Draftster Plays: Week 8- Jerick McKinnon to McKill His Salary October 24, 2014  |  adam cook



I’m not a huge fan of stacking players and putting my eggs all in one basket, but that strategy can be beneficial if you play it right. If you plan on stacking players, make sure you check the Vegas lines. By the Vegas lines, I mean the over/unders for sports betting. The line setters know more information than the general public, so expect high scoring affairs and more chances for touchdowns in those contests. Read why I like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Rob Gronkowski in high scoring over/under games this week. If you like playing daily fantasy football, go check out www.draftster.com!




Top Play

Tony Romo- Dallas Cowboys- $7100
Tony Romo is playing some of the best football of his NFL career behind a stellar offensive line and strong running game. Romo has thrown multiple touchdown passes in 5 straight games and has had a quarterback rating over 100 in 4 out of the past 5. He has topped 250 yards passing in 4 straight games and has a 12:3 TD/INT ratio over that same time frame. He is averaging 20.6 FPPG at home this year and his price is reasonable. The Redskins secondary is minus DeAngelo Hall and they have allowed the 2nd most touchdown passes in 2014 (15).


Top Value Play

Teddy Bridgewater– Minnesota Vikings- $5900
Bridgewater has been so-so as a starter, but he gets a Buccaneers defense that ranks dead last against quarterbacks. They are fresh off a performance allowing Joe Flacco to throw for 5 TD’s in a little over 1 quarter. I am giving the rookie quarterback a mulligan over the last two weeks as he has had tough matchups versus Buffalo and Detroit. Against a porous Falcons defense three weeks earlier he threw for 317 yards. His weapons of Greg Jennings, Cordarelle Patterson, and Jerick McKinnon are improving by the week.


Running Backs


Top Play

Jerick McKinnon- Minnesota Vikings- $6300
All of the stud running backs like DeMarco Murray, Arian Foster, and Le’Veon Bell are obvious starts if you can fit them in, but McKinnon is my top play this week for his price. He gets a juicy matchup versus Tampa Bay who rank 29th versus opposing running backs. Jerick is fresh off a strong game against a top 10 run defense in Buffalo where he ran for 103 yards on a season high 19 carries. Draftster rewards a point per reception, so he has a safe floor as he has multiple receptions in 3 straight games. He is the clear lead runner in Minnesota and I see him getting his 1st touchdown this week.


Top Value Play

Justin Forsett– Baltimore Ravens- $5900
Forsett is an underrated running back playing for a Gary Kubiak run offense versus a Bengals defense allowing 146.3 RYPG. He has no real competition for touches. Even though Forsett has not scored over the past two weeks, he has averaged over 100 RYPG. Prior to the last two games, he had 3 or more receptions in the 1st 5 weeks. I love Forsett to top 100 total yards and a touchdown versus a Bengals defense who just got torched by Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.


Wide Receivers


Top Play

Dez Bryant- Dallas Cowboys- $7900
The Romo and Dez stack is one of my favorites this week as the Cowboys game plan in the pass game has been to force feed the ball to Bryant. He has gotten double digit targets in 3 straight games. He has struggled versus DeAngelo Hall in the past, but Hall won’t be in uniform on Monday night. Facing off against the Redskins young corners should be feasting heaven. He isn’t the highest priced wide receiver in Week 8 and is a must play at home on Monday Night Football.


Top Value Plays

A.J. Green– Cincinnati Bengals- $3600
He is a must play IF he suits up on Sunday.

DeSean Jackson– Washington Redskins- $4300
The Dallas Cowboys defense has been better than expected this year, but they can still be exposed in the pass game. DeSean was a Cowboys killer in his days with the Eagles and he didn’t lose his game breaking speed overnight. Jackson has a similar build of Odell Beckham Jr. who scored two touchdowns against Dallas last week. In 3 road games this year, DeSean has averaged 98 YPG and 21.0 FPPG. Whether Colt McCoy starts or Robert Griffin III, I like D Jax to dance on a start this Monday.


Tight Ends


Top Play

Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots- $7200
Gronkowski is back to playing full snaps and he is coming off an extended rest from playing last Thursday. The Patriots get a Bears team that plays a cover-2 scheme where the seams can be exploited. The Bears rank 20th against the tight end this year. Gronkowski is the clear top tight end play in Week 8 with Jimmy Graham injured and Julius Thomas playing on Thursday His price is not ridiculous and he has averaged 16.7 FPPG at home this year.


Top Value Play

Jordan Reed– Washington Redskins- $4500
Reed is $1,300 less this week than last and he has a better matchup on paper. It is no secret that Dallas struggles versus the opposing tight end as they rank 31st against them. In his two games after returning from injury, he has posted 8 and 5 receptions. He looks to be heavily involved in Jay Gruden’s offense. I like Reed to find pay dirt for the first time in 2014 and he comes with a very cheap cost.


Team Defenses


Top Plays

Miami Dolphins- $4100
The Dolphins will absolutely be worth the highest cost for defensive units this week playing a weak Jaguars offense. Blake Bortles is prone to throw INT’s and their biggest offensive threat in the running game is former college quarterback Denard Robinson. The Dolphins posted 10 FP’s with 3 sacks versus a higher powered Bears offense last week. Road defenses are not ideal in daily fantasy football, but they don’t have to travel a long way. They are only allowing 19.0 PPG on the road in 2014.


Baltimore Ravens- $3900
The Cincinnati Bengals offense is playing terrible right now as they got shut out by the Colts last week. The Ravens defense has not been as good on the road, but their floor is low as they have scored 8 fantasy points or more in 4 straight games. Andy Dalton is proving he is not that great of a quarterback without his stud wide receiver A.J. Green (questionable). The Bengals are struggling to run the ball and their offensive line is struggling. I like the Ravens this week in a slug fest.


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