In my Week 1 FanDuel picks, I think it’s safe to say I started this year with a bang. Although there were a few duds (Russell Wilson, DeAndre Hopkins), I gave out the top scoring RB and WR of the week in DeAngelo Williams and AJ Green. Hopefully this week is one with even more success, even though I’m not a huge fan of many stacks and players this week on DraftKings, which might make this somewhat shorter than last week’s article.
San Diego Chargers
QB: Philip Rivers ($6,400)
Player(s) you can stack him with: Danny Woodhead ($5.2K), Travis Benjamin ($4.4K), Tyrell Williams ($3.7K), Antonio Gates ($4.7K)
Rivers seems to always fly under the radar, and 15 QBs being priced higher than him on DraftKings this week is criminal. Did he lose Keenan Allen? Yes. But, he still has some under-appreciated weapons. Danny Woodhead, my favorite cheap RB play this week, is sure to rack up points, especially in DraftKings’ PPR scoring system, even if a decent amount of people own him. Benjamin and Williams are both boom-or-bust plays, but if they boom, they’ll boom big, so play those two at your own risk. Meanwhile, Gates seems like a lock for a heavy amount of targets, so playing the aging legend doesn’t seem like too bad of an idea.
Who to Fade
I already mentioned I’m not a fan of most prices on DraftKings this week, but which ones in particular do I fear?
It seems that Freeman’s usage (and production) will decline as the season goes on, largely in part due to a much more talented Tevin Coleman taking away a good amount of snaps. I’m off the DeVonta bandwagon, for now at least.
TY is a fun player to watch and all, but do not, I repeat DO NOT, even think about playing him this week against the Denver Broncos. He will barely be open, and won’t have nearly as many catches as usual. Even if Andrew Luck works some of his magic, TY is a bad bet to have a good performance in Week 2.
Captain Kirk being priced so high ($7K) doesn’t make sense to me. Please, unless you have a strong (and I mean strong) feeling, don’t play Kirk when you can play Carson Palmer, a better QB, against an equally poor matchup, for $100 cheaper.
Don’t Sleep on These Guys
Anyone in the Giants vs Saints game
Yes, you read that correctly. Whether it’s Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Mark Ingram, Rashad Jennings, Odell Beckham, Willie Snead, Brandin Cooks, Coby Fleener, Victor Cruz, or even rookie wideout Sterling Shepard, it feels like any weapons in this game deserve to be used in a lot of lineups.
Again, AJ Green is my favorite WR, as he is going up against a Pittsburgh defense that is prone to giving up big games to #1 WRs. His ownership % will be significantly lower than it should because of how many people will spend an extra $700-$1000 to get someone like Antonio Brown, or even Julio Jones.
Why is my favorite TE a player who had zero receptions in Week 1?Well, it’s because of Robert Griffin III’s injury. Josh McCown will now play QB for the Browns, and in the 8 games he started last season, Barnidge had elite numbers across the board. So Barnidge very well be a name you see quite often as long as McCown is under center.
Hopkins didn’t play great in the season opener, but he’s going to be so low-owned in GPP tournaments that you just have to use him in a few entries. He’ll be matched up against inexperienced and overrated CB Marcus Peters.
Thanks for reading, and good luck in Week 2. Make sure to stay tuned to our website for not just great content relating to the NFL, but also for the NBA, which should heat up as the season nears. I’m going to leave you with a handful of names of players I also like this week.