And we’re back, for Week 2 of the NFL season and boy was that first day quite the roller coaster ride! Hope most of you who played DFS got off of the Week 1 cruise and didn’t throw up on your lineup, but instead got off and collected some cash.
Isn’t every week a roller coaster in the NFL though? That’s what keeps us coming back for more I guess. Too many story lines to talk about, from the Dolphins almost shocking the Seahawks, to Antonio Brown bringing what he learned from Dancing with the Stars onto the football field.
The NFL is way too unpredictable. For instance, we all thought that Jack Doyle would have led the way for tight ends this weekend. How great would that be if Adam Sandler had Doyle on his Fantasy team. ‘O’Doyle Rules!’
Looking back at last weeks article on DFS sleepers, Week 1 had some hits and misses. Alex Smith (32.02 DK, 29 FD), Spencer Ware (35.9 DK, 29.4 FD) and Theo Riddick (27.8 DK, 25.3 FD) were three really big hits. Donte Moncrief (18.4 DK, 15.4 FD), Jeremy Maclin (17.2 DK, 14.7 FD), Cole Beasley (14.5 DK, 10.5 FD) and the Texans D/ST (8 DK, 8 FD) were solid buys. Missed on a few including; Tyrod Taylor, Tyler Boyd, and Gary Barnidge with his goose egg. The NFL is a roller coaster.
DraftKings and FanDuel always seem to suck people back into their wonderful game somehow. Hope most of you will join me in saying, “Screw it, lets get back on this roller coaster.” Lets go, here are the DFS sleepers for Week 2.
Week 2 DFS Sleepers
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6,900 DK / 8,200 FD)
I absolutely love Palmer’s price on DraftKings. He was pretty solid against the Patriots Sunday night and gets a weaker defense at home. Matt Ryan’s numbers last week against the Bucs were very nice (27-for-39 for 334 yards and two touchdowns). Plug in Palmer this weekend, you’ll thank me later.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguar at San Diego Chargers (6,700 DK / 8,100 FD)
1,267. I really would love to just leave that number here and have you all try and figure out what it stood for. That number is the combination of passes attempted by Blake Bortles and Philip Rivers last season. If you know me, I am all about game flow.
RB Chris Ivory released from hospital today and is doing well. No timetable set on his return.
Status for Sunday remains in question.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 13, 2016
This Adam Shefter tweet is more reason why the Jags may elect to throw more with Ivory listed as questionable, which could mean probable… Why did the NFL take out the probable tag? (Says every Fantasy owner sobbing) This game will probably be a shootout. See what I did there.
Diamond In The Rough Quarterback
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (5,900 DK / 7,000 FD)
His price did rise just a smidge from last week, but I still think it is a very reasonable buy in both DraftKings and FanDuel. Prescott looked very poised, stood in the pocket and made some very big throws. Dak just needs to find the end zone! On their five scoring drives, they came away with four field goals.
Ezekiel Elliott ran for 2.6 yards per carry and Dez Bryant only had one catch all game long. That will change.
His numbers also would have looked a lot better if Dez would have hauled in the 24-yard touchdown catch, which got overturned after review. If you want to punt the quarterback position this week, Dak’s your guy.
Mid-Tier Running Backs
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders (4,500 DK / 6,100 FD)
Last Tuesday, head coach Dan Quinn stated that Coleman and Devonta Freeman would both be featured in the Atlanta offense. Last Sunday, the snaps were almost split, with Freeman having 36 snaps and Coleman with 32. Frankly, Coleman just looked better in his given snaps.
It was very nice seeing Coleman get six targets as well, catching five of them, especially in a DFS PPR format. Just before posting this, Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure tweeted that Freeman was limited Wednesday with a quad injury. Coleman could be this weeks Spencer Ware.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions vs. Tennessee Titans (4,300 DK / 5,900 FD)
I am going to keep taking Riddick each week in all DFS formats with his price this low. The dude had 27.8 DK and 25.3 FD points respectively and he has another favorable matchup at home vs. the Titans! Come on man.
I will also point out that he was pulled last week for almost half the game with a concussion. It would be a sin not to plug him into every lineup this week possible with his price still this deflated.
Diamond In The Rough Running Back
Shane Vereen, New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints (3,800 DK / 5,100 FD)
This could be a really nice punt or tourney plays here with his price. Rashad Jennings is $5,600 on DraftKings and $6,300 on FanDuel. I would much rather take a flier on Vereen based on his salary. Jennings had 32 snaps compared to Vereen’s 24 . This is also going to be a high scoring game with the Saints, which in turn means more runs for Mr. Vereen, the passing down back. I really think he could have a sneaky good game here.
Mid-Tier Wide Receivers
John Brown, Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5,300 DK / 6,600 FD)
Big play Johnny doesn’t get many receptions for a PPR format, I get that. But I believe that the Cardinals offense shows up this week. When you look at last weeks game between the Bucs and the Falcons, Julio Jones was pretty much held in check. The No. 2 wideout for the Falcons stepped up and had 5 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.
I think that Tampa will treat Larry Fitzgerals like the No. 1, which will free up Brown. The Bucs also gave up eight passing plays of over 15 yards. Plug him in for that price.
Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (4,100 DK / 5,500 FD)
A slot receiver in a top offense and praise from Big Ben during the offseason. Sign me up for some Eli Rogers. The touchdown last week may have been a bit fluky, but the kid still got seven looks his way, hauling in 6 for 59 yards.
He displayed his speed and run after the catch on Monday night, including a big 4th down play where Ben Roethlisberger trusted and went to him, converting the first down. In a PPR format on DFS, Rogers is a real nice target with a ton of upside.
Diamond In The Rough Wide Receiver
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (3,200 DK / 5,000 FD)
I’ll let you pause for a moment while you scratch your head as you double check Mr. Beasley’s price.
I don’t think the Redskins defense is as bad as it looked the other night. They just ran into the wrong team. That said, the guy had 12 targets and caught 8 balls last week. In Week 17 last season, Beasley went for 53 yards and two touchdowns against Washington. Different defense with Josh Norman, I hear you.
Watching on NFL replay at how Norman was lined up on the field, he was following Eli Rogers, the slot receiver quite a bit. I still feel Beasley will get his, and at least produce up to par with his price.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions (4,500 DK / 6,600 FD)
Six catches, 88 yards and three touchdowns. That would be the numbers combined between tight ends, Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle against the Lions this past weekend. This is going to be one of those games where Marcus Mariota could throw the ball another 40 times. Walker caught 94 balls last season and is just so consistent. Which, if you saw the tight end numbers last week, take the sure thing at this position for Week 2.
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams (3,200 DK / 5,500 FD)
An absolute tourney play with Graham. Nice price, just hope he gets a lot of run. He had 17 snaps last week and Head Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Jimmy would get more playing time coming off the patellar tendon injury. Can’t beat the matchup either against the Rams.
New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins (3,000 DK / 4,500 FD)
I love the price on both FanDuel and DraftKings. A home opener against the Dolphins is as good as it gets. The New England crowd is going to be rocking Sunday afternoon and I think they will cause some turnovers. This defense is very underrated and talent wise, are right up there with any team in the league.
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (3,000 DK / 4,500 FD)
The price is very favorable given the matchup. The Browns are just a mess, so I don’t think I need to go any further on this option.
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