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Jock MKT: Week 2 Bids (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Matthew MacKay | @Matt_MacKay_ | Featured Writer
Sep 17, 2021
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Are you looking to add an extra layer of strategy to fantasy football? Have you mastered all of the current formats available to play? Well, good news, because Jock MKT offers fantasy football in a stock exchange format.

Entering Week 2 of the NFL’s main slate, I will focus primarily on the IPO (Initial Player Offering) phase, which allows Jock MKT users to bid for player shares in a two-hour window ahead of kickoffs. Users are awarded $150 in chips to bid on players in the IPO event phase. Stay updated when you’re the highest bidder, or when another user in the contest outbids you.

Let’s take a look at a few players in Week 2 and analyze the best way to allocate your chips to make smart bids acquiring player shares before the live trading event phase begins.

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IPO (Initial Player Offering) Bids

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): $10.00 @ ARI
Kirk Cousins completed 36-of-49 pass attempts for 351 yards and two touchdowns during Minnesota’s Week 1 overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s an underrated passer and has all of the receiving options to target when the pocket inevitably breaks down against a stingy Arizona defense in Week 2.

Investing $10 in Cousins allows you to roster one of the cheapest high-volume passing quarterbacks, allowing you to trade him during the game to return great value on the initial $10 investment. Or you can keep the points he produces when the Vikings inevitably fall behind and are forced to put points on the scoreboard quickly.

Teddy Bridgewater (QB – DEN): $10.00 @ JAC
After winning the quarterback battle in Denver during strong preseason performances, Teddy Bridgewater carried this momentum into a decisive win against the New York Giants in Week 1. Bridgewater finished with a 115.74 quarterback rating, throwing for 264 yards and two touchdowns.

Throwing $10 on a quarterback that finished Week 1 as the QB14, in a plus-matchup against a Jacksonville defense that allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game (23.64 FPGG), creates immense value in your lineup or on the trade block.

Running Backs

Jamaal Williams (RB – DET): $12.00 @ GB
Queue the revenge game narrative for Jamaal Williams. He signed with the division-rival Detroit Lions this offseason and appears to have gained a bigger role. In Week 1, Williams caught eight of his nine targets for 56 yards and carried nine times for 54 yards and a touchdown. He saw four fewer touches than Swift and has a juicy matchup to exploit against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.

A $12 bid on Williams should allow you to land shares in the IPO phase. If not, you can wait to buy the dip if his production is slow to start, as other fantasy managers could place him on the trade block at an even cheaper rate.

Nyheim Hines (RB – IND): $10.00 vs. LAR
Looking for targets? Since Jock MKT is full-PPR, rostering a running back with the potential for a high target share is ideal. Nyheim Hines saw the third-highest target total (8) in a Week 1 blowout, as Carson Wentz (QB – IND) continuously checked down to Hines and Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND) to evade pressure in the pocket.

His upside is capped against a Rams defense that allowed only five receptions for 38 yards to Chicago’s running backs in Week 1. However, Hines is a great sell-high candidate once live trading begins. Throw $10 on him and see if you can sell his shares early before the Rams stifle the Colts’ running backs on the road in Indianapolis.

Wide Receivers 

Mike Williams (WR – LAC): $20.00 vs. DAL
Joe Lombardi might be the key to unlocking Mike Williams’ fantasy ceiling. After a double-digit touchdown season in 2018, fantasy managers have been disappointed with the big-bodied wideout’s failure to be involved in the offense.

The 2021 Los Angeles Chargers have their franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert (QB – LAC), an elite wide receiver with Keenan Allen (WR – LAC), and a powerful pass-catching running back in Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC). This balance, combined with Lombardi’s playcalling, will see Williams continue to dominate with double-digit targets. In Week 2, Williams and the Chargers make their home debut against a Dallas secondary that gave up the fifth-most fantasy points to wideouts in Week 1. Throw a $20 bid on him and pay up to $30 if you want to maximize your final “Valuations” after the live trading phase closes.

DeAndre Hopkins (WR – ARI): $45.00 vs. MIN
You will definitely have to make a strong bid to claim one of the most dominant wide receivers from Week 1. DeAndre Hopkins snagged two touchdowns on eight targets, commanding a dominant 25 percent target share and playing on 88.4 percent of snaps against a bad Titans defense.

The Vikings allowed the Bengals’ top two wideouts to score a touchdown in Week 1 and already have numerous players ruled out for Sunday’s game in Arizona. Expect Kyler Murray (QB – ARI) to evade pressure and find Hopkins multiple times deep downfield for another strong WR1 finish in Week 2.

Tight Ends

Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR): $20.00 @ IND
The Rams offense appears to be a force with Matthew Stafford (QB – LAR) tossing three touchdowns and over 300 yards against a good Chicago defense in Week 1. Tyler Higbee was an integral piece of the offense and seemed to be Stafford’s top target after wide receiver Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR). Higbee caught five of six targets for 68 yards and played on 100 percent of the snaps. This ensures volume in a high-flying offense, which will certainly drive demand.

Week 2 will see Higbee and the Rams travel to Indianapolis, who gave up the 10th-highest FPPG to the Seattle tight ends during a Week 1 loss. Place a $20 bid on Higbee and watch the points flood your lineup. Or, you can put him up for trade if he’s driving a high demand with a strong performance, as you’ll receive quite a few chips to help towards your final valuations.

D/ST

Denver Broncos: $15.00 @ JAC
I’ve been all-in on the Broncos in Week 2, as both sides of the ball will have a favorable matchup against the inexperienced Jacksonville Jaguars. There are All-Pro-caliber players at each level of the Denver defense, which will restrict Trevor Lawrence (QB – JAC) and force him to commit another multi-turnover game.

Rostering a top defense provides an edge to fantasy managers who are willing to hold onto the point total. Perhaps if you have a high-performing roster and can spare points from a dominant defense, take advantage of your position and place the Broncos D/ST on the trade block to add a bulk of chips towards your final valuation.

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