DraftKings NFL Picks Week 2
After weeks and weeks of anticipation, the dust has now settled on the first week of the 2017 season. It was a week one that wasn’t without its share of breakouts, blunders, and unfortunate injuries. While your fantasy roster may have to endure some of the hardships that came with week one, your daily fantasy lineups are another story.
That is in a nut shell the beauty of daily fantasy. It’s like having the baby without the labor in the sense that you’ve got one shot to win big. You aren’t confined to the roster you chose prior to week one’s games, you get to start anew. It doesn’t require scouring the waiver wire and competing against friends for the rights to a player. In DraftKings, a $50,000 budget and a little bit of homework can go a long way.
We here at Gridiron Experts are here to help with the homework part of it. Before we get to this week’s picks, let us recap some of my picks from week one. The week one picks consisted of marquee name players along with values but there was no better way to start your week than with Kareem Hunt. The new sensation out of Kansas City would lead all players in DraftKings scoring with 49.6 points. Other notable picks by yours truly were Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz who finished fourth at his position, and his tight end, and my lock of the week Zach Ertz whom also finished fourth in scoring amongst his position. There were some shortcomings though as Russell Wilson and the Falcons defense weren’t much of a help if you used them.
If gambling has taught you anything, you can’t win them all. So chin up as we prepare to win you some serious cash this week! Here are your DraftKings picks for week two of the NFL season.
Jared Goff ($5,100): It may just be one week, and I may be crazy but I’m beginning to buy into the Rams signal caller. I’ll grant you that the Colts looked dreadful but so did the Redskins. Sean McVay’s former team would have a home opener to forget. The Redskins defense would wind up being just one of six teams to allow 300 yards passing.
Next for the Redskins is Jared Goff who in just one week was able to do two things he failed to do in his rookie campaign. He had a 300-yard performance and finished a game with a completion percentage higher than 70%. While the Colts came out flat on Sunday, the Rams offense looked to be efficient. One more tip of the cap to Goff’s week one performance, his end of game numbers would practically mirror the next quarterback on our list.
Matt Ryan ($7,500): Maybe you’re just not buying into Goff yet. No one would really blame you if you opted to spend the extra cash lock up an NFL MVP in Matt Ryan. This Sunday night will be loaded with pomp and circumstance as Ryan and the Falcons welcome in the Green Bay Packers for a rematch to last years NFC championship. The intrigue in this game is quantified as the Falcons will be cutting the ribbon on their beautiful new home.While the Packers played well on Sunday, it should be noted that the Seahawks offensive line was on a junior varsity level. This is still a Packers defense that in DraftKings formats allowed the 7th most points to opposing quarterbacks. This is also a Falcons team that appeared to be a little slowed down by the grass in Chicago. On Sunday night they will be headed back to field turf and in front of a boisterous jammed packed crowd. Matt Ryan finished just outside of the top 20 in DraftKings scoring in week one. In week two, expect him to be on the other side of that 20.
James White ($4,000): Tension should be high in the bayou this week when the winless Patriots take on the winless Saints. Both teams are coming off of bad prime time beatdowns and will look to right the ship at each others expense. Let’s be honest here, the Saints didn’t exactly give you a reason to not play a Patriots player in DFS this week. On the Patriots side of things, it has been noted since Thursday night that the tenacity of Edelman is sorely missed. As of this writing, the status of Amendola is still up in the air due to a concussion.
While the majority of storylines will discuss Brandin Cooks facing his former team, don’t be surprised to see the Patriots look for another source of offensive production. That production could be coming from a familiar source in James White. Perhaps the model that the Patriots could follow would be from last season when Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman of the Falcons torched this Saints defense for 296 yards. While Brady will look to hit Cooks over the top, don’t be shocked to see White dragging across the field as a check down option. I’m still a firm believer that the Patriots running backs will be a revolving door of production. On a fast track in New Orleans, White is the guy.
