DFS - Fantasy Football - NFL FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - Week 2
NFL - Main Slate (1:00 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 9/16/18
DFS – Fantasy Football - NFL FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – Week 1 – 9/16/18
Update (12:29 PM) - Looks like Burkhead and Michel are going for the Pats, so I'm replacing James White with Tevin Coleman. 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 – James White (NE) – I’m going with value with my 2nd RB pick this week and like opportunity that James White presents, especially if Rex Burkhead (Concussion) & Sony Michel (Knee) aren’t able to go in the Patriots big match-up against Jacksonville. Obviously, going against Jacksonville on the road isn’t ideal, however, I think that White has the best match-up of anyone on the offensive end as I’m not putting my faith in the New England WR’s in this match-up and Gronk will most likely draw tight coverage against Jalen Ramsey. In last year’s AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, Brady targeted his RB’s 14 times and we know he had trust in White, especially after 2016 Superbowl victory over the Falcons in which White had 14 receptions for 110 yards and a TD. It’s always a question mark of how New England will utilize their backfield, however, as White might be one of the only healthy bodies available, he could be in for a big day both on the ground and through the air.
WR – Antonio Brown (PIT) – I stayed away from Brown last week due to the questionable weather in the PIT/CLE game and that was a mistake as Brown was targeted 16 times and finished his game with 93 yards and a TD on 9 receptions. Antonio Brown is the top WR in the league and the match-up agianst the Chiefs, who looks like they will be without Eric Berry, is one of the best on the slate as the Chiefs allowed Phillip Rivers to complete 34 of 51 passes for 424 yards and 3 TD’s last week. Brown had a monster game agianst Kansas City last season, going for 155 yards and a TD on 8 receptions (10 targets) and between the fact that this should be a high-scoring game and that weather in Pittsburgh looks solid on Sunday, I’m expecting Brown to be well worth his high price-tag.
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 – Los Angeles Rams – The majority of the public will most likely be on the Chargers this week as they have a great match-up agianst a Bills offense that looked lost in week-1 and will be starting a rookie QB, however, I’m going to pay up a bit more as I think the Rams will be in for a big day at home agianst the Cardinals. The Rams defense looked great agianst Oakland in their first game of the season as although they only sacked David Carr once, they forced 3 INT and had a defensive TD in their 33-13 victory. Arizona’s offensive was non-existent in their match-up agianst Washington in the first week as they finished the game with just 213 total yards and 2 turnovers. Outside of David Johnson (who has been a limited participant this week with a bad back) and Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals don’t have many offensive weapons and as I think the Rams will be able to TO’s and get another defensive TD, I’m paying up for them this week.
Please check back Sunday as we’ll make any necessary adjustments due to “confirmed lineups”.