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NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em And FanDuel Picks

This is Mike's weekly spot to pick some over and underachievers in fantasy football plus some picks for your weekly FanDuel game

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Welcome to Week 8!

For standard leagues, I'll pick some players outside the top 10 and 15 who I think will play well as well as some higher rated players who I see underachieving using the ESPN rankings. I've got my FanDuel picks at the bottom.

Last week, I went 15-5  in underachievers and overachievers, and went 14-3 and my best week of the year in FanDuel. Let's get to it.


  • Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: I would not play any skill players against Denver at home.
  • Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck: Facing Carolina at home with the way Luck is turning the ball over? Doubtful this will end well.
  • New York Jets RB Chris Ivory: I am worried more about the hamstring than the talent.
  • Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy: His ankle is supposedly healed, but I have to see it to believe it against Denver.
  • Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas: He only has one TD, and I see another grind it out, low scoring game in Denver.
  • Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald: He is slowing down while fellow WRs Michael Floyd and John Brown are getting more targets.
  • Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton:  Welcome to Josh Norman island. The Carolina cornerback is just too good right now.
  • Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten: He looks slow and beat up, there are better TE options.


  • New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees: He has been getting the yards but not the TDs. That changes this weekend against the Giants.
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: This is more of a gut call that he is due for a fantasy breakout week.
  • New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Jets' opponents this week, the Raiders, may just have the worst secondary in the league.
  • Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West: He looks like the work horse, and he gets to face the shaky Lions defense.
  • Cincinnati Bengals RB Gio Bernard: The Steelers are tough to run against, but I can see 8-10 targets in the receiving game.
  • San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead: He is a top 10 PPR RB with fellow RB Melvin Gordon on the outs. Ride the Woodhead wave.
  • Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs: He is now a WR1 and should get 10 targets a game.
  • San Diego Chargers TE Ladarious Green: I do not see Antonio Gates playing, and this is a great match up.

Here are my FanDuel picks for the week where I will give some higher and lower salaries I like at each position. As you will see, I will be focusing on the defenses to pick on:


  • Jameis Winston QB Tampa Buccaneers, $6,600
  • Drew Brees QB New Orleans Saints, $7,900
  • Cam Newton QB Carolina Panthers, $8,000
  • Philip Rivers QB San Diego Chargers, $8,500


  • Danny Woodhead RB San Diego Chargers, $6,100
  • Darren McFadden RB Dallas Cowboys, $6,400
  • James Stewart RB Carolina Panthers, $6,600
  • Gio Bernard RB Cincinnati Bengals, $6,700
  • Chris Johnson RB, Arizona Cardinals, $7,300
  • Mark Ingram RB New Orleans Saints, $8,000
  • Devonta Freeman RB Atlanta Falcons, $9,100


  • Michael Floyd WR Arizona Cardinals, $4,900
  • Devonte Adams WR Green Bay Packers, $5,300
  • Steve Johnson WR San Diego Chargers, 5,900
  • Stefon Diggs WR Minnesota Vikings, $6,700
  • Keenan Allen WR San Diego Chargers, $8,000
  • Julio Jones WR Atlanta Falcons, $9,200


  • Jeff Cumberland TE New York Jets, $4,600
  • Ladarious Green TE San Diego Chargers, $5,300

There will be no article nest week as I will be on vacation.  Thank you for reading and have a great week, feel free to ask any questions here or on Twitter