What’s happening everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NFL Sleeper Picks for Week 8. These are some of my favorite cheap plays for the main slate that should hopefully come with low ownerships. Like every NFL week, there are injury situations that you need to monitor all the way up until Sunday kick off. So be sure to be on Twitter all weekend and watch all the other major news outlets to see which players are active or inactive. As always if these picks help you win or if you need any advice, just let me know on Twitter.@Hunta512.
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WR: Josh Docston: (3,900) After being a non-factor all season, The Redskins decided to cut WR Terrell Pryor’s snaps and give their 2016 first round pick, Josh Docston more opportunities as their #1 WR this past Monday vs The Eagles. The second year WR didn’t have a big day (3/39), but he led this receiver group with a season high 84.4% of snaps, compared to Pryor who logged a season low, 46.8% of the snaps. Even after a quiet effort, Redskins’ Head Coach Jay Gruden indicated that Docston will continue to get his chances and that they drafted him “to be the #1 guy”.
The 6’4” specimen is a special athlete who was drafted in the first round for a reason. He is a natural route runner and is the exact type of red zone threat this team is lacking. All signs point to Docston getting another crack at the job this week vs The Cowboys, which is a solid matchup for him, as this defense ranks 20th in pass DVOA, and has allowed the 7th most DK points to WRs. This is also perhaps the best game of the main slate to target, with its small spread of 1.5 points, and slate high O/U game total of 49 points. He could easily have another lackluster game, but at only $3,900, I think he is a risk worth taking, given the lack of appealing cheap options for this extremely tight nine game slate.
TE: Jason Witten: (4,200) Witten is coming off two strong games, scoring 13.1 DK points vs The Packers in Week 5, and then 15.4 DK points vs The Niners last week. Him and The Cowboys now face The Redskins in a crucial divisional game, as both these NFC East teams are currently sitting at 3-3. This is one of the best matchups Witten could ask for, as The Redskins have given up 18.0 DK points a game to opposing TEs, which is the third highest mark in the league. (2.6 opponent +/-) Over The Cowboys last two games, Witten has seen a healthy 22.22% of the offensives targets.
He has the potential to see even more in this soft matchup, particularly if Redskins CB Josh Norman suits up. (hamstring) Norman says he feels ready to play and, if he is out there, he will defend WR Dez Bryant for a good majority of the time, leading to QB Dak Prescott looking more Witten’s way down the middle. But no matter the case with Norman, Witten is a still a strong target in this anticipated shootout, that is a true sleeper, with a very chalky play in Jordan Reed at a similar price. (2-4% projected ownership via Fantasy Labs)
WR: Nelson Agholor: (5,500) While WR Alshon Jeffery keeps struggling, Agholor has found some very nice chemistry with QB Carson Wentz. He has now found the end zone in three straight games and is scoring 16.4 DK points a game during this stretch of football. (20% market share) Next, he faces The Niners and their horrible secondary that ranks 29th in pass DVOA. He honestly couldn’t ask for a better individual matchup, facing off against Niners slot CB K’Waun Williams, who has an atrocious PFF grade of 36.6.
According to PFF, this is a gorgeous spot for him, as Agholor has the highest matchup advantage of any WR playing in Week 8. The only worry here is that this game becomes a blowout and The Eagles won’t have to throw much later in the game, with them being 12 point home favorites over the winless Niners. But this matchup is just too juicy to ignore and I think Agholor is one of the better ways of getting exposure to this Eagles team that has the highest implied team total of the main slate. (29.25 points)
QB: Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, and Philip Rivers.
RB: Chris Thompson, Wendell Smallwood, Matt Forte, Deandre Washington, Marlon Mack, and Dion Lewis.
WR: Devin Funchess, T.Y. Hilton, Desean Jackson, Mohammed Sanu (10 targets last week in his return), Jermaine Kearse, Ted Ginn, and Willie Snead.
TE: Tyler Kroft, Hunter Henry, George Kittle, and Jimmy Graham.
D: Saints, Falcons, Bills, and Pats.