Welcome to Week 2! I am @davieremixed and bring you my picks for Sunday’s mainslate. There’s definitely scope here to stack from a couple of teams, namely Tampa and Denver whilst Arizona and Cincinnati are dark horses to give you some high-scoring players. As usual, all picks and suggestions are just that and should be used at your own discretion.
Here we go!
QB – Tom Brady – I recall someone saying over the summer of 2020 that the Tom Brady-Tampa Bay experience had been severely overhyped and would probably end in a bit of a disaster. That same person (who also happens to be a fan of the Saints) was feeling pretty, pretty, pretty smug come Week 9. That person was me. That person had – and continues to have – egg on their face. This week Brady & the Bucs face the dire Falcons. You could go with Kyler Murray against the Vikings but Brady is a cheaper option ($6,900) and could end up with a 350 yard game with a bunch of TD passes.
RBs – Melvin Gordon III/Kareem Hunt – These two will be facing off against Jacksonville and Houston respectively. The Jags gave up 160 yards on the ground to a team we all assumed would be a 2-15 team this year. Maybe the Texans are better than we thought but MGIII ($5,900) and Javonte Williams is a better backfield than Ingram/Lindsay so I fully expect Denver to run the ball all over Jacksonville again.
Meanwhile it’s back-to-back weeks where Kareem Hunt ($5,800) makes the cut. His score against the Chiefs was heavily bolstered by the rushing TD he got but facing Houston I expect Cleveland to play angry after blowing that game in Kansas. This could get ugly and I expect Hunt to be right at the front of it.
WRs – Ja’Marr Chase/Mike Evans/DeAndre Hopkins – It turns out that the Bengals rookie can catch. With a score of 23.9, his price has increased to $5,000 and with the Bears D looking a bit bedraggled against the Rams I kinda like Chase to continue the good start to his NFL career and have a big game.
Mike Evans crushes the Falcons at home. Go look through his game log against them. It’s disgusting. At $6,100 I think this is an absolute steal.
DeAndre Hopkins is the most expensive WR this week ($8,000) but with good reason. Minnesota’s D was poor last week and has taken further hits in the leadup to this game. I like Hopkins to have another monster game. This is a pick that won’t necessarily win you a contest but will keep pace with everyone else. Sometimes there’s a need to cute with these picks, this isn’t that occasion.
TE – David Njoku – Another Browns play here, there’s a justification to go for Gronkowski but with a saving of $1,100 for Njoku ($3,600) I see him as a better value pick. There is an argument to say that the Browns Tight End room is crowded with Hooper and Bryant vying for targets but Njoku’s impressive game against the Chiefs in Week 1 should give him enough credit in the bank to be the TE1 this week against a Jags team who gave him a score to Chris Manhertz (who?!) last week.
Flex – Tim Patrick – Ooh it’s open season on the Jags isn’t it? With Jerry Jeudy out of the picture this bumps Patrick up to WR2 status for Denver in my book. At $4,600 he’s an absolute bargain and if Denver can just be as efficient as they were against the Giants they’ll have no problem moving the ball up and down the field against Jacksonville.
D/ST – Denver Broncos – Trevor Lawrence threw a hattrick of picks to the Houston D. The. Houston. D. This Broncos D is a top-5 group in my opinion and at $3,800 I like them to rough the Jags up. I fully expect them to run an interception back for six and would not be surprised if they held the Jags to under 10 points. That’s how much I like this Broncos D/ST.
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