Week 8 Perfect DraftKings Lineup and Week 9 NFL DFS tips

Every week there’s a certain level of randomness of the DraftKings perfect lineup, but Week 8’s might be the most random yet. Just look at some of the names below: Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald (what year is this?), Jack Doyle (was he even active?), Marvin Jones (isn’t he a No. 3 receiver in a terrible matchup?) — it just goes to show that no matter how much research you put into crafting your NFL DFS lineups, hitting on every position isn’t easy, especially in GPP tournaments. However, even with that said, there are still plenty of tips and bits of strategy we can glean from this week’s perfect lineup and use for Week 9 daily fantasy football contests.

The first thing we notice is the presence of the standard QB-pass catcher stack. This week features no game stacks, which is a bit of a surprise, but we also see the importance of volume (opportunities = money), fading stars in favor of high-upside No. 2’s, and making at least one contrarian pick. Again, hitting on all those types of players isn’t easy, but if you’re just hoping to get in the money and not necessarily achieve perfection, then you can pull it off with less risk.

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Before we go in depth on the Week 8 DraftKings perfect lineup, we have to credit RotoQL for results and graphic below. RotoQL is the premier site for DFS research, offering a wide array of easy-to-use DFS tools, including projections from top industry experts, and the ultimate lineup building tool, the RotoQL DFS Optimizer, which gives you a major advantage in all daily fantasy football contests. 

Week 9 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

NFL DFS: DraftKings Perfect Lineup for Week 8

Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Chiefs

Oh, hey — it’s Patrick Mahomes. Big surprise. Next you’re gonna tell me Todd Gurley made the list (he did). There’s not much left to say with Mahomes, who has proven he can dominate any defense put in front of him. Chances are, this isn’t the last we see of him in the perfect lineup. One question remains: Is he worth the high price tag every week? It’s tough to afford Mahomes and build a strong lineup unless you hit on every value pick, but if you’re willing to do a little extra research for those cheaper receivers, Mahomes is almost sure to pay off.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins

At age 33 and signing well into training camp, it’s safe to say Peterson has been a surprise on virtually every level this year. But here we are, in Week 8, and he’s still going strong. He racked up 156 total yards and two scores against the Giants, which wasn’t even a particularly great matchup on paper. If Peterson’s success this year tells us anything, it’s that volume matters. Peterson has gone for over 90 rushing yards in five of seven games this year, and it’s no coincidence he’s had at least 17 carries in all those contests. Clearly the Redskins have a ground-and-pound game plan, so most weeks Peterson can pay off with a high floor in cash games. He obviously has a high ceiling in GPPs, too.

James Conner, RB, Steelers

Le’Veon who? Speaking of high volume, Conner will continue to get it as long as Le’Veon Bell holds out, and he’ll likely continue to pay off. He went for 212 total yards on 29 touches in Week 8. Assuming Bell isn’t back in Week 9, Conner will face Baltimore, who limited him to a season-low 44 total yards in Week 4. There’s some contrarian appeal to Conner given how well he’s been rolling over the past three games.

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Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs

Watkins is often the forgotten man in the Chiefs offensive attack, but he’s had a decent, if inconsistent, year. He took advantage of Tyreek Hill’s in-game groin injury and more favorable coverage against Denver, posting season highs in catches (8), receiving yards (107) and TDs (2). With Hill questionable for Week 9 against the Browns, Watkins could become a chalk play at his price. While that’s a little scary, it’s important to remember that all skill players on top offenses have more upside in a given week (see Josh Reynolds for the Rams). When you’re hunting for fliers in GPPs, start with volume, then matchup, then the best offenses.

Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Lions

​File this one under “fluke” — not because Jones is incapable of producing at a high level (he’s a solid GPP play most weeks); rather, his recent usage (four catches, 37 yards the past two weeks) mixed with a statistically tough matchup with the Seahawks (24th in fantasy points per game allowed) made him a much riskier play than normal. But, again, we see what simply playing in a good offense can do, and Jones clearly had more favorable coverage than Kenny Golladay and Golden Tate this week. A look inside the numbers reveals almost all WR touchdowns scored against Seattle this year were by secondary receivers, with guys like Chad Williams, Tavon Austin, Anthony Miller, Demaryius Thomas, and Cooper Kupp getting into the end zone against them. You could argue that Thomas and Kupp are their team’s respective No. 1’s, but in those games, Emmanuel Sanders also scored and Robert Woods had 90-plus yards. So, if there’s any trend here, it’s that secondary WRs are the ones to target against Seattle.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

Here’s a blast from the past. Many had probably written off Fitzgerald — and we don’t really blame you — but the future Hall-of-Famer can still get it done in favorable matchups. The worrisome thing with Fitzgerald wasn’t necessarily his paltry production as much as his dwindling targets. However, he’s seen a solid uptick the past three weeks, totaling 28, including last week’s season-high 12. If Fitzgerald is back to being the clear top option in the Cardinals’ receiving corps, he can produce and have a reasonable floor, at least in cash games. 

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Jack Doyle, TE, Colts

There were probably a lot of DFS owners who didn’t even realize Doyle was active this week. With Eric Ebron playing well and Doyle on the shelf since Week 2 because of a hip injury, the veteran TE undoubtedly snuck up on some people, so let this be a lesson in staying vigilant. To be fair, Doyle didn’t seem like a great option even at a cheap price, but Andrew Luck showed he loves throwing to TEs, hitting three different Colts tight ends for scores against the Raiders. Doyle was by far the leader at the position in targets (7), almost doubling Ebron (3) and Mo Alie-Cox (1) combined. We still would expect Ebron to be the top producing tight end going forward, but clearly Doyle will be a part of the offense.

Todd Gurley, FLEX, Rams

“He’s so expensive!” you whined throughout the week, and then 195 total yards, six catches, a TD, and a two-point conversion later, and you realize you should have paid up for Gurley!

Bengals D/ST

The Bengals have generally been better at home, and we liked them against turnover-machine Jameis Winston, but we didn’t realize they would be this profitable. Imagine if they could have kept the score a little lower? As it stands, DFS owners should look to target the Bengals when they’re in Cincinnati and look to target anyone playing the Bucs, whether Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick is starting.

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