DFS - Fantasy Football - NFL DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - Week 2
NFL - Featured Slate (1:00 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 9/16/18
DFS – Fantasy Football - NFL DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – Week 2 – 9/16/18
Update (12:31 PM) - Decided to replace Agholor with Corey Davis who should be seeing all the targets for TEN today! The extra salary allowed us to get Tevin Coleman as our 2nd RB. Image updated below. Good Luck!
Football season is back and let’s start the season off right as we look at the Sunday “Main” slate that features 12 games and starts at 1:00 pm (EST)!
QB – Patrick Mahomes (KC) – What a start for the young Kansas City rookie last week as he had a monster day completing 15 of 27 passes for 256 yards and 4 TD’s against a San Diego defense that was one of the best last season, when it came from limiting fantasy production from the QB. I’m usually a bit hesitant on jumping on a rookie QB after one decent start, however, I really like the match-up he has agianst the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend in a game that currently has the highest O/U on the slate at 53.5 points. Mahomes has multiple weapons at his disposal in Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill (more about him shortly….) and I was impressed by the rookie’s poise in the pocket as the Charges only got to Mahomes for one sack in the game. The Chiefs offense looked explosive against a good defense, and although you can’t expect another 28.34-point performance from the rookie, it’s certainly not out of the question.
Running Backs - There is a lot to keep your eye on as of right now as currently there are some big question marks with Leonard Fournette (JAX) and as of right now, looks like Devonta Freeman (ATL) won’t be suiting up on Sunday. We’ll keep an eye on this as there is some potential for solid value at the RB position.
RB – James Conner (PIT) – I didn’t have Conner in my “Main” contests last week, but I was happy I at least had him in my 1:00pm only as the 2-year back out of Pittsburgh had a monster game agianst Cleveland, getting 135 yards and TD’s on the ground, while also grabbing 5 receptions for 57 yards. Pittsburgh has shown when Bell has been out they have no problems giving whoever is starting in their backfield a ton of opportunities (i.e. DeAngelo Williams) and it looks as if that is going to be no different with Conner. Kansas City is nowhere near the defensive unit they were a couple of seasons ago, and in their week-1 match-up agianst San Diego, they allowed the Charges backfield to average 5.6 yds/g carry. What’s also encouraging in this match-up is the inability the Chiefs had last week to defend the pass out of the backfield as the San Diego running back had 14 receptions for 189 yards and a TD. We’re not going to get Conner at the dirt-cheap price we got him last week, but for $7,000, he is still a bargain this week agianst the Chiefs.
RB – Royce Freeman (DEN) – Freeman was of the most highly talked about rookie RB’s coming into Week 1 last week and although he didn’t have a monster game, certainly flashed his potential as he finished his NFL debut with 71 rushing yards on 15 carries agianst the Seattle. Freeman had more of a time-share will fellow rookie RB Phillip Lindsey than expected in Week-1 but I’m not afraid to roll with the former Oregon star, as I think he’ll have plenty of solid opportunities in the early downs to reel of big runs against the Oakland Raiders this week. Gurley and the Rams ran all over Oakland for 140 total yards (5.4 yds/att) and as I expect Denver to have a solid lead late in this one, I see Freeman doing a lot of damage late in this one and if he can find the end zone at some point, should easily hit value.
WR – Kenny Stills (MIA) – I couldn’t afford Antonio Brown, if I wanted to get Tyreek Hill in at the Flex, however, I’m good with rolling with Kenny Stills who opened up his season last week with a monster 106 yards performance with 2 TD’s on 4 receptions. DeVante Parker looks like he might be back in the lineup for the Dolphins this weekend, however, that doesn’t scare me away from Stills as he is Tannehill’s favorite receiver by far. Stills has big-play ability, as he showed on his 75-yard TD catch late last week and had a huge first game against the Jets last season, going for 85 yards and 2 TD’s on 9 receptions.
WR – Nelson Agholor (PHI) – Agholor didn’t get off to a great start to his season last week against the Falcons as he had just 33 receiving yards, however, in the world of PPR, it was great to see Agholor haul in 8 receptions on 10 targets. Agholor is going to be a popular target this week as the Eagles will still be without Alshon Jeffrey and for the fact that they are going agianst the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who came out of week 1 with a victory, allowed Drew Brees and the New Orleans passing game to rack up 439 yards and 3 TD’s agianst them. Agholor has big-play ability and as I expect him to see double-digit targets agianst a team that will have more trouble bringing him down, I think Agholor has some best value at the WR position this week.
WR – Jarvis Landry (CLE) – I stayed away from Landry last week just as the weather concerned me in that PIT/CLE game and obviously, it’s really hard to predict what offensive production we can really count on with Tyrod Taylor and the Browns, however, after compiling 106 receiving yards on 7 receptions and 15 targets, I’m buying in on Landry this week. Landry has a great match-up agianst the New Orleans Saints who just made Ryan Fitzpatrick look like an MVP candidate (21 for 28; 417 yards; 5 total TD) and allowed Tampa Bay to have two WR’s to post 146+ yards (Evans & Jackson). Landry, even in his playing days with Miami, always seems like a lock for at least 10-12 targets and as I like that the Browns Josh Gordon is back and is helping spread the field with his big play ability, I think Landry lives on the in-between routes and has a monster day.
TE – Jared Cook (OAK) – Jared Cook has always seemed to have strong starts to his season, but I would be lying to you if I said I expected the veteran TE to come of the gates against the Rams defense and put up a 180 yards game on 9 receptions. I wanted to get Zack Ertz in my lineup however, I had the perfect amount of salary remaining for Cook and willing the roll the dice with him this week in a good match-up on the road agianst the Denver Broncos. The Broncos fared well agianst the Seahawks, however, the one area of weakness was agianst the TE as Seattle’s Will Dissly (4th round pick out of Washington this past year), led all Seattle receivers with 105 yards and a TD on 3 receptions. Denver allowed the 3rd most points to TE’s last season when it came to fantasy and as I expect Oakland to utilizing the RB and TE’s heavily again in the passing game, I think Cook is a solid choice if you can’t pay up for Ertz.
FLEX – Tyreek Hill (KC) – As I have Mahomes at my QB, I wanted to get the electrifying Tyreek Hill in our lineups, especially after coming off a game in which he had 169 yards and 2 TD’s on 7 receptions to go along with a punt return TD. As we’ve already highlighted about, the KC/PIT game has all the making of an offensive shootout and we also was very encouraged that Hill received the most targets in the Chiefs passing game in Week 1. Hill has game changing speed that gives him the ability to rack up fantasy points in all aspects of the game (rushing, passing, special teams) and as I just don’t see anyone on the defensive side from Pittsburgh matching up with him well, I don’t mind paying up this much for him this week.
DEF – San Diego Chargers – It was a tough opening week for the Chargers defense against the Kansas City Chiefs, however, the Charges defense should gain their confidence back this week they have probably the best match-up of the week against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills offense was non-existent against the Ravens defense (who just got lit up by Cincinnati on Thursday) as Buffalo managed to gain just 153 total yards in the game. Buffalo will be starting rookie QB Josh Allen which in my opinion, only plays into the favor of the Chargers as although Patrick Mahomes had a nice day against the Chargers last week, San Diego was one of the toughest defenses agianst QB’s in terms of fantasy points last season. Rosen is no where near ready to be a starting QB in the NFL and I won’t be surprised to see the Buffalo offense struggle like it did in week 1.
Please check back Sunday as we’ll make any necessary adjustments due to “confirmed lineups”.