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Here we go with a rare Single Game NFL DFS slate for Thursday Night Football of Week 8. Tonight’s matchup is between the Panthers and Falcons with Carolina listed as a two-point home favorite with an over/under of 51.5.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Mike Davis - RB - Carolina (DK: $8,800 / FD: $15,000)
Chrisitan McCaffrey has officially been ruled out for Thursday’s game, meaning Mike Davis will continue to operate as Carolina’s RB1. He has excelled in that role with 22+ fantasy points in three of his past five games. While Davis has notched a pair of lackluster DFS performances in recent weeks, I’m expecting him to get back to 20-25 FP range. The matchup looks fantastic in a high-scoring date with Atlanta, so I’m willing to roll Davis out as a CPT/MVP through all formats. The $8,800 salary on DraftKings is particularly enticing.
Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Carolina (DK: $10,600 / FD: $13,500)
Bridgewater is another MVP/CPT candidate while facing an Atlanta team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing signal-callers. The salary difference has me leaning towards Davis as a CPT on DraftKings, but there’s merit to going with Bridgewater as your MVP on FanDuel. The Carolina QB has posted 19-27 fantasy points in three of his last four outings, and this is arguably his best matchup of the season. He went for 313-2-0 against the Falcons earlier this month (21 FP), and that’s a realistic baseline heading into this divisional rematch.
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Curtis Samuel - WR - Carolina (DK: $5,400 / FD: $8,000)
I initially thought this would be a breakout season for Curtis Samuel, but teammate Robby Anderson took those honors with some huge performances early on. However, Samuel still deserves some DFS love for a bargain price tag. He’ll likely see a handful of receptions with a few rushing attempts mixed in. That has resulted in two straight games of double-digit fantasy points. It’s unlikely Samuel will hit paydirt once again (5 yd TD run last week), but we are hoping he can haul in five receptions with 50-60 total yards to hold value. I’ll be looking towards him as a value filler on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Brian Hill - RB - Atlanta (DK: $2,200 / FD: $7,000)
Hill is more of a play on DraftKings than FanDuel tonight. By locking him in at $2,200 on DK, you can stack the other playmakers recommended in this article. Atlanta’s top running back, Todd Gurley, has notched 20+ carries in back-to-back games, so it could be time to scale back the veteran’s touches. That’s pure speculation, mind you. However, Hill should see anywhere from 5-15 touches, and it’s plausible that he’ll take away some of Gurley’s touches on a shortened week. Either way, Hill’s work in the passing game should lead to positive fantasy production on a full PPR site like DraftKings.
Robby Anderson (WR - CAR) is another top pick that I’ll be looking to pair with Bridgewater. I prefer him over teammate DJ Moore (WR - CAR), but they are certainly both in play against an Atlanta team that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to receivers. Moore came up big last week, but I believe Anderson will retake his throne as Carolina’s go-to WR on Thursday.
Matt Ryan (QB - ATL) is worth mixing into your lineups if you are firing off multiple entries. I’m not too excited about him in cash games though. My exposure to the Atlanta passing attack would be through Calvin Ridley (WR - ATL) and/or Julio Jones (WR - ATL) if anything, and I like them in that order regardless of salary.
Todd Gurley (RB - ATL) is an interesting play. He’s not the most efficient running back, but he’s still seeing a ton of volume and goal-line work to pad his fantasy numbers. Will the Falcons scale back his carries on a shortened week? That’s the concern. On the bright side, Gurley will face a Carolina team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to RBs this season.
Younghoe Koo (K - ATL) and Joey Slye (K- CAR) are both in play tonight. I have my eye on Koo as a value filler when scouring in this price range. Atlanta ranks 23rd in red-zone offense, and Koo has benefitted with a hearty 11.5 FPPG average on the season. Keep him in mind when rounding out your lineups.