Week 2 of the NFL season is here. Here are our DFS Lineup Tips:
This week, QB is loaded with options. That being said, I think I will hover in the lower-to-mid range this week. One of these guys or more will be the player everyone wants after the week is over.
Deshaun Watson looks like a great candidate for a bounce-back game vs the Titans defense. The Titans are somewhat unimposing on both sides of the ball, which makes Watson an interesting play this weekend. The biggest thing with Watson last week was his lack of options. The Patriots are known to shut down opposing teams #1 option and they have done that well with Hopkins most of his career. Without Hopkins and Fuller, Watson had no true targets and really struggled to move the ball. This week, Hopkins should be back in a great spot and so should Watson. I love that stack this week in GPPs.
I expect a big game here from Jimmy G and company. After both the Lions and 49ers disappointing starts last week, I expect this to be a very high scoring game. Neither team has the tools to stop the other. The Lions WR crew is extremely talented and should throw up points on the 49ers, while Jimmy G should pick apart a lackluster Lions defense. The biggest issue with Jimmy G is his options, but he seemingly just doesn’t need top-end talent to provide results. We will get to his stack a little later.
Case Keenum is in another great spot and shouldn’t disappoint this week. Keenum is a gunslinger and this Broncos offense is lethal in the air and much more pedestrian on the ground. Keenum put up great fantasy points while throwing 3 picks last week and this is an even better spot. The Raiders loss of Khalil Mack is a major problem and they gave Jared Goff PLENTY of time to throw. The Broncos receivers are just so much more talented than the Raiders secondary, so I expect them to be open downfield all day long.
Again, I think the running backs are loaded this week and I won’t tell you to fade Todd Gurley and Alvin Kamara. You already know about them, but I will say that I am not forcing them into my lineups this week like some others. There are a few plays down the board that I just love without needing to spend as much money.
So listen, James Conner isn’t Le’Veon Bell, but I think the Steelers don’t care. The Steelers insert whatever running back they want into Bell’s role and he is productive. Perhaps, one could consider the fact that Bell is more of a product of his environment and his touches than his talent, but I digress. Conner is in the highest total game of the week after seeing massive volume, very similar to Le’Veon Bell’s touches when he is around. Conner isn’t priced like Le’Veon though. I think Conner will be heavily-owned and I guarantee you I will have more than the field.
Christian McCaffrey will probably be in my lineups for the foreseeable future, but I was scared of this matchup. The Falcons defense is really fast and they are good at limiting pass-catching RB’s. Now, Deion Jones is out and he’s the key to that defense. Now a defense that gave up short RB passes because they could stop them, will not be able to stop them. Will they still give them up? I hope so, but even if they try to change that in a week, there will be new holes to this defense. McCaffrey was the RB6 last year in this spot with Jonathan Stewart around. Without him, I expect 25+ touches for McCaffrey this week and a top 5 RB performance.
If you are looking to spend down, James White is my guy. Yes, the Jags are good, but the Pats RB’s are banged up and White should see a lot of snaps on a team that should score a decent amount of points. He’s too cheap to completely overlook.
The top-end of WRs this week is stacked and there are 3 of them that I find extremely intriguing. Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Deandre Hopkins are my 3 favorite targets on the board for different reasons. AB is simple. Without Bell, Brown produces on another level and averages close to 30 fantasy points a game. The Chiefs defense is horrible and the game is the highest total on the board. Julio Jones dominated week 1 and there’s no reason for that to stop now.
The Panthers defense looked solid vs. Dallas, but how good is Dallas at the WR position? The middle of the field is where the Panthers should thrive, so I expect Julio to be involved early and often. Hopkins is an ownership play This guy is outstanding and it’s like everyone has forgotten about him. Hopkins always struggles vs. the Patriots due to the scheme, but this is a different story.
I think both main Denver receivers, and even Courtland Sutton, are in play this week. Keenum and the Broncos offense were very aggressive in week one and if that continues, they’ll be in great shape. Both Thomas and Sanders got double-digit targets and a score last game and I think something similar is in play again.
My favorite cheap guy is Kenny Golladay. Golladay’s nickname is Baby Tron. Like, we’re talking Calvin Johnson here. This kid is a beast and a great red-zone target as well. Last week, the Lions showed that they were willing to really feed this kid the ball and that’s what I like to see. I expect this game to be a shootout and I think Golladay scores here.
This week, TE is littered with viable options all over. I think there is one spot that I will really target heavily along with a few others that will be “in play.”
George Kittle is my favorite TE play if Goodwin is out. If Goodwin suits up, I still love Kittle, but I think he has more downside. Kittle caught 5 balls for 90 yards against the Vikings on 9 targets. The Vikings aren’t the best TE-stopping team out there but they’re pretty good at everything. Kittle is probably the second best option in this offense as of now and he sees the Lions defense that wasn’t impressive at all. I expect the 49ers to score a good amount this week and I think they will target Kittle down there more than they have in the past with their red-zone struggles.
Other TEs worth playing
Gronkowski: He’s Gronk and the Pats will score.
Kelce: High-scoring game, ran lots of routes last week, not as many looks
Reed: Just really talented when healthy, Indy defense is horrible
Seals-Jones: Rams defense is elite everywhere besides the middle of the field. Exploited by short passes over the middle.