NFL DFS: Week 2 Monday/Thursday Night Playbook

Odell Beckham Jr

Week 2 has been a crazy one so far, and this weeks NFL DFS playbook for the Monday/Thursday night games is going to be a crazy one. In both of my lineups on FanDuel and DraftKings, I have over $2000 left on the table. That’s just the way to cookie crumbles sometimes. That’s a myth in DFS that you always need to use all of you money in order to create the best lineup possible. This week will be a prime example why that’s not always the case. Let’s end the week strong and continue to build on last weeks success.

 

Quarterback

Eli Manning – DraftKings ($7,000), FanDuel ($8,000)

It was good to see Eli start playing like we all thought he would this week against the Falcons. It wasn’t his best performance, but this offense is going to continue to be pass heavy. I think most people will be jumping on Luck this week, so Eli makes for a nice contrarian play.

 

Andrew Luck – DraftKings ($8,200), FanDuel ($8,900)

I know I like Eli slightly more, but it’s always hard to pass up on Luck when you can fit in his price tag. That Colts are going to have to throw against this stout Jets front seven. I know T.Y. Hilton’s status is up in the air, but the Colts have enough weapons to make up for his absence. I expect Luck to bounce back from his terrible Week 1 performance.

 

Running Back

Chris Ivory - DraftKings ($4,700), FanDuel ($6,900)

Ivory is another guy I am a little iffy on because of his injury, but it’s hard to fade him with the upside he has tonight. He showed last week that he can handle the workload, so as long as he plays, I have no problem putting him in my lineup. If he’s out, I would instantly plug-in Bilal Powell and not look back. One of these backs is going to have a monster game against a bad Colts defense.

 

Shane Vereen - DraftKings ($4,300), FanDuel ($6,200)

I should point out that I’m not a Shane Vereen guy whatsoever. PPR running backs do nothing for me personally. But with that being said, the Giants haven’t shown any faith in Rashad Jennings this season. Whether it’s buy design or game flow, Vereen has been the better back so far this season. I don’t think people realize just how good this Redskins run defense has been. They’ve been a much better team than people realize as well, so Vereen is the back that I have the most confidence in for the Giants backfield.

 

Alfred Morris - DraftKings ($4,700), FanDuel ($7,300)

One of the fantasy darlings of Week 2 was Matt Jones exploding on the scene. I guarantee he’s going to be highly owned, and that’s just not smart to me. I love Jones as a runner and believe he will eat into Morris’s production, but he’s still the guy in Washington for the time being. Until it becomes more of a time share, I have more confidence in Morris in the early part of the season.

 

Wide Receiver

Odell Beckham Jr. - DraftKings ($9,000), FanDuel ($8,700)

I am a firm believer in always rostering the best player on the field, even when that means he’ll be closer to 100% owned. Manning showed in Week 2 that Beckham will be force-fed the ball, and it doesn’t matter who is covering him. The bottom line is he’s one of the most talented guys in the NFL and can explode for a 30+ fantasy night at any time. I don’t want to miss out on that so just pay up for the man.

 

Donte Mocrief - DraftKings ($4,600), FanDuel ($6,000)

I have serious doubts that Hilton will play tomorrow night. I know he’s listed as questionable, but I simply don’t believe he plays. Andre Johnson looked atrocious in his first game with the Colts, and Luck looked for Moncrief all over the field. He may not see 11 targets again, like he did against the Bills, but he will be the guy to help move the chains while the Colts offense looks to get going this week.

 

Brandon Marshall - DraftKings ($6,400), FanDuel ($7,400)

While Marshall isn’t in the high volume like Chicago offense anymore, he should still put up solid numbers with Fitzpatrick under center. This Jets offense can put up points and Marshall is a big target that should gobble up catches, especially if the Jets are playing catchup on the Colts.

 

Pierre Garcon - DraftKings ($5,200), FanDuel ($5,400)

No DeSean Jackson makes Garcon the biggest benefactor in the Redskins passing game. While he doesn’t have the big play ability like Jackson, there’s simply no other receiver that will get the volume of targets like Garcon. On a night where there should be plenty of offense, Kirk Cousins will need to get the ball down the field. Garcon should have plenty of chances to rack up points against a bad Giants defense.

 

Tight End

 Dwayne Allen – DraftKings ($3,300), FanDuel ($5,200)

Even with Allen having to compete for catches with Coby Fleener, Allen is still Luck’s most reliable target in the end zone. He may not have the upside of a Jordan Reed to rack up catches, Allen still should get his share of the offense and should be a solid under the radar play.

 

Jordan Reed - DraftKings ($3,800), FanDuel ($5,000)

Reed will be heavily owned tonight. He’s got a cheap price tag, and Kirk Cousins looks for him often as his check down option in Jay Gruden’s offense. The Giants don’t have the players to keep up with Reed’s athletic ability. Even being banged up, he will still get plenty of work tonight as long as he can stay on the field.

 

Defense

Giants - DraftKings ($2,800), FanDuel ($4,100)

Jets – DraftKings ($2,800), FanDuel ($4,300)

Defense might be the hardest position to roster tonight because none of them are really appealing. I like the Giants with the most upside due to Beckham handling return duties. The Jets are the best defense on the board, but going up against Andrew Luck is no easy task. I give the slight edge to the Giants, but the Jets have the highest floor.

 

Kicker

Josh BrownFanDuel ($4,500)

Adam Vinatieri – FanDuel ($5,000)

Brown should get the most volume of work this week against Washington. The Giants have shown they can move the ball down he field, but not always punch it in the end zone. Vinatieri had a bad showing last week, but the makes for a nice bounce back play against the Jets. Either one should be serviceable this week.

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