Leonard Fournette ($6,500): Remember when the Jaguars were the laughing stock of the NFL over the summer? Well, no one is laughing after week one. The Jaguars would dominate the Texans and one of the of reasons was the play of rookie running back Leonard Fournette. The former LSU back would finish 3rd among running backs in DraftKings scoring as he would manage 100 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Every where you go this week, the experts will say that Tom Coughlin’s finger prints are on this team, a strong running game, and hard nosed defense. Don’t expect the Jags to tinker with that formula especially after losing Allen Robinson for the season. Last week, the 31-year-old Marshawn Lynch averaged 4.2 YPC against the Titans. I may be willing to part ways with $6,500 of my weekly salary to see what the 22-year-old Fournette can do. An honorable mention at running back or as a flex option would be Ty Montgomery ($5,800) going up against a Falcons defense on Sunday night that allowed the 2nd most DraftKings points to the position.
DeAndre Hopkins ($5,800): I should really preface this pick by saying that Hopkins impact is contingent upon Watson’s ankle. If Watson is a full go though, Hopkins could be in line for another big dose of targets. Against the Jaguars, Hopkins would wind up with only 55 yards and a score. The major takeaway would be that he had 16 targets in the game. This is an encouraging sign as he managed 16 targets or more only once in 2016.Hopkins is and will continue to be the most stable part of that Texans offense. He has a bit of a tough play on Thursday against the Bengals secondary but never forget that all important word that goes hand in hand with fantasy football, opportunity.
Mike Evans ($7,700): While everyone’s bigger concerns should be the recovery process for victims of hurricane Irma, it will be nice to see Mike Evans on the field this week. His first matchup will now come against the Bears in Tampa Bay. This is a Bears defense that allowed only 27.9 points to Julio Jones and the Falcons wideouts but as their offense continues to take on injuries, it may ultimately tire out their defense. While Doug Martin carries out his suspension, expect Dirk Koetter to hand Winston the keys to the offense. In three meetings against the Bears, Evans has had 11 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown. Expect that number to grow this week and expect Evans and Jackson to hit the ground running.
Lock of the week Coby Fleener ($3,100): Perhaps the Saints tight end is still a dirty name for you when it comes to fantasy. It may be time to start thinking with a little bit of an open mind though as Fleener will take part in a shootout between the Saints and Patriots this weekend. In the background of their ugly loss on Monday night, Fleener would have a fairly productive evening. He would catch 5 of his 6 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. In DraftKings scoring formats, that performance would place Fleener 5th among his position.The absence of Snead will continue to do more harm than good on the Saints offense but Fleener may end up being the second go to option for the time being. Don’t be fooled by the lack of production from Kelce against the Patriots as that was more of just game planning that got away from the tight end. The depth of the Patriots linebackers is as thin as Adrian Peterson’s patience. Being a gambling man, I love myself a good double down. With that in mind, because of week one and his price tag, I will double down on my Fleener pick and call him my lock of the week.
Tyler Eifert ($4,300): Looking for one more Thursday option? Take a flier on Tyler Eifert. I get it, the Bengals are hard to trust after one week. Dalton gave you absolutely nothing and because of that, players like AJ Green and Eifert suffered. Andy Dalton is a better quarterback than what you saw in week one and that point will be proven on Thursday night. The Texans defense is no pushover but they might still be reeling after the haymaker they received from the Jaguars. One of the best ways for a quarterback to find his rhythm after a poor performance is to look towards one of his better options or to rely on his tight end. Dalton has both of those in Eifert and I say the Bengals TE reaches the end zone on Thursday night.
Jaguars ($3,100): There aren’t a ton of eye catching defenses this week but I’m going to select the Jaguars here. 10 sacks in week one are too hard for me to just gloss over. We always knew that the Jaguars defense had talent but it was a matter of them putting it all together. Perhaps week one was an indication of things to come. I mentioned this earlier, the Jaguars game plan has Tom Coughlin’s fingerprints all over it and I’m buying in. The Titans offense will make some plays but so will the Jaguars defense.
Mike is a hardcore fantasy football fan. He has been doing serious writing for a couple of years now and loves finding the next big sleeper that no one is talking about. He also isn’t afraid to go against the grain and predict the next big bust. The fantasy community is as strong as ever and Mike is ready to help you win a title!