16 Sep Daily Fantasy Football Week 2: Picks, Advice and Value Plays for FanDuel and DraftKings
DraftKings and Fandeul Daily Fantasy Football Lineup Picks (Week 2)
Fanduel Daily Fantasy Football Lineup Picks and NFL DFS Advice
Tom Brady – The Patriots struggled in week 1, taking a loss at home on opening day for the first time in over a decade. Tom Brady looked human, generating a 16-36/267 line with no touchdowns. Losing Edelman for the year has impacted the Patriots offense, but expect a nice bounce-back game for Brady and the Pat’s receivers against a Saints offense that made Sam Bradford look like…Tom Brady.
Drew Brees – It’s no secret the Saints offense is designed to air it out. With the addition of Adrian Peterson, many in the industry assumed they would shift towards a ground-and-pound RBBC with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. However, Peterson looks old and Kamara looks explosive. Looks for the Saints to stick to their roots and air it out against a Patriots defense that was just exposed against the Kansas City Chiefs. Lock in Brees as a no-doubt QB1.
Derek Carr – If it weren’t for a couple of dropped touchdowns by Amari Cooper, Carr would have easily surpassed 300 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Titans improved secondary. The Raiders take on the Jets in Oakland. It’s no secret that the Jets are horrible so Carr will mainly be a solid cash or 50/50 play this week as his ownership will be through-the-roof.
Matt Ryan – Ryan struggled in week 1 against the Bears except for a couple of fluky TDs to TE Austin Hooper. However, Ryan and the Falcons offense seems to show up for the Packers and they have repeatedly torched the Green Bay secondary with regularity recently. The Falcons are at home and Ryan is a solid GPP option.
Carson Palmer – Palmer didn’t look great in week 1, but the loss of David Johnson will likely force the Cardinals to put the offense back on Palmer’s 37-year-old shoulders. He aired it out a ridiculous 48 times against the Lions and the Cards will likely be playing from behind in most games. All signs point to heavy usage numbers for the veteran QB. He’s a great GPP play this week against the Colts.
Alex Smith – Smith looked so sharp last Thursday night generating a 28/35–368-4td against a solid Patriots defense. Gone were the dink-and-dunk days of old as Smith looked downfield to Tyreek Hill and RB Kareem Hunt. I’m taking a wait-and-see approach but, if his week 1 performance continues, he’s an easy QB1 in DFS and season-long lineups.
Joe Flacco – Flacco is a GPP option only against a soft Cleveland Browns secondary.
Trevor Simien – Simien is another QB that we are taking a wait-and-see approach on, but he looked solid against a strong Chargers defense with two of the league best corners. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a win over their division rival and solidified his role as the number 1 QB in Denver.
Le’Veon Bell – A slow week 1 was predicated for Bell who missed all of camp with a contract dispute. He’s back, and remains a high-end RB1, but we need to see him bounce back this week before we anoint him same dominate tail back we have in years passed. Sunday’s matchup against the Vikings should prove an interesting litmus test.
Ezekiel Elliot – Elliot will stay on the field until the courts decide what to do with his NFL suspension and appeal. Lock in him for RB1 numbers until he is no longer on the field. He sets an NFL record if he eclipses 80 yards this Sunday against the Broncos. Expect that to happen, and then some.
LeSean McCoy – The Panthers defense is solid, but McCoy will be fed…and fed…and fed until he can no longer be fed. He’s off the Bills’ final injury report and ready to rock as the only serious offense threat in the Bills huddle.
Kareem Hunt – Where did that come from?! Hunt looked incredible against a solid Patriots defense generating a 17-148-1 rushing line in addition to 98 yards receiving and another score. The rookie stumbled out of the gates with a costly fumble but rebounded it into one of the most impressive performances of week 1. Lock him in as an RB 1 against a beatable Eagles run D.
Marshawn Lynch – Lynch and the Raiders take on the Jets. Lock him in.
Ty Montgomery – Montgomery was heavily involved in the Packers offense in week 1 as he was on the field for 74 of the Packers 82 offensive snaps. From a fantasy perspective, it doesn’t get much better than that. Lock him in as a high-end RB2 and with a FD salary of $6,500 and a DK salary of $5,800, he’s an easy start in DFS this week, especially on DK.
