Buccaneers: NFL week 8 Draft Kings picks and predictions

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Wide receiver Adam Humphries of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for a gain of 17 yards to bring up first and goal while getting pressure from defensive back Leonard Johnson #23 of the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of an NFL game on January 1, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Wide receiver Adam Humphries of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs for a gain of 17 yards to bring up first and goal while getting pressure from defensive back Leonard Johnson #23 of the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of an NFL game on January 1, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

After a successful week last week, we bring you some more smart money plays for your Draft Kings lineups this week.

Below I will be breaking down my top picks for DFS – specifically Drafk Kings – during Week 8 of the NFL season.  I have been playing for Draft Kings for many years now and have had success.  The $50,000 Cap is critical and being able to find those $4,500 – $5,500 players that will produce allows you to get some of the more prominent names that are consistent DFS studs. If you followed my advice last week, you probably won money. I hit big on Elliot, Cousins, and the Titans D/ST  This week should be more of the same!


Andy Dalton  $5,700

Dalton is coming off a tough loss to the division rival Steelers, but he should rebound nicely against a Colts team that has given up the third-most passing yards per game through week 7.  Overall the Colts are ranked 28th worst giving up averages of 300.7 Yards per game to opposing quarterbacks and are ranked last in the league at giving up an average of 28 points per game.  A.J. Green and Dalton will look to rekindle the chemistry that put the Bengals in the conversation for one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combos in the league.  Dalton will go off for 300+ yards and three touchdowns.

Kirk Cousins  $6,400

Cousins is coming off a hot performance on Monday night even though his Redskins took the loss.  Cousins threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns against the stingy Eagles defense.  This marks three of six weeks that Cousins has thrown for over 300 yards.  Look for that trend to continue as he should reach his third 300+ yard game in a row against the hapless Cowboys Defense. Cousins and the Redskins should throw all over the Cowboys look for 350+ yards and three touchdowns.

Running Back

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LeGarrette Blount $5,100

Last week Zeke Elliot absolutely mauled the 49ers.  Blount is no Zeke, but should continue the trend of running backs abusing the Niners.  Giving up 134.6 yards per game to opposing running backs this could be a matchup where the Eagles get ahead early and run the ball most of the second half.  Overall they rank last in the league against opposing running backs.  Watch for Blount to get 100+ yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Jay Ajayi $5,900

Ajayi has only two 100+ yard games on the season so far, but the Dolphins should look to lean on him more this week as Jay Cutler won’t be behind center.  While the Ravens have been decent stopping the run this season as far as yardage, they still rank 29th in the league for opposing running backs against.  Ajayi has 23 or more carries in three straight games, and this trend should continue as the Ravens are no longer a feared defense in the NFL.  Look for Ajayi to break 100+ yards and get his first two touchdowns of the year.

LeSean McCoy $8,700

The Bills are rolling winning three of their last four games including wins against the Falcons, Broncos, and Buccaneers who were all early season favorites to be playoff teams.  McCoy has been a critical cog to the winning formula while not having huge days he has continued to be consistent.  The Raiders rank 23rd in the league giving up 113.9 yards per game on the ground. Look for Shady to go for 100+ yards and one-two touchdowns.

Wide Receivers

Kelvin Benjamin $6,400

The Buccaneers are currently ranked 31st in the league against opposing wide receivers and 30th in the league in yards per game giving up 294.8 per game.  Benjamin only has a single 100-yard receiving game, but is a consistent target for Cam Newton and could dominate the smaller corners of the Buccaneers.  Benjamin is going to go for 150+ yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers and have at least one big play.

Jermaine Kearse $4,800

The Jets get the Falcons coming off of a poor performance against the Patriots and on a short week.  While the Falcons should win the game, the Jets have been a surprise, and Kearse has been a big contributor to that. He is one of only 17 receivers this year with four or more touchdowns.  Watch for him to put up his first 100+ yard game and snag his fifth score of the season.

Adam Humphries $3,700

When building your team sometimes, you have to scrap the lower levels for a bargain that could go off.  Humpries had a crucial fumble in last weeks game and should look to rebound and reestablish himself as a key cog in the Buccaneers passing attack.  This year while not breaking 100 yards yet he has consistently been targeted by Winston and has three games of six catches in each.  Look for Humphries to take advantage as the Panthers try to shut down Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.  I’m predicting his first 100+ yard game his first touchdown of the season.

Tight End

Travis Kelce $6,800

Kelce is a top-flight fantasy tight end stud almost every week.  Against the divisional rival Broncos, this should not change.  The Broncos have been surprisingly bad at stopping tight ends this season as they rank 25th in the league in points against.  Kelce has had 4 or more receptions in all but a single game this season and should get at least that in this matchup.  Look for Kelce to put up his third 100+ yard game and reel in at least one touchdown.

Jason Witten $4,200

Old reliable is still on the field for the Cowboys and is one of Dak Prescott‘s favorite targets.  The Redskins are ranked 30th in the league in opposing points per game against the tight end position.  Witten has yet to crack 100 yards on the season, but is as reliable a goal-line threat as there is in the league.  Look for him to have his first 100-yard game and score his fourth touchdown of the season.


Minnesota Vikings 4,000

The Vikings are an elite play this week as they get the winless Browns in Cleveland.  The Browns are in total rebuild mode, and the Rookie Deshone Kizer has been announced as the starter.  Last week against the Titans he threw for 114 yards and a pair of interceptions before being benched.  The Vikings are a much better and more aggressive defense than the Titans.  Look for them to be one of the top defensive units this week getting to Kizer at least four times and two interceptions.

New Orleans Saints $3,400

The Saints are home against the Bears and rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky.  While showing decent merit as a rookie, the Saints defense should pick them apart.  This is a team that put up 32 fantasy points just two weeks ago against Matt Stafford and the lions and also have two other double-digit performances on the season.  The Saints should feast on the rookie to the tune of three sacks and three interceptions while putting up double-digit points for the fourth time this season.

Next: Week 8 Fantasy Football Starts, Sits, and Sleepers By Division

Best of luck to each and every one of you this week in your daily fantasy lineups!