FanDuel Week 2 Targets

Antonio Brown

Football is back and I know everyone is excited to try and make some money through DFS. I apologize for being a week late to the party, but I am back now and will be here each week going forward. For those who read and played along with me last year, this will be a fun and hopefully profitable season. For those who are new to the column, I do not construct complete lineups for you to copy and paste. I will give you a list of my targeted players (hence the column name) and from there you can create your lineups for FanDuel.

I did miss the first week article, however I did watch the first week of games and noticed that there were a ton of chalk picks that went off. Chalk, referring to a consensus pick or heavily used player. For instance, James Conner was a very chalky player after Le’Veon Bell did not report to the team and Conner was announced as the feature back. When situations like this arise and a player who has the opportunity to achieve a high desired fantasy total at a discounted price most savvy DFS players will use them making those players the “chalk”. For the new eyes, some of the data I use to pick players are defensive match ups, projected scores for the games, projected game flow, projected offensive usage, and certainly some gut calls.

Let’s make some Fanduel Week 2 Targets!

 Quarterbacks

Ben Roethlisberger may miss multiple weeks, so what does that mean for the likes of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell? (Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

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Ben Roethlisberger – $7,600

In what is considered as the game of the week for me, Big Ben will go up against the Chiefs and should do quite well. He did not have the best week one in a sloppy game versus the Browns yet I expect him to air it out a little more in this tilt with the Chiefs. Las Vegas predicts the Steelers will score points and I believe Big Ben will be the main cause of that.

Patrick Mahomes – $7,500

Patty should be a good play this week as well as the counterpart in that game with the Steelers. The Steelers defense still does not look impressive and I don’t know how they plan to keep Tyreek Hill in front of them Sunday. He has the tools and the weapons to deliver another good stat line the only question for me with him is can he do it week in and week out.

Nick Foles – $7,300

I must say I did not think he would be that expensive after week one’s poor showing. In what turned out to be the best scoring game week one, the Buccaneers and Ryan Fitzpatrick had an old fashioned shootout with Drew Brees and the Saints. Not only did Brees have a great day against this Bucs defense, but that same defense lost Vernon Hargreaves and possibly Brent Grimes. Give me the Superbowl MVP in a lineup or two and I love to pair him with burner Mike Wallace this week.

Tyrod Taylor – $6,600

Speaking of Saints defense getting lit up, Tyrod comes into the dome this week and looks to have a plus match up here. Ryan Fitzpatrick had four passing touchdowns and three of which went for 35 plus yards. With the Browns promising to get Josh Gordon more targets this week, I am salivating at what could be for Tyrod and this arsenal on offense.

Running Back

Saints Alvin Kamara

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Alvin Kamara – $9,000

He’s good. With no Mark Ingram last week he scored three touchdowns yet only had eight carries. While I do feel that was a bit of game flow after falling behind big early, I project that the Saints should be in control here. I think he should have closer to fifteen or so carries and around ten targets out of the backfield. If he can get that volume he will be my top play this week at the position.

Todd Gurley II – $8,900

The new Mr. Consistency Gurley has continuously been a volume monster. This is a game where the Rams should dominate and Adrian Peterson had no trouble lighting up the Cards last week on the ground. Expect 25 plus touches and a great day.

Melvin Gordon III – $8,200

This is another situation where the Chargers should have no problem holding off the Bills eluding to a projected heavy usage day for Gordon.

Christian McCaffrey – $7,400

The Atlanta Falcons come into week two losing two huge play makers on defense. I already love McCaffrey’s talent and skill set, but the plus match up bumps him up on my target list.

Dion Lewis – $6,500

In the war of Dion Lewis versus Derrick Henry the early edge goes to Lewis. Week two should mirror those results. I expect the Titans to be playing from behind and think Lewis should see close to ten targets in the passing game.

James White – $5,900

This will be a chalk slam dunk for me if Rex Burkhead misses the game. He had the second most targets last week and I do expect that be repeatable while the Patriots are limited at wide receiver.

Wide Receiver

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Antonio Brown – $8,900

He continues to be one of the best wide outs in the game and Big Ben’s favorite target. I am willing to pay up for him this week and like to pair him with Ben but am also fine using him solo.

DeAndre Hopkins – $8,400

Hopkins is coming off of a disappointing week one. The targets are there and Deshaun Watson will be better in this one. Don’t overthink it.

Keenan Allen – $8,000

The thought that the Chargers will get ahead and win this game seems to be a universally accepted thought. As I already stated I love Melvin Gordon this week, I think people overlook the first part of the scenario. In order to get ahead in the game and win points must be scored. I think Allen will continue to eat this week and a may be skipped over in a lot of places.

Josh Gordon – $6,300

This is the game. I’m calling my shot. I am not saying this will be a crazy ten catch 200 yard and three touchdown game. I am saying this is the game he reminds us how talented he can be. I expect at least ten targets and hopefully a long touchdown or two.

Randal Cobb – $6,200

The adjustment the Packers made once Aaron Rodgers was injured was to move to quicker passes. The biggest beneficiary of this adjustment would be Cobb, who showed he still has his speed as he took a short pass over the middle for 75 yards and  a score last week.

Devin Funchess – $6,000

I have few underwhelming week one wide receivers as targets this week. The recency bias should net a discount in price and usage. Funchess is in a great scenario to succeed with Greg Olsen out due to injury. The Falcons are banged up on the defensive side leading to what could be a great day for Fuchess.

Mike Wallace – $5,300

The Bucs can be beat deep. He still has the speed to accomplish this and is a cheaper option to help afford the higher priced guys.

Dante Pettis – $4,500

While I admittedly would not play him if Goodwin plays, he becomes a great value if Goodwin sits. He impressed in limited action last week against a very good Vikings defense.

Tight End

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Travis Kelce – $6,800

I absolutely love Tyreek Hill, but Andy Reid will try to balance his offense and try and get Kelce more involved. That being said if he is more involved in what could be high scoring affair he should be a great play.

Zach Ertz – $6,500

Nelson Agholor seemed to steal all the catches week one. The Eagles are expected to be better offensively and I feel Ertz, who did see ten targets last week, will be more involved.

Jordan Reed – $6,200

Is he healthy? So far, check. The only thing holding him back has been his health in his career. He could be the top target this week in the Redskins offensive attack.

George Kittle – $5,600

Jimmy G. seems to be looking for Kittle often and if Marquise Goodwin misses this game he could see an uptick in targets.

Jack Doyle – $5,600

He consistently has been a favorite target of Andrew Luck and I do not envision any change here. The addition of Eric Ebron does not scare me off of Doyle even after Ebron got the touchdown week one.

Defense

Houston – $4,500

The Texans should be able to generate a good pass rush against Mariota who comes into this game banged up.

Vikings – $4,400

The Bears dominated the first half of the Packers game and Aaron Rodgers is one love tap away from handing the ball to DeShone Kizer.

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