Week 2 FanDuel.com DFS NFL GPP Plays & Picks for September 17, 2017
Week 2 NFL is upon us and everyone is looking to cash in on the big money at FanDuel. Every week, we’ll bring you our top DFS NFL picks at each position, separating them into Cash Game and GPP plays.
Cash game options generally come with less risk and a more stable floor, while the best GPP plays can come with tons of risk and upside. Taking a chance on players with high ceilings and low floors is a good way to separate from a large tournament field.
As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than they are in real life due to matchup, price, game flow, etc. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for new ways to play DFS, be sure and give BOOM Fantasy and DRAFT a try!
In DFS NFL, predicting game flow can be vital towards success. Teams that are heavily favored and come through with a comfortable win will be far more likely to lean on their running game, while two teams with poor defenses and high-powered offenses could pay off by getting into a shootout. Later in the season, especially, weather will play a key factor in NFL games, so make sure to check the forecast for each Sunday.
Targeting games with high Over/Under lines is an effective strategy for GPP formats. In DFS NFL, you can not only stack players on the same team, but use WRs and QBs from the opposition as correlation plays in the hopes that a particular game turns into a shootout and provides heavy production on both sides of the ball.
In general, GPP plays are high-risk, high-reward prospects that can fizzle out and leave you empty handed. That said, if you want to win the big money, you have to take big chances and sometimes that means fading a safer choice for a risky play with more upside.
Week 2 DFS NFL Wide Receivers for Cash Games
Keenan Allen vs. MIA ($7.1k FanDuel)
Put simply, the Dolphins secondary has been awful against slot receivers over the past couple of seasons. Miami coughed up the sixth-most passing TDs (30) in the NFL last year and only contained boundary receivers thanks to the solid play of CB Brent Grimes. Even against an elite Broncos secondary that blanketed him with double coverage in key situations, Allen got loose for a 5-35-1TD line and more importantly, showed plenty of burst after undergoing ACL surgery last year. He even had a few uncharacteristic drops that will dissipate as he knocks the rust off and he’s probably looking at 8-12 targets from the gunslinging Philip Rivers on a weekly basis.
Larry Fitzgerald @ IND ($6.6k FanDuel)
Arizona will almost certainly bounce back from a tough road loss, this week facing what should remain the worst team in the NFL for as long as Andrew Luck is out. The Colts defense was shredded for 310 passing yards by the lowly Rams in Week 1, so a veteran in Fitzgerald should find the holes in that defense as well. He’s been a beast during the first half of the season over the last few years and started strong against the Lions before seeing bracket coverage. Fitz is a good bet to hit pay dirt in this matchup and he has a solid floor as the security blanket for Carson Palmer.
Stefon Diggs @ PIT ($6.5k FanDuel)
The Steelers offense has been absolutely dynamic at home over the past few seasons and that at least guarantees volume for the opposing QB Sam Bradford and his receivers in Week 2 as they aim to keep up. Diggs and Bradford clicked wonderfully on Monday night, hooking up for 93 yards and 2 TDs on just 8 targets, so he seems like a safe bet to produce in what could be a more high-scoring affair. Pittsburgh ranked dead last in DVOA pass defense against the opposition’s top WR last season and has no CB even remotely capable of shutting down the shifty Diggs.
Week 2 DFS NFL Wide Receivers for GPPs
Jordy Nelson @ ATL ($8.1k FanDuel)
The perfect pairing with bromance partner Aaron Rodgers, Nelson could certainly go off in a projected shootout on Sunday night. Rodgers has thrown for 17 TDs and just 2 INT over 4 career meetings with Matt Ryan’s Falcons and looked extremely sharp in the season opener despite the overall dominance of both defenses. His ability to extend plays and hit improvising receivers makes him the safest QB play available and Nelson is extremely adept at working towards the sidelines and tapping his feet for big completions. He’s also a premier deep threat and burned the Falcons defense for 161 yards and 2 TDs over 2 meetings last year.
Brandon Cooks @ NO ($7.9k FanDuel)
It’s one thing to target a player with a revenge narrative as they go up against their former team, and another when they are set up to succeed in that matchup. The Saints defense looked every bit as bad as it did last year – in fact, worse – while getting shredded by Sam Bradford and the Vikings last Monday and now, on a short week, they face a highly-motivated Patriots offense. Cooks posted notable home/road splits over the past couple seasons, averaging 18.8 yards per catch and 80.3 receiving YPG with 5 TDs over 8 games at the Superdome last year and he should be a focal point of New England’s offense with several other WRs injured.
Tyler Lockett vs. SF ($5.7k FanDuel)
You know the 49ers are going to give up points, it’s just a matter of predicting where that production comes from. Lockett had a solid season debut as a return man and his box score looks meager with just one catch for 8 yards, but Russell Wilson faced constant pressure and actually missed a 70-yard TD strike to Lockett by inches as he was hit by Mike Daniels at one point. Lockett was rehabbing from a broken leg throughout the summer and his snap counts should rise along with his targets while the Seahawks get their offense together at home.