DraftKings Consensus Rankings Week 8

An overview of collaborative rankings that lists the top value-based picks of the week selected by various staff members

Ten members of the Footballguys DraftKings staff compiled value-based rankings for Week 8 of the NFL season. Those results are shown below with the highest ranking at the top. Each position is ranked as follows: (A dash indicates that player was not ranked). 

Quarterback - Top 8
Running Back - Top 12
Wide Receiver - Top 12
Tight End - Top 8
Defense - Top 5 

To determine the average ranking, any player not ranked received a value of the lowest rank for that position, plus 1 (LR+1). For example, the Top 8 quarterbacks are ranked by each staff member. If one staff member did not rank a particular quarterback, but others did, the ranking for that quarterback is 8+1 or 9. Instead of displaying a 9 in the table, a dash is used to show that player was not ranked, after average rank was obtained. 

The value-based, collaborative results provide a window into which players are the best options for this week's slate of games. I'll explain why certain players are ranked as they are and also provide additional commentary volunteered by various staff members.

DRAFTKINGS CONSENSUS RANKINGS: QUARTERBACK

Player Matchup Opp Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Jameis Winston TB OAK 5700 - 1 1 5 1 1 1 - 1 1 3.0
Andrew Luck IND KC 6800 1 5 2 1 3 4 8 1 - 4 3.8
Derek Carr OAK at TB 5900 5 4 3 3 2 7 6 - 5 2 4.6
Matt Ryan ATL GB 7000 3 - 8 2 8 3 4 - 4 5 5.5
Tom Brady NE at BUF 7600 6 8 7 - 4 6 - 5 3 6 6.3
Alex Smith KC at IND 5800 2 2 - - - 5 - - 6 - 6.9
Drew Brees NO SEA 6900 - - - 7 - - - 3 7 3 7.4
Sam Bradford MIN at CHI 5000 - - - - - 2 2 - - - 7.6
Russell Wilson SEA at NO 7200 - - 4 8 - - - 8 2 - 7.6
Cam Newton CAR ARI 7400 7 - - 4 5 - - - 8 7 7.6
Aaron Rodgers GB at ATL 7500 4 - 6 - - - - 4 - - 7.7
Carson Palmer ARI at CAR 6000 8 - 5 - - - - 2 - - 7.8
Tyrod Taylor BUF NE 5200 - 7 - - - - 3 6 - - 7.9
Andy Dalton CIN WAS 6200 - 3 - - 7 - - - - - 8.2
Matthew Stafford DET at HOU 6400 - - - 6 6 - - 7 - - 8.2
Brock Osweiler HOU DET 5400 - - - - - - 5 - - - 8.6
Dak Prescott DAL PHI 5800 - 6 - - - - - - - - 8.7
Marcus Mariota TEN JAC 5900 - - - - - - 7 - - - 8.8
Trevor Siemian DEN SD 5100 - - - - - 8 - - - 8 8.8

The consensus loves Jameis Winston at home against an Oakland team that has been friendly to opposing quarterbacks this year. I was only one of two staffers not to rank Winston in the Top 8. Seven of the 10 staffers not only ranked him, but gave him a #1 ranking. The consensus looks at his appealing price tag of $5,700 and immediately sees bargain. It's safe to say if our staffers rank him that high, others will as well. Here's my thinking on Winston and why I left him off my list. Oakland was a doormat for opposing quarterbacks early on in the season, but they have improved over the last few games, holding Alex Smith to 0 touchdowns and Blake Bortles to just one touchdown. If Winston has a fault, it's that he's inaccurate at times, especially on deeper throws. He had a good game last week against San Francisco, but many quarterbacks do. He could have a decent game this week, but for a cash game quarterback I want a quarterback that can get 3 touchdowns and over 250 yards. I'm not sure Winston can get us that. I'd rather have Derek Carr for $300 more and have better receiving options. 

Other options include Andrew Luck ($6,800), Matt Ryan ($7,000), Tom Brady ($7,600) and Tyrod Taylor ($5,200). 

The Colts have scored 35, 26 and 29 points at home this year. In those games, Luck has totaled 385-4, 331-1, 322-2. A 300-yard game is a virtual lock even with a challenging opponent in Kansas City. Matt Ryan is a much better play when he's at home, which makes him an attractive option this week. Green Bay kept the Bears in check last Sunday night, but Matt Barkley is nowhere close to Matt Ryan. This seems like another back and forth battle, similar to what we saw last week between Atlanta and San Diego. Consider Aaron Rodgers ($7,500) as well. Tom Brady has played better than expected so far, but this week's game at Buffalo is not an A-plus matchup. Some people believe this is more of a ground attack game for the Patriots against a tough Bills defense that shut out New England (at Foxborough) earlier this season. Brady's counterpart Tyrod Taylor is a cheap option who could provide a spark this week, but he's more of a stretch for cash game lineups. 

