DraftKings NFL Lineup Advice: Week 2 (Full Slate)
Our Week 1 article was on point, as we got stellar performances from almost all of our selections. We actually got six combined touchdowns from our five position players, and an injury to Nick Foles really couldn’t have been foreseen. We’re going to ride the same strategy here, as we have some great options for Week 2.
We do have an interesting Thursday night game, with a couple of NFC South rivals squaring off. The players that I feel comfortable targeting are Cam Newton, D.J. Moore, Christian McCaffrey and Chris Godwin. I think if you want to ride anyone, Newton is your guy. Tampa was one of the worst defensive units in the league last season, which was evident when Cam had 300 passing yards and two TDs against them while adding 33 rushing yards in their one meeting.
Quarterback of the Week
Jared Goff (LAR): $5,900 vs. NO
I was a bit surprised to see just how low Goff’s price is. There are actually 10 quarterbacks priced above Goff, and that’s truly shocking with players like Jimmy Garoppolo and Philip Rivers ahead of him. The reason he’s such a good option for Week 2 is that he faces the Saints. Not only did this defense allow DeShaun Watson to drop 32 DK points in Week 1, but they also allowed opposing QBs to score the third-most fantasy points against them last season. That’s really no surprise when you see that this game as a 53-point total, with the Rams projected for 28 points. He actually played the Saints twice last season, averaging 348 passing yards and two TDs per game.
Cash Game Running Back
Saquon Barkley (NYG): $9,200 vs. BUF
Anytime you feel like the Giants will be in a competitive game, you have to consider Barkley. That’s just what we have here, with Buffalo entering this matchup as a 1.5-point favorite. That means Barkley should shatter the 11 carries that he saw in Week 1, as I anticipate about 20 rushes and 10 targets through the air. That’s scary for someone as talented as Barkley, as he’s already averaging 10.9 yards per carry this season after collecting over 2,000 yards in his rookie season. Buffalo is not a matchup we’re worried about either, allowing Le’Veon Bell to score 23.2 DK points in his first game in two years while surrendering the third-most fantasy points to RBs last season.
GPP Running Back
Derrick Henry (TEN): $6,000 vs. IND
Henry is in one of the best stretches I can remember. Dating back to Week 14 of last season, Henry now has 765 yards from scrimmage while recording nine TDs. That’s a downright absurd five-game stretch, and if he did that in one season, he would be priced about $2,000 higher. It’s possible that he’s in the midst of a breakout and we have to love that he’s seeing over 20 touches per game in that span. Facing Indy is certainly not worrisome either, as they just allowed Austin Ekeler to go crazy in Week 1 after allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to RBs in 2018.
Cash Game Wide Receiver
Sammy Watkins (KC): $7,200 at OAK
This one is pretty simple. Any guy who had 199 yards and three TDs in the opener has to be in consideration, especially when you consider this situation. Tyreek Hill has already been ruled out for this week due to a collarbone injury, and that automatically makes Watkins the top receiver for the best offense in football, That’s why he led the team with nine receptions and 11 targets in that Week 1 blowup, as he should continue to see a heavy workload in the absence of Hill. Facing the Raiders is simply the icing on the cake, with the Raiders ranked 25th in yards allowed and dead-last in points surrendered last season.
GPP Wide Receiver
Tyrell Williams (OAK): $4,400 vs. KC
This price is downright absurd. Why is Williams this low? He was clearly the top option for the Raiders in Week 1, and he should be $2,000 more. Six catches for 105 yards and one TD is impressive in itself, but to do it against a stout Denver defense makes it all the more brilliant. It’s really no surprise either once Antonio Brown left town, as it’s clear that he’s really the only solidified WR on this roster. While we expect the Raiders to lose this game, that should garner Williams even more targets this week. That’s why the Chiefs surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs last season, and it’s no surprise with everyone playing catchup against that potent KC offense.
Tight End of the Week
T.J. Hockenson (DET): $3,000 vs. LAC
Talk about another ridiculous price. Hockenson might have been the most impressive rookie in Week 1, leading the Lions with six receptions for 131 yards and a TD. The eye test was equally as impressive, and it’s no surprise that Detroit spent a top-10 pick on him in last year’s draft. While they do have to face a stingy Chargers defense here, they did allow a dismantled Colts team to collect 376 total yards en route to 24 points against them in Week 1. Vegas thinks this game will be high-scoring too, giving it a 48-point total.
D/ST of the Week
Denver Broncos $2,700 vs. CHI
I always try to find a good value for my D/ST and the Broncos are just that. After struggling against the Raiders in Week 1, DK has made them one of the cheapest defenses on the slate. That’s criminal for one of the best units in the NFL, specifically in such a good situation. As someone who lives in Denver and doesn’t like the Broncos, I can still tell you that it’s one of the toughest stadiums to play in and you better be sure that this crowd will be rowdy in their home opener. That spells disaster for a Chicago offense that looked horrendous in Week 1, with the Bears totaling 254 yards and scoring just three points. Not to mention, Mitchell Trubisky was sacked five times in that ugly showing, as he’ll have to deal with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb here.