Welcome to Kings NFL Money Maker Week 8 Edition. Each week I’ll be presenting you with two money-making players at each position. Normally I’ll have an expensive or chalk player followed by a punt play or sleeper listed for each position. Although, this is DFS and nothing is etched in stone. Some weeks there may be two chalk plays or sleeper plays because the match up is just too sweet!
These plays are designed to send you soaring into the money. (Your Money Makers) You can mix and match however you see fit. Just plug them in! After all, the number one reason we all do this is to make money! Now let’s check out this weeks NFL Money Makers!
Cam Newton ($6,600)
After last weeks dissapointing performance versus the Bears, a lot of people may be scared off of Superman. Not me though! I was one of the very few people last week to throw the Bears defense in a couple lines and it paid off. They were horrible last year, but they’re healthier this year, and are truly an up and coming group. Cam meanwhile, has been known to have a dud performance here and there, but in Week 8 he has the opportunity to make up for it in a huge way! He faces the Bucs and their HORRIBLE defense! I’m not even sure if horrible is a strong enough word.
They’re giving up 302 yards per game, 25 completions, 1.83 touchdowns and allowing a 102.90 QB rating to opposing quarterbacks. (Yikes!) Prior to last weeks performance, Newton had thrown for 7 touchdowns and ran for 2 in his last 3 games. Those are Superman type of numbers! In his career versus the Bucs Cam Newton is 6 and 3. Throwing for at least 1 touchdown in every game played against them. (Including 5 games with 2 or more touchdowns) Is he the safest quarterback on the slate? Probably not, but his ceiling is sky high and I believe the potential out weighs the risk!
Phillip Rivers ($6,300)
Up next is another horrible defense, the New England Patriots. They looked great last week, but I think that was more about their opponent than anything else. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers meanwhile are on a roll as they head into week 8 winners of 3 straight. Rivers has not had very much luck against Brady and the Pats in his career as he’s an embarrassing 1-4 against them. (1-6 if you count the playoffs!) Lucky for us, this is fantasy and the final score of the game has nothing to do with our lineups on Draftkings.
Also, this isn’t your average Bill Belichik defense. The Pats are currently giving up 323 yards, 25 completions and 2.14 touchdowns a game to opposing quarterbacks! Which works out great for Rivers! In his last 4 games he’s managed to throw for 8 touchdowns, averaging 2 a game. Even though he hasn’t beat the Patriots more than once, Rivers has still been able to score versus them. Throwing for 2 or more touchdowns in 3 out of 5 games. Against this defense, I see no reason why Rivers shouldn’t have a Money Maker day on Sunday. He should be playing from behind, which will force him to air it out. Throw him in your lines!
Bonus Money Makers: **Kirk Cousins, Tom Brady, **Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott & Russell Wilson
LeSean McCoy ($8,700)
The real slim shady finally stood back up in week 7! McCoy was a beast versus the Bucs, rushing for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Bills actually look legit this year, but for them to have any chance of post season hope, Shady has got to lead them. Whether it’s been due to injuries or off the field issues, McCoy just hasn’t seemed himself this year. It took him all the way to week 7 to score his first touchdown which just isn’t like him. Whatever it is, let’s hope he put it behind him after last week. This week he faces a Raiders team giving up 105 yards per game to running backs. Throw in the fact that they’re also allowing 5 catches and 52 yards per game through the air to the position, and we have a Money Maker.
After the monster game Ezekiel Elliot had last week, he sits only $500 more than Shady on Draftkings. Because of this I think people will choose to pay up for the most part. However Shady is getting an all around better match up on Sunday. He actually has the opportunity to put together a better game than Elliot and if we can get him at lower ownership….. Why Not!? I’ll gladly roll the dice on McCoy in week 8.
