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Players To Fade On DraftKings: Week 2

Sep 15, 2017

Geoff Lambert breaks down Players to Fade in Week 2 DraftKings NFL contests.

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Sometimes winning big in Daily Fantasy is not about who you roster, sometimes it is who you don’t roster. There are many different reasons to “fade” a player. Here are a few of the reasons I will use when fading a player from my lineups:

  • Bad matchup
  • High ownership with an equal or better alternative
  • DraftKings price

Here are this week’s fades…

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Russell Wilson (SEA) vs SF $6,800
A lot of people will be on Wilson this weekend — I will not be one of them. The 49ers defense isn’t as bad as it was last year and actually looked good early in that Panthers’ game. The Panther’s first-half touchdown came after a 49ers turnover giving the Panthers good field position, but outside of that the Panthers first four drives ended in three punts and an interception.

On the flip side, the Seahawks offensive line looks terrible. Russell Wilson is constantly running for his life, and he never really looks comfortable in the pocket. With that said, Wilson is one of the best “scramble” passers in the league and will likely make a few big plays, but for the price you have to pay to roster him, there are other options I like more.

Running Backs

Kareem Hunt (KC) vs PHI $6,800
Don’t get me wrong here, I like Hunt as a player and I think he will have a great season. I just don’t love Hunt at $6,800 coming off a huge game that will inflate his ownership with everyone chasing points. Hunt only played 57 percent of the snaps in Week 1 with Charcandrick West getting 34 percent. Most of the “stud” RBs in Week 1 played 70 percent of the snaps or higher. In fact, Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery played an unreal 90 percent of the snaps and he isn’t even considered a “stud” RB.

Hunt is probably a good cash game player based strictly on his high ownership, but in a GPPs, I will leverage his ownership with a cheaper option with similar upside, like DeMarco Murray at $6,300.

All Cardinals RBs @ IND
With David Johnson out for months, the Cardinals RBs have been a hot commodity in seasonal leagues as one of the top waiver wire adds. They will also be popular in DFS as a cheap option at RB, but I’m not touching any of them. This will be a full blown committee with Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and the recently re-signed Chris Johnson all vying for touches. There is also talk that Elijhaa Penny may see some touches.

Yes, it’s a juicy matchup with the Colts, but there are better options if you are looking for a cheap RB. Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen at $4,100 and Redskins RB Chris Thompson at $3,800 are two that come to mind.

Wide Receivers

Dez Bryant (DAL) @ DEN $6,600
As long as Ezekiel Elliott is in the backfield and Dak Prescott is the QB, I will be fading Dez Bryant. The offense is no longer centered around Byrant, and, unlike Tony Romo, Prescott isn’t willing to take chances when throwing the ball to Bryant. The Cowboys are one of the most “run-centered” offenses in the league and a matchup with the Denver Broncos screams fade to me.

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) @ IND $6,500
I’m honestly avoiding all Cardinals. They didn’t look good last week when they had David Johnson on the field. Now that he is out of the lineup, I don’t see them getting better. I’m okay with Fitzgerald in a GPP as a contrarian play, but I won’t have much exposure to him. They were one of the most explosive offensives two years ago, but they have fallen off at an alarming rate. Without Johnson, they will struggle to move the ball at all. The only “player” I will have from this game will be the Cardinals defense.

Tight Ends

Austin Hooper (ATL) vs GB  $3,500
Hooper was the No. 1 fantasy tight end from Week 1, but when a guy only has two targets for an entire game, I don’t like his chances of repeating that success. He turned one of those targets into an 88-yard TD, but that didn’t even come until the fourth quarter. Before that catch and run, he had zero targets for the game. Later in the fourth, he added a 40-yard catch, but until I see Matt Ryan go to him on a consistent basis, I won’t have Hooper in any of my lineups.

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