It’s Week 8 and we are back with value and bargain plays for the main slate of DFS games this weekend. The NFL hot stove is blistering and there have already been shakeups across the league with daily fantasy sports ramifications. Two big wide receiver trades have sent two guys to better offenses and left behind targets for the taking upon their departure.
Amid the disorder, we’re here to act like shrewd stock investors looking to turn chaos into and opportunity for personal gain. Let’s sift through the rubble and identify our value guys for Week 8.
Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints (vs. Arizona)
FanDuel $7,500/DraftKings $5,900
Drew Brees came back to practice this week in a limited fashion, so this remains a fluid situation to watch until we have some sort of clarity. In either case, I’m playing whoever is under center in New Orleans this weekend. We have the Cardinals graded 23rd in coverage presenting a favorable matchup for an offense who has shown high ceiling scoring 30 or more points in four of seven games. Bridgewater has averaged 15.5 FPPG on FanDuel and 16.0 on DraftKings and is coming off of a three-game stretch where he has compiled 835 yards and seven touchdowns to just one interception. If Brees does play, his $7,200 FanDuel price tag and $6,300 on DraftKings make him a good option to play this weekend.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (@ Houston)
FanDuel $6,900/DraftKings $5,000
Carr faces an ideal matchup this weekend going against a defense with the 29th-graded pass coverage in the league. While the Texans made a move to address this issue by acquiring Gareon Conley from Oakland this week, his 60.0 coverage grade this season doesn’t bode well for him being the solution. Carr has yet to pass for more than 300 yards in a game in 2019 and has a mundane 2:1 touchdown:interception ratio, but he looks to be set up well this weekend and is at a budget-friendly price.