Updated: Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6:20am ET
NFL Week 8 DFS is going to be a fun one. It also could be an extremely difficult one. We've got a ridiculous amount of marquee talent off the board for the Sunday main slate thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers on a bye while the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns all play in prime-time games. There's even a London game this week and while few people were using the Jacksonville Jaguars or Denver Broncos, there are still a few players who could have been a part of our supporting cast. That means your lineup construction is going to be paramount to your success. We have certain chalk plays we know everyone is going to use – Tony Pollard, Derrick Henry and, well, pretty much anyone from the Miami Dolphins/Detroit Lions game – so it's a matter of where you go for the rest of your lineup.
This is the first week we have a legitimate opportunity to pay down at the quarterback position. With no Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert or Joe Burrow there is really only one quarterback you are going to want to pay up for and that may not even be necessary. We also don't have Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews on the slate, so paying down at the tight end position is also a very strong possibility. It actually, for cash games, is probably the direction you are going to want to take. So with the possibility of paying down at QB and TE, your choices for wide receiver and running back become that much more important.
Hopefully we avoid the injury bug this week as last week was downright brutal. We missed with our quarterback for the first time in seven weeks of NFL DFS and would have been just fine had Amon-Ra St. Brown or DK Metcalf not left with injuries. Nothing you can do about it, but hope it doesn't happen again. So let's just get to it. We have a general game plan for roster construction. Now it's time to see who fits best.
Now, before we get to the Playbook players, allow me to remind you what you should be doing leading up this step in your research.
Step 1: Check out the DFS Position Coaches
Step 2: Check out the rest of the relevant DFS content
In addition to the positional coaching pieces, you also have things like the DFS Watch List, where I provide you with a list of players I am looking at throughout the week. We have the NFL DFS Podcast with me and Jon Impemba, who also does the Contrarian Corner video and check out the DFS Bargains from Tera Roberts (@ItsTeraTime).
Also, our Master of Tools, Matt Selz (@theselzman), supplies you data junkies with the Weekly Match-Up Report and everyone should also be checking out the WR/CB Match-Up Report from Ryan Hallam (@fightingchance).
Speaking of tools, we have also done some major enhancements with our NFL tools. We continue to crunch the numbers and tweak our algorithms so that our daily fantasy football projections are the best in the industry and that, in turn, has improved things like our Lineup Generator/DFS Optimizer, our DFS Compare tool and even our NFL DFS Ownership Projections. Again, all right here on one site for your convenience.
Step 3: Make your own list of players
It's real easy to just sit and wait for the Playbook, but as you are doing your research throughout the week, it is important to make notes and list the players who interest you the most. Maybe they end up in the Playbook and maybe they don't. If they're there, then great, it should mean we are honing in on the same things that make him a strong play. If not, maybe you're onto something else that someone overlooked. We aren't perfect and if you uncover something different, maybe you're right. I would be careful of routine groupthink and hype from beat writers, but often times someone will tell me something they saw about their local team that I missed and I am always looking to investigate more if its there. If you do, then say something in our Fantasy Alarm Discord Chat, Talk it out and see what the rest of the #FAmily thinks. That's why the chat is there, isn't it?
With those three steps complete and discussions are in progress, you are ready to look at the Playbook players, make comparisons and finalize your list for lineups, so let's get to it.