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Daily Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet For Week 2

Daily Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Week 2 DFS Tips for games on 9/18/16

September 18, 2016

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Here is my NFL lineup for week 2.

After putting week 1 in the books, week 2 will bring us some heated division rivalry games, some inter-conference matchups and a battle for the NFC North on Sunday Night Football. Here’s my lineup for this week.

Daily Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet For Week 2


Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, GB

Salary: $7,800

Analysis: Rodgers was the third-highest quarterback on the board this week when the Packers take on the Vikings, and for good reason. Minnesota is coming off of a win in Tennessee against the Titans, but defensively, the Vikings gave up 271 yards to Marcus Mariota, who doesn’t have many household names to throw the ball to. Now Imagine what Aaron Rodgers can do with guys like Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams against this defense. Yeah, I’ll take my chances Sunday night

Running Back #1: Rashad Jennings, NYG

Salary: $5,600

Analysis: There are a couple themes this week, one is fading the New Orleans Saints, who face off against Jennings’ Giants on Sunday, and going against teams who had bad week 1 performances until they prove us otherwise. The Saints fit the mold for both of those criteria, and that’s why I’m going with Jennings on Sunday. The Saints gave up the most rushing yards in the entire NFL in week 1, allowing Oakland to rack up 167 yards only 26 carries for an insane 6.4 yards per carry. And that’s to an Oakland running backs group that outside of LaTavius Murray, has no one you would have really heard of unless you’re a Raiders fan. Guys like former Raider Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen should have a field day and like I’ve said before, until the Saints can prove that they know how to play defense, I’ll pick against them wherever I can.

Running Back #2: Ezekiel Elliott, DAL

Salary: $7,300

Analysis: Now Ezekiel Elliott might have had a slow week in Week 1, but that was against a Giants defense that has been great at stopping the run for years now. The Cowboys take on the Redskins in an early-season division matchup and I think Elliott is primed for a big game against Washington. I mean did you see how Washington stopped Pittsburgh’s second-best running back? Oh wait, they didn’t. DeAngelo Williams torched the ‘Skins for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns. I shudder to think what would’ve been if it was LeVeon Bell in the backfield but that’s beside the point. Look for a big game on the ground from Elliott in his official coming out party for the Cowboys.

Wide Receiver #1: A.J. Green, CIN

Salary: $8,900

Analysis: I mean did you see what Green did in week 1?! A.J. Green burned Revis Island to the ground, burning one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks for 180 yards on 12 receptions. Now Green gets William Gay, who sits atop the Steelers depth chart, and let’s face it, Gay is not even close to the level that Revis is on. Add in the fact that Green is averaging almost 94 yards per game in his career against the Steelers, and I think we could see another monster game from Green.

Wide Receiver #2: Sterling Shepard, NYG

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: Shepard had a decent NFL debut, hauling in 3 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. Now Shepard’s touches may not be as often with a healthy Victor Cruz, but he is still a highly touted option in that offense, and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, pick against the Saints and you benefit from it. Forget about last week, the Saints have been an awful team defensively for the last couple of years and I wouldn’t be surprised if Shepard caught another touchdown (or two) on Sunday.

Wide Receiver #3: Steve Smith Sr., BAL

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: The reason Smith is my WR3 is because if you look at Smith’s week 1 performance, he only had 19 yards on 5 receptions, which is mainly due to the Ravens depth at wide receiver.  Mike Wallace is the other top receiver in the Ravens offense, but Baltimore has other offensive weapons in Kamar Aiken, Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore, which would limit the opportunities for Smith in that regard. I’m taking Smith this week mainly because the Ravens have an extremely favorable matchup against the Cleveland Browns who got obliterated by the Eagles in week 1.

Tight End: Larry Donnell, NYG

Salary: $2,900

Analysis: This is a great value pick if it can pan out even a little bit. Donnell had a slow week 1, with a 15-yard touchdown reception being his only catch in week 1, as backup Will Tye got the majority of the receiving workload after filling in for Donnell when he was injured last year. Once again, pick against the Saints until they can prove they are competent enough to play defense at the professional level. I think the favorable offense/defense matchup for the Giants will result in a bounce back game of sorts for Donnell.

Flex: LeGarrette Blount, NE

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: Blount was my last pick as I try to leave my flex pick for last mainly because of the flexibility I can have with my cap space (yes I know, flex/flexibility). Blount had a pretty good game as the Patriots shocked many people by upending the Arizona Cardinals last week. Blount had 70 yards on 22 carries including a touchdown against a Cardinals defense that was top-5 against the run in 2015, now the Patriots get a Miami Dolphins defense on Sunday that has had their fair share of issues stopping the run, dating back to last season where they finished bottom-5 in rushing yards allowed per game.

Defense/Special Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: I’m willing to pay this price because quite frankly, the Rams looked awful in week 1, getting shut out by a 49ers team that I personally didn’t expect to win more than 2-3 games this season, And while the Seahawks may have underperformed on offense against Miami in week 1, it was business as usual for the defense as they only allowed 10 points. I now have zero faith in Case Keenum as a starter for the Rams, and I think it’s only a matter of time before Jared Goff takes the reins of the Rams offense. But until then, I think the Seahawks could send the Rams to a second straight shutout to start the year as I hate to think what will happen to the Rams, if San Francisco can shut them out, what will happen against one of the best defensive units in the NFL? Ew.

Salary remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $200

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