NFL DFS DraftKings Lineups & Picks for Week 2
Football season is back, and we’re back with a full slate of NFL DFS games at DraftKings. We’re listing our NFL DFS best picks at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end to target in Cash and GPP lineups.
Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster. Injuries can also play a huge role in NFL DFS on a weekly basis. So always, always check the starting lineups when playing for an NFL slate.
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Best Week 2 NFL DFS Quarterbacks
Drew Brees vs. CLE ($7.2k DraftKings)
Brees and the Saints lost a crushing home opener to Tampa Bay last week, but Brees got his from a fantasy perspective: three touchdowns and 437 passing yards. This week, he’s at home against Cleveland, a team that at long last didn’t lose in Week 1 (they tied with Pittsburgh). Though Brees averages more DK points at home than on the road, game flow could be a concern. Cleveland’s offense looked bad for the vast majority of last week’s game. But Brees’ salary should deflate his ownership a bit, and you know he’s got upside facing a Browns team that had no business walking away with a tie last week.
Ben Roethlisberger vs. KC ($6.9k DraftKings)
Roethlisberger is quite expensive considering he turned the ball over five times last week, but the Steelers’ quarterback is at home this week, where he’s pretty much always been better than away. In his last five home games (all in 2017), Big Ben has at least two touchdowns in each. And in two of those home stands, he racked up four touchdowns apiece. In their first 2018 outing, the opposing Chiefs allowed Philip Rivers to throw for 424 yards and three touchdowns. KC’s defense is a long way from the elite one they fielded just a few years ago, and Roethlisberger is due for a big bounce back. He’s an excellent tournament play this week.
Deshaun Watson @ TEN ($6.3k DraftKings)
After a relatively disappointing Week 1, Watson may see owners move away from him in this one. You can only roster one quarterback, after all, and Bill Belichick is pretty good at game-planning when he has an entire offseason. The Titans did not look great last week, even if the consistent delays may have had something to do with it. Still, this is the same AFC South foe that allowed Watson his first true breakout performance last year — to the tune of six touchdown passes. On paper, Tennessee has a workable defense, but they allowed Ryan Tannehill to throw two touchdown passes last week and the Dolphins to score 27 points, a threshold they hit just three times in 2017. Watson’s rushing ability helps his floor, and I actually like him as a Cash play this week. Of course, tournaments are where he’ll boast the largest appeal given what we saw him do right around this time last year.
Cash Game Options: Philip Rivers, Alex Smith, Jimmy Garrappolo
Best Week 2 NFL DFS Running Backs
Melvin Gordon @ BUF ($7.4 DraftKings)
Coming off 13 targets last week, Melvin Gordon is clearly the focal point of this offense, especially given Hunter Henry is out for the year. Gordon racked up 30.6 DraftKings points last week, which will make him very chalky this week. Still, he’s worth a look. The Buffalo Bills allowed three rushing touchdowns last week against Baltimore. They also allowed six receptions to Ravens running backs. Gordon had nine receptions, 102 receiving yards, and 64 rushing yards last week but failed to find the end zone. Even if the Chargers’ lead back sacrifices some yardage volume this week traveling across the country, the Bills aren’t stopping RBs from finding the end zone. There’s legitimate multi-touchdown upside from Gordon this week.
Dalvin Cook @ GB ($6.3 DraftKings)
Cook’s Week 1 performance didn’t really deliver for fantasy owners. The second-year man managed just 40 yards on 16 attempts. But his day was somewhat salvaged due to the six receptions on seven targets. It’s clear Cook is part of this passing scheme with Kirk Cousins in town. That’s great news for Cook owners, who can dream of a scenario where Cook takes lead-back duties with a heavy passing game workload a la David Johnson and Todd Gurley. I think it’s realistic this week that the trend continues and Cook sees mid- to high-teens for attempts and five targets. Last week, Jordan Howard carried the ball 15 times for 82 yards against this Green Bay defense. He and Tarik Cohen combined for eight catches. With Cook the lead pass-catching and rushing RB in Minnesota, he’s got plenty of opportunity.
James Conner vs. KC ($6.7 DraftKings)
James Conner, like Gordon, is another high-upside play who comes in well below the asking price of Alvin Kamara (albeit without the safety). But we’re talking tournament plays here, so let’s look at Conner. He exploded last week for two touchdowns and 38.2 DraftKings points. Steelers fans in the first half seemed prepared to never speak of Le’Veon Bell again, but with the game ending in a tie, there’s a ton of uncertainty remaining in Pittsburgh. As such, Conner is still a long way from proving himself a worthy replacement to Bell. With that motivation and the fact that the Chiefs allowed Melvin Gordon to rack up more than 100 receiving yards and 60 rushing yards, you can at least see a pretty clear path to Connor hitting value.
