Monkey Knife Fight-FantasyPros Fantasy Challenge Week 2 (2019)
FantasyPros has partnered with our friends over at Monkey Knife Fight to bring us a contest reserved specifically for FantasyPros readers. It is for those who have yet to sign up for or make a deposit at Monkey Knife Fight (or those who have already signed up through us) and starts this weekend.
The banner contest is between the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Monkey Knife Fight-FantasyPros Fantasy Challenge requires players to choose the top three fantasy performers from a contest. This, of course, is no easy task, hence the appeal of the contest. The three players are required to score over 67.5 fantasy points for the team to be considered a winner. This likely requires picking players from contests that are projected to be high scoring affairs. I will share the three players I am most strongly considering for the Week 2 Fantasy Challenge. Before we get to that let us take a look at the entry rules.
“All you have to do is play ANY $5+ Fantasy Challenge this week and you will qualify for an entry in this week-long contest. The more games you play, the more chances you have to win (Max 3 entries per day).
The top-25 three-man teams will win a prize and if your team scores the MOST points by the end of the week you will win the grand prize of $1,000 MKF Dollars!”
There are over $2,000 worth of MKF Dollars and prizes to be won. MKF Dollars must meet rollover requirements, but luckily it is just a 1x multiplier. You still win cash from your entries. The rewards from the Fantasy Challenge we have partnered with Monkey Knife Fight to bring you is considered a bonus. If you are pondering multiple entries or just a single entry, the names below are some of the names to strongly consider. Just like with a DFS contest, there will be chalk plays and then there will be the play or plays that help differentiate your entry from others. There may not be enough players to have a truly unique entry but similar to what we see with GPP tournaments, hitting on a more unique/high variance lineup (or set of lineups) can help propel you to the top of the leaderboard.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT)
JuJu Smith-Schuster had his struggles in Week 1 but still finished the day with six receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown. JuJu will not have an elite corner like Stephen Gilmore shadowing him this week, and that should allow him to find some more room to operate. Fears that he would not see heavy slot usage in the post-Antonio Brown era were assuaged by his 69 percent slot snap rate in Week 1 against the Patriots.
JuJu saw eight targets against New England and could crack the double-digit barrier in a contest the Steelers are pegged as home favorites in. The Seahawks struggled to contain the likes of John Ross in Week 1 and slot corner Jamar Taylor is going to have a tough time with the Steelers number one receiver. Including Ross’ two-touchdown, 158-yard career game, the Seahawks allowed Andy Dalton to throw for 418 passing yards. The 47 point over/under total suggests this appears to be a prime blow-up spot for JuJu and he should be included in all entries for the Monkey Knife Fight-FantasyPros Fantasy Challenge.
Chris Carson (RB – SEA)
While JuJu projects as the player to be in most Seahawks-Steelers entries for the Monkey Knife Fight-FantasyPros Fantasy Challenge, the choices become more debatable afterward. Chris Carson, who saw 76 percent of the snaps in Week 1, looks to be in the position for a monster game against the Steelers.
The Seahawks will be looking to control the clock with the run game which should present plenty of opportunity for what appears to be the Seahawks featured back. As promised by Pete Carroll, Chris Carson was heavily involved in the Seahawks passing attack. He had 21 touches (15 carries, six receptions) against the Bengals and should see a similar workload this week against the Steelers. Since the Patriots telegraph the run whenever Sony Michel sees the field (23 snaps, 15 carries), Pittsburgh’s run defense looked tremendous against the Patriots lead runner. However, their defense struggled against James White and Rex Burkhead who combined for 70 rushing yards on their 12 carries (5.83 yards per carry).
Donte Moncrief (WR – PIT)
Donte Moncrief saw a team-high 10 targets in Week 1 and could lead the Steelers in this category once again in Week 2. He hauled in just three of his targets in his Steelers debut and after the game admitted that it was the worst game of his career. In a high-total game against a Seahawks team that allowed number two receiver John Ross to explode for a 7-158-2 line. While there is no guarantee Moncrief will have similar success this week, what we do know is that Ben Roethlisberger will not stop looking Moncrief’s way. James Washington, who may get a chance in the role Moncrief is playing if the latter cannot manage to start producing, was actually fourth on the team in wide receiver snaps behind Ryan Switzer.
Some may wonder why James Conner, Tyler Lockett, or D.K. Metcalf did not get the nod for the final spot. While they are all strong options, Moncrief appears to possess the most upside. He is essentially playing in Antonio Brown’s old role, and based on last week’s looks, is getting his targets too.
James Conner is coming off a 2.1 yards per carry outing and is facing a defense that bottled up the Bengals run game to the tune of just 34 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Tyler Lockett was limited during the week with a back injury and may not be 100 percent while dealing with double teams for just the second time since he entered the NFL.
D.K. Metcalf is actually the receiver I gave the most thought to adding here. The goal of this Fantasy Challenge is to surpass a certain amount of fantasy points and Metcalf just needs one reception to take the ball to the house. With Lockett consistently drawing double coverage against the Bengals, Metcalf operated as Russell Wilson’s first read on the majority of the passing plays. If that happens again this weekend than Metcalf could be in for a monster outing. He is a name to strongly consider if Moncrief is someone you cannot trust after his Week 1 performance (or lack thereof).