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Best DFS stacks & blowup targets to target in Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) runs with the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

DFS success boils down to finding the highest-scoring fantasy football players at each position in a given week. With close to 20 playable options at quarterback and tight end, along with even more at the running back and wide receiver positions, it is a feat in itself to identify one position correctly.

To finish at the top of a DFS contest, you must hit on basically all skill positions and circumvent the randomness associated with selecting defenses. Doing all of this while also fitting under the confines of a salary cap makes DFS one of the most difficult setups to beat consistently, especially for large-field tournaments.

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One of the best ways to find value opportunities on a given slate is to start with the salary-adjusted expectation for all players. Because DraftKings has been around for over six years, we now have a worthwhile dataset of player salaries and their resulting fantasy performances. By figuring out the expectation based on each player’s salary and position, we can compare their salary-expected fantasy performance to PFF’s fantasy projections. Doing this highlights the best value plays based on salary.

Player Position Team DK Salary Salary Expectation Proj. Fantasy Pts Proj. Above Salary Expectation
Tyler Johnson WR TB 3100 4.19 11.99 7.80
Brandin Cooks WR HST 5700 12.41 17.88 5.47
Darrell Henderson HB LA 6500 15.04 20.21 5.17
Calvin Ridley WR ATL 6600 15.25 19.91 4.66
Jakobi Meyers WR NE 5100 10.51 14.88 4.37
Chris Godwin WR TB 6400 14.62 18.61 3.99
Tyler Boyd WR CIN 4800 9.56 13.49 3.93
Van Jefferson WR LA 3900 6.72 10.46 3.74
Darnell Mooney WR CHI 4800 9.56 13.08 3.52
Cole Kmet TE CHI 3100 4.86 8.23 3.37
Amon-Ra St. Brown WR DET 3900 6.72 10.03 3.31
Mack Hollins WR MIA 3000 3.87 7.11 3.24
Allen Robinson II WR CHI 4900 9.88 12.99 3.11
Kenny Stills WR NO 3200 4.50 7.51 3.01


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