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DRAFT NFL Lineup Advice: Week 2

Sep 13, 2019

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.

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Quarterback

Player Team Opponent
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.

Running Back

Player Team Opponent
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

Player Team Opponent
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.

Sample Draft

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.

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4Josh Jacobs (OAK)RB
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19Mark Ingram (BAL)RB
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22Amari Cooper (DAL)WR
23Chris Godwin (TB)WR
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5Trevor Story (COL)SS
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16Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
17Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
18Juan Soto (WSH)LF
19Anthony Rendon (FA)3B
20Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
21Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
22Xander Bogaerts (BOS)SS
23Starling Marte (PIT)CF
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25Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
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29George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
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16Jimmy Butler (MIA)SG,SF
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18Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
19Kyrie Irving (BKN)PG,SG
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
26Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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