Darkhorse: Alex Smith ($5,800) Smith's last outing to Indianapolis in the 2013 playoffs resulted in him reaching 378 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Howe

Jameis Winston - There's too much value elsewhere, even at that price point. Personally I can't imagine cashing him when Tyrod is so cheap and Palmer/Luck are both underpriced. And while I generally like Evans' outlook, I don't see the dynamism or efficiency elsewhere to suggest Winston is just destined for a big day. I think there's a good chance Evans racks up 120 and a score, and Winston lands around 240 and 2. That's value, but it's conditional - if Evans is off, Winston is toast - and it kinda blends in with similar options.

Wood

Jameis Winston bounced back in a big way last week, which we thought would happen as Tampa’s schedule normalizes. He’s my top pick this week on DK for sure.

Mamula

There's plenty of solid QB options this week. Jameis Winston, Russell Wilson and Tom Brady to name a few.


DRAFTKINGS CONSENSUS RANKINGS: running back

Player Matchup Opp Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Devonta Freeman ATL GB 6500 11 6 3 3 5 3 4 2 1 2 4.0
Spencer Ware KC at IND 6800 7 3 2 2 2 4 10 8 3 4 4.5
David Johnson ARI at CAR 7700 4 8 1 4 6 10 6 1 2 5 4.7
Devontae Booker DEN SD 3700 1 - 4 1 1 1 - - 10 1 5.8
Ezekiel Elliott DAL PHI 7200 2 9 5 6 3 12 - 3 4 8 6.5
Melvin Gordon III SD at DEN 5700 8 7 10 7 - 2 2 6 - 3 7.1
Matt Forte NYJ at CLE 6400 3 5 7 11 10 6 - - 5 9 8.2
Frank Gore IND KC 4700 5 1 9 8 - 9 - - - 6 9.0
Christine Michael SEA at NO 7300 10 10 6 10 4 - - - 7 7 9.3
Jacquizz Rodgers TB OAK 5800 - - - 9 8 8 8 4 11 - 10.0
Isaiah Crowell CLE NYJ 3700 - 2 - 12 - 11 3 - - 10 10.3
James White NE at BUF 4800 - 4 - - - 5 7 12 - - 10.6
Mike Gillislee BUF NE 3800 - - 12 - - - 5 5 8 - 10.8
Matt Asiata MIN at CHI 3500 - - - 5 - - 1 - - - 11.0
LeGarrette Blount NE BUF 5300 9 - - - 11 - 12 7 9 - 11.3
Giovani Bernard CIN WAS 5200 12 11 - - - - 9 11 6 - 11.4
Latavius Murray OAK at TB 4500 - - 8 - 12 7 - - - 11 11.6
Lamar Miller HOU DET 6300 6 - - - 9 - - 10 - - 11.6
Mark Ingram II NO SEA 5000 - - - - - - 11 9 12 12 12.2
DeMarco Murray TEN JAC 7400 - 12 - - 7 - - - - - 12.3
Ryan Mathews PHI at DAL 4000 - - 11 - - - - - - - 12.8

The news of C.J. Anderson's injury status came in Wednesday evening and some staffers had already submitted their rankings for this week, otherwise we'd see Devontae Booker much higher on this list. Last week was a very chalk-filled week, where several lower priced players hit paydirt and produced for us. This week's chalk play is Devontae Booker. At $3,700 he is expected to carry the load for the Broncos and has shown the ability to move the ball well. Now that he will be given more touches, it should mean a much higher rate of production. Booker is a virtual must play who could reach 6x value if not higher. 

Other options to consider include Devonta Freeman ($6,500), Spencer Ware ($6,800), David Johnson ($7,700), Ezekiel Elliott ($7,200) and Melvin Gordon III ($5,700).

