Top 9 Week 8 DraftKings Sleepers And FanDuel Contrarian Plays You Need To Win
Week 8 Blind Spot Players
In case you're new to this, the Fantasy Blind Spot refers to players that 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. These are the players you want to target in tournaments, such as Millionaire Makers. You want a contrarian lineup, and there are few better ways to build one than by grabbing some Fantasy Blind Spot players.
DraftKings Week 8 Lineup Sleepers: QB
Drew Brees, NO ($6,700) – Nestled below the big boys and even Cam Newton and Matt Ryan, we find good ol' Drew Brees. He's far from the Brees we knew, but the Giants secondary is extremely weak against the pass. But Jake… they only allow 15.33 FPPG to quarterbacks. Ah, but it's because of the interceptions. Of course, you don't want your quarterback throwing 2-3 picks, but Brees is a smart cookie, and the Giants have given up 2,078 passing yards and 10 touchdowns so far. I'd be surprised if Brees doesn't have 300-plus and multiple scores this week. He's also a huge blind spot contrarian play, as Philip Rivers, Russel Wilson and Andy Dalton are cheaper.
DraftKings Week 8 Lineup Sleepers: RB
Justin Forsett, BAL ($6,100) – Can you call a RB1 a sleeper? Well, I guess so if DraftKings is going to price him this low! In case you haven't noticed, the Chargers just can't stop the run, having allowed at least 100 yards or a touchdown in every game so far. They've given up 20-plus points in five games with Latavius Murray going for 85 on only 15 carries last week. Imagine what Forsett can do with a likely 20 touches coming.
Dexter McCluster, TEN ($3,400) – The Texans defense blows. I don't know what happened; I'm not sure anyone does. So why is this pick not Antonio Andrews? Well, the Texans defense rates dead last against pass-catching running backs (Football Outsiders) and McCluster was actually on the field for 72 percent of the snaps last week, as opposed to 31 for Andrews. Now watch Ken Whisenhunt screw with all of us and give Dex five snaps.
DraftKings Week 8 Lineup Sleepers: WR
Keenan Allen, SD ($7,700) – Rightfully priced among some of the best, Allen has shown us the potential he brings to help win you a ton of money with three weeks of 30-plus points, including 40.3 in Week 3. The Ravens have allowed at least 10 receiver catches in every game, good for the third most of any team with 1,498 yards and 11 TDs given up as well. Rivers and Allen might be a semi-popular pairing this week, but it's easy to see why.
DraftKings Week 8 Lineup Sleepers: TE
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB ($2,800) – Look at that price! In case you don't remember, ASJ had 31.0 DK points in Week 1, and in case you haven't heard, Vincent Jackson is out for a few weeks. The Falcons let Ben Watson go bananas two weeks ago and gave up 10 catches and 76 yards to Delanie Walker and Anthony Fasano last week.
FanDuel Week 8 Lineup Sleepers: QB
Eli Manning, NYG ($7,300) – He's actually a decent blind spot player on DraftKings too, but on FanDuel, he's near the tail end of usable quarterbacks where players usually don't look. They either go value of a hot pick (Carson Palmer, even Brees) or dig deep. The Saints are even worse than the Giants on defense, and Manning's back-to-back quiet weeks – plus Odell Beckham's hammy concerns – will have people looking elsewhere. This is the same quarterback who had four straight games of two-plus touchdowns and 19-plus FD points.
FanDuel Week 8 Lineup Sleepers: RB
Doug Martin, TB ($7,500) – This could swing either way, so I'll be checking the ownership percentages after TNF. I currently expect a modest ownership with more people trending to Todd Gurley at just $600 more, Forsett at $600 less, who I mentioned above or cheaper value picks. With no VJax, the Bucs should run more and no team has given up more rushing touchdowns than the Falcons (10), which are key on FanDuel.
FanDuel Week 8 Lineup Sleepers: WR
Kendall Wright, TEN ($5,900) – McCluster is a good play on FanDuel too, but if you want the receiver play in Tennessee, it's Wright. He's down in the Stevie Johnson, Willie Snead, Torrey Smith range, which is the flier grouping, but he has a terrific ceiling. The Texans can't stop the pass either, Wright doubled any other Titans receiver in targets last week and Zach Mettenberger found Wright for seven catches, 132 yards and score last year against the Texans.
FanDuel Week 8 Lineup Sleepers: TE
Ben Watson, NO ($5,400) – You've seen the potential Watson has when he lit up the Falcons two weeks ago. Well, there are six teams worse than the Falcons at stopping tight ends, and the Giants are one of them. Even with Matt Cassel at quarterback, the Giants let Jason Witten lead the Cowboys in receiving with 73 yards on six catches. They also let Witten score twice in their first matchup and Charles Clay go for 111 on nine catches. Watson has plenty of potential this week.
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