stack with Brown. I’m not too concerned with the Panthers offense here. Baltimore kept Drew Brees and co. to only 205 yards passing last week and only lost the game due to Justin Tucker’s first career extra point miss. He’s been playing for seven years.
The Ravens rank first in total yards allowed per week (280), 2nd in pass yards allowed per week (190) and 7th in rush yards (90). They are an elite unit and shouldn’t have a problem containing Cam Newton.
Indianapolis Colts ($5M)
No Marshawn Lynch (IR). No Amari Cooper (traded to Dallas). No Khalil Mack (I still can’t believe it). Mack isn’t an offensive player I know, but my point is, the Raiders are imploding. It’s a fire sale. You would be forgiven for thinking that they’ve given up on this year the way they are stockpiling first round picks.
The Colts were a top streaming option a week ago thanks to three interceptions, two recovered fumbles and two sacks. They face another team in shambles and I think I repeat performance could be on the cards. In fact, I think the Raiders might be a team to target for the rest of the season.
Detroit Lions ($6.3M) vs. Seahawks, Chicago Bears ($7.5M) vs. Jets
PlayON PASS OF THE WEEK
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (8.3M)
Jordan Reed might be the best receiver that Alex Smith has at his disposal, and yet he refuses to look his way. Reed only saw four targets last week. Some of that is because Smith only threw the ball 25 times, but more so, it’s because Reed doesn’t appear to be the same receiving threat that he once was. He’s lost that step that saw him become one of the premier TE options.
But on top of that, the Giants are great at stopping tight ends. In the last month of games, the highest total yardage New York has allowed has been 48, The best TE score came from Zach Ertz thanks to scoring a touchdown, but he still only had 43 yards. The Giants aren’t good but they do this well.
That’s all for this weekend’s picks. Now be sure to get your lineups in and win a share of guaranteed cash prizes playing daily fantasy NFL at PlayON.