Updated: Sunday, Oct. 29 at 8:50am ET
How goes the DFS lineup building for NFL Week 8? It's a little tricky right now as we want to get players like Christian McCaffrey, Cooper Kupp and Ja'Marr Chase into our lineups, but even during a week that has no byes, there is still very little value across the positions. Even if we look to pay down at quarterback and use someone like C.J. Stroud or Dak Prescott, we still need some insane bargains and value plays to get those big boys in. Now, we could just forego the top plays and just keep our lineups nice and balanced and while that is certainly going to be a direction I take for my GPP tournaments, I still don't want to completely ignore that top tier. The DFS lineup optimizers will find a way and the herd will follow, so if we want to best them, we're going to need to dig deep and find some less chalky value this week.
If you're new to Fantasy Alarm, the DFS Dart Board is an add-on to the Playbook that I started several years ago. It came about when I was building GPP lineups and realized I needed more salary relief. As I dug through my notes to see who stood out the most among those players at a more affordable price, it hit me. When I put players in the Playbook, I am thinking primarily about cash lineup plays -- guys with a high floor who I could conceivably put into my core-group and build a lineup around. After those players, I would mix in a handful of guys who had boatloads of upside and were in soft match-ups, but I wasn’t paying as much attention to their salary as I should have. And that's where the Dart Board came into play.
Occasionally you may see a min-priced QB or TE in here, but more often than not, this space is reserved for running backs and wide receivers who are below $6,000 on FanDuel or $5,000 or lower on DraftKings. Also, while we call this a Dart Board, keep in mind that every player has been carefully researched. We're not up here picking players all willy-nilly, desperately hoping they hit. We're looking for the cheapest bargains possible who still have the strongest potential to give you at least a 3-5x return on what you pay.
All set? Great. Let's get to it and while you do, maybe give a listen to this week's NFL DFS Show with Jon Impemba.and Andrew Cooper;