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If you are new to a salary cap format, here are the basics. You get a fake budget to spend on your players/team. Your weekly lineup strategy is completely up to you. You can target a group of medium-priced players, or play some higher-priced studs mixed with lower-priced value plays. All you need to do is stay under the salary cap.

You’ll need to save money on at least a couple of positions if you want to roll with any high-priced studs in your lineup. With that in mind, here are some FanDuel value picks for Week 8 that I like (based on a $60k budget; sorted by position and price).


Russell Wilson @ CAR ($8,900)

Is Russell Wilson a value pick? Considering Wilson is averaging 23.8 points per game while Peyton Manning is averaging 24.4 points per game, the #2 QB overall has a pretty good discount. Wilson is priced as the 6th QB overall on FanDuel for Week 8.

Carson Palmer vs PHI ($7,400)

I like Carson Palmer this week for a medium priced play. The Eagles have had a knack for finding their numbers on defense, but it’s not a scary matchup for Palmer. Now that Palmer is back to healthy, I like him as a solid, yet safe play with upside.

Running Backs

Tre Mason @ KC ($6,000)

Tre Meson looks like he’s running away with starting gig and lands in a good matchup this week. Kansas City has given up plenty of production to opposing RBs: Shonn Greene (4.7 YPC), Montee Ball (5.0 YPC), Lamar Miller (7.2 YPC), Stevan Ridley (5.6 YPC), Frank Gore (5.9 YPC) and Branden Oliver (4.5 YPC). If Mason gets a full workload, he should be a solid value play this week.

Jerick McKinnon @ TB ($5,800)

McKinnon put up a solid 5.4 YPC last week against a relatively strong Buffalo defense. With Bridgewater hit or miss, I’d expect the Vikings to lean on McKinnon again this week. Considering the low price, I like McKinnon for value along with having RB1 upside.

Wide Receivers

Brian Quick @ KC ($6,000)

Quick started off strong, but took a dip the last 2 weeks against tougher matchups. I like Quick to get back on track this week, but with a short track record, his consistency may be an issue. I’m viewing Quick a WR3 play, with upside of finding the end zone.

Andre Holmes @ CLE ($5,900)

The passing game struggled last week for Oakland, which is a reminder of the ups and downs with Derek Carr at QB. The value for Holmes is good considering his big play ability, but there is definitely a risk/reward element here.

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz @ ARI ($5,400)

Ertz draws a good matchup this week against an Arizona team that is historically poor against TEs. With Patrick Peterson facing off against Jeremy Maclin, I like an extra boost in targets for Zach Ertz this week.

Jordan Reed @ DAL ($5,200)

With Colt McCoy set to start Week 8, I wouldn’t be surprised if the lacking arm strength for McCoy meant more targets for Reed over the middle. Considering Dallas has been burned by TEs this year, I think Reed will be solid play. Washington is expected to fall behind in this game, so there could be plenty of catch-up and late game numbers for Reed.

Defense/Special Teams

Houston Texans @ TEN ($5,100)

Jadeveon Clowney could return Week 8 for an upgrade into the Texans defense. If Clowney returns and Jake Locker is out, the Texans could be a solid value. If Jake Locker returns this week, I’d downgrade this matchup.

Dallas Cowboys vs WAS ($4,700)

Colt McCoy put up a good game last week, but I can’t say that I trust Colt McCoy to repeat. For a cheap value pick, I’ll happily play Dallas (at home) in my lineups this week. Dallas is the 23rd priced defense on FanDuel for Week 8.

Punting on 3rd Down

Care to Take the Punting on 3rd Down Challenge?

The FanDuel Week 8 punting challenge will be with Colt McCoy ($6,100). The challenge is to play a $1.00 game with Colt McCoy at QB. I’ll be posting my punting lineup in the forum later this week. Highest score wins bragging rights as the Week 8 Champion!

Alright FST Community, I’d love to hear who YOU love (or hate) this week. Post your FanDuel value picks for Week 8 in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Good luck!