Unlike week 6, chalky running backs dominated last week’s slate. Each of LeSean McCoy, Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, and Le’Veon Bell eclipsed 25 DraftKings points. However, without Bell and Gurley on this week’s main slate, a pivot off the few top running backs should differentiate lineups.
Andy Dalton (v. Indianapolis) - $5,800
Despite an underwhelming start to the season, Andy Dalton makes a strong cash play. The Colts currently give up 301 passing yards per game (31st in the league). They recently allowed Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, and Brian Hoyer to score 20.3, 18.24, and 22.12 points respectively. The Colts will also be without safety Malik Hooker, making them a prime target for DFS this week.
AJ Green (v. Indianapolis) – $8,600
With Dalton as a strong quarterback option, Green offers an elite stacking partner in cash and GPPs. The Colts rank 31st in yards allowed per game to the wide receiver position at 208.9. Green is averaging 9.5 targets per game, ranking 7th in the NFL. Coming off a down week against the Steelers, Green is the premier bounce back candidate for week 8.
Devin Funchess (v. Tampa Bay) - $5,900
Devin Funchess continues to pace the Panther’s wide receivers in targets, yet he remains cheaper than Kelvin Benjamin ($6,400) again this week. He now draws a Tampa Bay defense allowing the most yards per game to receivers (227.7). Funchess has averaged 8.8 targets per game over his last five games, making him a solid cash play this week.
Josh Doctson (v. Dallas) - $3,900
Missing the DraftKings’ weekly salary adjustment, Josh Doctson surprisingly played more snaps than Terrelle Pryor (54 to 30). While it only led to 5 targets, Doctson appears to have taken Pryor’s role in the offense. Near the minimum price, Doctson makes for an ideal cheap GPP play. While he warrants cash consideration, his lack of usage keeps him from being a lock.
Jordan Howard (@ New Orleans) - $6,800
Over the past 4 weeks only Le’Veon Bell has seen more touches than Jordan Howard. With Mitch Trubisky at quarterback the Bears have run the ball a league high 68.9% of the time. New Orleans has an adequate run defense, but Howard’s usage keeps him in the conversation for cash lineups. He has seen at least 19 touches each of the past three games.
Melvin Gordon (@ New England) - $8,100
Seeing no less than 19 touches each of the past three weeks, Melvin Gordon draws a Patriots defense allowing the 4th most points per game to running backs. The past three weeks the Patriots have actually defended the run well, allowing no more than 16.1 DraftKings points to any running back. However, Gordon’s monster workload makes him an ideal GPP pivot off the other running backs in his price range.
Jordan Reed (v. Dallas) - $4,700
With 6 teams on bye, this appears to be a week to pay up for Jordan Reed. Following a week 5 bye, Reed returned to his fulltime role, playing a majority of snaps and pacing the Redskins in targets. Although, Dallas plays the tight end position well, Washington uses Reed in creative ways. Last week he lined up in the slot on 22 of his 50 snaps. With Washington correctly utilizing Reed, he provides a safe cash option.