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. Those GPP plays can also be ideal for Best Ball formats where players with higher upside are valuable.
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.
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Top NFL DFS FanDuel Plays for Week 2
Best Play: Aaron Rodgers ($7.9k)
Rodgers seems to offer the best bang for your buck on FanDuel along with the potential to finish as the top QB for a second straight week. He shredded the rebuilding Vikings secondary last Sunday and will now face a Lions team that has its three top CBs in Jeff Okudah, Justin Coleman, and Desmond Trufant listed as questionable with hamstring injuries. Rodgers averaged 276.1 passing YPG with a 101.6 rating at home last season and averaged 303 passing YPG in his two meetings with Detroit.
Value Play: Philip Rivers ($7.1k)
The Colts couldn’t pull out a win against the Jaguars, but there was plenty of fantasy potential in their first matchup with Rivers at the helm. The Vikings played at the fourth-fastest pace in Week 1 and the Colts moved up to the second-fastest pace once they were trailing. Minnesota’s secondary is extremely young after they lost three key members in free agency, and we saw the Packers receivers go nuts against those young corners. Minnesota’s defense also schemes targets towards RBs and Rivers loves to target his backs.
GPP Play: Matt Ryan ($7.7k)
The Falcons will be playing from behind in a lot of games this year and that game flow led to 54 pass attempts and 450 yards from Matt Ryan in a Week 1 loss. Atlanta (+4.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook) is an underdog in Dallas with a lofty total of 52.5 points assigned to that game. The Cowboys allowed just 3.6 YPC when playing with a lead, so Ryan will likely see heavy volume again if his team is trailing. It’s important to note that Dallas played at the fastest pace in Week 1 and Atlanta ranked third in pace.
Fade: Patrick Mahomes ($9.0k)
Fading Patrick Mahomes isn’t about an expectation that the Super Bowl MVP will flop, just that he’ll come up short of value at his lofty price tag. The Chargers have a solid secondary and held Mahomes to a modest 178 passing YPG with his lowest rating (78) against any opponent last season. Now that the Chargers offense is less potent under Tyrod Taylor, the Chiefs could build an early lead and salt this game away on the back of rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($8.0k).
Best Play: Ezekiel Elliott ($8.6k)
In terms of TD potential, it doesn’t get much better than Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys feature back tallied two scores in Week 1 and is playing on a squad that finished third in Drive Success Rate and sixth in TDs per drive (.282) last year. Elliott handled the most red zone touches (68) among RBs last season and should convert those opportunities against a Falcons team that allowed the ninth-most TDs per drive last season.
Value Play: Malcolm Brown ($5.2k)
The Rams gave rookie RB Cam Akers the nominal start in Week 1, but quickly moved to Malcolm Brown as their lead back. He finished with 110 scrimmage yards and 2 TDs against a tough Cowboys front and the Eagles are working in a new corps of linebackers. Brown has 4 TDs over his last 4 games going back to last season and could exceed value once again if the Rams grab an early lead.
GPP Play: Zack Moss ($5.2k)
Zack Moss saw exactly the type of usage you’d hope from a DFS option in Week 1, with four targets in the passing game and four touches inside the 5-yard line. Devin Singletary handled 49% of offensive snaps and Moss saw 39% of the snaps, but that could change as the season progresses. The Dolphins proved vulnerable to varied rushing attacks in their opener and the Bills can utilize both of their backs successfully.
Fade: David Johnson ($7.2k)
David Johnson had a nice debut for the Texans with 109 scrimmage yards and a TD, but he’s a very risky option for Week 2. We saw him lose snaps to Duke Johnson once Houston fell behind against the Chiefs and they’ll likely yield an early lead to Lamar Jackson and company this Sunday. Baltimore’s stout defense looks even sharper this season and the Ravens coaching staff has familiarity with Houston’s zone-blocking scheme.
Best Play: Davante Adams ($8.6k)
The popular play is likely the best play in Week 2 with Davante Adams likely to command a high percentage of targets from Rodgers. The Packers did a masterful job moving him around the formation against the Vikings and he flashed his chemistry with Rodgers while hauling in 14 balls for 156 yards and 2 TDs. As mentioned, the Lions could be short on CBs this Sunday and were already vulnerable at the back end after trading Darius Slay.
Value Play: Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5.1k)
If you can’t pay up for Adams, or want a more aggressive Packers stack to par with Rodgers, add MVS to your lineup. After being touted by Rodgers throughout training camp, Valdes-Scantling caught 4 of 6 targets for 96 yards and a TD in Week 1. His day would’ve been much bigger had he not dropped two passes, keeping his price tag in a very appealing range.
GPP Play: Marvin Jones ($6.4k)
If stacking the Packers, it would help to have a correlation play from the Lions passing attack. Green Bay played at the fastest pace in neutral situations last Sunday and that led to huge numbers from Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen as well as the Packers skill players. Jones is coming off a quiet outing against the tough Bears secondary, but has had more success with 7 TDs over 7 career games against Green Bay while averaging 19 yards per reception in those contests.
Fade: Chris Godwin ($7.8k)
It’s tough to trust any of Tom Brady’s receivers until we see him develop a rapport with his new targets. Brady seemed to favor Mike Evans ($7.4k) as a downfield option in Week 1 despite Evans getting shadowed by Marshon Lattimore. This week Evans should see rookie Troy Pride Jr. while Godwin matches up with speedy CB Donte Jackson. Evans is cheaper and is a better red zone option.
Best Play: Noah Fant ($5.3k)
The best per-dollar option at TE this week could be Denver’s young hybrid receiver. Noah Fant ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the combine and flashed his athleticism with a 5-81-TD line in Week 1. Pittsburgh’s defense is so good on the boundaries that the Steelers coughed up 8 receiving TDs to TEs last year. Their aggressive blitzing style should lead to a few easy catches for Fant.
Value Play: O.J. Howard ($4.8k)
In today’s NFL, formations with two TEs have become commonplace. There’s clearly space for both O.J. Howard and Rob Gronwkowski ($5.4k) in Bruce Arians’ offense and Gronk spent more time run blocking in Week 1. Howard caught 4 of 6 targets for 38 yards and a TD when the defense was sucked in focusing on the run and on Gronk as a potential red zone option. Both TEs have GPP potential this week against a horrendous Panthers defense.
GPP Play: Mark Andrews ($7.5k)
Will Mark Andrews ever experience TD regression? Apparently not in Week 1 of this season, when he caught 2 more scores to make it 7 TDs over his last 8 regular season appearances. Baltimore’s elite rushing attack makes it easy to set up play-action for Andrews in the red zone and gives him as much upside as any TE in the game.
Fade: George Kittle ($7.4k)
The 49ers face maybe the worst team in the NFL this week and the Jets are shorthanded to boot. It would be unwise to over-utilize George Kittle while he deals with a sprained knee. Kittle might be active on Sunday, but could be used as a decoy or see limited snaps in an effort to get him healthy for tougher matchups.