Moving onto Week 8 of the 2023 season, and we are going to give you some DraftKings bargain bin plays for the week. These are plays that are on the ultra-value/ GPP contrarian side. So generally avoid these plays in cash game lineups, but in GPPs- especially big fields go for it!
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Desmond Ridder @TEN ($5,100)
In the words of De La Soul – ”Three, that’s the magic number”. Well, it certainly is for Atlanta Falcons QB Desmond Ridder; the man who threw 3 interceptions against Washington a fortnight ago, followed up by 3 fumbles in Tampa last week…but has that dissuaded me from including him in this column for the third week in a row, of course not. Ridder had a relatively good fantasy day last week against the Bucs despite not throwing a single touchdown. The sophomore signal caller threw for exactly 250 yards on 19 completions, adding 38 yards on the ground as well as his 3rd rushing score of the season. The Falcons are on the road again this weekend, visiting Nashville to take on the Titans who have just traded All-Pro safety to the Eagles and will be without Ryan Tannehill due to an ankle injury. Tennessee is allowing over 250 yards to opposing QBs, I’m backing Ridder once again to provide value for his $5100 price tag.
Kenny Pickett v JAX ($4,900)
Kenny Pickett and Desmond Ridder had remarkably similar stat lines in week 7, with Pickett completing 17 of his 25 passing attempts for 230 yards and no scores whilst also adding a rushing touchdown. Pittsburgh plays host to Jacksonville this weekend, with the Jaguars looking to make it 5 wins on the spin heading into their week 9 bye. Pickett almost had a full complement of weapons last week with Diontae Johnson returning, but unfortunately star TE Pat Freiermuth again has been lost to injury, a hamstring pull sending him to the IR. The Steelers win at SoFi last time out was Pickett’s best fantasy performance of the season and will have him and his teammates brimming with confidence as they return home to face a Jags defense ranked 31st against opposition quarterbacks.
Sam Darnold v CIN ($4,300)
Remember when there were questions on who the starter in San Francisco would be; whether it was going to be former No.3 overall pick Sam Darnold, former No.3 overall pick Trey Lance, or former No.262 overall pick Brock Purdy. Proving that draft capital really does mean nothing when you’re that good (or perhaps that bad in Lance and Darnold’s case) Brock Purdy won the job and all was well for the 49ers starting 5-0 on their way to another Super Bowl appearance. Well, the thing is after back-to-back defeats in Cleveland and Minnesota, San Fran now sits 5-2 and announced Wednesday that Purdy is in the League’s concussion protocol. Mr Irrelevant will be Mr Invisible come Sunday as he is unlikely to gain clearance in time to suit up for the game versus the Bengals. Darnold is next man up on one of the league’s most powerful offenses; at $4300, he’s worth a punt play to allow you to spend up elsewhere. EDIT: (Brock Purdy has cleared Concussion Protocol and will START week 8 – Sam Darnold no longer a viable pick. At $5600 Purdy is still a viable pick)