NFL Fanduel Week 2
Now before we jump into the best buys for Week 2 understand that the players are for the Thursday- Monday slate. The players below are selected because they are “the best bang for your buck” something I suggest looking for to win in Fanduel
Philip Rivers vs. MIA
FanDuel Price: $7,000
Rivers was a top 10 quarterback last week which is impressive considering he was playing the Broncos in Denver. Rivers threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He finished the game with 18.68 Fanduel points. This week he has a much easier matchup against a Dolphins secondary who struggled in the preseason. The Chargers are loaded on offense which should give Miami several matchup problems. With Rivers at his current price, I would be surprised if he doesn’t finish with 21 points thus making him 3X value which is how you win money on Fanduel.
Ty Montgomery @ ATL
FanDuel Price: $6,500
This will be the second highest scoring game of the week which is why I have two Packers in this article. The Falcons gave up the most receptions in the NFL to running backs last season and that trend continued in Week 1 with Tarik Cohen getting 12 targets, eight catches, 47 yards, and one touchdown. We know how skilled Montgomery is as a pass catcher since he was a wide receiver last season. I fully expect the Packers to take advantage of this mismatch.
Mike Gillislee @ NO
FanDuel Price: $6,700A few things never change, the Sun rises in the East and the Saints defense gives up points. The Saints gave up 127 rushing yards to rookie running back Dalvin Cook on Monday Night Football. I know playing the game of which Patriots running back will score the most points seems like a dangerous one but all offseason I have been hyping Gillislee and the Patriots used him exactly how I pictured. I didn’t expect three rushing touchdowns but I am not complaining. I fully expect Gillislee to find the end zone again on Sunday in New Orleans.
Brandin Cooks @ NO
FanDuel Price: $7,900
Maybe I am a sucker for a good revenge game against Cooks’ former team but there is no denying the matchup. I would bet if there is one team in the NFL that Cooks knows well it would be the Saints. Also if there is one place where I know Cooks has big games it’s in the Super Dome. Stefon Diggs torched this Saints defense for seven receptions, 93 yards, and two touchdowns in Week 1. I have a feeling the Patriots try and score 50 points since they were embarrassed on opening night in Week 1 against the Chiefs. Plenty of points in this game which means plenty of opportunities to score for Cooks.
Randall Cobb @ ATL
FanDuel Price: $6,300
Cobb led the Packers in targets in Week 1 with 12 and was able to bring nine of those in for 85 yards. If the top target in an Aaron Rodgers led offense costs only $6,300 on Fanduel, that player will be in my lineup EVERY week. Calling him the number one target may be a stretch but in Cobb’s last 10 games (including 2016 playoffs) he is averaging nine targets a game. That’s a full 16 game pace for 144 targets in a season which would have been tied for 11th most targets in the NFL last season. Aaron Rodgers + large target volume = fantasy points. Simple math.
Coby Fleener vs. NE
FanDuel Price: $5,300
So three of my eight players are in the Saints and Patriots game on Sunday. The reason is currently they are the two worst pass defenses in the NFL. They gave up a combined 693 passing yards in Week 1. Fleener was the fourth highest scoring tight end in Week 1 on Fanduel and it only took him six targets to do so. Fleener looked good bringing in five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Fleener was used in the middle of the field which is where the Patriots linebackers were ripped apart in Week 1. I can’t believe I am saying this but Fleener will be a major mismatch for the Patriots and their linebackers. He is an easy play this week for me on Fanduel.
Blair Walsh vs. SF
FanDuel Price: $4,600
As I said last week the four things I look for when selecting a kicker are:
- Are they playing in a dome
- Are they on a good offense
- Do they play a bad defense
- Priced right
I still believe the Seahawks have a good offense and they will show that this week against the 49ers. The major reason for me picking Walsh is the price. I will say I have a gut feeling that this NFC West game has a chance to be lower scoring or a famous “field goal” battle. Fingers crossed Walsh puts a few field goals through the uprights this week.
Defense/ Special Teams
Ravens vs. CLE
FanDuel Price: $4,700
The Ravens defense came ready to play against their division rival the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens gave Andy Dalton and that offense absolute fits. They forced five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble) and had five sacks. The Ravens this week will welcome in rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer and the Browns to Baltimore where I expect them to have a similar game.
Thanks for reading and remember to come back next week and if you win big don’t be afraid to share some of the wealth to the guy who brought you the advice. Mitchell Renz is a Head Writer at Gridiron Experts and Co-Host of The Empire Fantasy Podcast. To ensure you don’t miss any fantasy football news, follow him on Twitter @MitchellRenz365.
Mitchell is working full-time as Senior Writer & On-Air Talent at Chat Sports in Dallas, TX. Mitchell is a Head Writer at Gridiron Experts and Co-Host of the Empire Fantasy Podcast. He also is a featured fantasy writer for the Fantasy Footballers and FantasyPros. Mitchell has a Ph.D. in Fantasy Football so give him a follow on Twitter @MitchellRenz365.