Chris Thompson ($5,800)
The running back on the other side of Ezekiel Elliot is Chris Thompson and man has he been impressive! Other than his dud against Kansas City, Thompson has put up impressive number so far this season. Scoring between 15 and 33 Draftkings points in every other game played up to this point. It’s funny, but he’s almost Kirk Cousins favorite receiver, as he’s caught 4 or more passes in 4 out of 6 games played. The Redskins backfield has admittedly been a mess, but Thompson has been the one constant. The Cowboys are giving up 93 yards per game to running backs, along with 6 catches for 50 yards. This is a divisional game that I expect to stay close, putting Chris Thompson in prime position to be a Money Maker in week 8.
Bonus Money Makers: **Ezekiel Elliot, *Alvin Kamara, Dion Lewis, *Matt Forte, Christian McCaffrey, **LeGarrette Blount & Melvin Gordon
A.J. Green ($8,600)
Don’t over think this one! AJ Green is the most expensive wide receiver on Draftkings main slate for a reason! Even though this Bengals team has Bengals fans tearing their hair out, Green has continued to get his for the most part. Including touchdowns in 3 straight games prior to last weeks poor performance. On Sunday AJ Green and the Bengals take on the intimidating defense of the Indianapolis Colts! (Can you sense the sarcasm?) The Colts are giving up 13 catches and 206 yards a game to the wide receiver position this year. (16 yards per catch) Meanwhile Green has been targeted double digit times in 3 out of 6 games played this year. In the games he wasn’t targeted double digit times he had 8,7, and 5 targets. The Bengals will only go as far as Green carries them. Well, he’ll carry them to a win on Sunday, as he puts together a monster performance!
Travis Benjamin ($3,900)
If you’re looking for a safe play that’s great for cash games, then check out the guy listed above. If you’re trying to win some real money in a GPP, you’ve got to think outside the box. We all know about the Patriots defense this year, they’re suspect at best. Everyone will be on players like Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon and Tyrell Williams, as Travis Benjamin is a guy that often gets overlooked. However, just as he showed last week, he has the potential to go off on any given Sunday with a big play. My thinking here is that the Patriots pathetic defense will be keying in on the Chargers bigger play makers. In turn leaving Benjamin open just enough to have a big day. No doubt that he is a boom or bust type of play, but a lot of Money Makers are. That’s how you make the money! I would stay away from him in cash games, but when it comes to GPPs….. Go for it!
Bonus Money Makers: Kelvin Benjamin, Doug Baldwin, Michael Crabtree, Tedd Ginn Jr, **Josh Doctson, *Brandon LaFell, *Seth Roberts, Robby Anderson, **Brandin Cooks, **Mike Evans & Will Fuller
Jason Witten ($4,200)
When all else fails, why not go back to old reliable? Jason Witten has been getting it done for a long time now, and father time doesn’t seem to be slowing him down. This week he gets the Redskins who are giving up 6 catches and 85 yards per game to the tight end position. (That’s an average of 14 yards per catch) Witten has also proved to be one of Dak Prescotts go to guys in the redzone this year as well as he’s already notched 3 touchdowns. Hell, Witten even had a game this year in which he caught 10 balls. You can’t beat a price tag like this for a player with his ceiling. Witten draws the best matchup on paper for a tight end in week 8, and my money says he produces. I’ll have him in my lines.
Jared Cook ($3,900)
Jared Cook has certainly been somewhat of a let down so far this year as the expectations were high for him in Oakland. You can’t blame it entirely on him though.With Derek Carr getting injured again, it was hard for him to really start to build chemistry with his quarterback. Not to mention the fact that Carr hadn’t exactly looked like himself again until last week versus the Chiefs. After coming back from injury it sometimes takes time for a player to regain confidence on the field, and there’s a good chance that’s exactly what’s been going on. As soon as Carr began to look like himself again though, the ball started going to Cook. He had 6 catches for 106 yards in week 7, and the matchup is just as sweet on Sunday. Cook gets the Bills who are giving up 6 catches and 70 yards a game to tight ends. I expect a good game from Carr, and I think that will translate to a big game for Cook.