Fantasy Football: Start Em Scrap Em Week 8

Rob Heinemann

Welcome to Roster Resource’s weekly fantasy article based on the best and worst values we find on FanDuel and DraftKings. Remember, we are not making season-long recommendations. These suggestions on who to start and who to scrap help you win each Sunday and get paid on Monday in your DFS leagues or tournaments.


Andy Dalton – FanDuel $8,100 

Many folks seemed shocked by Dalton’s performance but it’s really quite reasonable. Andy has another year under his belt, got back a healthy AJ Green, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert, all of whom were injured last year. Dalton has scored over 30 twice and over 20 three other times. His low score of the season is 18.86 on DraftKings yet he’s priced behind Peyton Manning, who he’s outscored every week this year.

Eli Manning – FanDuel $7,300 

There are 13 quarterbacks priced higher than Eli on FanDuel this week despite his excellent matchup. The Saints defense allows averages of 275 yards and two touchdowns per game through the air. If you want to go safe for a small format, Eli should supply you with a high floor and an incredibly high ceiling for those looking for a large tournament play.

Teddy Bridgewater – FanDuel $6,900

Bridgewater is right there with Eli in terms of boom or bust. However, Bridgewater seems to have established a rhythm with a receiver, Stefon Diggs, for the first time in his career. Chicago’s pass defense has allowed 15 passing touchdowns through six games. That’s the most of any team who already had their bye week.

Stay away from

Aaron Rodgers – Denver’s defense has allowed the least passing yards in the league and is tied with the Rams for only allowing five passing touchdowns in six games, also a league best.

Andrew Luck – Luck has found a way over the last two weeks but that comes to an end as he faces his first tough defense, the Colts are at Carolina, in a month.

Running Backs

Charcandrick West – FanDuel $6,600 

West proved last week that he’s a capable lead back by carrying the ball 22 times at an average of 5 yards per carry. The Detroit Lions have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns in seven games and give up an average of 123.4 rushing yards per game. The passing attack in Kansas City is a complete mess, which will force Andy Reid to rely on West.

Justin Forsett – FanDuel $6,900

After averaging just 7.5 fantasy points per game (FanDuel) through the first three games, Forsett has averaged 16.37 over the last four games. The Ravens are also up against the San Diego Chargers who have allowed an average of 132 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Alfred Blue – FanDuel $6,500

The Tennessee Titans are third worst in terms of rushing yards allowed per game and Blue needs to put his foot down and take over this role. Forster is out of the picture and the matchup and price align for Blue to be a top value this week.

Stay away from

Matt Forte – Forte is against a Vikings defense that is stingy against the run, allowing only three rushing touchdowns through six games. Forte’s price is too high for a guy who may not score.

Doug Martin – Martin is a great value most weeks as he’s often overlooked but this week he’s up against a Falcons defense that’s allowed only 78.6 rush yards per game, which is only behind the Jets.


Wide Receivers

Keenan Allen – FanDuel $8,000 

It would be a tough task to find someone who has been more incorrect about Allen than yours truly. He catches 15 passes week one and two passes week two, 12 week three and four week four. Allen’s nine catches last week, despite having a hip issue, were enough win his haters over. The Chargers have a good matchup against a Ravens defense that is one of three teams averaging over 300 pass yards allowed per game.

Eric Decker – FanDuel $6,400 

The situation with Decker is obvious. Brandon Marshall draws the bulk of the attention and Fitzpatrick relies on Decker to be his reliable, third down option. Decker has scored double-digit fantasy points in every game this year and has picked up five touchdowns in six games. The Raiders defense shouldn’t slow Decker down, they allow a league worst 312 yards per game to opposing pass catchers.

Stefon Diggs – FanDuel $6,700 

The Diggs stock had been rising for a few weeks and had a significant jump last week after he snagged his first touchdown in impressive fashion. Diggs has at least six catches for 87 yards in each of his three career games and those numbers came in his first game. The rookie has 13 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks. This could be the week his stock explodes against a weak Chicago pass defense.

Stay away from

Dez Bryant – It looks like Dez may suit up. Not only would he be an iffy start at best against a horrible defense, Dez will be up against the Seahawks this week. Pass.

Odell Beckham Jr. – Beckham has, and will continue, to cost owners superstar prices but the former LSU Tiger has failed to hit 80 yards receiving in five of his seven games this year and hasn’t had a multi-touchdown game yet.


Tight Ends

Greg Olsen – FanDuel $6,400 

Olsen has proven to be a reliable starter for small formats and a possible breakout player on any given week. The Colts defense has been putrid this year and Olsen remains Cam Newton’s clear No. 1 target. Having said that, he is actually cheaper in FanDuel, which makes him a far better play there than on DraftKings.

Tyler Eifert – FanDuel $6,000 

It may seem weird but it’s week eight and well past time to accept the fact that the Bengals have one of the best offenses in football. Eifert’s six touchdowns in six games are not a fluke. Unlike many tight ends, Eifert doesn’t just operate over the middle. We’ve seen his ability to run in open space and make tough catches. With Gronk’s game behind us, Eifert is your most reliable tight end, only behind Olsen, this week.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – FanDuel $5,200

The Tampa Bay Bucs lost Louis Murphy and Vincent Jackson to injury. That leaves ASJ and Mike Evans as the only two pass catchers with more than six catches on the season. Seferian-Jenkins caught five balls for 110 yards and two touchdowns in week one with Mike Evans out. It could be another big game with Jackson and Murphy out. Be sure to check his status Sunday morning but his 1 p.m. game allows for adjustment.

Stay away from

Gary Barnidge – It’s tough to say the guy who just burned Denver and St. Louis has a bad matchup this week but, simply put, he does. The Cardinals defense is absolutely elite and the Browns have serious quarterback issues if McCown doesn’t go.

Martellus Bennett – Alshon Jeffery is back along with a healthy Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson. The Bears also face a tough Vikings defense. Look elsewhere this week.


Rob Heinemann is an avid sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since 1998. Heinemann, a New Yorker, has covered high school, college and professional sports since 2010. Follow @NFLRosters and @RobMSGV on Twitter and feel free to shoot your fantasy-related questions our way. Be sure to check back each week for information on who to start and who to scrap in your DFS leagues. 


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