How was your first week in DFS? Mine was a mixed affair, which is to say I won exactly $0 thanks to Aaron Rodgers having his worst fantasy day in over 10 years and he dragged Davante Adams along for the ride. Not great but that’s the great thing about DFS as there is always another week to turn your fortunes around. Therefore I’m back with my best DraftKings NFL DFS lineup for the Week 2 Sunday slate of games, breaking down my reasoning for selecting those players and hopefully helping you with your DFS selections for the week ahead.
Note: I’m setting my lineup based on the standard nine player, $50k salary cap setup for the Sunday slate of games, excluding Sunday Night Football.
Quarterback: Dak Prescott @ Los Angeles Chargers ($6,800) or Justin Herbert vs Dallas Cowboys ($6,700)
This was the hardest position for me to pick this week as I have been on both sides of this match up in terms of where I have had a stack with both Prescott and Justin Herbert offering a favorable matchup. Herbert has the easier time on paper this week, facing a Cowboys defense that struggled to contain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on opening night, and then got weaker with star pass-rusher Demarcus Lawrence out with a broken foot. However Prescott was incredibly impressive in Week 1, starring under the pressure of the Buccaneers defense to finish as the QB6 in fantasy. I’m leaning Dak but may flip before Sunday rolls around
Running Back: Derrick Henry @ Seattle Seahawks ($8,300)
It was an underwhelming start for Henry in Week 1 where he was held to just 58 rushing yards at 3.4 yards per attempt as the Arizona Cardinals blew away the Tennessee Titans. I’m expecting a bounce-back performance from Henry this week against the Seahawks, who were surprisingly stout themselves against the run in Week 1. The Titans have something to prove this week and I think Henry will retake his place at the center of the Titans offense.
Running Back: Ezekiel Elliot ($6,200)
Elliot makes up my second reclamation project of Week 2’s lineup. He was shut down by the Bucs’ defense in Week 1 but should find an easier task against the Chargers’ defense. With Michael Gallup out, there should be some more targets for Zeke and his Week 2 price is too good to turn down.
Wide Receiver: Amari Cooper @ Los Angeles Chargers ($6,800) or Keenan Allen vs Dallas Cowboys ($7,000)
In the second part of my QB/WR stack, if I’m going with Dak at quarterback, I’m taking Cooper after his stellar Week 1 performance where he saw 16 targets and 13 receptions. If I go with Herbert, I have no issue with taking Keenan Allen to stack with him after his 13 target performance in the season opener. Both no brainer, WR1 potential options.
Wide Receiver: Antonio Brown vs Atlanta Falcons ($6,000)
I have no issue rostering any of the Bucs’ receivers in Week 2, but I’ll take Brown as cheapest option. He looked sharp against the Cowboys, totaling 121 yards and a touchdown and should see a similar output against a much weaker Atlanta Falcons defense that allowed three receiving touchdown in Week 1.
Wide Receiver: K.J. Osborn @ Arizona Cardinals ($3,300)
Osborn was one of the surprise packages of Week 1, grasping his opportunity to be the Vikings’ No. 3 receiver as he caught 7 passes for 76 yards against the Bengals. Facing a high-powered Cardinals offense, we should expect to see a high volume passing game from Kirk Cousins and as a value play in this lineup, I’m hoping he can see similar volume and maybe even turn one of those receptions into a touchdown.
Tight End: Gerald Everett vs Tennessee Titans ($3,600)
I needed a value play at tight end this week and Everett at least showed a flash of the potential we were hoping for with his move to the Seahawks as he turned one of his two Week 1 receptions into an 11 yard touchdown. I need more of the same and the Titans defense were blown away in Week 1 and so the match up is favorable for another Everett touchdown game.
Flex: Courtland Sutton @ Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,200)
Love, love love Courtland Sutton this week. With Jerry Jeudy out for some time with a high ankle sprain, Sutton should see a big uptick in targets as he continues to get back to full pace following his ACL surgery last season. The flashes have been there, and the favorable matchup against the Jaguars who were put to the sword by Tyrod Taylor and the Houston Texans last week means Sutton should re-establish himself as the top receiver on the Denver Broncos roster. As an alternative, Corey Davis ($5,300) is fresh of his second best ever fantasy day in Week 1, though has a much tougher match up against the Patriots this week.
D/ST: New England Patriots @ New York Jets ($3,700)
I’ve ranked the Patriots as my DST1 this week and therefore are backing them to score highly against the Jets for my DFS lineup. They were excellent in Week 1 against the Dolphins and I’m all in on the Bill Belichick facing a rookie QB trope as the main reason for success this week.
Who are you rostering in your DFS lineups this week? Drop your top plays in the comments.