Freeman is expected to be the Falcons primary back this week with Tevin Coleman (hamstring) likely out. The matchup against Green Bay is not a favorable one, but Freeman's volume and Atlanta's offense could allow the Packers to struggle on defense, especially on the road in the noisy Georgia Dome. Spencer Ware has a good matchup at Indianapolis, but the biggest factor when discussing Ware is that he is expected to be the Chiefs lead back while Jamaal Charles recovers from a knee injury that just isn't fully healing. Ware is the Chiefs main back and he's capable of big production not just as a rusher, but also as a receiver. If this game is high scoring, like expected (50 point Vegas O/u), look for Ware to be a big contributor. David Johnson and the entire Cardinals team is coming off a grueling battle against Seattle last Monday night. They have to travel across the country to Carolina, who is coming off their bye and will be much more rested than the Cardinals. Johnson has youth on his side and has shown that he can be relied on as a staple of the offense. It's hard to think he won't have a good game, but there is some degree of doubt. He may not be the best option this week as a result. 

Darkhorse: Melvin Gordon III and his double digit touchdowns isn't exactly a darkhorse, but this game at Denver could be a struggle. Having said that, if Denver has a crack in their defense, it's their run stopping. They are 10th worst in DK points allowed to running backs in the last three games. That's not horrible, but it's an area San Diego will be looking to exploit. Look for a heavy attack from Gordon this week. 

Wood

It's hard not to like both James White and LeGarrette Blount these days, but if I had to pick one in Week 8 it would be White because of his versatility as a receiver.

Knotts

Devontae Booker is the top running back for me this week after C.J. Anderson is out with an injury. I view Booker and Anderson as largely interchangeable and being able to get a running back who is going to get 15-20 carries for $3,700 is a great value.

Mamula

With Tevin Coleman expected out, DeVonta Freeman jumps to the top of my RB board this week. If Freeman gets over 20 touches, he will produce in most matchups. Also like David Johnson, Spencer Ware and Ezekiel Elliott in the top tier right behind Freeman.

DRAFTKINGS CONSENSUS RANKINGS: Wide receiver

Player Matchup Opp Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Mike Evans TB OAK 8100 - 1 1 4 1 1 8 7 1 2 3.9
Julio Jones ATL GB 9600 2 5 2 3 4 12 - 2 2 3 4.8
Ty Montgomery GB at ATL 5300 5 - 5 2 2 2 5 9 9 6 5.8
Randall Cobb GB at ATL 6400 1 10 10 1 - - 3 4 6 1 6.2
Amari Cooper OAK at TB 7600 9 8 3 7 3 4 - 6 5 7 6.5
T.Y. Hilton IND KC 7900 4 2 9 - 5 5 12 3 3 - 6.9
Larry Fitzgerald ARI at CAR 7500 3 4 - 5 9 7 - 11 - 4 8.2
A.J. Green CIN WAS 8800 6 3 - 6 - - - 8 4 - 9.2
Michael Thomas NO SEA 5000 11 11 6 10 12 8 - 5 - 5 9.4
Doug Baldwin SEA at NO 6900 10 - 8 9 - 6 - - 10 8 10.3
Michael Crabtree OAK at TB 6700 7 7 - - 10 10 - - 8 9 10.3
Demaryius Thomas DEN SD 6200 - - 4 - 7 - 10 - 7 - 10.6
Golden Tate DET at HOU 5100 - - - - - - 9 1 11 10 10.9
Brandon Marshall NYJ at CLE 7800 8 9 - 8 8 11 - - - - 10.9
Marqise Lee JAC at TEN 3300 - - - 11 - - 2 - - - 11.7
J.J. Nelson ARI at CAR 3000 - - - - - - 1 - - - 11.8
Alshon Jeffery CHI MIN 5900 - - - - - 3 - - - - 12.0
Cordarrelle Patterson MIN at CHI 3300 - - - - - - 4 - - - 12.1
Michael Floyd ARI at CAR 4100 - - - - - - 6 - - - 12.3
Emmanuel Sanders DEN SD 6500 - 6 - - - - - - - - 12.3
Marvin Jones Jr DET at HOU 6600 - - 7 - - - - - 12 - 12.3
Jordy Nelson GB at ATL 7200 - - - - 6 - - - - - 12.3
Quincy Enunwa NYJ at CLE 4800 - - - - - - 7 - - - 12.4
Stefon Diggs MIN at CHI 5600 - - - - - 9 11 - - - 12.4
Julian Edelman NE at BUF 6300 - - - - - - - 10 - - 12.7
Brandin Cooks NO SEA 7300 12 - - - - - - - - 11 12.7
Adam Humphries TB OAK 3000 - - 11 12 - - - - - - 12.7
DeAndre Hopkins HOU DET 7400 - - - - 11 - - - - - 12.8
Terrelle Pryor CLE NYJ 6100 - - - - - - - 12 - - 12.9
Cameron Meredith CHI MIN 4800 - 12 - - - - - - - - 12.9
Russell Shepard TB OAK 3300 - - - - - - - - - 12 12.9
Nelson Agholor PHI at DAL 3100 - - 12 - - - - - - - 12.9

The first point of note is the hamstring injury to Randall Cobb that has become known this week. He has been very limited in practice and it's not a given that he will play this week. View his place in the rankings knowing that injury news has arisen. 

