Who to start in Week 2 Fan Duel and Draftkings leagues!
Tony Romo (DAL)
Draftkings - $7,100 Fanduel - $8,500
Fresh off his 4th quarter heroics against NYG on Sunday night Romo finds himself in another tasty matchup at Philadelphia. Many will be shying away from Romo this weekend as he’ll be missing his top target in Dez Bryant (foot) but many fail to realize that of the 356 yards and 3 touchdowns Romo served up last Sunday Bryant only accounted for 48 yards and 0 touchdowns of that total. Now he draws the Eagles who just served up nearly 300 yards and 2 touchdowns to Matt Ryan on Monday night. Romo Could easily be a difference maker for you this Sunday and few opponents will have him rostered in DFS, food for thought.
Carson Palmer (AZ)
Draft kings - $6,700 Fanduel - $7,800
When Carson Palmer is healthy he performs like a top tier quarterback week in and week out. At some point this season his weekly cost is either going to spike to reflect that level of play or he may go down with an injury and you won’t be able to take advantage of his currently very fair price. I look to see another top 5 performance out of the veteran this week when he hits the road to Chicago putting up near 300 yards passing along with a couple of touchdowns.
Running Backs –
Carlos Hyde (SF)
Draftkings - $5,100 Fanduel - $7,000
What a coming out party for this young Buckeye! After hanging 168 yards and 2 Touchdowns on Minnesota Hyde’s roll in this offense is secure as can be (doesn’t hurt that Reggie Bush is already out with a calf injury either) Next up is the Steeler’s Defense which is in full blown rebuilding mode. This defensive quad yielded mostly passing yardage against Tom Brady’s onslaught in the 2015 opener but when the Pats chose to run they did so mostly at will (aside from Brandon Bolden but he doesn’t count) Hyde may be the cheapest 100 yards and a touchdown in DFS this week.
Justin Forsett (BAL)
Draftkings - $6,200 Fanduel - $7,800
After a subpar week one performance many weekly managers are down on Forsett heading into week two. I see the lead back having a huge bounce back game against the Oakland Raiders defense. While he does most of his damage in the run game it is not out of the question for him to pull down a few passes out of the backfield every game racking up 44 over the course of 2014. A strong play against a rebuilding Oakland Raiders defense paired with mid-range pricing makes Forsett an attractive candidate in week 2. I believe he finds the end zone this week while racking up solid yardage as well.
Wide Receivers –
John Brown (AZ)
Draftkings - $5,100 Fanduel - $6,200
See Carson Palmer above. John Brown still has not gotten the attention he deserves in daily fantasy leagues and that is good thing for all of us. Continuing his strong play will only gain the trust of Palmer as each week passes by and that will slowly raise his price until his cost to potential will just not be as attractive. Jump on the Brown train now while you still can as I think he finds the end zone again in week two against the lowly Chicago Bears defense. Similar to week one he should put up 65-75 yards on 5-6 receptions along with a score.
Jordan Mathews (PHI)
Draftkings - $7,100 Fanduel - $7,000
Part of me is happy Jordan Mathews was robbed of his late touchdown on Monday night. Had he added 6 points to his 10 receptions and 102 yards receiving his price likely wouldn’t be this low. I for one appreciate that he is still being under valued in week 2 so take advantage again. While I don’t expect Bradford to throw it 52 times again in week two I think there will still be plenty of opportunities for Philly’s top target to flourish. I’m expecting a high scoring game here with Mathews getting into the end zone at least once.
Tight Ends –
Greg Olsen (CAR)
Draftkings - $4,900 Fanduel - $6,000
If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again! This Houston defense just gave up 6 receptions, 106 yards and 2 touchdowns to Travis Kelce (granted one of those touchdowns came on a completely blown coverage) I see no reason Greg Olsen doesn’t bounce back here as Cam has few options to turn to at this point. If Olsen falters here he’ll be at the top of the buy low list in week 3.
Ladarius Green (SD)
Draftkings - $3,500 Fanduel - $5,600
For another 3 weeks Green is going to be a top target in a pass heavy offensive attack and you should get in while the getting is good. Green is a big bodied tight end with good hands and quickness built in the mold of his mentor Antonio Gates. Sure he may not be Gates in his prime but he fills the role pretty well. This week he draws the Cincinnati Bengals who will be hoping that A.J. Hawk can keep up with Green in the middle and I just don’t see that happening as he took advantage of a Detroit Lions defense minus starter Deandre Levy in week 1. Philip Rivers should look his way more as the game goes on and 5-6 receptions, with 75 yards and a score should be right in his wheelhouse.
Raven’s Defense –
Draftkings - $2,900 Fanduel $5,000
One of the more expensive options in week 2 but well worth the price. Derek Carr is banged up and even if he plays, he’s still Derek Carr. The raiders were shut down by the Bengals and I see no reason the Ravens won’t do the same (they kept Denver in check last week)
Titans Defense –
Draftkings - $3,000 Fanduel - $4,600
To be perfectly honest this is not so much a praise on the Titans defense as it is a knock on the Cleveland Browns offense. The Browns are forever a team in flux on both sides of the ball and outside of a few plays throughout the game I see them being owned by the up and coming titans. Whoever is behind that offensive line will be knocked around throughout the game leading to some errant throws and quick, bad decisions. Watch as the sacks and interceptions pile up unlike the points for the Cleveland offense.
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