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Yahoo Daily Fantasy Week 8: NFL DFS Rostership Picks and Pivots

Geoff Ulrich

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Awesemo has a ton of great tools and NFL DFS strategy to help tackle all the largest contests for Week 8 NFL DFS. This Yahoo Daily Fantasy article will walk through some of the standouts in the early Awesemo rostership projections. It will look at who is projected to be highly rostered, who makes for good chalk plays, which highly rostered players may be worth fading and who the low-rostered pivots are in large-field tournaments. With that said, let us get into the Yahoo daily fantasy NFL picks for Week 8.

Week 8 Yahoo Daily Fantasy NFL Picks & Rostership

Awesemo has some of the best rostership projections on the planet for NFL DFS. If playing in large-field GPPs every week, then using rostership projections can bring a massive edge by knowing where the good pivot and leverage spots will be.

Quarterback

Good Chalk: Josh Allen $39 (Yahoo Projected 24.4% Rostered)

Josh Allen comes into this week with the second-best points projection, and the Bills are 13.5-point favorites and have an implied total of 31.25 points. The Bills are averaging 33.8 points per game (second most in the league), and Miami has imploded on defense of late, allowing 27 or more points against in three of their last four games. Allen is likely going to be able to do whatever he wants, as Miami is seventh-to-last in yards per pass attempt against and has allowed the fourth-most touchdowns passing on the year. The floor/upside combo on Allen is unmatched this week.

Chalk to Fade: Justin Herbert $34 (Yahoo Projected 6.6% Rostered)

Justin Herbert is more of a price fade than an ownership fade. It is a decent spot against New England, as the Chargers are coming off a bye and have a 27-point implied team total. Still, at over 6% rostered, Herbert is looking a little pricy to pay up for considering he will have some people looking to him as a pivot. There are cheaper options in good spots this week who will have lessor rostership. Herbert is the fourth-ranked quarterback this week, but fading him is not a bad idea.

Low-Rostered Pivot: Trevor Lawrence $24 (Yahoo Projected 5.7% Rostered)

The Jaguars have allowed Trevor Lawrence to flourish as a rusher over his last few games, and it has helped stabilize his fantasy production. He has averaged six carries over his last four games and seen more work in that area around the goal line, as he has scored twice on the ground in that same span. The big appeal, though, is the fact that Lawrence is playing the Seahawks, who rank in the bottom- 10 in pressure rate and have given up the fourth-most yards passing. Considering how loose the Jaguars play on defense, Lawrence could flourish in an up-tempo matchup and comes in much cheaper than Herbert.

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Running Back

Good Chalk: D’Andre Swift $22 (Yahoo Projected 42.4% Rostered)

It is never a great feeling when a player gets to over 40% projected rostership, but calling D’Andre Swift a bad play at this price would be foolish. He is averaging six catches per game and playing on over 70% of the snaps, giving him one of the most coveted, script-proof workloads at running back this season. He does not need to be in all GPP lineups, but the Eagles have been one of the worst teams at covering running backs this year. Swift is the Lions offense at this point, so best to ride the train for Week 8.

Chalk to Fade: Austin Ekeler $33 (Yahoo Projected 25% Rostered)

Austin Ekeler is a reliable fantasy running back, as few have his usage in the pass and run game. Still, he has played less than 65% of his teams snaps in two of the last three games and has yet to top 17 carries in one game on the year. The matchup is also not great, as the Patriots defensive front has been tough on opposing running backs, allowing just two touchdowns to the position all season. Ekeler has a nice floor, but he is $33, so he needs to explode this week to pay off. At 25% projected rostership, being underweight on him is reasonable.

Low-Rostered Pivot: Jonathan Taylor $35 (Yahoo Projected 3.6% Rostered)

Jonathan Taylor is projecting for well under 5% rostership this week. He looks objectively overpriced considering he does not have the passing usage of an Ekeler or Swift. However, Taylor’s big-play ability means that his upside is line with the most elite backs in the league, and he has already cracked 28 Yahoo points twice this year. Most will choose to attack the Titans’ weak secondary with the Colts receivers, so Taylor could make for a good leverage play in tournaments at low ownership.

Wide Receiver

Good Chalk: Cooper Kupp $36 (Yahoo Projected 17% Rostered)

Cooper Kupp is again projected as the highest-rated player at wide receiver. There is not much more that needs to be said about a player who leads the league in targets and is averaging over a touchdown per game. Paying up for Kupp also makes sense since there are really good value options available at other positions like running back. Kupp will be popular, but the Rams have been more effective moving the ball through the air this year, and that does not expect to change much against a weak Houston team.

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Chalk to Fade: Calvin Ridley $21 (Yahoo Projected 16.2% Rostered)

Calvin Ridley scored a touchdown in his first game back from a one-game hiatus but still only managed four catches and 26 yards in a game where the Falcons scored 30 points. Ridley is cheap but hardly feels like a must-play against a Panthers defense that only allows 6.1 yards per catch and plays at a slow pace. Ridley is already pushing for 20% rostership, so fading him could be a savvy move this week.

Low-Rostered Pivot: Stefon Diggs $30 (Yahoo Projected 12.2% Rostered)

With Dawson Knox out, it is quite possible Stefon Diggs will see positive touchdown regression this week. Diggs scored his second touchdown of the year two weeks ago but managed a touchdown every other game last year. He is taking on an injured Miami secondary that has played poorly all season and has allowed the fourth-most touchdowns receiving to wideouts. Pairing Diggs with Allen will make lineups more unique, as he is predicted for under 15% and many figure to limit themselves to just one Buffalo stud this week.

Tight End

Good Chalk: Dallas Goedert $17 (Yahoo Projected 30.6% Rostered)

The main slate is devoid of three of the top tight ends in the league, leaving fantasy players stuck with trusting a low-volume receiver like Dallas Goedert. Despite averaging just three receptions per game, though, Goedert is in a nice spot against the Lions and has the after-catch ability (averaging 11.1 yards per catch) to take advantage of this bad Detroit secondary. The lack of options makes Goedert’s ability to get yards after the catch more valuable. The Eagles also have a strong 26.25 implied total, so there is heightened touchdown upside as well.

Chalk to Fade: Ricky Seals-Jones $11 (Yahoo 11.8% Projected Rostered)

Ricky Seals-Jones is going to be a popular pick this week after seeing seven targets (four of them in the red zone) against Green Bay last week. He will likely even push for over 15% rostership, as DFS players will likely go with the cheapest option at a very thin position. Denver has been murder against opposing tight ends this year, though, as they have allowed no touchdowns to tight ends and just four catches per game to the position. With his rostership likely to climb from, fading the popular punt play has merits.

Low-Rostered Pivot: Dan Arnold $11 (Yahoo Projected 2.8% Rostered)

Through two games with Jacksonville, Dan Arnold has played on over 60% of the snaps (in both starts) and led the team in receiving in his first game against the Titans, with five catches. Seattle’s defense is not playing well or getting pressure, so an improved performance from Lawrence could on tap, which would also improve his chances of getting his first score with the Jaguars.


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