The 2020-21 NFL season kicked off last weekend and 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. Those GPP plays can also be ideal for Best Ball formats where players with higher upside are valuable.
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 BEST CONTESTS
Top NFL DFS DraftKings Plays for Week 2
Best Play: Lamar Jackson ($8.2k)
This is not necessarily a week to go cheap at QB and Jackson is priced much closer to the pack than he was in Week 1. The MVP picked up where he left off with 275 yards on 20-for-25 passing and 45 rushing yards on 7 attempts against the listless Browns. Now he’ll face a more competitive Texans team that should be able to keep pace, but likely won’t be able to run on the Ravens, extending the amount of possible possessions. Houston allowed the seventh-most rushing yards (291) to QBs last season.
Value Play: Kyler Murray ($6.1k)
For $2.1k cheaper than Jackson, Murray’s ceiling could hit Jackson’s mid-range outcome given his rushing ability. The second-year man exploded for 91 rushing yards and a 22-yard TD to beat the 49ers, while also completing 14 of his 26 passes to new top WR DeAndre Hopkins. Washington’s top CB Kendall Fuller (knee) was inactive in Week 1 and the FB Team’s aggressive defensive line could get burned if they lose contain on the speedy Murray.
GPP Play: Josh Allen ($6.7k)
While he lost two fumbles and missed a couple of wide open throws in the red zone, Josh Allen looked fantastic in his season debut. He’s another dual threat to give you extreme upside in DFS contests and faces a Dolphins team that yielded 75 rushing yards and 2 TDs to Cam Newton last Sunday. With Stefon Diggs and rookie Zack Moss involved, it’s a new day for the Bills passing attack.
Fade: Dak Prescott ($6.8k)
As bad as the Falcons secondary may be, their rushing defense could be even worse. The Cowboys have a clear-cut recipe for victory and it involves feeding Ezekiel Elliott as requested by his new stomach tattoo. We prefer paying up for Zeke in DFS contests than hoping for a big line from Prescott in a game Dallas could control.
Best Play: Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($7.4k)
Somewhat quietly, Clyde Edwards-Helaire went for 138 yards and a TD on 25 carries against a tough Texans front in Week 1. Now he’ll face a Chargers team that ranked 25th in DVOA rush defense last year and is getting 8.5 points at home against the mighty Chiefs. Volume may be a concern for Patrick Mahomes against a low-scoring Bolts offense, but CEH should eat.
Value Play: Benny Snell Jr. ($4.5k)
This is an exploitable price tag because DK set prices for Week 2 before MNF games ended and James Conner (ankle) suffered an injury that will likely keep him out next week. Benny Snell stepped in to carry 19 times for 113 yards against the Giants and while the Broncos rush defense did a good job against Derrick Henry, Denver should be more concerned about Ben Roethlisberger’s speedy receivers in this matchup.
GPP Play: Nyheim Hines ($5.3k)
While Jonathan Taylor will take over as the Colts primary ball carrier with Marlon Mack (Achilles) out for the season, Hines is an appealing play in PPR formats. Philip Rivers has targeted RBs on 37% of his passes throughout his career and hit that exact number in his Colts debut, hitting Hines eight times for 45 yards and a TD. Hines has a decent floor and could flash considerable upside if the Colts experience negative game flow.
If we’re paying up at QB, we probably won’t have enough salary cap space to fork up $10k for McCaffrey. He wasn’t very efficient (23 carries for 96 yards) against a pathetic Raiders run defense and now faces a Bucs team that led the NFL in rush defense last year and held him to a paltry 1.8 YPC over two meetings last season. Division opponents did a much better job on CMC throughout the 2019-2020 season and the Bucs should be primed to bounce back in Week 2.
Best Play: Davante Adams ($8.1k)
After shredding a Vikings secondary that is incorporating new parts, Davante Adams draws another juicy matchup this week. Three of the Lions top CBs – Desmond Trufant, Justin Coleman, and Jeff Okudah – are dealing with hamstring injuries and could be limited even if active in Green Bay. The Packers did a masterful job moving Adams around the formation to burn the Vikings for a 14-156-2TD line and he has the best floor-ceiling combo in Week 2 with a massive target share almost guaranteed.
Value Play: Diontae Johnson ($4.5k)
Like Snell, Diontae Johnson is underpriced because he was playing on Monday night. The speedy WR caught 6 of 10 targets for 57 yards against the Giants and did most of his damage in the second half. With the Broncos likely to use top CB A.J. Bouye on JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Steelers will have to look elsewhere and Johnson can torch Denver’s rookie CBs on the other side of the field.
GPP Play: Mike Williams ($4.2k)
Playing through a shoulder injury, Mike Williams hauled in 4 of 9 targets for 69 scoreless yards in Week 1 and his price tag remains low as a result. Yet he drew plenty of air yards in a bogged down game and should see more deep shots with the Chargers likely to chase points against the Chiefs. Tyrod Taylor loves to go deep and Williams led the NFL by averaging 20.4 yards per catch last season.
Fade: Tyreek Hill ($7.5k)
There are plenty of reasons to fade Tyreek Hill in Week 2 and Chargers CB Casey Heyward is the biggest of them. Heyward and the Bolts held Hill to 4 catches for 61 yards over two meetings last season and if the Chiefs experience positive game flow, Hill might not see much work at all in the second half.
Best Play: Noah Fant ($4.4k)
Noah Fant is yet another underpriced MNF player who is so cheap that he stands out as the top TE play at DK. The talented second-year player caught 5 passes for 81 yards and a TD in a low-scoring affair against the Titans and could serve as Denver’s primary receiver once again if Courtland Sutton (shoulder) is out this Sunday. Regardless, Fant will be needed as a safety valve due to the Steelers ability to generate pressure and guard the boundaries with excellent CB play.
Value Play: Logan Thomas ($3.6k)
Washington’s offense isn’t completely bereft of options, especially when the FB Team takes on a weak defense. Arizona allowed the most DK points to opposing TEs last season by a wide margin and Thomas led Washington with 8 targets in Week 1, cashing those looks into a 4-37-TD line. Thomas played on 74% of offensive snaps and will play a ton again should Washington experience negative game flow.
GPP Play: Hunter Henry ($5.1k)
Finishing with 73 scoreless yards will keep the masses off Henry in Week 2 despite his potential in this spot. As mentioned, the Chargers will likely be chasing points and the Chiefs allowed the fifth-most receiving yards (961) to opposing TEs last season. Henry was inches away from adding a fourth-quarter TD last Sunday and drew 8 targets from new QB Tyrod Taylor.
Fade: Zach Ertz ($5.6k)
Washington yielded an early TD to Zach Ertz, then held him in check completely while Dallas Goedert ($5.0k) reaped the benefits. Now Ertz draws a brutal matchup against a Rams team that ranked 10th in DVOA pass defense last year and yielded a modest 72 receptions to TEs, plus the Eagles injury-plagued offensive line may need help blocking Aaron Donald and company.