Thursday Night DraftKings Showdown: Week 8

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Week 8’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the 3-3 Carolina Panthers and the 1-5 Atlanta Falcons should be a high flying affair with tons of fantasy goodness given the high-end talent on both sides of the ball. This game features a 48.5 total with the Panthers favored at home by 2.5 points, suggesting this game should not only be exciting for DFS but also very entertaining. These teams met in Week 5 where the final score resulted in the Panthers winning 23-17. Before we break down the top plays on the slate, let’s break down some advanced statistics as well as the injury report on both sides of the ball.

Team Pace and Efficiency Stats

Pace of Play: ATL: 4th, CAR: 28th
Total Plays Per Game: ATL: 3rd, CAR: 28th

Pass Defense DVOA: ATL: 31st, CAR: 17th
Run Defense DVOA: ATL: 7th, CAR: 28th

Easiest Matchup (Fantasy Points Allowed): ATL: QB (32nd), CAR: RB (31st)
Most Difficult Matchup (Fantasy Points Allowed): ATL: RB (19th), CAR: QB/WR (7th)

Injury Report


Projected Out: Christian McCaffrey (designated to return from IR), Russell Okung


Projected Out: Takkarist McKinnley

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Captain Spot Choices

Robby Anderson $13,800
A value in the captain spot, Robby Anderson has been fantastic this season, currently ranking as the WR7 in PPR formats. Anderson has cooled off as of late over the past two weeks, but this is an eruption spot against a Falcons secondary that’s bleeding fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Opposing WR1’s have destroyed this Atlanta defense with perimeter wideouts being extremely productive so far this year. DK Metcalf (4/95/1), Amari Cooper (6/100/0), Allen Robinson (10/123/1), and Justin Jefferson (9/166/2) have all put up massive fantasy outings against this defense. When these two teams met in Week 5, Anderson roasted the Falcons for 112 yards and 8 catches.

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