Mark Ingram – It’s clear Adrian Peterson isn’t the same AP we’ve known. It’s also clear the Sean Payton favors Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara in the backfield as the two accounted for 57 of the 66 offensive snaps. Ingram will likely shoulder the load against an apparently beatable Patriots defense that was just shredded by the Chiefs.
Antonio Brown – Brown is a stud. He caught all 11 targets that came his way and turned them into 182 yards. He didn’t find the end zone, but that will likely change this week as the Steelers are at home against a banged-up Vikings secondary. If CB Xavier Rhodes was healthy, I would temper my expectations for the Steelers WR but…he’s not. Lock Brown in as a no-doubt WR1.
Julio Jones – Jones put up a pedestrian 4-66-0 line against the Bears in week 1 but should bounce-back nicely this week against the Packers in Atlanta.
Mike Evans – After Hurricane Irma wiped out the Buccaneers and Dolphins week 1 matchup, Evans and the Buccs will kick-off the season against the Bears in Tampa Bay. Evans will immediately insert himself as one of the top WR options on the slate. Lock him in as a sure-fire WR1.
Brandin Cooks – The Patriots revenge game, Brandin Cooks revenge game, Saints swiss cheese offense. Fire him up in DFS and season long formats.
Tyreek Hill – Hill looked awesome in week 1 against a solid Patriots defense, cutting them up for a 7-133-1 line. He’s still too cheap on both FD and DK and needs to be owned in all formats. Fire him up as a locked in WR1 this week against a beatable Eagles defense.
Keenan Allen – Allen looked sharp in his first action since tearing his ACL in week 1 of 2016. He only caught half his targets for a 5-35-1 line against a stingy Broncos defense. But the 10 targets are an encouraging sign of his usage moving forward. He’s an excellent GPP play against a soft Dolphins secondary this week.
Terrelle Pryor – Pryor led the Redskins with 11 targets against the Eagles but couldn’t break anything open. His day could’ve been much better if it weren’t for a couple of bad drops, but Pryor acknowledged them and vowed to correct his mistakes. Expect a solid season for the Redskins newcomer.
Kelvin Benjamin – Benjamin is 6’4”. The Bills tallest CB is 5’10”. Advantage: Benjamin.
Chris Hogan – With the loss of Edelman, Mitchell, and now Amendola, there aren’t many mouths to feed. Hogan is one of those mouths and can generate massive fantasy performances. The Saints are at home against the suddenly beatable Pats defense. Lock him in for big game Sunday.
Adam Thielen – Thielen and the Vikings have a more difficult matchup this week against the Steelers, but he’s way too low on both FD and DK. Take advantage.
Allen Hurns / Marquise Lee – In all fairness, I have no idea which one will fill in Alan Robinson’s gaping hole in targets. Hurns and Bortles have a better rapport developed, but Lee has more upside. My advice: stay away from both, but pay attention to who see the lion’s share today.
Rob Gronkowski – Gronk vs. the Saints. Advantage: Gronk
Travis Kelce – One reason the Chiefs shredded the Patriots last Thursday is that they all but eliminated Kelce from the passing attack. With the emergence of Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt, Kelce should be back to abusing opposing secondary’s starting this week against the Eagles.
Greg Olsen – Cam looked rusty in week 1 in his first extended live-action since returning from shoulder surgery. Expect that rust to be knocked off and look for him to target Olsen heavily against a beatable Bills linebacker group.
Jimmy Graham – Week 1 was tough for Graham and the Seahawks offense against the Packers. Things get much easier this week against a Charmin-soft 49ers defense.
Delanie Walker – It just doesn’t get much more consistent than Delanie Walker. All he does is generate 6-85-1 lines. Lock him in for TE1 numbers against the Jags linebackers.
Zach Ertz – Ertz saw the lion’s share of the targets in week 1 against the Redskins. He caught all eight of them and turned them into 93 yards of offense. The Eagles take on the Chiefs, who shut down Gronk in week 1, in Kansas City. However, Eric Berry suffered a season-ending knee injury and won’t be playing. Lock Ertz in for another big day.
Antonio Gates (50/50) / Hunter Henry (GPP) – This is another wait-and-see approach game as Hunter Henry, who we thought would supplant Antonio Gates as the TE1 in LA, failed to see a target while Gates started and was fed his regular share. Look for Gates to break the TE TD record then for Henry to emerge.