Daily fantasy sports (DFS) have taken the country by storm. The DFS industry has grown to be so large and so competitive that it seems like we can’t go more than five minutes without seeing (or hearing) an advertisement for DraftKings or FanDuel, the two largest DFS companies in the world.
With the size of some leagues, and the amount of money that can be on the line, finding high-value players with low salary cap figures is the key to success in daily fantasy football. With that being said, here is a look at five players that we feel are high value options in DraftKings and FanDuel for Week 8.
1. Chris Johnson, running back, Arizona Cardinals
DraftKings price: $4,600
FanDuel price: $7,300
Week 8 opponent: Cleveland Browns
Johnson has emerged as the No. 1 running back for the Cardinals and is starting to look more and more like the player he was for the Tennessee Titans early in his career. There are certainly cheaper options out there, especially in FanDuel, but Johnson has arguably the best running back matchup in the league this week. He will be facing a Browns defense that is giving up an average of 151 rushing yards per game, 5.1 yards per rushing attempt and just over one rushing touchdown per game in 2015. In all, Cleveland is giving up an average of 22.4 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in standard scoring leagues. With that being the case, we believe Johnson’s price tag in both DraftKings and FanDuel presents an excellent value for daily fantasy football players.
2. Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Minnesota Vikings
DraftKings price: $5,100
FanDuel price: $6,900
Week 8 opponent: Chicago Bears
In Week 8, Bridgewater presents an excellent option for the daily fantasy football players who are looking to avoid using too much of their salary cap space on the quarterback position. He will be facing a Bears defense that is giving up an average of 19.2 points per game to opposing quarterbacks in standard scoring format leagues. On top of that, Minnesota will likely be more focused on their aerial attack this week with running back Adrian Peterson officially listed as questionable on the team’s injury report while he continues to nurse several nagging injuries. We are expecting Bridgewater to finish this game with 275-plus passing yards and at least two touchdown passes.
3. Benjamin Watson, tight end, New Orleans Saints
DraftKings price: $3,500
FanDuel price: $5,400
Week 8 opponent: New York Giants
Watson isn’t nearly as dynamic as Jimmy Graham, the player he replaced in the Saints’ starting lineup, but the 11-year veteran tight end has emerged as a security blanket for quarterback Drew Brees in the team’s high-octane offense. In Week 8, Watson will be facing a Giants defense that has been extremely friendly to tight ends, giving up 10.1 fantasy points per game in standard scoring format leagues, which is the fifth-highest total in the league in 2015. If you are looking for a low-cost, high-potential player at the tight end position this week, Watson is definitely worthy of consideration.
4. Steve Smith, Sr., wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens
DraftKings price: $6,100
FanDuel price: $6,700
Week 8 opponent: San Diego Chargers
Smith, despite being 36 years old, remains an excellent option in all fantasy formats. He has been Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite option, averaging 11 targets per game in 2015. Additionally, the 5-foot-9 wide receiver continues to be a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands, averaging 14.3 yards per catch this year, and for reason unbeknownst to us, Smith still carries a relatively low salary cap figure in both DraftKings and FanDuel. We fully recommend adding Smith to your roster this week, as his low price tag will allow you to spend big on other positions.
5. Jonathan Stewart, running back, Carolina Panthers
DraftKings price: $4,100
FanDuel price: $6,600
Week 8 opponent: Indianapolis Colts
Stewart is hands-down one of the best values in both DraftKings and FanDuel for Week 8. The 28-year-old running back is coming off his best game of the season in Week 7, where he rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries (5.21 yards per carry) against a tough Philadelphia Eagles defense. This week he will be facing a Colts defense that has been extremely kind to opposing running backs in 2015, giving up an average of 20.4 fantasy points per game to running backs in standard scoring leagues. We are expecting Stewart to build off of his Week 7 performance and post his second-straight 100-yard game.