By: Sam Schlesinger (Twitter: @avishai41)
Week 2 DFS Targets
For those of us that either A) Can’t get enough fantasy football, B) Want to change our lineups every week, C) Are really into the quick payout, or D) All of the above, we have daily fantasy football. Every week we can enter a new lineup (or multiple lineups) for the chance to win thousands of dollars. In this series I’m going to guide you through all of the positions and advise you on which players you should be targeting.
*Prices are based on DraftKings
Matt Ryan – $7,500 (vs GB)
Green Bay’s biggest weakness is their cornerbacks. Ryan will take full advantage of that in what will more than likely be a shoot-out with loads of touchdowns on both sides. The Falcons didn’t quite look like the powerful offense they were last year against the Bears, but I believe they bounce back in a big way in Week 2 (more on that later). If you’re a fan of stacking WRs with their QBs, this is the time I’d go big with Julio Jones and Matty Ice.
Russell Wilson – $6,800 (vs SF)
Wilson is another bounce-back candidate for Week 2. Not the start we expected from him, especially against the aforementioned horrible Green Bay cornerbacks, but you can’t have it much easier than the 49ers. With Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, and Jimmy Graham ready to roll, Wilson will return to form this week
LeSean McCoy – $8,600 (vs CAR)
Shady did everything last week (except score a touchdown). He was heavily fed in the run game totaling 22 carries, and was also targeted six times for five catches and 49 yards. Last year the Panthers gave up the third most catches to running backs. Sean Mcdermott said before the season that they were going to give Shady the ball as much as it takes for them to win. That’s the plan they followed in Week 1, and if they continue to employ that strategy, LeSean McCoy will make this list for me almost every week.
Leonard Fournette – $6,500 (vs TEN)
Fournette was exactly the workhorse we expected him to be in his first career game last week. He turned a league high 26 carries into 100 yards and a touchdown, while also catching all three of his targets for 24 yards. Any of the top rookie running backs are great plays this week, but Fournette should have see an even bigger increase in volume with Allen Robinson done for the season. The Jags will have to run the ball more, and look for the RB dumpoff more frequently. All Fournette, all day.
Julio Jones – $9,200 (vs GB)
This is the guy I want in all my DFS lineups. Every time Julio gained less that 70 yards in a game last year, he exploded in the next game he played. All of the Green bay cornerbacks graded below 52 on Pro Football Focus, and Julio is going to torch them up and down the field. I know he’s expensive, but he needs to be the centerpiece of your lineups this week.
Demaryius Thomas – $5,900 (vs DAL)
Thomas is a sneaky play this week as he comes at a relatively cheap price for someone with his ceiling. Last week the Broncos offense flowed better than I think they even thought it would. C.J. Anderson was working it in the running game and Trevor Siemian was making some impressive throws. Thomas led the team in targets with eight, and I promise you it won’t be Bennie Fowler scoring all the touchdowns every week. Thomas and the Broncos should be able to blow by Dallas’ weak secondary in Week 2
Larry Fitzgerald – $6,500 (vs IND)
Fitz is another one of my “must-have” guys this week. If Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp had the success they had out of the slot last week, I’d like to think Fitz could play even better. We’re still in the very beginning of the season so his legs should still be fresh. Fitz should be getting looks all over the field on Sunday.
Carson Palmer QB – $6,000 (vs IND)
Palmer comes in at a great price in a great situation. Last week, the Colts secondary made Jared Goff look like an MVP giving up 306 yards and touchdown through the air . A much more experienced Palmer will take full advantage of that. Without David Johnson, the Cardinals backfield is a complete mess, and Palmer will likely be throwing the ball early and often.
Tarik Cohen RB – $4,100 (vs TB)
If you haven’t heard of this guy yet – first of all, get your head out of the sand, second of all, he’s the new hottest thing in Chicago. Last week he took five carries for 66 yards, and had a whopping eight catches (on 12 targets!) for 47 yards and a touchdown. The only players targeted more than Cohen last week were Deandre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald. His DFS price has not caught up to him yet, and getting him this cheap will help you fill out your team with higher priced studs.
Kendall Wright WR – $3,900 (vs TB)
The ball has to go somewhere in Chicago, and when it’s not going to Tarik Cohen out of the backfield, I think it will go to Kendall Wright out of the slot. This is a volume play. Wright is the most capable receiver on the Bears right now and they figure to be throwing the ball a lof against the Bucs (and really any other team as well).
Coby Fleener TE – $3,100 (vs NE)
I like Fleener because he’s cheap, and I think his upside is tremendous. The Saints and Patriots will likely be in a barn burner with tons of offense. Drew Brees found Fleener in the end zone last week for his lone touchdown pass, and I think he will continue to look for Fleener in scoring position. He was targeted six times (second to Michael Thomas’ seven), and I think Brees will continue to look his way.
Chargers DST – $2,800 (vs. MIA)
The Chargers have a solid defense overall, but I really like them as a value play against a Dolphins team that hasn’t played a real game yet. When 30 NFL teams got their hands dirty last week, the Dolphins and Bucs unfortunately could not play in Florida and were forced to use Week 1 as their bye. I think some of the Week 1 jitters or general unpreparedness will hit the Dolphins and the Chargers will reap the benefits.