DraftKings Week 2 Strategy Guide

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Sadly, no one took home the billionaire prize from DraftKings as you can tell since I am still here. When you get knocked down in life, get back up and knock someone else down. Let’s knock week 2 out. I will provide a list of guys I am targeting in DraftKings tournament play or head to head games and we will rebound.
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The first week of the NFL is in the books and we all know everything now, right? Obviously that is and will not be the case in this unpredictable fantasy world. There will be educated calls that go horribly wrong due to misinformation, underperformance, or injury. I try to avoid questionable players in fear of quick exodus from the game. Last week I whiffed on Le’Veon Bell and A.J. Green specifically. Bell got a total of ten carries when promised a full workload and the Bengals offense looked completely inept. So with that in mind,  all I can do is do better.

Quarterback

 

Jim Mone - Associated Press

Jim Mone – Associated Press

 

 

Jameis Winston $6,300- The Bucs added a deep threat in Desean Jackson to help Winston make that leap into elite status this year. Jameis should be a great play at home versus the Bears who were not formidable in week one.

Kirk Cousins $6,100- Do you believe in rebound games? I do. That will be a common theme this week as I like guys who underperformed recently. Cousins will have things working this week.

Carson Palmer $6,000- The Colts right now cannot defend anything, daring Palmer to bounce back in this spot.

Sam Bradford $5,500- The Vikings have a balanced attack, wow did I say that? Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs are good and that rookie running back isn’t a slouch either. Bradford is a cheaper option with good potential value and can easily again out perform his DraftKings price tag.

Jared Goff $5,100- While the defense stole the show week one, the Ram’s offense looked adequate enough. Not to mention Todd Gurley isn’t working. Look for Goff to keep finding Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins to move the chains here leading to  solid passing day.

Trevor Siemian $4,900- Siemian played well last week and still I bet no one is rostering him this week. He’s not a sexy pick, but going cheap rarely is. He has the weapons to earn you points and Dallas is not a scary defense.

Running Back

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Devonta Freeman $7,300- There are two projected high scoring games that stand out above the others. Devonta Freeman  happens to be the main pass catching running back for one of those teams, so this  should be a no brainer.

Leonard Fournette $6,500- The Jags seem very clear that they want Fournette to have more carries than Bortles pass attempts. Give me the workhorse volume here, plain and simple.

Marshawn Lynch $6,000- Beast Mode showed more flash than rust last week and gets the lowly Jets defense that Shady ran through with ease.

Ty Montgomery $5,800- As I mentioned with Freeman this game is supposed to have a ton of points and Ty has a similar role with the Packers. Montgomery seems to not get the respect I feel he is earning each week. Play him and win.

Bilal Powell $5000- The Jets are terrible and are a fantasy wasteland, right? Well, they are terrible. Bilal Powell I am calling on you again this week. The Jets should be in garbage time quick and my hope is that Powell can get catches early and often.

Javorius Allen, Chris Carson $4,100- Buck Allen is the new fill in for Danny Woodhead and should start this week reaping those PPR benefits. Chris Carson is still in a muddled backfield, so many will stray away, but he looks to have won the starting gig and gets a banged up 49ers defense.

James White $4,000- The other mega scoring matchup is the Patriots visiting the Saints and I think James White is a great play. After week one overreaction,  Mike Gillislee will be a popular play yet I think White’s skill set features better this week in a back and forth shootout.

 

Wide Receiver

Let Julio Jones carry you to victory! (Getty Images)

Let Julio Jones carry you to victory! (Getty Images)

 

Julio Jones $9,200- The number one receiving option should bounce back nicely. Pay up for Julio and watch the points add up.

Mike Evans $7,700- If you like Jameis this week it almost has to be equal you love Mike Evans. The favorite target of Winston should feast on that Bears secondary.

Tyreek Hill $6,200- He is really, really fast. I wanted to leave that the lone analysis for choosing him but there are other factors. Ronald Darby’s injury certainly doesn’t help the Eagles stop Hill and Andy Reid  will continue to find ways to get him the ball in space.

Stefon Diggs $6,100- Consistent production in fantasy is hard to come by and Diggs comes through. I always try to add a few guys who provide a safe floor to balance some of the hail mary options I may select. Diggs is more than just a safe play, he has top ten WR potential.

Kelvin Benjamin, Davante Adams$5,600- Both priced the same this week, both disappointed last week. Kelvin should be involved more this week and I think he scores against a weak Buffalo secondary. Last week I had Randall Cobb as a target because his speed could beat Seahawk corners. This week I lean to Adams for the big day, I feel he could have a monster day if Falcons focus too much on Jordy.

Devante Parker $5,400- We know Jay Cutler likes his new receiver, now its just time to see it with our money on the line. Parker has the talent to shine and I feel the Dolphins will need to pass a lot in what feels like a high scoring affair.

Corey Coleman $4,700- He seemed to be a favorite target of Deshonne Kizer and that’s what we are looking for.

Corey Davis, Cooper Kupp $4,100- Two rookies priced the same, yet offer different skill sets. Corey Davis has the potential to be a high end receiver and Cooper Kupp is more of a safe floor guy who is PPR gold.

Mike Wallace, Jordan Matthews, Allen Hurns $3,900- Mike Wallace had one target last week and I’m saying use him this week. The Ravens will pass more in this one and he can still get deep for long scores. Playing Jordan Matthews or Allen Hurns you are banking on the fact they get the bulk of the targets, as they should.

Deonte Thompson $3,000- Thompson is kind of a hail mary option or if you are desperate play. I refuse to use the term, “sleeper.” It is so outdated. Anyways, I digress. The field is on Kendall Wright, but Thompson is a guy who can triple his value with a big day.

Tight End

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Rob Gronkowski $6,900- Nice. A price Gronk himself would approve of. Tom Brady, judging by the way he tried to force a touch down to him last week wants Gronk to excel. A game versus the Saints and continued injuries to the Pats receiving corps make Gronk worth the 69.

Jimmy Graham $4,900- Similar to Gronk, I noticed Russell Wilson force some throws to Jimmy last week. The lack of blocking means quick throws and targets should be coming.

Austin Hooper $3,500- Hooper has one hit wonder written all over his week one box score. He is a legit receiving TE and showed what he can do with limited targets. The targets should increase and the matchup is ideal.

Jared Cook $3,300-He hauled in all five of his targets last week and should have no trouble getting open versus the Jets putrid defense. The Jets allowed a touch down to Charles Clay last week who I recommended. They have showed no sign of improving defending the tight end.

Coby Fleener $3,100- One of my favorite cheap tight end options this week, Fleener is poised to breakout. Its one of the two marquee games projected in the 50’s. The odds are in his favor for a good day.

Julius Thomas $2,800- I don’t want to be one of the guys chasing his Denver production two years later. This is about the finding the most likely outcome. We know Jay Cutler goes to his tight ends especially in the red zone. Thomas is a cheap gamble here.

Defense and Special Teams 

Raiders $3,500- Like quarter backs, I try not to pay up for defenses so the Raiders is as high as I’ll go. I feel like I am just picking on the Jets or Colts each week here.

Chargers $2,800- Do we see good Jay Cutler or bad Jay Cutler? It’s a cheap enough price to find out on an actual decent defense.

 

 

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