After spending a considerable amount of time and energy researching statistical trends and notable factors to identify bargain buys, these are the individual positional players that I highly recommend starting this week in Week 8 Yahoo DFS fantasy football.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) – Matchup: NYJ@OAK (Salary: $37 & FPPG: 18.5):
Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to fly under the fantasy radar at the QB position in DFS. He’s been very efficient this season, averaging close to 20 FPPG since Week 1 and is coming off of a game where he threw the ball well despite playing a solid Patriots DEF (he had 295 passing yards and two TD passes). He should be a good bet for 20+ points this week against a Raiders DEF that gives up the most Opp. Pass Yds/G (303.8). When you add in his price tag ($37) to the equation, he looks like quite the bargain.
Chris Johnson (ARI) – Matchup: ARI@CLE (Salary: $27 & FPPG: 10.8.):
Chris Johnson didn’t have a good week in his last matchup against the Steelers (only 40 yards rushing in Week 7), but he should fair much better overall against the worst rushing defense in the league (Browns) in terms of Opp. Rush Yds/G (151.0). It’s getting to the point where you should feel compelled to start any RB that plays Cleveland right now and his price at this selection isn’t too bad either.
Alfred Blue (HOU) – Matchup: TEN@HOU (Salary: $15 & FPPG: 5.5):
Now that Texans starting RB Arian Foster is out for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon, the RB job is now Alfred Blue’s by default. Blue has done a pretty decent job before filling in for Foster when he’s been hurt in the past and Blue should be able to turn some heads this week against a very underwhelming Titans DEF that ranks 4th in the league in Opp. Rush Yds/G (129.2). His almost rock bottom salary also makes this pick an ideal one.
Brandon Marshall (NYJ) – Matchup: NYJ@OAK (Salary: $34 & FPPG: 16.4):
Brandon Marshall has had a notable resurgence to his career so far this season averaging 16.4 FPPG since Week 1. His matchup this week against the lowly Raiders (whose DEF simply can’t stop the pass) should only continue to let the good times roll for him and newly successful Jets team. His price will sting you a bit here, but he will more than likely get you top notch fantasy points and that will make his selection at this position more than worth it.
Eric Decker (NYJ) – Matchup: NYJ@OAK (Salary: $25 & FPPG: 13.5):
Yes, I’m going heavy with Jets players this week. Eric Decker is another receiver I expect to see have a standout game in Week 8. You already know about his exemplary matchup with the Raiders this week, but you should also take notice of his more than reasonable price tag ($25) and stretch of TD catches that he has made in four of his last five games played. He has yet to break 100 yards receiving in any game this season so far, but he has come very close to doing just that twice. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Decker finally break 100 yards receiving this week while including at least one TD catch in the process.
Marvin Jones (CIN) – Matchup: CIN@PIT (Salary: $20 & FPPG: 10.5):
Marvin Jones comes in at a slightly higher price than I would’ve hoped for this week, but is playing too well right now to pass up on. He caught nine passes for almost 100 yards last week and added in a TD reception to boot. That’s 20 fantasy points right there and his upcoming matchup favors him greatly because the defense he faces (Steelers) ranks 6th worst in the league in terms of Opp. Pass Yds/G (276.9). Now say it with me! “In Marvin we trust!”
Ladarius Green (SD) – Matchup: SD@BAL (Salary: $14 & FPPG: 11.9):
Chargers starting TE Antonio Gates missed last week’s game with a MCL sprain, but Ladarius Green filled in nicely for him finishing with the following numbers: 45 yards receiving and one TD reception. Chargers starting QB Philip Rivers is going to continue to throw the ball frequently this season due to the fact that San Diego’s running game is as weak as they come week in and week out, so expect to see Green accumulate roughly 10-15 fantasy points each and every week he is filling in for Gates (who will more than likely be out for multiple weeks still). When you factor that in with his dirt cheap salary that will help you create the best possible lineup, it becomes very clear that Green is a wise selection to make at the TE spot.
Darren McFadden (DAL) – Matchup: SEA@DAL (Salary: $13 & FPPG: 9.7):
Darren McFadden’s matchup isn’t the greatest here, but considering the rock bottom price he is still going for and the type of monster performance he had last week against the Giants (152 rushing yards and one rushing TD), he fits in well into your gameplan this week and is worth taking a chance on now that he seems to be Dallas’ favorite option to go with at the RB position.
St. Louis Rams – Matchup: SF@STL (Salary: $15 & FPPG: 12.2):
If you were a Rams DEF owner in DFS in Week 7, chances are you were ecstatic and extremely grateful that you put your trust into this DEF in Week 7. They scored an incredible 25 fantasy points in that stretch against a struggling Browns offense and go up against another team this week (49ers) struggling to get it going this season on the offensive end as well (averaging a league worst 14.7 points per game). The Rams DEF could very well have a repeat performance from last week in terms of many fantasy points they score in Week 8.