Today’s Pigskin daily fantasy plays: Week 8

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For the third week in a row, we were able to identify multiple players who finished in the top ten of their position at each of the four core spots. If you aren’t following along, you must hate winning money because there isn’t a better site out there helping you win on Sunday. With that said, let’s look at some of my favorite plays this week in daily fantasy:

Aaaron Rodgers ($7,500)

Volume, volume, volume. When Rodgers has to throw because he has no running game, he’s even more valuable than usual. And if last week was any indicator, Rodgers is going to have to carry the Packers’ offense for the foreseeable future. And we love that. Check out Rodgers’ game splits when he asked to throw the ball 45 or more times:

The Falcons don’t have a pass rush and can be easily passed on. Expect another high volume game for Rodgers, and don’t be surprised if this is the game where Rodgers starts to look like himself.

Devonta Freeman ($6,500)

In case you forgot, Devonta Freeman is good. Like, really good. And yes, the Green Bay defense is first in the league in terms of fantasy points given up to running backs, but that shouldn’t matter. I especially don’t care due to the fact that Tevin Coleman won’t play on Sunday. Freeman has been stellar with Coleman in the lineup, but he’s even better when he’s out:

Expect Freeman to have a lower ownership this week simply due to the fact that he’s facing a tough opponent. However, he’s talented and the volume should be there. Be willing to take a risk here.

Devonte Booker ($3,700)

Truth be told, Booker was a player I was putting into my lineups very early in the week, before we learned about the C.J. Anderson injury. Now, he has to be in your lineup. Booker was slowly taking over the backfield in Denver and now it’s his for the rest of the season. San Diego comes to Denver this week and this match-up looks oh so juicy for the rookie out of Utah. Expect a massive workload for Booker as the Broncos try to take the air out of the ball and pound the Chargers into submission.

Dez Bryant ($7,100)

I like to take risks when playing GPP lineups and playing Dez Bryant the first game back certainly is one. However, this is a juicy matchup for him, especially if he’s healthy. He’s dominated the Eagles in the past, even with quarterbacks such as Matt Cassell and Kyle Orton:

Starting cornerback Ron Brooks went down with an injury last week and is lost for the season. The Eagles will likely put a seventh round rookie from 2015 on him; Jalen Mills.

Mills is Pro Football Focus’ third worst cornerback in the NFL, so expect a nice return here for Bryant.

Jimmy Graham ($6,100)

Jimmy Graham has quietly returned to his 2014 form. Well, almost. Graham has seen at least eight targets in all of his previous four games. In those four contests, he’s averaging nearly 90 yards per game. However, despite all of the targets, he’s only caught one touchdown all year. That should change on Sunday when he returns to the SuperDome and faces his former team; the Saints. New Orleans can’t stop anybody and it sets up for a really nice revenge game for the Saints. He’s a must-play in Week 8.

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