With Week One in the books, I am back to give you more of the guys I’m targeting on the FanDuel main slate. We finally have some new data to look at and try to apply to this week’s match ups.
In the NFL, it always seems that whoever figures out the new trends first are the most successful. We want to see if defenses had a specific game plan in Week One, just because of an opponent. Will certain offenses repeat attacks and time shares in different environments? Let’s find out together.
Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens $8,200:
The Week One slate breaker comes into a game versus a very soft secondary. He can always have the floor to gain yards with his feet and that helps justify his price.
Tom Brady – New England Patriots $7,800:
The Patriots are expected to add Antonio Brown into the mix this week and that just gives Brady another toy. Brady can pick his number this week against Miami and he just might.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams $7,600:
In one of the possible shoot out games of the slate, there should be plenty of scoring in this one. Goff may have burned some last week, but his splits show some reason he plays significantly better at home.
Saquon Barkley – New York Giants $9,200:
The Giants’ offense is very limited and I think most will be scared to pay the premium on Barkley. He is the perfect pivot off of Evan Engram for me, who I feel everyone will be on.
Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints $8,700:
I foreshadowed a little earlier about trying to determine new trends. Last week, the Rams’ let Christian McCaffrey gain 10 receptions in a close game. If that continues, then Kamara is a must start here.
Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers $7,500:
Sony Michel – New England Patriots $6,800:
Last week, I (not so boldly) called a Ravens blowout. This week may not look like a rerun of that game exactly, but the Patriots should definitely look to get Michel going this week.
Matt Breida – San Francisco 49ers $5,600:
Breida is one guy that I have not heard a lot of people will use. The Tevin Coleman injury should help boost his value and could be a good contrarian play.
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Chris Thompson – Washington Redskins $5,300:
I fully expect the Cowboys to lead this game from the start. When the Redskins trail, Thompson gets looks, leading the team last week with 10 targets last week.
Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys $7,800:
I had DeSean Jackson pegged last week as a good target versus this Redskins’ secondary. While Cooper may not have the same speed as him, he can certainly get behind this defense.
Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams $7,300:
All three of the Rams’ receivers are in play and this is the second week in a row I’m going with Woods. He drew the most targets and I feel his floor is the highest of the trio.
Julian Edelman – New England Patriots$7,100:
Edelman still remains the favorite target for Brady and the implied blowout indicates a possible score to go with his targets.
Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings $6,900:
I leaned on Adam Thielen last week and was saved by his touchdown in a game where Kirk Cousins only threw 10 passes. This game should feature more passes out of necessity and Diggs is a good bet to get past this defense.
Josh Gordon – New England Patriots $6,300:
Did I mention I like the passing game from the Pats? In DFS, I am ignoring Antonio Brown, even though he is slated to play. I hope he opens it up for the other guys this week.
John Brown – Buffalo Bills $6,300:
One of the better calls for me last week, Smokey came through big time. The Giants’ defense was shredded by the deep ball last week and the trend could continue.
Will Fuller V – Houston Texans $6,100:
This week’s Sammy Watkins, I hope. I am on the train this week. Watkins benefited a little by Jalen Ramsey focusing on the number one threat for part of the game last week. Now with A.J. Bouye out, Fuller could feast.
Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs $8,000:
I know he is expensive and he is super chalky. I do like Mecole Hardman as a dart throw, but the targets and red zone looks will continue to pour in for Kelce.
George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers $7,100:
He is still the top passing option for the 49ers until a wide out emerges.
Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens $6,100:
He is expected to go and has a few good things going for him. Andrews seems to be Jackson’s most trusted option and the Cardinals just got gashed by a rookie tight end.
Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders $5,400:
Waller will be in play for a lot this week after a good showing in Week One. The Raiders, in theory, will need to pass often to keep the game close.
New England Patriots $4,900:
There are not a lot of great options on the slate that are cheap, so paying up is how I plan to go.
Dallas Cowboys $4,700:
The Cowboys defense should fare better than the Eagles did last week and are certainly in play.