by Adil Khan Deshmukh – @dillytoon
Week 1 is in the books, we hope you did well in your DraftKings contests last week and will heed our beautiful advice ahead of Week 2! So who are you going to be picking in your DraftKings lineups this week?
QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks – $5800
Whilst Big Ben did not have the best of times in Foxboro, look to him to have a big game against Seattle this weekend. In Week 1 we saw the Red Rocket Andy Dalton rack up 418 passing yards and 2 passing TDs against the Seattle D, whilst having premier WR AJ Green on the sidelines and Joe Mixon banged up for a significant portion of the game. Juju, Conner and co. will aid Big Ben plenty in getting a value return from the QB position.
RB – Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – $7200
The Vikings offense seems to have committed to pounding the rock this season with Dalvin Cook racking up 21 carries for 111 yards and 2TDs in week one. The team made a total of 38 rushing attempts over the game and this was a stark contrast to Kirk Cousins only throwing the ball 10 times. Whilst the balance between the run and passing game is unlikely to be the same at Lambeau, expect Dalvin Cook to have another very good game with the potential for a few more receptions out of the backfield.
RB – Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers @ Detroit Lions – $7100
Ekeler is primed for another elite performance this week with Melvin Gordon still holding out on the Chargers. In week one, Ekeler scored a massive 39.4 points on the DK platform and the signs are pointing towards another big one. There were questions as to how the 1a (Ekeler) vs 1b (Justin Jackson) touches share would pan out and it was massively in Ekeler’s favour. There are questions over Mike Williams’ fitness for this weekend and when combined with Hunter Henry’s unfortunate injury; you can surmise that Ekeler’s target share in the passing game may increase.
WR – Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders – $7200
To say Watkins killed it in week one would be an understatement. Mahomes found him on 9 of 11 targets for a whopping 198 yards and 3TDs. Last week’s haul was a massive 49.8 points and it’s not difficult to see that Watkins is going to be a target monster this week.
The big reason behind the solid target share we expect him to have is the injury to Tyreek Hill who is expected to be out for a significant period of time with a shoulder injury. Whilst some of the work will go to Mecole Hardman, the lion’s share of receptions will go towards the main two targets in Watkins and Kelce in this high powered irresistible team.
WR – Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins – $5600
The Cowboys wide receiver corps performed exceedingly well in week one. Both Amari Cooper and Gallup surpassed 100 yards receiving on the day with slot receiver Randall Cobb also getting over 60 yards. They now face a Redskins D who allowed Wentz to throw over 300 yards with DeSean Jackson burning them for 154 yards and 2 TDs from 8 receptions. Cooper will receive the attention of Josh Norman, therefore leaving Gallup to pick off the Washington Defense one reception at a time. Put him in your lineup, you won’t regret it!
WR – Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens vs Arizona Cardinals – $5000
To win in Daily contests generally you need to have that gem of a pick who has the potential to completely score big for minimal investment. This week, that man is Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown. Brown took the league by storm in week one, amassing 147 yards, 2TDs off just 4 receptions (5 targets). Everything is primed for a repeat big time performance with the Ravens facing the Cardinals; a team that is missing their top-two cornerbacks. During this week, Brown has said that he was disappointed with his top speed shown on Next Gen Stats, hampered slightly by a hip injury. Bad news Cardinals, he’s even more rested and he’s only going to get quicker! Stick him in your lineup this week, at $5000 he has the ability to go big this week!
TE – Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs – $3300
It’s easily tempting to go with one of the big 3 in the tight end position, with Kelce and Kittle being the ones that are playing in the Sunday slate of games. However, this is a position in which you can get real good value and this week Darren Waller is most definitely that guy! In week one, Waller was the only player (outside of Carr / OL) to play every single snap. This led to him scoring 14 points from 7 receptions for 70 yards. Whilst the Chiefs have a high powered offense, their defense is still frail. With the loss of AB prior to the regular season starting, Waller will feature a lot in the passing game. Reap the rewards of this truly bargain signing at just $3300.
FLEX – Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers – $6400
Carson balled out week one in fantasy, he scored a touchdown on the ground and through the air. He racked up 46 yards on the ground and was heavily involved in the passing game with 6 receptions for 34 yards. 80 yards total may not sound like a lot but with the PPR benefit of 6 receptions from a running back, he managed to score 25 points in the week.
DST – Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars – $2800
The Jaguars’ QB1 Nick Foles is down with injury for the foreseeable future, with 6th round pick Gardner Minshew taking up the reins under centre. He may have been able to move the ball on the Chiefs defense, but the Texans D is a whole different kettle of fish. JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus will be just that, merciless; as they pursue Minshew all over and shutting his offense down. The Texans have just come off the gut wrenching defeat in New Orleans and they will be pumped to give their divisional rivals a beat down.