NFL DFS – Week 8 Studs and Duds Breakdown
Welcome back, everybody! With week seven in our rear view mirror, week eight brings some very interesting match-ups that I will look to help you exploit and also avoid. Before we get into week 8 NFL DFS, I want to take a look back at how some of my Studs and Duds did last week. Just so everyone has an understanding of what classifies someone as a “Stud” versus a “Dud, A stud is someone that I think will finish top ten at their position that week. A dud is someone that I think will finish outside the top twenty-four at their position.
Studs I got right:
Dak Prescott- The QB1 of the FIRST PLACE DALLAS COWBOYS played extremely well in week seven. Scoring 21.56 fantasy points, Dak finished as the overall QB8 for week seven. One of the most over-analyzed quarterbacks in all of football, Dak continues to perform like a fantasy stud this season.
Josh Jacobs- After dominating the Bears by scoring 27.8 fantasy points before their bye week, Jacobs continued his success against the Packers by scoring 19.4 fantasy points in week seven and finishing as the RB8. Criminally underused at Alabama, Jacobs has turned into the heart and soul of this Raider’s offense.
Derrick Henry- Coming off his worst performance of the season in week seven, Henry turned in a great performance against the Chargers in week 8. Rushing for 90 yards and one touchdown, Henry scored 17.8 fantasy points and finished as the RB10 in week seven. Henry is now averaging over nineteen carries a game and continues to be the engine that runs the Titans offense.
Studs I got wrong:
Larry Fitzgerald- The worst part about fantasy football is waking up on Sunday and finding out your wide receiver is playing in a heavy rainstorm. That’s exactly what happened to Fitzy on Sunday. As rain poured down from the sky, Fitzgerald ended the game with 2.2 fantasy points, finishing week seven as your WR88. Playing in the most pass-heavy offense in the NFL, better days should be ahead for Fitzy. Let’s just hope mother nature is kinder in the future.
Michael Gallup- Gallup was lined up for his best matchup of the season in week seven. Coming in ranked dead last against opposing WRs in fantasy points, the Eagles defense has been awful against the pass all season. Gallup ended the game as one of the week’s biggest disappointments, scoring 6.4 fantasy points and finishing the week as WR65. A couple of factors played into this performance. First of all, the Eagles got both of their starting cornerbacks back from injury this week. Second of all, despite signs that he was not even going to be active this week, Amari Cooper did indeed play this week. I still like Gallup’s upside as a cheaper DFS option for the rest of the season.
Duds I got right:
Sam Darnold- If any of you decided to put Sam Darnold in your lineup, I’ll say a little prayer for you tonight. Facing a New England Patriots defense that is statistically the best in NFL history through seven games, Darnold had a full-blown nuclear meltdown in week seven. Plagued by five turnovers, Darnold finished with -1.66 fantasy points. You would have been better off not starting a quarterback in week seven. With the Patriots defense continuing to steamroll people, I would think long and hard before starting a quarterback in fantasy against them. Don’t get caught “seeing ghosts” like Sam Darnold did on Monday night.
Terry Mclaurin- Slowly becoming one of my favorite players of the 2019 season, “Scary Terry” had been on a roll entering week seven. Unfortunately, a match-up with the 49ers brought him back down to earth. Playing through a monsoon, Mclaurin was only able to score 2.1 fantasy points and finished as WR89 in week seven. As the target hog of the Redskins passing attack, Mclaurin should continue proving that he is the best rookie wide receiver from this year’s draft class.
Duds I got wrong:
Ezekiel Elliott- As a huge fan of the FIRST PLACE Dallas Cowboys, it caused me so much pain to put Zeke on the dud list last week. Coming into week seven, Philly had not allowed a one hundred yard rusher all season and came in sporting one of the best defensive fronts in all of the NFL. If week seven has taught me anything, it’s that Zeke Elliott will never be on the duds list again. Zeke responded with his best game of the season so far, scoring 30.9 fantasy points and finishing as the RB4 in week seven. Every week the price may be sky-high, but Zeke continues to prove that he’s worth every penny.
Allen Robinson- Facing Marshon Lattimore and a Saints defense that came in rolling, AROB made the dud list based on the awful match-up. After a 24.7 point performance where he finished as the WR4, we must begin to ask ourselves if Allen Robinson is back to being a dominant fantasy wide receiver. Averaging 18 fantasy points per game this season, I think AROB would agree that the answer is yes.
Now that I’ve recapped last week, let’s get into week eight.