Welcome to the Week Eight edition of the DraftKings Sneaky Plays. This weekly article will examine the pricing for the Saturday Main slate of games and try to identify some “sneaky” under the radar plays that could pay big dividends in tournament play. The pricing has softened considerably, so nailing a few lower priced players will be key in constructing a high scoring lineup. Without any further adieu, let’s get into some of the potential Week Eight gems.
Jarrett Stidham Auburn QB vs. Ole Miss $6000: Stidham is one of those players that the experts love as a “game manager”, which doesn’t move the needle for DFS players. He topped 300 yards passing last week against Tennessee and could make it two in a row this week versus Ole Miss. The Rebels pass defense is simply dreadful. They rank 120th in the nation against the pass and could allow Stidham to post his biggest stat line of the season. Stidham should be able to account for two to three touchdowns and easily pay off on his low price tag in this potential SEC shootout.
Shea Patterson Michigan QB vs. Michigan State $6200: Patterson is averaging 22.6 DK points per game over the last two contests and has brought some life to the Michigan offense with his arm and legs. The matchup with rival Michigan State is bad in name only. The Spartans have the #1 ranked rush defense in the country and subsequently have the 118th ranked pass defense. The Wolverines could focus on the passing game and Patterson could easily throw up a solid yardage and touchdown total. The implied tough defensive matchup and low over/under of 41 should keep his ownership percentage very low, which is a great thing in tournament play. Plug this Wolverine in some tournament lineups to allow for some upgrades at other positions.
Larry Roundtree & Damarea Crockett Missouri RB vs. Memphis $5200 & $5100: This looks like a week that both Missouri running backs could be very much in play. While Roundtree has slightly separated himself recently, both should see enough carries to reach value this week. The Memphis rush defense is ranked 80th this season, yielding 15 rushing touchdowns in seven games. The Tigers will step up in competition this week and could find it very difficult to stop a bigger and stronger SEC team. This game could easily produce 80 total points and getting either one of these backs at just over 5K allows for a piece of the action at a discounted price. Plugging these Tigers in a lineup or two allows for a ton of roster flexibility and also offers a high ceiling. They should easily be able to hit 3X-4X value with a trip to the end zone for each.
Braylon Sanders Ole Miss WR vs. Auburn $5000: This talented sophomore will move into the starting lineup with the news that DK Metcalf will miss the remainder of the season with a neck injury. Sanders had 133 receiving yards and a touchdown in his only start earlier in the season against Southern Illinois and has shown the ability to stretch the field with a 20.6 yards per catch average this year. He will be facing an Auburn defense that has been solid against the pass, but has not faced a high powered passing attack like the Rebels bring to the table. With AJ Brown and DeMarkus Lodge getting all the attention, Sanders could find some open spaces to make a big play or two and pay off on his low price tag. Take a shot with this Rebel in Week Eight.
Ryan Davis Auburn WR vs. Ole Miss $4800: See above with Jarrett Stidham. Davis is the favorite receiving option of Stidham and has a tremendous matchup with a porous Ole Miss pass defense. This looks like the perfect spot to see the Auburn offense get rolling and Davis should have hand in the production. He has 15 receptions over the last two games and has 17 more catches than the next receiver on the roster. It would not shock me to see Davis go over the 100-yard mark for the first time this season and find the end zone against the hapless Rebels defense.
Damonte Coxie Memphis WR vs. UCF $5600: We are going back to the well with Coxie. He was featured in this article last week and disappointed against UCF. Put him in the spotlight again as he has a nice matchup and is heavily involved each week in the Tigers passing game. He is averaging 8.57 targets per game could see upwards of 15 this week against Missouri. The Tigers boast a solid rush defense and may force Coxie and crew to beat them through the air. With an over/under of 74 points, there should be plenty of fantasy fun in this game and Coxie could play a big role. Expect this Tiger to find the end zone and pay off nicely on his mid-range price.
Jalen Knox Missouri WR vs. Memphis $4500: This talented freshman scored a receiving touchdown last week against mighty Alabama and has looked very comfortable in the Missouri offense recently. He is starting for the injured Emanuel Hall and is quickly becoming the go-to target for QB Drew Lock. He comes in this week very underpriced and looks to be an outstanding tournament dart in a potential shootout with Memphis. Locking this Tiger into a lineup will allow for plenty of roster flexibility and upside. Don’t be surprised if Knox finds paydirt for the second week in a row and is part of the winning lineup this week.