The NFL is back, and there are huge Week 2 DFS contests being offered on FanDuel.
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, which require a more conservative approach. Some plays are recommended for GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) tournaments where it’s necessary to take more risks in the hopes of separating from a large field. We will denote which plays are recommended for each format in the article below.
Keep an eye on injury news right up until kick-off 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 FANDUEL TOURNAMENT PICKS
Top NFL DFS FanDuel Plays for Week 2
Best Play: Lamar Jackson ($8.2k)
We listed Lamar Jackson as a value for Week 1, not realizing the quantum leap he’s made as a passer. Now that he can spread the ball out and apparently fit it into tight windows, Jackson is a true upside play. He still has a great floor due to his rushing ability even if he wasn’t forced to run against the lowly Dolphins. Arizona ranked 29th in DVOA rush defense last year and should not receive much credit for shutting down the Lions’ anemic running game last Sunday. Without Patrick Peterson to anchor their secondary, the Cardinals will be almost as helpless to stop Jackson as the Dolphins.
Best Value: Gardner Minshew II ($6.4k)
The Jaguars supported Gardner Minshew with plenty of weaponry, and he stepped into his relief role admirably after Nick Foles (broken clavicle) went down last Sunday. Minshew completed his first 11 passes and finished 22-for-25 passing with two TDs. While he rushed for only six yards, the Washington State product flashed impressive escapability and made great throws on the move. Since it’s nearly impossible to run on Houston, Minshew should be very busy this Sunday while building on his newfound chemistry with Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, and Chris Conley.
Fade: Tom Brady ($7.9k)
Tom Brady’s numbers against the Steelers at home are otherworldly, so let’s not read too much into his fantasy performance in Week 1. He’s averaging only 250.3 passing YPG over his last four trips to Miami and averaged 267.8 YPG with a 94.5 passer rating on the road last year. While the Dolphins showed little resistance against Baltimore, the Patriots will be quick to take the easiest route to the end zone. That might be by handing the ball off to Sony Michel or Rex Burkhead once they get into the red zone.
Best Play: Dalvin Cook ($7.9k)
Shutting down the Bears’ offense in Week 1 earns the Packers defense some credit, but not enough to fade a stud against this unit. Green Bay finished 23rd in DVOA rush defense and yielded the ninth-most rushing scores (13) to RBs last year. Dalvin Cook looked incredible during the preseason and carried that momentum into a Week 1 thrashing of the Falcons’ soft defense. Cook is versatile enough to produce against an array of defensive fronts and should continue to slay as long as he avoids another injury.
Best Value: Devin Singletary ($5.7k)
The Bills should hand their rookie RB a full workload as the season progresses, and that day may be coming soon. Devin Singletary actually played on 69.6% of offensive snaps in his NFL debut and turned nine touches into 98 scrimmage yards against a solid Jets defense. Singletary flashed explosive potential in rushing for 10-plus yards on all four of his carries. Now, he’ll face a Giants team that gave up the fifth-most rushing TDs (18) and ranked 20th in DVOA rush defense last year.
Fade: Austin Ekeler ($7.5k)
Austin Ekeler was able to get loose on a couple of short passes and find the end zone at key times, including the OT winner in Game 1. Yet that doesn’t mean he’s a reliable option in the half-point per reception format on FanDuel. As the season progresses, it should become apparent that Ekeler is not a replacement for Melvin Gordon on inside runs. He could cede more work to Justin Jackson, who played on 25% of snaps last Sunday. And the Lions allowed a below-average 599 receiving yards to RBs last year while ranking 13th in DVOA rush defense.
Best Play: Sammy Watkins ($7.4k)
Sammy Watkins blew up for 198 yards and 3 TDs in Week 1 to swing GPPs, and it wasn’t solely due to the absence of Tyreek Hill (shoulder). Watkins looked pain-free and quite spry after a nagging foot injury cost him during his first campaign with the Chiefs. Now, the No. 1 receiver for the No. 1 red zone quarterback in the league (Mahomes), Watkins is a great bet for another score or two against a Raiders team that allowed a league-high 29.2 PPG last season.
Best Value: DJ Chark Jr. ($5.4k)
A deep sleeper this preseason, DJ Chark flashed his eye-popping upside with four catches for 146 yards and a TD against the Chiefs. The Texans secondary has gone from bad to worse with the departure of CB Kareem Jackson and safety Tyrann Mathieu. As a result, Houston struggled badly to contain Saints speedsters Ted Ginn Jr. and Tre’Quan Smith in Week 1. Expect that trend to continue with Chark and speedy slot man Dede Westbrook doing plenty of damage this Sunday.
Fade: Amari Cooper ($7.8k)
While Dak Prescott is a recommended play in Week 2, his top target could be surprisingly quiet. Josh Norman should spend a good chunk of snaps shadowing Cooper, and he’ll be out to prove something after getting roasted for 180 yards and 2 TDs by Cooper in their last meeting. Norman did a good job on Alshon Jeffery last week, and the Cowboys have no shortage of options now with Michael Gallup emerging and Jason Witten available as a safety blanket.
Best (GPP) Play: Jared Cook ($6.0k)
Travis Kelce and George Kittle are both no-brainers at the top of the board, so we’re going to recommend a mid-tier option in Jared Cook. He’ll probably get overlooked after posting a pedestrian 2-37-0 line in his Saints debut, but the looks will come from Drew Brees. With Sean Payton drawing up the plays, a walking mismatch like Cook is bound to break loose for big plays and/or make an impact in the red zone. The Rams allowed the second-most receiving yards (1,075) to TEs last season and are most vulnerable against interior passes.
Fade: Mark Andrews ($6.1k)
We were wrong to suggest fading Mark Andrews—or basically any member of the Ravens offense—in a cakewalk Week 1 matchup at the Dolphins. But Andrews and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown will find the sledding much tougher against a team that actually retained talent on defense. The Cardinals allowed the third-fewest receiving yards (599) and TDs (3) to TEs last season. Arizona bolstered that LB corps by adding Jordan Hicks, who brings a great skillset from an Eagles scheme that has shut down TEs for years.