NFL DFS Single Games: TNF Week 8

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Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Thursday Night Football of Week 8. Today’s matchup is between the Packers and Cardinals with Arizona checking in as a 6.5 point home favorite. The over/under currently rests at 50.5 total points. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 ET.

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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TOP PICKS

Kyler Murray - QB - Arizona (DK: $12,800 / FD: $16,000 / Yahoo: $35)

Murray makes the most sense as your top overall play tonight. Sure, it’s chalky, but there are enough value plays to make him work (more on that in a bit), even with a 1.5x Captain salary multiplier on DraftKings. Murray has calmed down a bit after flexing 35+ FP in the first two weeks of the season. Still, the lower end of his fantasy range hovers around 20-22 FP, and the ceiling pushes 40. Murray is always a threat to rack up rushing yardage and a potential score on the ground. Green Bay has allowed the second-most rushing yards to QBs this season.

Aaron Rodgers - QB - Green Bay (DK: $11,800 / FD: $16,500 / Yahoo: $25)

Game flow is on the side of Aaron Rodgers, who could see more than usual volume in this one. The reigning MVP will be without his top receiver, but I believe Rodgers is a top play based on expected pass attempts. Pairing him with the correct receivers might be a difficult task, but we’ll sort through that in the bargain and tournament sections below.

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BEST BARGAINS

Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay (DK: $3,600 / FD: $7,000 / Yahoo: $13)

Cobb is a logical bargain through all formats tonight. Adams is out, and Allen Lazard won’t be playing for Green Bay either. That leaves Cobb as one of the most trusted receiving options available for the Packers. As mentioned earlier, we are expecting a ton of passing volume from Green Bay, and Cobb could benefit from more targets.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling - WR - Green Bay (DK: $3,800 / FD: $6,500 / Yahoo: $16)

Valdes-Scantling is technically questionable for this contest. Reports suggest that he’ll be lifted from injured reserve for this contest. However, we’ll need to double-check that it actually happens. If Valdes-Scantling is a “full go” tonight, then he’ll likely step into a prominent role for the scarce Green Bay receiving corps. “MVS” has some appealing upside in that scenario.

TOURNAMENT LOOKS

Equanimeous St. Brown - WR - Green Bay (DK: $600 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $10)

Amari Rodgers - WR - Green Bay (DK: $400 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $10)

Both of these guys will factor into the mix for Green Bay tonight. Their status would elevate even more if Valdes-Scantling isn’t activated ahead of this game. It’s difficult to predict how the Packers will go about replacing Adams and Lazard tonight. St. Brown and Rodgers figure to get into the mix, especially in three-receiver sets. They are dirt-cheap on all DFS sites, and you are essentially hoping they come through with a big play or touchdown.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Aaron Jones (RB - GB) could see more volume with Adams out. He’s an interesting stacking extension of Rodgers as well, given that the Green Bay RB does enough work in the passing game. Loading up on Murray, Rodgers, and Jones then rounding out your lineup with cheap Packers’ receivers is a viable strategy tonight.

Chase Edmonds (RB - ARI) has been trending up, as it appears he’s finally healthy. James Conner (RB - ARI) is a candidate to vulture touchdowns, and Murray can run them in himself too. That curbs Edmonds’ upside, but he’s still a borderline cash option due to game flow and ascending volume.

I’m essentially viewing all the Arizona receivers as tournament plays with borderline cash potential if you need a filler in a certain salary range. DeAndre Hopkins (WR - ARI) leads the way, but he’s banged up. Christian Kirk (WR - ARI), AJ Green (WR - ARI), and Rondale Moore (WR - ARI) have traded big games this season. It’s difficult to predict who will have the breakout here. The addition of Zach Ertz (TE - ARI) makes things even more murky with another legitimate pass-catching option demanding targets.

Robert Tonyan (TE - GB) is a nice tournament choice who could see more targets with Adams/Lazard out. There’s a chance Tonyan will get more red-zone looks that usually funnel to Adams.