Top Value Picks& Targets for NFL Week 8

In this article, I will be breaking down some of my top value plays on FantasyDraft position by position. I will give you one or two names at each position to consider each week. This article is meant to be used in conjunction with our top plays article that comes out earlier in the week. Using both articles will give you a great base to help with your research.


Tyrod Taylor-$10,400-BUF

Taylor was in this spot last week and came through for us in a huge way. In that game against the Bucs, Taylor looked like the Taylor of a couple of seasons ago. Taylor had 268 yards passing and a score and also added 53 yards rushing on his way to 20.02 fantasy points. While we do have to take that game with a grain of salt as Tampa Bay is an awful defense that allows the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season I think we could see Taylor have another great game this week. The Raiders are not as bad of a defense as the Buccaneers are but they are still pretty bad and just let Alex Smith carve them up for over 300 yards and three scores.

Running Back

Joe Mixon-$9,900-CIN

I hate the value at running back this week and will be spending up for the position. With that being said I don’t mind Mixon this week against the Colts. The Colts have one of the worst defenses in the NFL and have struggled to say the least in stopping running backs. This season the Colts rank in the bottom ten in rushing yards allowed per game, have allowed the most rushing touchdowns and second most fantasy points per game to the position. Mixon has also been decent under Bill Lazor as he has at least eight fantasy points in each of those four games. I also have a feeling that Coach Lazor tries to get Mixon involved more this week after Mixon question why he didn’t see the ball in the second half after shredding the Steelers defense in the first half.

Wide Receiver

Brandon LaFell-$7,000-CIN

Wide receiver is another position that there is not a lot of value. I think you are playing with fire with a lot of the cheap guys on this slate but one guy I don’t mind is LaFell for much of the same reasons why I like his teammate Joe Mixon. The Colts not only don’t stop the run well but they also cannot stop the pass. This season the Colts have allowed the most pass plays of 20 or more yards and seventh most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Not only is the matchup a great one for LaFell but LaFell is also playing really decent right now. LaFell has nine catches for 60 yards and a score the past two weeks. LaFell has produced at least eight fantasy points in each of those games and I don’t see a reason why he can’t hit that mark in this one.

Deonte Thompson-$8,200-BUF

If you don’t know who Thompson is it is okay as, to be honest, I don’t know much about him either. What I do know about Thompson is that he is fast and has taken over the role Marquise Goodwin had in this offense. While Goodwin could never put his skill set together for the Bills, Thompson looks like he may be able to. This season Thompson has at least four catches for 40 plus yards in three of his games. Thompson is also coming off a huge game against the Bucs in which he went for over 100 yards. With the Raiders being a bad passing defense especially against speedy defenses we could see Thompson have another huge game this week.

Tight End

Nick O’Leary-$6,300-BUF

When I started to write this article my plan was never to have players from just the Bills and Bengals in it but here we are. Both teams are in good spots this week and offer great sources of value. While I like the guys mentioned above my favorite of all those value plays is actually O’Leary. Charles Clay has a slim chance to play this week but I don’t think it happens and even if he does play he is likely to be limited. With Clay out that is going to leave O’Leary to pick up the start and O’Leary has been excellent in Clay’s role. In the two games that Clay has missed O’Leary has seven catches for 112 yards. O’Leary has produced at least seven fantasy points in each of those games. Not only has O’Leary played well in that role but the Raiders have struggled against tight ends the past couple of seasons and have not looked much better this season. The Raiders have allowed at least 14 fantasy points to the position in five of their seven games this season and I like O’Leary and the Bills to make that six out of eight games this week.

Good luck with NFL this week!

Zach Qualtieri

Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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