It’s Thursday, which means there’s a DraftKings Showdown and FanDuel single-game slate, but it also means it’s matchup day. So, it’s our marathon show with Dave Loughran and Matt Savoca where they go game-by-game and take a look at all the Week 8 NFL DFS matchups. They’ll break down all the major fantasy players you’re looking at as NFL DFS picks to put in your FanDuel, DraftKings and Yahoo lineups, including Julio Jones and Kareem Hunt.
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Here’s an excerpt from Matt’s Week 8 NFL and Fantasy Football Matchups Column
Kansas City Rushing Game
As expected, the signing of Le’Veon Bell immediately cut into the workload of first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who had his lowest snap count of the season on Sunday, seeing the field of just 53% of the Chiefs’ plays. His previous season low had been 62%. Bell saw a 33% snap share and immediately pulled off his longest run from scrimmage since 2017, leaving little doubt about his viability in the high-powered Chiefs offense. With the game out of reach, 20% of snaps went to DeAndre Washington, who also made his Chiefs debut Sunday, but that likely changes during closer matchups down the stretch. Washington makes for an interesting “Chiefs blowout” bet, as he could get garbage time usage once again if the game gets out of hand quickly. Among the top two backs, from an opportunity standpoint, Edward-Helaire saw 26% of the team’s opportunities, and Bell was nipping at his heels by commanding 22% of opportunities. Edwards-Helaire still saw four targets compared to Bell’s 0, but, as fantasy gamers know from Bell’s time in Pittsburgh, there’s little doubt the Chiefs will eventually begin using him in the receiving game as well. With a significant salary difference between the two, Bell seems like a much more interesting option than Edwards-Helaire, who’s still among the top seven running backs in salary on the main slate, priced as if the backfield still belongs entirely to him. That’s simply no longer the case. At $4,600, Bell has a chance to be one of the best value running backs on the slate this weekend.
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