Six Best Week 8 FanDuel Contrarian Picks
Jake Ciely (@allinkid) of RotoExperts.com provides his six best Fantasy Football Week 8 FanDuel contrarian picks.
Week 8 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that you want to target in tournaments, such as the Millionaire Maker, etc… contrarian players if you will. They usually have one of the following characteristics:
1) have been performing well but haven't had a breakout game or big enough numbers to get Fantasy players talking, and/or
2) are in a price range of other more popular option, and/or
3) have frustrated with disappointing performances but have a great matchup to finally break through
FanDuel Week 8 Sleepers
Dak Prescott $7100 – As mentioned in the waiver column this week, Prescott entered the bye on a nice role. He had seven touchdowns in four games with another two added on the ground. In fact, Prescott has at least 17.48 FanDuel points in each of his last five games, including a 23.52 performance against the Bears. We're dispelling matchup notions today, as the Eagles defense has given up six passing touchdowns over their last three games after none in the first three. The matchup is a bit tougher than you would like to see, but it's far from being on the Broncos level, and Prescott brings the rushing touchdown potential.
Giovani Bernard $6200 – This is a good week to use both Bengals running backs, but many will lean to Jeremy Hill after last week. The Redskins can't stop the run, but the good news is that the Bengals have struggled to stop the pass, and the Redskins are one of the pass-happiest teams in the league. The game script points to an aggressive approach for both teams, which means more passing downs for Bernard, and he already had more plays than Hill last week anyway. Add Hill's possible chest issue, and Bernard has a very high ceiling.
Duke Johnson $5100 – As with Bernard, the matchup points to more passing game work for the backfield. After all, does anyone expect the Browns to have a good lead and in control? The even better news is that Josh McCown is looking to return, and the Jets have allowed three receiving touchdowns to running backs versus just four rushing. If you need to save a few hundred, Johnson has nice potential this week (but remember, Devontae Booker needs to be one of your running backs, so you might not need to save too much).
Larry Fitzgerald $7000 – I see people fading Fitzgerald, and I'm a bit surprised. Sure, the Cardinals are on the road in Carolina, but did the bye week make people forget that the Panthers defense has struggled this year. That's especially true against the pass, as the Panthers allow the eighth most FPPG to receivers with five touchdowns allowed in the three games before the bye. Fitzgerald cooled a bit the last two weeks, but one game was against the Seahawks and the other had some guy named David Johnson overflowing with goodness against the Jets. There is no reason for Fitzgerald's price to be less than Allen Robinson's or just above Terrelle Pryor's.
Golden Tate $6300 – Tate is grabbing more attention of late, both from Fantasy owners and Matthew Stafford. However, his price hasn’t completely rebounded, especially with 26.8 and 12.3 points the last two weeks. Something is off with Johnathan Joseph, as he went from a concerning matchup to one to exploit. Most will still fear and fade opponents facing the Texans, and that's where you can swoop in for the low ownership and hope for a Week 6-like performance from Tate.
Jimmy Graham $6700 – Revenge time! Forget saving money here, although, Graham's price truly should be higher. Even without the revenge factor (or if you believe in it), Graham has been one of the best tight ends over his last four games with 12.8 FPPG and an average of 88.8 yards receiving. And just in case it hasn't clicked yet, the revenge factor includes a matchup with the Saints. Yea, that "start every skill position player you own against them" Saints. Graham will be a mainstay in my FanDuel lineups.
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