DraftKings Week 2 Featuring a New Orleans Saints Homecoming

Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks

Welcome to the DraftKings Week 2. This week the New Orleans Saints head home to a place they are very comfortable in the Superdome. We also have a Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles with the biggest total this week being 55 1/2. Talented offensive weapons head home to help us win in DFS.

Week 1 was a success with many of the value plays coming through in a big way including the San Diego Chargers’ Danny Woodhead and Steve Johnson. Also Carson Palmer turned in a nice week with a little help from receiver John Brown. Lets look at how we can make Week 2 another success.

Top Shelf Picks

Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints $7800
vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Drew Brees was less than impressive a week ago against the Arizona Cardinals. A week later he gets to head home and take on a defense that was torched in Week 1 by rookie Marcus Mariota. He should be a monster this week and will find ways to get all of his weapons the ball. Brees always plays better in friendly confines of the Superdome.

Sam Bradford – Philadelphia Eagles $6900
vs Dallas Cowboys

Sam Bradford was a guy that many people were excited about in Week 1. While the offense led by Bradford didn’t produce the fantasy goodness many of us expected, heading home should give the offense the shot in the arm they need. With the elite options facing less than ideal match ups, Bradford will save you money and allow you to fill out the roster with other studs.

Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals $7400
vs San Diego Chargers

Last week Jeremy Hill came through for those of us who put him in the lineup. While his 63 yards weren’t the total you expected, he found the end zone twice. A week later he gets to head home for the opener and gets to take on the San Diego Chargers. The Lions found some room to run the ball a week ago. I expect the Bengals to commit more to run and Hill to produce with those touches. Expect a strong Week 2 performance.

DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles $7000
vs Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray gets to play his home opener against his former team. Sign me up! The Cowboys improved their defense but as Rashad Jennings showed on Sunday Night Football, there is running room to be had. Murray is a more talented runner that should also see opportunities in the passing game.

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Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints $5,900
vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark Ingram impressed in Week 1 but not in the area many of us expected. He had 8 catches for 98 yards. This week I would expect another strong week from Ingram, but in the way way all have know him to produce, on the ground. Bishop Sankey averaged 6.2 yards a carry last week against this Buccaneers defense. Ingram should be able to produce on a similar level this week.

Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons $8,900
at New York Giants

With Dez Bryant missing time and Demaryius Thomas’s slow Week 1, Julio Jones came out Monday Night and made his case for the top fantasy wide receiver for 2015. While he will cost you, it is worth the price of admission. He is Matt Ryan‘s favorite target. The Giants secondary is good but not great. Jones should produce again in Week 2.

A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals $7,500
vs San Diego Chargers

A.J. Green was not as impressive in Week 1 as some may have thought, but the Bengals utilized the run game and the tight end to manhandle the Oakland Raiders. In the home opener, I expect the Bengals to make a point of getting Green the ball. He will remind the NFL this week of his ability. Last week, the Lions and Stafford produced against the Chargers defense. The Bengals should be able to do much of the same this week.

Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints $7,000
vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brandin Cooks will be a monster this week. Smaller, shifty receivers killed the Buccaneers a week ago as evident by Kendall Wright’s 101 yards and a score. Brees seemingly always plays better in home games and his targets should be the benefactor this week. Cooks should get over 100 yards and find the end zone this Sunday.

Martellus Bennett – Chicago $4,500
vs Arizona Cardinals

Stop me if you have heard this before but play Martellus Bennett while you can. He destroys the NFL for the first three weeks then fades into marginal usefulness. He came through for those who used him a week ago and even found the end zone. I expect Bennett to be one of the few bright spots on Sunday for the Bears. I expect his target total to once again be north of five, and for him to have a good shot at finding the end zone. His price tag is also easy to fit into most lineups.


Bargain Bin Finds

Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals $6,700
at Chicago Bears

Carson Palmer may be my favorite play of the week at quarterback. A week ago he was a monster with 307 yards and 3 touchdowns. This week is on the road to face the Chicago Bears. Another 300 yards game with 2 plus touchdowns is definitely in the cards, no pun intended. No Andre Ellington this week should push coach Bruce Arians towards an even more pass friendly game plan. I expect an impressive win to get the Cardinals to 2-0 with Palmer leading the way.

Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $5,600
at New Orleans Saints

In his NFL debut Winston looked like a mess. He had some poor decisions and a couple proved costly. This week he will likely get top target Mike Evans back to face a very poor Saints defense. Winston is likely more of a GPP option but with his $5,600 price tag, you can fill your roster with studs at other positions.

Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins $5,500
at Jacksonville Jaguars

The good news is Lamar Miller looked strong in Week 1. The bad news is Joe Philbin doesn’t seem to notice. Miller has the potential again this week produce. He gets to face a Jaguars team that is less than intimidating. Even if Philbin decides to not give Miller the work he deserves, he has explosive play ability that should make him worth a look in DFS.

Carlos Hyde – San Francisco $5,100
at Pittsburgh Steelers

Carlos Hyde was a monster on Monday night against a Vikings team that has pieces on the defensive side of the ball. This week, while on the road, he face a Steelers team that has an inability to slow the run. Hyde has a rough slate after Week 2 and will become a fade at that point but for this week he is close to a must play for me. His price is easily fit into any lineup and another 150 yard plus and multiple touchdown game is not out of the question.

John Brown – Arizona Cardinals $5,100
at Chicago Bears

John Brown played well in Week 1. He had 4 catches for 46 yards and a score. Carson Palmer looked for him early and often, targeting him 7 times. Palmer loves to find Brown when the two are on the field. This week I expect Brown to play well again. They are on the road against a Bears defense that needs work. I expect Brown and Palmer to hook up several times. I expect to have several lineups with the pair.

Cole Beesley – Dallas Cowboys $3,300

Dez Bryant will be out for most, if not all, of this season. Cole Beasley has the chance to get consistent targets. I expect a Julian Edelman like performance from Beasley. He could have 5 plus catches for 60 plus yards and possibly score. At the near minimum price Beasley makes a ton of sense.

Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins $3,700
vs St Louis Rams

A week ago Jordan Reed was a target magnet notching 11 targets. He converted for quarterback Kirk Cousins with 7 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. He looked good in space and showed the athleticism that makes many excited about his potential. Expect him to be a necessary weapon against a daunting Rams front seven,

Miami Dolphins $3,300
at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Dolphins are another strong play this week. They face Blake Bortles who is as turnover as they come. They are likely to be among to top owned this week but dont let that force you to shy away. They should limit the damage to go with the turnovers and have another good performance.

St. Louis Rams $3,100
at Washington Redskins

The Dolphins were a great play a week ago against these same Washington Redskins. The Rams have an insane front seven. I expect the Rams to be on the other end of at least one or two Kirk Cousins passes. Play them this week and enjoy the results.


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