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FanDuel DFS Football Tournament Plays for Week 8

Armando Marsal goes over some tournament plays to consider in Week 8.

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FanDuel/SB Nation $2,000,000 Fantasy Football League: Week 8

Quarterbacks

Stud: Ben Roethlisberger $8,200 vs. CIN

Big Ben is expected to make his return after suffering an injury in Week 3 against the Rams. Prior to suffering the injury, he was averaging 360 passing yards in the first two games and had thrown four touchdown. He had scored a total of 49.7 fantasy points through his first two games. Last season, Roethlisberger averaged 333.5 passing yards and threw five touchdowns in two games against the Bengals. This game has an over/under of 48.5 and it’s a pick em, therefore the Steelers have an implied point total of 24.25. While on paper this may not appear like a plus matchup for Big Ben, if you look at the Bengals last three opponents (Alex Smith, Russell Wilson, and E.J. Manuel), none are a major threat passing the ball. The Bengals did yield two touchdowns per game in their first three games. He was just 2.1 percent owned in Thursday night’s slate. I’d anticipate a minor increase but not that much. If you can get him at less than five percent ownership and he goes off, you’re already a step ahead of the many other teams.

Other Studs: Aaron Rodgers $9,000, Philip Rivers, $8,500, Andy Dalton $8,100, and Matt Ryan $8,000

Value: Eli Manning $7,300 at NO

Eli Manning has been far from impressive this season, but he’s flashed the ability to have a big game like he did a couple weeks ago against the Niners. This matchup against the Saints is one that Manning can capitalize from. The Saints are yielding 290.9 passing yards per game and have surrendered the third most passing touchdowns (14). In fact, they’ve allowed multiple touchdown games to opposing quarterbacks in all but two games. This could be a shootout as neither secondary has been impressive this season. Vegas thinks so too, this game has an over/under of 49 points. Manning has attempted 35 or more passing attempts in all but one game and has thrown multiple touchdowns in four of his seven games this season. All signs point towards a good game for Eli, so sprinkling him into some tournaments wouldn’t be a bad idea. He was only owned in 3.9 percent of teams in the $2 Thu NFL snap, which is a plus.

Other Values: Ryan Fitzpatrick $7,400

Running Backs

Stud: Le’Veon Bell $8,900 vs. CIN

With Big Ben set to return this week, the fantasy value for all players on this offense gets a boost. Aside from the last two games against tough run defenses, Bell has played well in Big Ben’s absence. The only department that he has suffered in receptions. He’s only caught eight passes in the last three games. The Bengals have surrender a rushing touchdown in each of the last two games and 90 or more rushing yards. They’re allowing 7.2 receptions per game, 56.7 receiving yards per game, and have given up two receiving touchdowns to opposing backs. In three career games against the Bengals, Bell has never caught fewer than five passes or had less than 50 receiving yards. He’s also scored four total touchdowns. Bell makes a great pivot from Freeman and Gurley this week. If you look at ownership percentages from Thursday night’s games, Bell was owned just five percent while Freeman was owned 17 percent and Gurley 40.2 percent.

Other Studs: Devonta Freemans $9,100, Adrian Peterson $8,900, Matt Forte $8,200, and Todd Gurley $8,100

Value: Justin Forsett $6,900 vs. SD

Forsett has a great matchup ahead of him as he takes on the Chargers who are surrendering 122.9 rushing yards per game, 5.41 rushing yards per carry, and have allowed 10 total touchdowns. They’re also yielding 7.2 receptions per game and 62.7 receiving yards per game to opposing backs. This bodes well for Forsett as he’s been targeted 17 times in the last three games. He is averaging 16.4 fantasy points in his last four games and has scored a touchdown in two of the last three. Another plus is that the Ravens are favorites in a game with a 50 point over under. There’s a lot to like about Forsett this week and rostering him won’t break your bank.

Other values: Chris Johnson $7,300, Frank Gore $6,700, Jonathan Stewart $6,600, and Danny Woodhead $6,100

Wide Receivers

Stud: Julio Jones $9,200 vs. TB

Last week I decided to roll with Jones over Hopkins and it worked out. Don’t get me wrong, I like Hopkins for a bounce back game this week, but will likely have more exposure to Jones once again. Jones is averaging 12.7 targets per game and has been targeted fewer than 10 times in just one game this season. The Bucs are surrendering 179.7 receiving yards per game and 13.5 yards per reception. They’ve also allowed at least one touchdown in every game and have yielded 10 touchdowns to opposing receivers. The Falcons are favored by seven and have an implied point total of 27.

Other Studs: DeAndre Hopkins $9,000, Odell Beckham $8,700, Antonio Brown $8,400, A.J. Green $8,200, and Keenan Allen ($8,000)

Value: Stefon Diggs $6,700 at CHI

Diggs has received 28 targets in the last three games and is averaging 9.3 targets per game. He has topped 16 points in consecutive games and has scored double digit fantasy points in all the games he played. He has a good matchup ahead of him too as he takes on the Bears defense. Opposing wide receivers are averaging 138 receiving yards per game and have scored 11 touchdowns against the Bears. Diggs has been the best receiver for the Vikings this season and continues to see plenty of looks. He was the highest owned receiver in Thursday night’s slate, but he only takes up 11 percent of your salary and could provide some salary cushion to spend up at other spots.

Other Values: Martavis Bryant $7,200, Brandin Cooks $6,800, Eric Decker $6,400, and Michael Floyd $4,900.

Tight Ends

Stud: Martellus Bennett $5,700 vs. MIN

Bennett is the second highest targeted tight end through Week 7 even though he’s had a bye week. He’s averaging 8.8 targets per game, but has been targeted 11 or more times in three straight games. He faces a Vikings defense that has surrendered 100+ yards in back to back games against to opposing tight ends and have allowed three touchdowns. You also save money by rostering him over Eifert and Olsen who are both more expensive and were both owned in more than 10 percent of teams in Thursday night’s slate. Bennett has not caught fewer than four passes in a single game this season, so the volume is there.

Other studs: Greg Olsen $6,400 and Tyler Eifert $6,000

Value: Ladarius Green $5,300 at BAL

Green came through last week for fantasy owners and has a shot at another solid performance. With Gates unable to practice this week and questionable for this week’s game, Green could be in for heavy workload once again if Gates sits out. Green was targeted nine times last week and caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. He now has caught a touchdown pass in three of the last four games. This game has a 50 point over/under, so there’s a good chance of points being scored. He’s affordable and should benefit from a good amount of targets.

Other values: Delanie Walker $5,400