There aren’t many feelings worse than seeing an NFL DFS lineup go from being near the top of a contest, only for it to gradually fall from the top. Last week, I had a lineup with Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and Tyler Boyd that was making a ton of money on DraftKings, but my players from the later games failed to help keep the lineup afloat, though, I still had a successful weekend in Week 7.
As exciting as it would have been to take a tournament down, I can’t complain about the results last week and it’s time to turn my attention to Week 8. We have three games of projected totals of 49-plus points on the main slate this Sunday with the Chiefs and Chargers being the only teams on a bye week.
If anyone reading this article needs a refresher on the ideal roster construction in GPP and cash contests in NFL DFS, check it out here! By using the strategies discussed in the article, here are five of my favorite stacks to use on the Week 8 main slate on DraftKings.
Tua Tagovailoa ($6,200) + Tyreek Hill ($8,500) + Jaylen Waddle ($6,700) or Mike Gesicki ($3,800)
Tagovailoa returned from a two-game absence in Week 7 and looked solid in a win over the Steelers. The Lions are allowing the fourth-most points per game to QBs and the Dolphins have the highest projected team total (27.5) on the main slate.
Hill has the third-highest target share at 30.1% while Waddle has a modest 21.1% target share. Both of them are capable of scoring double-digit points on one play, especially against a Lions defense that is giving up 13.6 yards per reception to WRs (ninth-most in the NFL). It was a slow start to the season for Gesicki, but he’s seen seven targets in each of the last two games.
Bring-back options: Amon-Ra St. Brown ($6,900), D’Andre Swift ($6,800), T.J. Hockenson ($4,900)
St. Brown has dealt with multiple injuries, and he’s in concussion protocol right now, but he saw 33 targets in the first three weeks before getting hurt. Swift is practicing in full and should return on Sunday while the Dolphins allow the third-most yards per reception to RBs. Hockenson is also questionable, though, Miami’s defense is giving up the seventh-most points per game to TEs this season.
Jalen Hurts ($8,300) + A.J. Brown ($7,700) + DeVonta Smith ($6,300) or Dallas Goedert ($5,000)
There are only a few QBs I’m fine single-stacking in NFL DFS and Hurts is one of them with him scoring 10.9 non-passing fantasy points per game (most among QBs). The dual-threat quarterback has posted 24+ points on DraftKings in four of the first six games for the Eagles.
Brown and Smith both have target shares of 23.4% or higher and the Steelers are allowing the second-most points per game to WRs. Goedert has garnered six-plus targets in four of the first games he’s played this season, so he’s certainly viable in stacks with Hurts.
Bring-back options: Diontae Johnson ($5,600), Chase Claypool ($4,800), George Pickens ($4,700), Pat Freiermuth ($3,900)
Everyone can play who they want to, but I won’t have any exposure to Najee Harris ($5,700) despite his salary being under $6,000. Claypool and Pickens have seen more usage since Kenny Pickett has been named the starting quarterback and Freiermuth saw nine-plus targets for the third time this season in Week 7.
Kirk Cousins ($6,100) + Justin Jefferson ($9,100) + Adam Thielen ($6,200) or Irv Smith Jr. ($3,500)
The Vikings are coming off a bye week and Cousins is facing a Cardinals defense that is allowing the sixth-most points per game to QBs. While the veteran quarterback has eclipsed 20+ points on DraftKings just once this season, he’s in a prime spot to do it again on Sunday at home.
Jefferson is approaching the same salary as Cooper Kupp and he’s scored 33+ points in three games already this season. Thielen has seen seven-plus targets in each of the last five games and he’s always a threat to score a touchdown once Minnesota gets into the red zone. Smith shouldn’t be forgotten with the Cardinals allowing the second-most points per game to TEs thus far.
Bring-back options: DeAndre Hopkins ($7,400), Rondale Moore ($5,100), Zach Ertz ($5,100)
Hopkins didn’t waste any time becoming Kyler Murray’s No. 1 option again in his season debut in Week 7 as he caught 10 of his 13 targets for 103 yards. With Marquise Brown sidelined, Moore and Ertz should see expanded roles in the passing game. Robbie Anderson ($4,000) had a full week of practice with his new team, so I’m certainly not against using him in GPPs. It remains to be seen if James Conner ($6,100) suits up, but I’d prefer to use the pass catchers from the Cardinals.
Geno Smith ($5,800) + Tyler Lockett ($6,500) + Marquise Goodwin ($4,400) or Noah Fant ($2,800)
It appears that Kenneth Walker ($6,500) is going to be popular again with his increased workload following the season-ending injury to Rashaad Penny. To get different from those using Walker, I’ll use Smith and the passing game of the Seahawks as he’s averaging 19.1 points per game on DraftKings.
As of this moment, it seems as if D.K. Metcalf ($6,600) will miss this week’s game with a knee ailment, making Lockett and Goodwin the top two wide receivers for Seattle. Lockett already has a 24.5% target share while Goodwin just recorded 4 receptions, 67 yards, and 2 touchdowns with Metcalf leaving last week’s game. Fant could see more playing time if Metcalf is unable to suit up.
Bring-back options: Saquon Barkley ($8,100), Wan’Dale Robinson ($4,700), Darius Slayton ($4,600)
Barkley is another running back that is going to be popular this week and for good reason as the superstar back has a massive 84.8% opportunity share, which is the highest among RBs. The Giants have traded Kadarius Toney, but it doesn’t affect the WRs on the Giants much since he hasn’t played much this season. Robinson would be my preferred bring-back if going with a non-Barkley player as he’s combined for 9 receptions, 87 yards, and a touchdown on 12 targets in the last two weeks.
Andy Dalton ($5,500) + Alvin Kamara ($7,100) + Chris Olave ($6,000) or Juwan Johnson ($3,200)
I understand that stacking Dalton can make you question everything that is going on in your life. That being said, the experienced signal-caller is coming off a game where he scored 32.5 points on DraftKings despite throwing three interceptions, and he faces a Raiders defense that allows the most points per game to QBs.
Michael Thomas ($5,700) and Jarvis Landry ($4,300) haven’t practiced this week, so Olave is set up to have a massive workload again as he’s commanded 13+ targets in three of the last four games he’s completed. Alvin Kamara is fine stacking with Dalton as he’s gotten six-plus targets in each of his last four appearances. Adam Trautman has also yet to practice this week, making Johnson a viable salary-relief option at tight end.
Bring-back options: Davante Adams ($8,600), Josh Jacobs ($7,500), Darren Waller ($5,400), Hunter Renfrow ($4,900)
Nearly everyone on the Raiders has a questionable tag right now, so make sure to keep tabs on their statuses before Sunday’s contest. Adams, Jacobs, and Renfrow seem likely to be active in Week 8 while Waller has been limited in practice after missing last week’s game with a hamstring injury. Jacobs figures to be the most popular option of the bunch, so while you’ll want exposure to him, using the other guys could help you differentiate in GPPs.