Cash Game Options: Todd Gurley, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Tevin Coleman (if no Freeman)
Best Week 2 NFL DFS Wide Receivers
Emmanuel Sanders vs. OAK ($6.2 DraftKings)
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are now both over 30 years of age, but Case Keenum has breathed new life into this receiving corp. Keenum hit both for scores last week, but Sanders stood out with 10 catches for 135 yards. He’s much more in line with the type of receiver with whom Keenum thrived last year in Minnesota (see Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen). Demaryius Thomas doesn’t seem to have the same burst after the catch, while Sanders, a year older than his counterpart, appears to still have some big play potential. (He had a 43-yard touchdown last week). He has plenty of upside at this price, considering his high target/reception ceiling.
DeAndre Hopkins @ TEN ($8.0 DraftKings)
Last season, Hopkins scored 16 and 29.7 points in his two meetings against Tennessee. In Week 4 last season, he caught 10 passes for just over 100 yards, as well as a touchdown. The Titans, just last week, allowed Dolphins top pass-catcher Kenny Stills to find the end zone twice. Hopkins, meanwhile, didn’t look great last week but still managed a respectable eight catches for 78 yards. I’m taking that as a good thing, if anything, as it may drive his ownership down. With his upside, he’s worth heavy consideration in tournaments.
Tyreek Hill @ PIT ($7.6 DraftKings)
Hill dazzled in Week 1 en route to 45.3 DraftKings points, thanks largely to his kick return prowess, as well as the seven catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns. It seems Patrick Mahomes’ game style is a terrific fit for the athletic Hill, but it will be tested on the road this week against Pittsburgh, a team that had success against Cleveland Browns passing last week, allowing just 197 yards and one touchdown. Hill is better than any offensive player on the Browns at this point, and Mahomes looks like a legitimate NFL quarterback. It’s astonishing to me that Hill, with all his upside, is only $7.6k. He’s a top tournament option considering his high ceiling and the likelihood of Kansas City playing from behind.
Randall Cobb vs. MIN ($4.6 DraftKings)
The Packers couldn’t really get Davante Adams going against Chicago last week (though he still had a fine week). Randall Cobb on the other hand … he took 10 targets and produced nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown. On top of being a bit banged up this week, Adams will have a difficult time as a WR1 against this stout Minnesota defense. That’s not to say Cobb won’t also experience increased pressure, but his 10 targets last week have to make you feel better than Davante Adams’ eight. Cobb is cheaper than Adams, while carrying a much lower price tag. Of course, the status of Aaron Rodgers makes or break Cobb as a GPP play.
Tyler Lockett @ CHI ($4.8 DraftKings)
With Doug Baldwin set to miss a meaningful amount of time, Paul Richardson off in Washington, and Jimmy Graham playing in Green Bay, Lockett is suddenly the guy in this passing game. Last week, he reeled in three catches for 59 yards and a score against the Denver Broncos. And last week, as discussed, the Bears allowed Randall Cobb to tear them apart. Lockett is a speedster, and this Chicago team is vulnerable to the big play. With more targets to go around, Lockett has upside at this price range, and he isn’t as boom-or-bust as he typically would be. If anything, he’s as safe as he’s ever been, while boasting arguably the highest ceiling he’s ever had in his career. This may be the time to get in before his price goes up.
Cash Game Options: Antonio Brown, Stefon Diggs, Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Keenan Allen, Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Godwin, Devin Funchess
Best Week 2 NFL DFS Tight Ends
Will Dissly @ MIA ($3.3 DraftKings)
While I like Lockett, there are enough targets to go around in this offense. And Dissly took a big step in proving himself last week with three receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. The Bears shut down Packers tight ends last week, but Aaron Rodgers has never been as reliant on his TE as Russell Wilson. Dissly has a ton of upside for his price range, arguably as much upside as Lockett. It’s hard to imagine Jimmy Graham’s replacement won’t find a way to hit value in this week, with potential for much more than that.
Jared Cook @ DEN ($3.6 DraftKings)
Cook exploded with 180 yards on nine catches last week against the Los Angeles Rams. The Broncos are 26th against the tight end position, and Jon Gruden clearly sees Cook as an important part of this offense. After all, Amari Cooper had just one catch last week. With Marshawn Lynch banged up, and the Raiders 0-1 to start the season, the pressure will be on to find a way to win on the road in a divisional matchup. To begin the year, the Broncos allowed Seahawks tight end Will Dissly to score a touchdown and earn 105 yards. Cook has a high ceiling in this one, and his price is very good. You can roster him in Cash games and tournaments.
Cash Game Options: George Kittle, Jordan Reed, Zach Ertz
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