The NFL is back and as always, there are huge Week 2 DFS contests being offered on DraftKings with big prize money up for grabs.
In this weekly column, we will identify the best plays, values, and tournament options for your NFL DFS lineups. We’ll also offer the best “fades” at each position, indicating which players to avoid when building your lineups.
Keep in mind that some of the plays offered are better for “Cash” games, i.e. 50/50, H2H, and Double-Up formats that require a more conservative approach. Some plays are recommended for GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) tournaments where it’s necessary to take more risk in the hopes of separating from a large field. We will denote which plays are recommended for each format in the article below.
For those interested in the DFS Single-Game Slate contests, here’s a quick recap:
In the “Showdown” mode on DraftKings, there are five utility spots and a “Captain” slot, who receives 1.5x multiplier for all DK points accrued. Pricing differs for players when selected in the Captain spot versus the FLEX spots, with all players required to fit under a $50k salary cap. All options are in play from QBs, RBs and WRs, to kickers and D/ST from each team.
Keep an eye on injury news right up until kickoff since things can change quickly in the NFL. Please note any player listed as questionable may see limited action or not suit up at all if he doesn’t respond well in warm-ups.
NFL DFS WEEK 2 DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Top NFL DFS DraftKings Plays for Week 2
Best Play: Dak Prescott ($6.3k)
The Cowboys finished with the best DVOA rating on offense in Week 1 and Ezekiel Elliott barely made an impact. The rating was basically thanks to Dak Prescott, who carried the momentum of his hot preseason into the opener. Clearly, he’s clearly clicking under new OC Kellen Moore.
Meanwhile, the Redskins finished 25th in overall DVOA defense and were badly exposed by the Eagles on crossing routes and misdirection plays. Moore’s new offense is derived from those type of plays, so Prescott should have little trouble putting points on the board and exceeding the Cowboys implied total of 24.5 points.
Best Value: Jared Goff ($5.9k)
We listed Jared Goff as a Fade last week because of his notable home/road splits, but are all over him at a discounted price tag at home. He draws a juicy matchup against a Saints team that yielded the second-most DK PPG (23.1) to opposing QBs last season. Goff went for 391 passing yards and 3 TDs in a shootout loss at New Orleans last season and the Saints. And he was lights out with a 116.7 passer rating while averaging 342.1 YPG at home last season.
Fade: Aaron Rodgers ($6.5k)
While some rust can be expected on Opening night, the Packers offense was downright putrid against a stout Bears defense. Aaron Rodgers finished with the worst accuracy rating (33%) of any QB in Week 1 and seems like he’ll experience growing pains under new HC Matt LaFleur. It doesn’t help that he has a lackluster receiving corps aside from Davante Adams, who should see shadow coverage from Xavier Rhodes. The Vikings are 5-1-1 over their last seven meetings with the Pack and Rodgers has just 10 passing TDs with a whopping 24 sacks absorbed during those contests.
Best Play: Alvin Kamara ($8.2k)
With Christian McCaffrey playing on TNF, Alvin Kamara stands out as the best floor-ceiling play in DraftKings’ PPR scoring format. The gifted receiver caught 7-of-8 targets in Monday night’s shootout with the Texans and should see heavy work in the passing game once again in a contest with the highest implied total (53) on the slate. The Rams rank 28th in DVOA rush defense after facing McCaffrey and the Panthers in Week 1. They also coughed up the 4 receiving TDs to RBs last year, including one to Kamara (and two rushing scores) in the Week 9 shootout under the Superdome.
Best Value: Josh Jacobs ($4.7k)
This is an incredible price point for Josh Jacobs after he became the first rookie since Ladanian Tomlinson to rush for two scores with over 100 scrimmage yards in his debut. Jacobs handled 24 touches in Week 1 and Jon Gruden said he plans to give the rookie another 24 touches this week. His workload is pretty much secure regardless of game flow after he played on 74.1% of snaps last Monday. The Chiefs defense, while improved, still ranked 27th in DVOA last week and 16th against the run. KC coughed up the third-most DK PPG (30.9) to RBs last year and this game could remain surprisingly close with Pat Mahomes (ankle) banged up and Tyreek Hill (shoulder) inactive.
Fade: Marlon Mack ($5.9k)
While he blew up in Week 1 to carry the Colts offense without Andrew Luck, Marlon Mack is in a letdown spot this week. He’s facing a Titans team that yielded the fewest receiving yards (404) and the third-fewest DK PPG (19.6) to opposing RBs last season. Mack is likely to lose passing work to Nyheim Hines if gameflow goes against the Colts and he only managed 90 rushing yards over his first three career meetings with Tennessee. The Titans shut down the Browns rushing attack last Sunday and are a very well-coached defensive unit under the direction of Mike Vrabel.
Best Play: Michael Thomas ($8.0k)
Michael Thomas is a PPR machine and he’ll move all around the formation to avoid coverage from Rams top CB Aqib Talib. He’s fourth in the NFL in target share over the past two seasons and saw a whopping 13 looks from Drew Brees in Week 1 against the Texans. The Rams allowed the sixth-most receiving TDs (20) to WRs last year and Thomas notably blew up for 211 yards and a TD against them in Week 9 of last year.
Best Value: Terry McLaurin ($3.8k)
We wouldn’t expect Terry McLaurin to go off for 100-plus yards against a Cowboys defense that’s competent against the deep ball. But another high-volume day is certainly in the cards. The Redskins simply don’t have any other options with Paul Richardson lining up as the only known commodity opposite the rookie. McLaurin pops off the screen with his gametime speed and Case Keenum is not afraid to air it out to his prolific new weapon.
Fade: Tyler Boyd ($6.5k)
Touted as the Bengals top receiver with A.J. Green (ankle) on the shelf to open the season, Tyler Boyd took a clear back seat to John Ross III in the opener at Seattle. Boyd produced a mild 8-60-0 line against a poor Seahawks secondary. The 49ers secondary is rising and actually leads the NFL in DVOA pass defense after one week against turnover-prone Jameis Winston. Adding Jason Verrett to a cornerback corps that already featured Richard Sherman makes the Niners a tough matchup for Boyd, and John Ross for that matter.
Best Play: George Kittle ($6.8k)
It won’t show up in the box score, but George Kittle had two touchdowns wiped off the board due to holding penalties. He still finished with eight catches for 54 yards in a good matchup against Tampa and he gets another juicy draw this Sunday against a Bengals team that coughed up a league-high 11 receiving TDs to TEs last year. Kittle is a monster, who finished fifth at his position in target share (26%) last year and is first so far amongst TEs.
Best Value: Darren Waller ($3.3k)
Between Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller, the Raiders can supply excellent value that could pay off big time if they get into a shootout with the high-powered Chiefs. Waller was the only Raiders receiver to play 100% of snaps in their opener and Jon Gruden also talked him up afterwards. It’s for good reason, as the converted WR dominated the Broncos mismatched coverage all night for 70 yards on seven catches. Negative game flow would actually help Waller pile up PPR points this Sunday, but he’s a good bet to exceed value either way.
Fade: Evan Engram ($5.2k)
Evan Engram shined in Week 1 with Golden Tate (suspended) and Odell Beckham Jr. run out of town. He shredded the Cowboys Cover 2 scheme for 116 yards and a TD on 11 receptions, but the Bills defense plays a far different style. Buffalo yielded the fewest DK PPG (7.8) and receiving yards (512) to opposing TEs last year thanks to an athletic LB corps and disciplined scheme. Don’t chase the points with Engram when there are several appealing options at TE this week.