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Best options for Week 8 DraftKings cash games

Plays to target in cash games for the Week 8 main slate on DraftKings

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills falls to the ground after a catch during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

You’ll find all kinds of DFS fantasy rankings, values, best/worst plays on DK Nation, but what about just identifying the good chalk? I play almost completely in cash games during NFL season, and it’s really important to know who we can trust, and who we can’t.

New to the cash game scene? Cash games on DK refer to double-ups, 50-50s and head-to-heads — all of which roughly the top half of the field doubles its money.

Here are the plays that jump out in Week 8:


Russell Wilson ($7,200) at ATL — The MVP frontrunner has been extremely consistent this season, and now faces an Atlanta defense that has just been handing out fantasy points to QBs this season.

Deshaun Watson ($7,100) vs. OAK — We saw what Aaron Rodgers was able to do at home against this secondary. Watson has a huge opportunity here.

Ryan Tannehill ($5,100) vs. TB — Never thought we’d see Tannehill cash week, but here we are. He went for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in the air last week against the Chargers, and now gets a fantastic home matchup against the Bucs.

Running Backs

Leonard Fournette ($7,800) vs. NYJ — For the fourth straight week, we saw Fournette get 26 or more touches. That floor makes him an easy cash play. Pay up fort Christian McCaffrey ($9,,200) or Saquon Barkley ($8,900) if you want, but I’ll take the savings.

Chris Carson ($7,000) at ATL — Carson’s pretty much the same play as Fournette, handling 24 of more touches in four straight weeks. $7,000 is too cheap for that many touches against the Falcons.

Devonta Freeman ($5,200) vs. SEA — Freeman will likely be without his QB and his backup RB, which could mean a ton of touches. The bust last week was kind of a fluke because of the ejection, but his game log prior to that was solid.

Sony Michel ($5,200) vs. CLE — Michell has 15 or more touches in all but one game this season, and faces a bad Cleveland rush defense as a heavy favorite. He brings a ton of touchdown upside on a regular basis.

Ty Johnson ($4,900) vs. NYG — Johnson falls into a perfect first game with Kerryon Johnson on IR. He’s very affordable as a home favorite over a bad defense.

Wide Receivers

DeAndre Hopkins ($8,100) vs. OAK — Hopkins finally looked like himself last week, and now faces a brutal Oakland secondary with no Will Fuller (hamstring) to compete for targets against.

Michael Thomas ($8,000) vs. ARI — Look at Thomas’ game log and you can’t tell who the QB was on any week. Doesn’t matter, he’s a play every week.

John Brown ($5,900) vs. PHI — Philly’s secondary is garbage, and Josh Allen will be looking for him on the deep ball.

Kenny Stills ($4,700) vs. OAK — Plug him right in for Fuller, and that could mean a bunch of deep targets. The matchup is perfect to step into the WR2 role for.

Corey Davis ($4,400) vs. TB — If we like Tannehill, we have to like some targets. Davis had 20 DKFP last week. He’s talented, and Marcus Mariota may have been the real issue there.

Mike Williams ($4,000) at CHI — Keenen Allen (hamstring) could miss this game, but will play in a limited role at the most. Williams has a lot of upside against a very overrated Bears defense.

Tight Ends

Austin Hooper ($5,500) vs. SEA — Hooper got his production from Matt Schaub last week, so we can trust him no matter the QB.

Hunter Henry ($4,900) at CHI — Henry’s been featured in a huge role since his return, and Allen’s status should only mean more targets.

Jonnu Smith ($2,800) vs. TB — Delanie Walker (ankle) is out, so Smith makes for a cheap play against a bad defense.

Cameron Brate ($2,700) at TEN — O.J. Howard (hamstring) is out, and Brate’s put together a couple solid games recently.

Defense/Special Teams

Patriots ($4,300) vs. CLE — This is one of the best defenses we’ve seen. The Browns’ offensive line stinks, and Baker Mayfield is very mistake prone.

Panthers ($2,400) at SF — They’ve scored 13-plus DKFP in four straight. The 49ers are legit, but the offense doesn’t scare you too much.

Chargers ($2,300) at CHI — The Bears offense has looked terrible, and the Chargers travel well.

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