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Five NFL daily fantasy plays for Week 8, and the Chiefs’ pick of the week

And the Chiefs pick of the week is...

Below, you’ll find a list of players I have spotlighted for daily fantasy selections leading into the fourth week of the NFL season.

I use the following criteria to try and find players — NFL Vegas totals, NFL team stats, what the fantasy gurus are saying and my GUT.

Without further ado, let’s not wait any longer. Let’s see who’s made my list of five players this week!

Jimmy Graham, TE Packers

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers Wisconsin-USA TODAY NETWORK

Jimmy Graham is getting up there in age — he’s 32. It seems just like yesterday he was dominating games in New Orleans while catching passes from Drew Brees. Regardless, I’ve targeted him to have a big game against the Rams on Sunday.

The Rams/Packers game has a massive 57-point total, and in terms of fantasy points allowed, the Rams give up the ninth most fantasy points per game to tight ends (13.3). The Rams’ issues with tight ends are their biggest weakness.

I expect a high scoring game, where Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are playing catch up. That should lead to a lot of passes thrown, and I believe Graham will catch several of those passes.

New England D/ST

NFL: New England Patriots at Chicago Bears Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t typically pick defenses in these articles, but this is a special case. The total for the Patriots/Bills game is 44 points, and the Bills have allowed the most points per game to defenses on the entire year (14.1 points per game).

Offensively, the Bills are in a bad, bad place right now and I expect Bill Belichick to take advantage of a floundering Bills offense. Many leagues still have New England’s defense available, and it may be a good idea to pick them up for a quick play this week if your team has room on its roster.

Tyler Boyd, WR Bengals

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Last week Tyler Boyd was held relatively quiet by the Chiefs defense. I believe this week will be a different story.

The Bengals are facing the Buccaneers in a game which Vegas has given a sizable 54.5 total. Add in the fact the Buccaneers are giving up the second most points per game to wide receivers (47.3) and you should see Boyd bounce back in Week 8.

Phillip Lindsay, RB Broncos

NFL: Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

This one is pretty straightforward — the Broncos will be without Royce Freeman on Sunday, and the Chiefs have a poor run defense which allows 5.2 yards per rushing attempt.

Also to note is the 53.5 point total for the Chiefs/Broncos game, and the Chiefs are allowing the second most fantasy points per game to running backs in 2018 (32.7).

Although the Chiefs defense appears to be improving, Phillip Lindsay should see a jump in his touches this week, and with the Chiefs’ inability to stop running backs so far this season it should be a big game for Lindsay.

Stefon Diggs, WR Vikings

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Can’t afford Adam Thielen on your daily fantasy budget? Well, I have good news for you, because Stefon Diggs should be a good pickup too!

The Saints have allowed the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers (51.2) and Diggs is likely to get his slice of the pie. The Saints have also allowed the third worst yards per passing attempt in the NFL at 8.7 yards per pass attempt allowed.

Last week I chose Travis Kelce as the Chiefs fantasy pick of the week and he put together a decent game racking up 95 receiving yards on only five targets.

This week’s Chiefs fantasy pick is.....

Kareem Hunt

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

I wanted to pick either Hunt or Kelce, but since I chose Kelce last week we’re going with Hunt this week, and for good reason.

In his Week 4 game against the Broncos, Kareem Hunt had 175 yards of total offense and a touchdown. The Broncos linebackers have had issues dealing with Hunt in the past and we could see another huge game from him against the Broncos.

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