“Buy or Bye”™ – Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Week 8 2022 Cash Games
By Ha Kung Wong
In 2021, we were over 70% for cash lineups and we’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for Week 8 of the 2022 season!
As usual, before we get to winning you more bragging rights (and DFS cash), remember, the point of this article is not just to give you one or two lineups for each site, it’s to give you examples of a few POSSIBLE lineups. Getting exposure to a few different lineups is always a good idea, so don’t forget to mix and match additional lineups from my suggestions below. Trust me, it’s a lot more fun that way AND you’ll improve your chances of cashing!
Let’s get to winning you some CASH in Week 8 of the 2022 NFL season!
Cash Games, for those who don’t know, are essentially the lowest risk games. They include “50/50” games, in which half the entrants win about 1.8x the entry fee, and “Double Ups”, in which slightly less than half the entrants win 2x the entry fee.
Since there’s so many different sites, and I can’t cover them all, I’ve decided to cover just the most popular sites, including Fan Duel, Draft Kings and Yahoo! Daily Fantasy.
First of all, as a general rule for 50/50 Cash Games, there’s a basic target of points per salary cap spent that you’d like to look for:
- For Fan Duel try to target at least 2 fantasy points per $1000 spent.
- For Draft Kings, try to target at least 2.5 fantasy points per $1000 spent.
- For Yahoo! Daily Fantasy, try to target at least 0.6-0.7 fantasy points per $1 spent.
Remember, this article is not focused on GPP (Tournament) Games, JUST Cash Games. Feel free to use a few of these suggested players as a base when constructing a GPP lineup, but you’ll have to take some chances on a few low cost, upside players as well.
As per usual, I’m going to provide you with a few sample lineups on each site and give you a few notes to consider. You’re welcome.
So, without further to do, here are my suggestions for the Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games and player props for Week 8 contests, along with they’re prices.
- For those new to this column, note that I never advocate against you paying up at any particular position for DFS. We all know that the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey are probably going to have the most consistent upside in terms of potential fantasy points from week to week. But remember that DFS is a salary cap game. You can feel free to sprinkle high priced players into your lineups, but you can’t pay up at every position because there’s simply not enough salary to go around. I try my best each week to provide my thoughts on how you might want to balance your cash lineups in terms of points potential and salary.
- My approach to DFS in Week 8 is to anchor my team with one stud RB and get value on my other RB, also filling my FLEX with a value RB and going mid-range on WR.
- “Free Square of the Week”™ is Tony Pollard. In Week 7, Pollard put up 109 yards in just 14 touches alongside Ezekiel Elliott against a 32nd ranked Lions run defense. This week, he gets the whole backfield to himself with Zeke out due an MCL injury against the Bears 29th ranked defense. The last time Pollard was on his own was Week 15 of 2020 where he totaled 132 total yards and two TDs. Pricing was set across industry before Zeke was ruled out, so lock him in and move on.
- Brandon Aiyuk is still on the lower half of costs across industry and is coming off a season best 8 of 11 for 83 yards and 2 TDs against the Falcons in Week 6 and 7 of 11 for 82 yards against the Chiefs in Week7. He now becomes the de facto WR1 against the Rams with Deebo Samuel out due to injury. I’m all in.
- Chris Olave has had a breakout rookie season with the Saints, particularly with Michael Thomas out with injury for several weeks, and prices don’t seem to want to catch up. He has the 10th most receiving yards per game (82.5) among WRs, has had TDs in 2 of the last 3 weeks and now gets to face the 26th ranked Raiders pass defense. He also happens to be in a game that has the second highest over/under (49.5) of any game this weekend, so he’s a great play for the price.
- At RB, I love getting more value from D’Onta Foreman, Michael Carter and Eno Benjamin.
- D’Onta Foreman formed a formidable ground attack with Chuba Hubbard in Carolina combining for 218 yards against a solid Tampa Bay run defense taking over for the traded CMC. Hubbard is out this week with an injury leaving Foreman in the backfield by himself against Falcons 30th ranked defense.
- Poor Breece Hall was having a breakout season prior to the ACL injury which puts him out for the season. In steps Michael Carter, who hasn’t been terribly efficient, but at least for one week should get the lion’s share of carries in New York while newly acquired James Robinson gets acclimated.
- Eno Benjamin has had a great run without James Connor and gets one more week as the lead back. The price is still low, so take advantage while you can.
- I’m in on the entire Vikings pass offense facing the Cardinals’ 25th ranked pass defense. I really like Kirk Cousins, Irv Smith Jr., Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, in that order based on value and potential return on investment.
- Jalen Hurts is my top QB for this week and I shouldn’t have to sell you on that. He’s coming off a bye and facing a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed the 3rd most passing yards to opposing QBs as well as allowing 119 rushing yards per game. With an average of 48.4 rush yards per game, Hurts is sure to take advantage of that. I don’t mind sprinkling in some AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith too, if you’d like to diversify.
- And although there’s tons of RB value, clearly Derek Henry is in a smash spot facing the Texans LAST ranked run defense and with Ryan Tannehill hobbled and potentially limited or out of the game. He’s my favoring RB anchor this week, and you can easily fit him in with all the value available.
Good luck everyone with your Week 8 Cash Lineups, and I’ll see you next week for some Week 9 Cash Lineup suggestions!