Fanduel's Week 8 pricing and main slate beg us to focus on volume at the running back position, and so in this week's core plays, that's what we'll do to try and tackle GPP tournaments on Fanduel. We normally use one running back in our core four - this week, we've got two. Latavius Murray and Leonard Fournette are both priced nicely enough to start our lineups out with them and build from there.
If you're new to this article, we pick four players every week we'll be overweight in our lineup builds. Then, we give an example of how we'd fill in around them in tournaments. Our "Core Four" this week is Ryan Tannehill, Latavius Murray, Leonard Fournette and DeAndre Hopkins. This isn't an "optimal lineup", but it's an example of one you could build if you start with our "Core Four". If you're looking for more great NFL, NBA, or?MLB, or PGA DFS advice, check me out on Twitter?(@DFSBenj).
FanDuel Picks Week 8: NFL DFS example lineup?
CORE PLAY: QB Ryan Tannehill, Titans vs. Buccaneers ($6,900)
The quarterback position is narrow this week. There aren’t a whole lot of guys who are jumping out at first glance outside of Deshaun Watson. However, for my core play, I want to spend down at the position to give my lineups flexibility to spend up on the high-end running backs and one of DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, or Cooper Kupp. To accomplish this, I’m looking at?Tannehill at $6,900 in a great matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.?
The Bucs' defense has been significantly improved this season against the run, but they are still a bottom-5 team in the league against the pass. Tannehill looked steady in his first start for the Titans after they benched Marcus Mariota, throwing for 312 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Chargers. Tannehill also targeted his wide receivers consistently last week, something that Mariota struggled with this season. Out wide is where the Tampa defense struggles the most, ranking 28th DvP against opposing wide receivers this season. Tannehill also has some decent rushing upside after posting five rushing attempts last week. Tannehill is the no-brainer cash game play if you don’t want to spend up on Watson, and there are numerous stacking options for him in GPPs with all of his pass-catchers coming in at value prices.?
CORE PLAY: RB Latavius Murray, Saints vs. Cardinals ($6,200)
This pick relies solely on Alvin Kamara sitting out for his second-straight week with knee and ankle issues, but if he sits then Latavious Murray makes for the best running back play on the slate at $6,200. Murray looked great last week in a featured role in the Saints offense despite a tough matchup against the Bears in Chicago. Murray posted 150 total yards and two touchdowns while also catching five passes out of the backfield. This type of usage is rare for most running backs in the league, and Murray is going to be nearly impossible to get away from at his $6,200 price point on FanDuel. Add in the extra touchdown equity that Murray would have should Drew Brees come back this week, and you have a player that is at least $1,000 too cheap on FanDuel given his role sans Kamara.?
CORE PLAY: RB Leonard Fournette, Jaguars vs. Jets ($7,700)
I always want to jam as much running back volume into my lineups as possible, and Fournette has been the biggest usage hog in the league this season. He was the mega-chalk play last week, and I expect him to be extremely popular yet again this week at his $7,700 price point. I don’t see any reason why he is priced $300 less than Chris Carson on FanDuel this week (Fournette is $800 more expensive than Carson on DraftKings), and while I objectively like Carson a touch more, I’m going to take the savings with Fournette wherever I can. Fournette has seen at least 26 touches in each of the last four weeks and barring injury; I can’t foresee a scenario where he sees less than that this week in a home matchup against a Jets team that just allowed Sony Michel to plow in for three touchdowns on Monday night. A case can be made for fading Fournette in GPPs, but with his volume, he should be the first name that you click on in cash game lineups on FanDuel.?
CORE PLAY: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Raiders ($8,200)
The high-end running backs will rightfully be getting most of the attention this week, but don’t overlook some of the top wide receivers who are also in great spots. The big decision at the position will likely be between Hopkins and Michael Thomas. Both are in great matchups, and both should be between 12-15 targets, making the margins here extremely thin. For me, I’m going to lean on Hopkins, who is facing a Raiders team that is coming off a game in which they allowed Aaron Rodgers to throw for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns with mostly second-rate receivers.?
Hopkins’ target share should be secure this week with Will Fuller V out of the lineup and Kenny Stills only a week removed from coming back from a hamstring injury. I’m sure that Stills will get a few deep shots, and Keke Coutee will absorb some low aDOT targets, but the red zone and intermediate routes will belong to Hopkins. $8,200 might feel like a steep price to pay for Hopkins, who has not been his usual model of consistency this season, but the matchup and projected target volume are just too much to ignore.?
WR John Brown, Bills vs. Eagles ($5,900)
Brown is only $5,900 this week in a great matchup against the Eagles at home. Philadelphia’s cornerback group is among the worst in the league, and they get beat deep down the field in virtually every game.
WR Corey Davis, Titans vs. Buccaneers ($5,500)
The other wide receiver spot is going to?Davis. Davis looked like Ryan Tannehill’s favorite target last week, and a matchup with the Bucs is a dream spot for any wide receiver, especially one with the physical tools of Davis.?
TE Austin Hooper, Falcons vs. Seahawks ($6,600)
Tight end is a tricky spot, but someone who should go low owned is Hooper at his $6,600 price tag. While Matt Ryan may not play in this game, Matt Schaub is still a decent backup, and we saw how he instantly looked Hooper’s way last week when he came in the game for an injured Ryan. The Seahawks are one of the worst teams in the league at defending opposing tight ends, ranking 30th DvP against the position.?
FLEX Chris Carson, Seahawks @ Falcons ($8,000)
I already have a ton of projected volume at the running back position, but I’m going to add some more with Carson at $8,000. The matchup with the Falcons is pristine, and he has a top-5 running back snap share in the NFL. This is a game where the Seahawks project to be in a positive game script for running backs as -3.5 point road favorites. The trio of Fournette-Murray-Carson should see around 70 touches and gives the lineup a great floor.?
D/ST New England Patriots vs. Browns ($5,000)
D/ST is going to the Patriots, who might have the best defense that the league has seen in the last decade. They are expensive at $5,000 but are impossible to fade given how well they are playing and the matchup that they have this week against turnover-prone Baker Mayfield and the Browns.