In a change to my usual DFS pick one where I take three players with similar salaries on DraftKings and pick the player I think you should add to your fantasy football lineup for the Sunday main slate, I’m going to look a series of similarly priced players from across the positions and pick the one I’d take when building my lineups. This will give a better overall view of my thoughts related to the Sunday slate of players and their salaries.
Kirk Cousins vs Arizona Cardinals ($6,100), Matthew Stafford vs San Francisco 49ers ($6,000) or Derek Carr @ New Orleans Saints ($5,900)
My Pick – Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins hasn’t hit the heights in 2022, breaking the 20 point barrier just once this season. However, at home and off a bye week in a game where the over/under is set at a very healthy 49 points, and the Cardinals are allowing the 6th most points to quarterbacks, I’m backing Cousins to connect at will with Justin Jefferson and have his best DFS day of the season so far.
Geno Smith vs New York Giants ($5,800), Daniel Jones @ Seattle Seahawks ($5,700) or Jimmy Garoppolo @ Los Angeles Rams ($5,600)
My Pick – Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones is coming off his best fantasy performance of the season so far and now travels to face a Seattle team who will allow the 9th most points per game to opposing quarterbacks, as well as the 4th most rushing points. This plays into Jones’ skillset as he has the third highest rushing points per game (7.5) among all quarterbacks after his 11/107/1 rushing line against the Jaguars last week. Fire up Danny Dimes in Week 8.
Miles Sanders vs Pittsburgh Steelers ($6,600), Kenneth Walker vs New York Giants ($6,500) or Rhamondre Stevenson @ New York Jets ($6,400)
My Pick – Kenneth Walker
Walker is on a tear since taking over from Rashaad Penny in Week 5 and truly went off last week with 31.7 points in the Seahawks win against the Chargers. The Giants have allowed four 100-yard rushers through seven games, including in each of the last two weeks and assuming Walker hits the 20 carry mark again this week, will be top scorer in this trio in Week 8.
Khalil Herbert @ Dallas Cowboys ($5,700), James Robinson vs New England Patriots ($5,700) or Najee Harris @ Philadelphia Eagles ($5,700)
My Pick – Khalil Herbert
On paper, each of these running backs has a tough match up but of the three, Herbert is the one most likely to pop as he’s seeing an ever increasing workload, even with a healthy David Montgomery in the backfield. Herbert also has that big-play ability and can turn limited touches into big plays and touchdowns.
DeAndre Hopkins @ Minnesota Vikings ($7,400), Michael Pittman vs Washington Commanders ($7,200) or CeeDee Lamb vs Chicago Bears ($7,000)
My Pick – DeAndre Hopkins
In his first game of 2022 last week, DeAndre Hopkins was immediately the top target for Kykler Murray, seeing a whopping 14 targets which he turned into 10 catches and 103 yards. Facing a Vikings pass defense that ranks 27 per my NEFF Rankings, Hopkins has the biggest upside of the three and should easily return another 20+ point outing.
Chris Olave vs Las Vegas Raiders ($6,000), Terry McLaurin @ Indianapolis Colts ($6,000) or Brandin Cooks vs Tennessee Titans ($5,900)
My Pick – Chris Olave
With no Michael Thomas or Jarvis Landry again this week, Olave retains his role as the Saints’ number one target and should see another 10+ target game against the Raiders who rank last against the pass in my NEFF ratings, allowing over 37 receiving points per game.
Zach Ertz @ Minnesota Vikings ($5,100), Dallas Goedert vs Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,000) or TJ Hockenson vs Miami Dolphins ($4,900)
My Pick – TJ Hockenson
I like all of these plays this week but Hockenson has the opportunity to be the number one target in the Lions offense if there are any limiting effects on Amon-Ra St. Brown this week. With a 40+ point game under his belt already this season, I like Hockenson against a Dolphins defense ranking 29th against the pass per the NEFF rankings to have another big day.
New York Jets vs New England Patriots ($2,900), Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons ($2,800) or New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks ($2,800)
My Pick – Carolina Panthers
When it comes to value plays, all I’m really looking for is 8-9 points to triple the dollar investment and the Panthers have provided that in more than half their games this season. Against an average Falcons offense, I’m hoping the Panther can repeat their run-stuffing performance from last week against the Bucs (46 yards allowed) and force Marcus Mariota to throw and then go ball-hawking. There are surer bets at DST this week but I’ll be gambling on a decent day from a frisky Panthers’ defense.