NFL Fanduel Week 2 Picks
Week 1 was not as dominant of a week as I was hoping for. The matchups were right but so many players underperformed. I, like Matthew Berry, can’t quit Jameis Winston. I want to believe in him and find myself finding reasons to start him. This week seemed to be a perfect matchup for him. He was at home, playing a defense that only intercepted 2 passes in all of 2018. Not to mention the new offense and the improvements I believed he would make with Bruce Arians. Well, I was completely wrong this week. He finished the week with just 10.06 points and was a total let down. A few other week 1 picks of mine did not play up to my expectations. Hunter Henry only scored 8 points and Kerryon Johnson was stuck in a committee that netted him just 7.2 points.
As for the other 4 guys last week, none of them blew up, but they at least provided some value. Kirk Cousins, Chris Godwin, and Dede Westbrook all returned at least close to 2X value on their price points, while, Chris Carson was my only player to hit 3X his value by scoring 21.1 points.
My disappointing week 1 is behind me and I promise not to let my love for Winston get in the way of good decision making again this season.
Let’s take a look at week 2. I will again be utilizing these tools to aid in my decision-making process:
- Daily Roto – Daily Roto has Redzone data, snap counts, targets, and an awesome Lineup optimizer
- The Quant Edge – TQE has a WR/CB matchup tool that’ll be perfect for WR Start/Sits
- FantasyData – Advanced player metrics, stats and live odds for week two
$7,700 at Lions
Fresh off a 333 yard 3 touchdown performance in week 1, Rivers is looking like a good bet to repeat in week 2. The Lions defense is stout against the run and as we all know, Melvin Gordon is not going to be playing. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson may have some difficulty finding some room behind an offensive line that is not dominant. The Cardinals took some time but eventually got the passing game going and finished with solid numbers.
$7,600 vs Saints
Goff is going to be looking for the rebound in week 2. He didn’t get much going in the Week 1 win against the Panthers but has a bounce-back spot this week against the Saints. This game last year resulted in a 35-45 win for the Saints. It also resulted in Goff throwing for 391 yards and 3 touchdowns. All you have to do is look at the Saints week 1 defense to see that they have not fixed their biggest deficiency. Deshaun Watson threw for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns with one of them being a 2 pass play drive in the last 2 minutes of the game. Goff is going to have to play better in week 2 if the Rams want to have a shot in this game with the Saints.
$8,700 at Rams
Kamara looked great in week 1. He is such a fun player to watch and root for because he can do it all and is one of the most explosive players in the NFL. He finished with 171 total yards in week 1 and has the potential to match that. Again going back to the 2018 matchup, Kamara notched 116 total yards and 3 touchdowns. He is going to remain the focal point of the offense and is a similar style of player to Christian McCaffrey who just blew up against this Rams defense (19 carries, 128 yards, 2 TDs, 10 catches, 81 yards). Kamara is set to roll again in week 2.
$7,500 vs Cardinals
The Cardinals run defense was better than expected in week 1. However, things are going to change in week 2. Even with the blow-up from Lamar Jackson against the Dolphins, the Ravens want to run the ball. Ingram was fantastic against a really bad defense, however, a running quarterback like Jackson, tends to make running by the running back easier. On a limited workload, Ingram was still able to top 100 yards rushing and scored twice. The Cardinals offense is better than the Dolphins which should make this game competitive. I think this will mean the Ravens try and run the ball more. Believing this, Ingram could easily push for 20-25 carries.
$6,200 at Redskins
Gallup was dominant in the first week of the season. He consistently got behind the porous Giants secondary and made them pay. The Redskins secondary just got burnt badly by the Eagles deep threat, DeSean Jackson. I am aware that Gallup is not the deep threat that Jackson is, however, he showed a strong connection with Dak Prescott in a new offense being run by Kellen Moore.
$5,900 vs Chiefs
Taking over as the wide receiver 1 in Oakland with the Antonio Brown debacle, Williams rose to the challenge to post very respectable numbers (6 catches, 105 yards, 1 touchdown). Now, Williams and the Raiders will face off with the potent Kansas City Chiefs. The biggest struggle on defense for the Chiefs is their pass defense. Add that with the expectation that the Raiders will be playing from behind and that leaves plenty of opportunity for Williams. At just $5,900, Williams gives you a solid floor if you spend up at running back.
$6,000 vs Chargers
Consider me sold. I was high on Hockenson coming into the draft and then the explosion in week 1 has made me fall in love. If you are hesitant because of the rookie tight end storylines, I understand. It is apparent that Matthew Stafford has a connection with Hockenson and Matt Patricia wants Hock to be the Lions Rob Gronkowski. Hockenson saw 9 targets in week 1 which goes to show a concerted effort to throw him the ball. I expect that to continue in week 2. The Chargers have a strong secondary that can help shut down Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. The receivers tough matchups is what should lead to increased looks for Hockenson.
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