DRAFT NFL Lineup Advice: Week 2
Here’s a look at 10-team DRAFT lineup advice for Week 2 Sunday-only NFL contests. As a reminder, this contest doesn’t include the Thursday game, Sunday night game, or the Monday night game. I provide my rankings per position, and I conclude the article with a sample draft to give you a sense of how to approach your DRAFT contests.
|1. Patrick Mahomes||KC||@OAK|
|2. Tom Brady||NE||@MIA|
|3. Jared Goff||LAR||vs NO|
|4. Drew Brees||NO||@LAR|
|5. Aaron Rodgers||GB||vs MIN|
|6. Deshaun Watson||HOU||vs JAX|
|7. Lamar Jackson||BAL||vs ARI|
|8. Dak Prescott||DAL||@WSH|
|9. Derek Carr||OAK||vs KC|
|10. Josh Allen||BUF||@NYG|
This week my top three players are Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, and Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is an unbelievable talent in a great offensive system. His explosive and dynamic offensive weapons might also play a small role in his success. Even without Tyreek Hill for the next few weeks, Mahomes has a plethora of weapons at his disposal. Sammy Watkins has the pedigree to be a superstar receiver (and has been) in this league if he can stay healthy. Travis Kelce is the consensus top tight end in the league right now. LeSean McCoy is 31 years old, but last week he showed us he still has some juice left, and in this offense, McCoy will look a lot more like ‘Shady’ than he has in the past couple of seasons. Damien Williams is a good passing-catching back who looked like a stud after Kareem Hunt was cut loose last season.
Kamara and Barkley are my only two players ranked ahead of Mahomes, so I have been grabbing Mahomes in the mid-first round pretty regularly. I feel very good about the depth at running back and receiver this week, and this makes the first-round quarterback strategy much more palatable.
My strategy is very simple for quarterback this week. Take Mahomes in the first round if Kamara and Barkley are both already taken. If I don’t get Mahomes, I will attempt to take Tom Brady in the third round. If I miss on both of these guys, I wait until the fifth round and get my top remaining option. This has mostly been Jared Goff and Aaron Rodgers.
|1. Alvin Kamara||NO||@LAR|
|2. Saquon Barkley||NYG||vs BUF|
|3. Ezekiel Elliott||DAL||@WSH|
|4. Dalvin Cook||MIN||@GB|
|5. Austin Ekeler||LAC||@DET|
|6. Mark Ingram||BAL||vs ARI|
|7. Chris Carson||SEA||@PIT|
|8. Todd Gurley||LAR||vs NO|
|9. Kerryon Johnson||DET||vs LAC|
|10. Sony Michel||NE||@MIA|
|11. James Conner||PIT||vs SEA|
|12. David Johnson||ARI||@BAL|
|13. Leonard Fournette||JAX||@HOU|
|14. Derrick Henry||TEN||vs IND|
|15. LeSean McCoy||KC||@OAK|
|16. Aaron Jones||GB||vs MIN|
|17. Marlon Mack||IND||@TEN|
|18. Josh Jacobs||OAK||vs KC|
|19. Matt Breida||SF||@CIN|
|20. Devin Singletary||BUF||@NYG|
Alvin Kamara dominated running back snaps in Week 1 for New Orleans, out-snapping Latavius Murray 50-18. He is the very clear number one pick to me and has immense upside in what should be a shootout in Los Angeles. I hope to get one of my top five running backs in the first round if I don’t end up with Mahomes. I then wait until the fourth or fifth round to take Mark Ingram, Sony Michel, Kerryon Johnson or LeSean McCoy.
Josh Jacobs is much lower in my rankings than most, as he always goes by the early second round. I have even seen him go third overall. Even though the spread only sits at seven, I feel like this game could easily get lopsided pretty quickly. If that happens, I anticipate Jalen Richard getting a higher snap share than he had in Week 1. There are a lot of proven guys drafted later than him that I would rather take my chances on.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
|1. Michael Thomas||NO||@LAR|
|2. DeAndre Hopkins||HOU||vs JAX|
|3. Davante Adams||GB||vs MIN|
|4. Sammy Watkins||KC||@OAK|
|5. Adam Thielen||MIN||@GB|
|6. Travis Kelce||KC||@OAK|
|7. Juju Smith-Schuster||PIT||vs SEA|
|8. Keenan Allen||LAC||@DET|
|9. George Kittle||SF||@CIN|
|10. Amari Cooper||DAL||@WSH|
|11. Julian Edelman||NE||@MIA|
|12. Tyler Boyd||CIN||vs SF|
|13. Kenny Golladay||DET||vs LAC|
|14. Cooper Kupp||LAR||vs NO|
|15. Robert Woods||LAR||vs NO|
|16. Stefon Diggs||MIN||@GB|
|17. T.Y. Hilton||IND||@TEN|
|18. Antonio Brown||NE||@MIA|
|19. Allen Robinson||CHI||@DEN|
|20. Tyrell Williams||OAK||vs KC|
My most owned receiver this week is Adam Thielen by far. He is in over 50% of my lineups. I don’t usually get such a large shar of one player, but Thielen in the fourth round feels like an absolute steal. With Diggs still banged up, Thielen should be targeted early and often.
Sammy Watkins is a great second-round pick to pair with Patrick Mahomes. This combo alone could put you in the top three in your contest this week. Travis Kelce is a good option as well in the second round. These two should get the bulk of the targets this Sunday.
Davante Adams is another great pick in the second round, and I have him ranked ahead of both Watkins and Kelce. The entire Packers’ offense had a game to forget in Chicago last Thursday, but they should have much brighter days ahead. They are learning a new system, didn’t play together in the preseason, and were playing against the best defense in the NFL on their home turf. In the three games Adams has played against Minnesota in the last two years, he has averaged six receptions on 10 targets for sixty-two yards and a touchdown. Two of these games were in Minnesota.
My pick: Fifth
First round – Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
With Kamara and Barkley off the board at picks one and two, Mahomes was my top selection.
Second round – Sammy Watkins (WR – KC)
As I stated before, I think this pairing could vault you into third place on their own if Watkins receives multiple touchdowns again.
Third round – Mark Ingram (RB – BAL)
Mark Ingram looked good last week against the Dolphins and should get more work this week against the Cardinals. Ingram didn’t touch the ball in the fourth quarter in Week 1.
Fourth round – Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)
Thielen is a steal in the fourth round and for this reason, I have him in over 50% of my lineups this week.
Fifth round – LeSean McCoy (RB – KC)
I would rather be a week early than a week late when this backfield shifts in Shady’s favor. Andy Reid has shown time and again that he will ride the best talent at running back. and I am quite certain that is McCoy in 2019.