The consensus is high on Mike Evans ($8,100) this week, which coincides with the high ranking for Jameis Winston. Evans has scored in every game but one this year and has topped 89 yards in four of six games. He's a good bet to produce once again and his price is less than that of the elites (Julio Jones and A.J. Green). 

Ty Montgomery ($5,300) saw productive reps at running back and wide receiver last week yielding positive results at both positions. It's unclear how many rushes he'll have against Atlanta, but there's a real possibility that he'll be a dual threat once again. The matchup against Atlanta figures to be high in points (52.5 Vegas O/u) and if Randall Cobb is out or limited, Montgomery could see an increase in snaps and targets. He's a bargain at $5,300 especially if he can find the end zone. 

Julio Jones ($9,600), A.J. Green ($8,800) and Larry Fitzgerald ($7,500) are three elite wide receivers with a pedigree of consistency. Fitzgerald is the cheapest of the three and faces off against a Panthers secondary that has played poorly this season. They'll get some key names back, but it's still unclear how effective they'll be against the pass. Arizona has struggled to dominate in the passing game this season, but this matchup could be what they need to get back on track. Julio Jones at home is a near lock to produce, but at $9,600 the price limits your spending in other areas.

Darkhorse: DeAndre Hopkins ($7,400) The first quarter of the season featured Hopkins and Will Fuller V in an even race that Fuller may have had a slight edge. The next few games saw Fuller injure his hamstring, making Hopkins the receiver of choice for Brock Osweiler. This week Houston will host Detroit, who has given up 9 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this year. This is a favorable matchup for Hopkins that could pay big dividends. 

Wood

Mike Evans is the direct beneficiary of Jameis Winston’s turnaround. He’s one half of the top WR/QB stack this week.

Alexander

J.J. Nelson - Nelson was targeted seven times last week, catching three passes for 84 yards in a tough matchup with Seattle’s elite secondary. Even though John Brown should be back this week, Jaron Brown is out, Michael Floyd is banged up and struggling, and Carolina gives up the most yards per pass attempt in the NFL. Nelson should see about 40% of the snaps if both Brown and Floyd play, which is all the time he needs to make a big play and approach 4x his minimum salary.

Cordarrelle Patterson - Patterson has clearly moved ahead of Charles Johnson on the depth chart, and leads the Vikings in targets, receptions, and receiving touchdowns over their last three games. He hasn’t flashed much upside yet, but we know Patterson is dangerous with the ball in his hands and even without a big play, he’s a lock for 3x value against Chicago if his recent usage persists.

Mamula

Mike Evans and Julio Jones make up my top tier at WR followed by T.Y. Hilton and A.J. green in the second tier this week. If Josh Norman is out, bump A.J. Green up to the top tier.

DRAFTKINGS CONSENSUS RANKINGS: tight end

Player Matchup Opp Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Gary Barnidge CLE CIN 3300 1 2 1 3 1 3 4 6 3 1 2.5
Jack Doyle IND KC 3500 2 5 4 2 5 - 5 4 5 3 4.4
Kyle Rudolph MIN at CHI 3500 8 1 - 1 4 2 3 2 6 - 4.5
Jimmy Graham SEA at NO 6100 3 - 3 4 3 4 - 5 2 4 4.6
C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU DET 2800 5 - - 6 2 1 1 7 - 2 5.1
Greg Olsen CAR ARI 6500 4 - 2 7 - - - 1 1 5 5.6
Rob Gronkowski NE at BUF 7000 6 6 7 - 6 - - 3 - 6 7.0
Cameron Brate TB OAK 3200 - 4 8 5 8 5 7 - 8 - 7.2
Travis Kelce KC at IND 4900 7 - 5 - - - - 8 4 - 7.8
Coby Fleener NO SEA 3400 - 7 6 - - 7 8 - 7 - 8.0
Vernon Davis WAS at CIN 2900 - - - - - - 2 - - - 8.3
Jason Witten DAL PHI 3600 - 8 - 8 7 6 - - - - 8.3
Zach Miller CHI MIN 3000 - 3 - - - - - - - - 8.4
Charles Clay BUF NE 2900 - - - - - 8 6 - - 8 8.5
Antonio Gates SD at DEN 2700 - - - - - - - - - 7 8.8

Gary Barnidge ($3,300) is the top play this week at tight end. He has 21 receptions in the last four games to tie Terrelle Pryor for the team lead during that span. Pryor is nursing a hamstring injury and is not expected to be a full 100%, thus making Barnidge more of the team's focal point in the passing game. Josh McCown may be back this week, which only helps Barnidge's chances of a productive day. 

