Daily Fantasy Football Recap: Bengals’ Giovani Bernard dominates Week 2

Giovani Bernard
Giovani Bernard

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Welcome back to the second edition of the Daily Fantasy Football weekly recap!
One of the Week 2 studs was Cincinnati Bengal Giovani Bernard. Bernard had 90 yards rushing to go with 75 yards on five catches and a rushing touchdown, totaling 27 points. He was used in 44% of Draft Kings’ lineups this week and boy did he repay those who used him in their daily league.

Though he had an OK game, Tennessee Titan Jake Locker is at the top my list of duds for Week 2. Locker was talked about all week how he would take a part the awful Dallas defense. While 12 points is not an awful outing for QB’s on Draft Kings’, it is not the return on your investment that you were hoping for. He had a decent game throwing the ball, but two interceptions hurt his cause. I liked Locker going into the week, but not for daily leagues only because of his price tag. There were other options like Tony Romo or even Derek Carr that were as likely to give you equal or a better return. Sizzling

» STUDS

QB: Aaron Rodgers – 34 points, $7,900 on Draft Kings
RB: Giovani Bernard – 27 points, $6,300 on Draft Kings
Arian Foster – 26 points, $5,000 on Draft Kings
WR: Jordy Nelson – 38 points, $6, 600 on Draft Kings
Sammy Watkins 28 points, $3,700 on Draft Kings
Dez Bryant – 29 points, $7,100 on Draft Kings
FLEX: James Jones – 28 points, $4,000 on Draft Kings
TE: Delanie Walker scored 38 points, $3, 700 on Draft Kings
Hopefully you were fortunate enough to have a few of this week’s studs on your roster. Not only did they all have great weeks each putting up 26+ points, but they all were extremely cheap options. Along with Bernard, Jordy Nelson and Walker were players I loved going into this week’s matchups. They all represented great value, and they delivered. While Dez was not an extremely cheap option, he provided you with the value you were looking for when you invested 14% of your salary for him.

» DUDS

QB: Jake Locker – 12 points, $7,100 on Draft Kings
RB: Chris Johnson – 3 points, $5,900 on Draft Kings
Shane Vereen – 6 points, $5,900 on Draft Kings
WR: Justin Hunter – 4 points, $4,300 on Draft Kings
Calvin Johnson scored – 14 points, $8,500 on Draft Kings
Brandin Cooks scored – 7 points, $5,300 on Draft Kings
FLEX: Matt Forte – 7 points, $5,900 on Draft Kings
TE: Rob Gronkowski – 7 points, $6,000 on Draft Kings

Normally I do not spend big one player, but if I have a feeling that most of the players who are on my roster will outperform their current price tag at every position, and I have enough money to spend I will. This week I did so, and it came back to bite me on one of my rosters by using Calvin Johnson. In comparison to Locker, Calvin did not have a terrible game by any means, but 14 points is not what I wanted when I bought myself some shares of Calvin Johnson. Chris Johnson is just not running as well as most thought he would. He does not have the same burst or acceleration, along with improper running technique that is a recipe for poor production.

While Justin Hunter did not take up a large amount of Daily salary he was used in 20% of lineups. Making him a heavily started player this week in Daily leagues, and in turn Hunter did not show he was worthy of such heavy usage. Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski were victims to the New England Patriots not needing much from their offense to defeat the Vikings this Sunday. Their defense gave the offense a short field on most of their drives.

After Demarco Murray ran all over the 49ers last week, most felt like Matt Forte would do much of the same. Not so fast. The 49ers made it a point to stop Forte whenever the ball was in his hands. In Forte’s defense, for the 49ners it made things easier knowing that Brandon Marshall and Alson Jeffery came into the game with injuries. Look for Forte to bounce back.

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