DFS Best Bets - Week 2
September 12, 2017
By Austin Chen
Week 1 in the NFL left us with plenty of surprises. I can’t remember the last time so many superstars failed to find the end zone. Even the millionaire winning lineup on Draftkings was a surprise. It was very chalky with 5 players over 20% owned but included 0.2% owned Tarik Cohen. NFL teams averaged 110 yards and 11 points less than last season. Week 2 should give us a better read on whether this will be a trend to monitor.
Before I break down the players to play in Week 2, everyone should go check out the RotoQL NFL Lineup Optimizer as it is a must when building your daily fantasy football teams.
Tom Brady (DraftKings:$7,900, FanDuel: $9,200)
I am sure the loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs did not sit well with Tom Brady. The New Orleans Saints are a great team to go against if you are looking to bounce back from a bad game. The Saints defense made Sam Bradford look like Tom Brady Monday night. Even though he is the highest priced quarterback this week, I am willing to pay for it. I expect at least 300 yards and 2 touchdowns this week.
Jared Goff (DK:$5,100, FD: $6,500)
Jared Goff got off to a much better start this season than last year . With Sean McVay as the head coach, it has brought life to the LA Rams offense. I expect Goff to follow up his week 1 success with another good game versus the Washington Redskins. Fellow 2016 rookie Carson Wentz threw for 307 yards in the season opener vs the Redskins.
Other QBs To Consider: Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Jameis Winston
Ty Montgomery (DK:$5,800, FD: $6,500)
One of the biggest takeaways from week 1 was the usage of Ty Montgomery. It looks like the Packers will use him like the way the Cardinals uses David Johnson. This is great news for Ty Montgomery as he had 23 touches in week 1. He faces the Atlanta Falcons who are known for giving up passing yards to running backs last season. That trend continued last week as Tarik Cohen caught 8 passes and broke out with a 113 total yards.
Bilal Powell (DK: $5,000, FD: $6,400)
I expect the New York Jets to fall behind the Oakland Raiders .Las Vegas agrees as the Raiders are 2 touchdown favorites. This puts Bilal Powell on the radar as he will have a positive game script. Powell is the passing down back and will have a chance to rack up fantasy points in garbage time. He will certainly be a low owned GPP tournament play.
Other RBs To Consider: Melvin Gordon, Dalvin Cook, Terrance West
Brandin Cooks (DK:$8,200, FD: $7,900)
This is a homecoming game for Brandin Cooks. Throughout his career, Cooks has always been better at home than on the road. A lot of this has to do with the track field known as the Superdome. I am expecting the New England Patriots to showcase their newly acquired wide receiver. The Saints yielded 346 passing yards in week 1 to Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings. On a short week, I would be shocked if the Saints can have their defense fixed by Sunday. Cooks will be lined up against PJ Williams who has a 36.1 PFF Grade after week 1.
John Brown (DK:$5,000, FD: $5,800)
With the injury to David Johnson, I expect Carson Palmer to have to throw it a lot more. John Brown should be able to take advantage of this situation this week. He will be facing the Indianapolis Colts who were historically bad in the season opener. Both of the Colts starting corners finished with below 50 ratings on PFF in week 1. Jared Goff threw for over 300 yards in a blowout win. Jaron Brown was listed as the #2 WR on the depth chart to open the season but we now know that is smoke. Jaron Brown had zero official targets in week 1 while John Brown had 9.
Other WRs To Consider: Tyreek Hill, Ted Ginn, Cooper Kupp
Jimmy Graham (DK:$4,900, FD: $6,300)
Jimmy Graham flopped along with the entire Seattle Seahawk offense in week 1. The Seahawks now get to go home to play the San Francisco 49ers. Graham scored all his touchdowns last season at home and also averaged more yards. Jimmy Graham burning people who started him last week should only suppress his ownership. A Russell Wilson + Jimmy Graham stack is worth consideration in GPP tournaments..
Charles Clay (DK:$3,000, FD: $5,200)
Charles Clay looks like someone we need to keep an eye on again as long as he is healthy. He had 9 targets and hauled in 4 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in week 1. At only $3000 on Draftkings, Clay is worth starting in week 2 against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers gave up an average of 15.4 fantasy points last season to Tight Ends which was the 5th most in the NFL.
Other TEs To Consider: Rob Gronkowski, Kyle Rudolph, Hunter Henry
Oakland Raiders (DK:$3,500, FD: $5,300)
The Oakland Raiders get to face off against the New York Jets in week 2. Normally, the Raiders bad secondary play and tight end defense would have me concerned. However, the Jets have no playmakers. Jermaine Kearse led the New York Jets in receiving yards in week 1 with 59 yards. He just came from Seattle right before week 1. I expect the Jets to fall behind early and Josh McCown will make mistakes. The east coast team traveling to the west coast also will not do any favors for New York this weekend.
Cleveland Browns (DK:$2,500, FD: $4,100)
I am going with the Cleveland Browns as my cheap play defense of the week. They managed to keep the Pittsburgh Steelers in check. The Browns will now play the Baltimore Ravens in week 2. The Ravens offensive came to a screeching halt after Danny Woodhead went down with a hamstring injury. Vegas also thinks this will be a low scoring affair as the over under is at 41.5 points.
Other Defenses To Consider: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks , Carolina Panthers
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