Fantasy Football Calculator's FanDuel Sleepers and Value Plays for Week 8

By Patrick Whelan, October 25, 2017
Wendell Smallwood Philadelphia Eagles

Andy Dalton vs. Indianapolis Colts: $7,600

So, I know this isn't breaking news, but the Indianapolis Colts are an absolute tire fire. And don't even get me started on their handling of Andrew Luck. Defensively, they are second to last in yards allowed and giving up a whopping 4.4 points more than any other team in the league. That is staggering. Andy Dalton has barely been a QB2 for most of the year but still managed to put up 28 points against a Cleveland Browns unit that is a lot better than the Colts.  Dalton may not have the top scoring week, but he saves you almost $2,000 off the top QBs and that money will go a long way.

Wendell Smallwood vs. San Francisco 49ers: $5,500

LeGarrette Blount continues to see the majority of the carries, and Corey Clement has stolen a couple touchdowns, but it's Wendell Smallwood that has the most upside in the Eagles backfield. In his last three games played, Smallwood has received a consistent 10-14 touches, played the majority of the passing downs, and seen the most snaps out of any of the running backs. Ezekiel Elliot just put 219 total yards on the 49ers, meaning there will be plenty of yards to go around. But instead of Blount, go with the cheaper option who has more upside and can add some PPR value to boot.

James White vs. Los Angeles Chargers: $4,900

The Patriots backfield is a beautiful mess, with all four running backs seeing meaningful action last week against the Atlanta Falcons. It was actually Dion Lewis who saw the most snaps, while James White had his fewest of the season. All of those variables add up to the very small Fan Duel valuation you see above. But James White is still the most involved running back in the Patriots offense and clearly has iron clad trust from Tom Brady. The backfield competition makes this a boom bust pick for sure, but White has averaged 9 touches a game and is a touchdown threat every week. He's a cheap GPP Tournament upside pick if your strategy puts you low on cash.

Marvin Jones vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: $6,100

With the Lions playing host to the number one pass defense in the league, this pick is strictly about volume. And with Golden Tate out with injury, that volume should be high. The talent after Marvin Jones on the depth chart is promising but raw rookie Kenny Golladay and uninspiring TJ Jones. Marvin Jones should see at least 10 targets in this one, and has a catch over 37 yards in two of his last three competitions.

Marquise Goodwin vs. Philadelphia Eagles: $4,900

Looking for wide receiver value deep within the cheap valuations of Fan Duel is not a fun endeavor. All of the players are major boom bust candidates that I wouldn't put near a cash game. That includes Marquise Goodwin. However, I think he presents the highest floor and upside of anyone valued below $5,500. Goodwin is a rookie speedster who has been growing into his role with the 49ers. Also, the 49ers are a bad outfit, and spending most games playing catchup has afforded Goodwin 24 targets over the last 3 games. A bust is a very real potential outcome, but Goodwin should get the looks to have a productive day, and his speed allows for big play upside.

Jason Witten vs. Washington Redskins: $5,400

Outside of two quiet games against the Cardinals and Rams, Witten has been a fantasy force. He's averaging 7 targets a game, 5 catches, and a half touchdown. Witten is Dak Prescott's most trusted asset in the passing game, and will continue to see a healthy volume of looks. Add in the fact that the Redskins are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to tight ends this year, and Witten is a high floor tight end that would make a solid play in GPP tournaments or cash games.


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