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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Taylor Heinicke v MIN ($5,000)
Poor Desmond Ridder; he burned too bright for this world. One week you’re hitting the (wuthering) heights of your career and making your 3rd successive appearance in this column, the next you’re hitting the pine and have been replaced by a guy who just 3 years ago was a back-up quarterback in the XFL. Ah well, we thank Mr. Ridder for his service and welcome Mr. Heinicke back to fantasy relevance as the new starting quarterback for my favourite underrated offense in the NFL. In relief of Ridder at the half, Heinicke threw for 175 yards and a score in the Falcons defeat in Tennessee last Sunday. I’m no mathemagician, but that gives him a 17 game pace of 5950 yards and 34 touchdowns, and it’s hard to argue with science. All jokes aside, Heinicke looked competent and will offer the Falcons something Ridder could not; the ability to throw downfield. Expect to see more deep balls in the coming weeks, especially when Drake London returns from his groin injury. Minnesota allowed Jordan Love to put up over 220 yards last time out; I expect my new favourite Taylor (sorry Ms. Swift) to top that in week 9.
Bryce Young v IND ($5,100)
The Colts defense is a gift to opposing fantasy quarterbacks, with the Saints’ Derek Carr the latest to benefit from their generosity. The former Raider passed for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns as New Orleans ran out 38-27 winners in Indianapolis last Sunday night. Carolina’s Bryce Young is the next man up to take on this struggling Indy pass D and the No.1 pick in this year’s draft will be looking to put up only his second multi-touchdown game of his young career. Young continues to hyper-target Adam Thielen but has given increased looks to fellow rookie Jonathan Mingo in recent weeks. If the 2021 Heisman winner continues to consistently connect with Thielen and Mingo, as well as utilise his safety valve Chuba Hubbard, he could be in for a very cost-efficient fantasy day for managers looking to spend down this weekend.
P.J. Walker v AZ ($4,800)
I may be beginning to sound like a broken record at this point, but please start literally any quarterback who is facing off against Arizona. Ironically, this advice comes one week after the current holders of the first pick of the 2024 NFL Draft (that’s the Cardinals) held Lamar Jackson to only 157 yards and a single touchdown through the air. Lamar’s sub-par fantasy performance was largely in part to Gus Edwards having a career day with 3 rushing scores, and less due to the heroics of the Arizona defense. Walker is a dicey play this week, be sure to monitor the situation with DeShaun Watson who may return to the fold at any time, but if P.J. draws the start, I am backing him to put up serviceable numbers that will more than pay back the meagre $4800 investment for your roster. It’s not going to be pretty, but on a slate where Geno Smith is the 5th most expensive QB who will actually play, what more are you really hoping for? If Walker gets the nod, I’ll have a good level of exposure to him on Sunday.