NFL Week 2 Daily Fantasy Picks
The purpose of this article each week is to help you find players that should be in your player pool based on my research and analysis. I read analysis provided by dozens of websites so you can save time. As always, there are no guarantees in DFS. Injuries, game flow, weather among dozens of other things can derail a “good play” or turn a player you have never heard of into a hero.
I have my eye on three quarterbacks that will allow you to save money and provide some upside. Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) is coming off a stellar week 1 performance where he threw for 4 touchdowns. He also has the ability to gain yards on the ground. To make this matchup even better, the Pittsburg defense is not good. This game has the highest total of the week (54 points).
Case Keenum (Denver Broncos), I know, it’s hard for me to believe I am recommending him as well. The 3 interceptions against the Seahawks were out of the norm. He threw just 7 interceptions all of last year. Oakland is ranked 27th over the last 9 games allowing 257 yards and 1.7 touchdowns. If the Oakland offense can put up a fight, Keenum can surpass his 18 pt projection.
I am picking more on the Saints defense then touting this next play. Tyrod Taylor… he was a horrendous 15-40 last week passing against the Steelers defense. However, his ability to scramble adds to his floor. I would pair him with Landry in GPP’s. Josh Gordon has been ruled out. Again this is a risky pick. It is unclear if he is capable of throwing the ball well enough to take advantage of the Saints defense.
I am going back to the well this week at running back. I see no reason why Kamara (New Orleans) will not have a record-setting day. The Browns defense was abused all day by James Connor. A dual-threat Kamara should have no trouble locking him in your lineup. Clevland allows 17% more fantasy points when on the road. The Saints rush the ball 31% more when favorite.
James Connor is my second choice at running back. The Steelers just find a way to get done with backup running backs. I support Le ‘Veon Bell desire for a new contract but he better be careful. DeAngelo Williams performed well last year in a similar role. Now, we have a younger talented player in that role. He just scorched the Browns for 135 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards catching 5 of 6 passes. He is now a home favorite and his price is still too low despite a price bump.
Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons) will receive RB1 touches now that Freeman has been ruled out. I know what your thinking, the tough Panther defense shut down Elliot last week. Dallas does not have the passing offense of the Falcons. The Falcons will be able to open up the field and provide room for Coleman to get loose. Carolina allows 44% more fantasy points to running-backs when on the road over the last 9 road games.
In my opinion, wide-receiver is the most difficult position to evaluate. Many of the high price receivers often fail to reach or exceed the value in a given week. They just have a higher ceiling than the average receiver. Every week there is always a surprise “average” receiver who has a great game. So with that in mind, Antonio Brown (Pittsburg Steelers) is in a prime spot. The Chiefs have an awful defense. Philip Rivers & receiver Keenan Allen just lit them up last week. I do have a concern about Big Ben. He didn’t look good last week. I think he should have retired after last season. However, he does play better at home.
While Emmanuel Sanders is getting all the pub, I think Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) is a great play this week. Oakland’s defense should be targeted every week until they prove otherwise. Thomas caught 6 of 10 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. If Thomas can maintain that same volume he should exceed value.
Ted Ginn Jr (Saints). continues to produce playing in a high octane offense. While the defense has their handful dealing with Kamara and Thomas, Ginn should find room to operate. Ginn is a risky play that will have to reach to end zone to reach and exceed value. He also was held out of practice Wednesday with a knee injury.
Jarvis Landry (Browns) has a great matchup against a weak Saints Defense. Of course, the issue is his quarterback. Tyrod Taylor is not the most accurate passer. Josh Gordon is out this week, which will increase the Landry’s workload. Landry is coming off receiving 15 targets last week which he was only able to convert into 7 receptions and 106 yards.
Other Players that should be in your player pool.
Wide Receivers – Nelson Agholor, Sanu, Keenan Allen, Juju Shuster
Running Back – James White, Melvin Gordon, Jalen Richard, Phillip Lindsey, Todd Gurley
Quarterback – Matt Ryan, Jimmy Garoppolo, Drew Brees
Tight End- Jared Cook (Raiders) Ian Thomas (Panthers)
Defense – Chargers, 49ers, Texans
Sample Draftkings Lineup Build Week 2
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