Thursday, October 26, 2017

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 8

Every week of the 2017 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 8?

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Kevin Hanson: Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals ($4,700)

Averaging nearly seven yards per carry last week, Mixon had 68 yards from scrimmage on 10 touches (seven carries and three receptions) in the first half yet did not touch the ball in the second half. While Mixon expressed his frustration with the lack of opportunities after halftime, that is unlikely to occur again.

Since Bill Lazor took over as coordinator, Mixon had a minimum of 15 carries in his other three games and a total of 57 touches over that span. With a favorable matchup against the Colts, who have allowed the third-most DK points to opposing backs, Mixon and the Bengals are double-digit home favorites in Week 8. Given what should be a favorable game script in a lopsided contest, Mixon should get in the neighborhood of 17-20 touches with some TD upside at his bargain sub-$5,000 price tag.

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John Trifone: Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins ($5,800)

Chris Thompson has been getting more and more work lately, and has emerged as the Redskins clear best running back option. His role as a third-down back has been expanded and he has become the Redskins most explosive offensive weapon.

At just $5,800, Thompson has raised his floor high enough that he’s relatively safe, and still has a lot of upside. He has only one game all year with fewer than 15 DK points. I expect that to continue against Dallas.

Brendan Donahue: Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins ($3,900)

While his stat line of three catches for 39 yards on five targets Monday night wasn't very encouraging, the fact that he got the start and played 54 of 64 snaps was. After the game, coach Jay Gruden said: "We drafted Josh to be the No. 1 guy. He just has had some injuries. Now that he's healthy, we want to see what he can do."

Doctson has the talent -- and now the opportunity -- to produce big fantasy numbers against the Eagles, who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs. At just $3,900, he is the bargain of the week.

Sean Beazley: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($7,900)

I'm​ ​playing​ ​a​ ​ton​ ​of​ ​Mike​ ​Evans​ ​this​ ​week.​ ​I've​ ​been​ ​waiting​ ​weeks​ ​for​ ​a​ ​smash​ ​spot.​ ​​ ​Since​ ​his first game where​ ​he​ ​scored​ ​22.3​ ​points,​ ​he​ ​has​ ​faced​ ​the​ ​following​ ​corners: ​Xavier​ ​Rhodes, Janoris​ ​Jenkins,​ ​Pats​ ​D​ ​scheme/Malcolm Butler,​ ​Patrick​ ​Peterson,​ ​and​ ​last​ ​week​ ​was​ ​playing​ ​with​ ​a banged​ ​up​ ​Jameis​ ​Winston.​ ​​ ​​ ​These​ ​are​ ​some​ ​pretty​ ​brutal​ ​matchups.​ ​​ ​Evans​ ​has​ ​a​ ​great matchup​ ​at​ ​home​ ​vs​. ​the​ ​Panthers,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​think​ ​he​ ​will​ ​score​ ​the​ ​most​ ​of​ ​any​ ​receiver​ ​this​ ​week. Fire​ ​up​ ​Evans​ ​in​ ​your​ ​lineup​ ​this​ ​week.

Dan Yanotchko: Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots ($4,600)

This week I like the value play of Dion Lewis, and the matchup he has against the Chargers. Ever since Mike Gillislee fumbled, Lewis has grabbed the reins as the primary Patriots running back. In his last two games, he has had 24 carries, 128 yards, 5.25 yards per carry, and a touchdown. The Chargers have the second worst run defense that gives up 140.6 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry as well. With the fearsome Chargers pass rush, I like Lewis and his receiving ability here.

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