Other options: Jack Doyle ($3,500), C.J. Fiedorowicz ($2,800) and Kyle Rudolph ($3,500). Doyle is coming off a big game last week that saw him reach 9-78-1 as a $2,500 bargain. His price has jumped up some, but the results may be similar, especially with Dwayne Allen still out with an ankle injury. Rudolph is another option to consider at the same price, but Minnesota's offense was dreadful last week, arguably the opposite of what you'd get from the Colts offense. Fiedorowicz is someone to consider, especially at his low price of $2,800. His 15 receptions is second on the team over the last three games and this week's matchup against Detroit could result in a high number of points scored by Houston - all favoring Fiedorowicz. 

Higher priced options with a higher degree of consistency include Greg Olsen ($6,500), Rob Gronkowski ($7,000), Jimmy Graham ($6,100) and don't forget Jordan Reed $5,900 (not ranked), but he looks to be cleared from his concussion protocol and could play this week at London against Cincinnati. This is a good week to target value tight ends, so you may want to shy away from the big spending at the position. 

Wood

There's lots of value at tight end on DK this week, so I would stay off Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham unless you’re looking for a GPP lineup that runs counter-trend.

Knotts

Gary Barnidge week everybody, when Josh McCown starts at quarterback, you have to consider Barnidge and at his price being as depressed as it is. Barnidge was the #2 overall tight end last season with McCown as the quarterback and should expect a big game from him this week.

Alexander

C.J. Fiedorowicz - Since Week 4, Fiedorowicz is quietly the cumulative TE5 on DraftKings, yet he remains priced as the TE20 in the grandfather of all positional matchups against the Lions. Only Dennis Pitta and Zach Miller have more targets than Fiedorowicz’s 22 over the last three weeks.

Mamula

No real standout value at this point of the week at TE. If you have the money, pay up for Greg Olsen or Jimmy Graham.

DRAFTKINGS CONSENSUS RANKINGS: defense

Player Matchup Opp Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Minnesota MIN at CHI 4100 1 3 - 2 1 4 1 2 1 - 2.7
Detroit DET at HOU 2500 - 1 3 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 3.4
Denver DEN SD 3700 - 4 2 - 3 5 2 3 2 4 3.7
Tennessee TEN JAC 2800 5 2 - 1 - - 3 - 3 - 4.4
NY Jets NYJ at CLE 3400 4 - 1 - 2 2 - - - 5 4.4
Dallas DAL PHI 3000 3 - - 4 - - 4 5 - 2 4.8
New England NE at BUF 3300 2 5 - - 4 - - - - - 5.3
Cleveland CLE NYJ 2500 - - 4 - - 3 - 4 - - 5.3
Kansas City KC at IND 2800 - - - 5 - - - - - 3 5.6
Houston HOU DET 3100 - - - - - - - - 4 - 5.8
Arizona ARI at CAR 2700 - - - - - - 5 - - - 5.9
Philadelphia PHI at DAL 3200 - - 5 - - - - - - - 5.9
Cincinnati CIN WAS 3000 - - - - - - - - 5 - 5.9
New Orleans NO SEA 2000 - - - - 5 - - - - - 5.9

There doesn't seem to be a go-to defense to target this week, unlike previous weeks. Minnesota is enticing against Jay Cutler and the Bears, however it's a road game against a divisional opponent. You never know what to expect in those situations. Denver seems like a decent option at home against San Diego, but just two weeks ago Philip Rivers had their number and produced well. Could there be a difference this week, in Denver?  Possibly, but it's not a foregone conclusion. Detroit at Houston has some intriguing possibilities especially at $2,500. We've seen Brock Osweiler struggle and this seems like the type of offense that Detroit could have success against. However it's still a road game for a team that hasn't been a true consistently dominant defense - at least not one from a fantasy sense. This week has the feeling of an unknown defense scoring the most points. Perhaps Tennesee, Dallas or Arizona comes away the top defense. Maybe even Carolina at home against Arizona, if they get their act in gear defensively. There's no clear chalk play and the consensus backs that up with 14 different teams ranked in the Top 5 by all ten staffers. 

Mamula

Minnesota and Denver are in my top tier defense this week. Big drop to the next tier.


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