Week 1 of DFS was definitely as fun as we anticipated it being, and it’s got us pumped for Week 2!
We got an idea of what offenses and defenses will do, but the way I’m looking at the “overreaction” from Week 1 is sure to once again make Week 2 just as wild and I am glad you are here to enjoy it with me.
Am I going to own up to my mistakes? Absolutely! I was wrong on Jameis Winston, Kerryon Johnson, Matt Breida and totally whiffed on the Browns DST when I should have chosen the Titans DST.
Tyler Lockett had one good play for a touchdown while Keenan Allen and Mark Ingram cashed in. The nice thing though, we get to start this week with a fresh slate of players!
Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,800)
I don’t know if you saw the same game as I did, but the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t look like they wanted any part of what the New England Patriots were bringing. It wasn’t even entertaining (unless you’re a New England fan, which is about the same as Nickelback. You’re a fan of them, you just don’t want to admit it to your buddies). Thank God this week they get to go home and take on the Seattle Seahawks team who silently gave up 418 passing yards and two touchdowns, which was good enough for 25.7 DK points. Big Ben and the Steelers in general should come into this game pissed off and ready to light up the scoreboard because that is exactly what Roethlisberger will do this week
Sony Michel, Running Back, New England Patriots ($6,200)
Same game, the winning offense, you would of thought by looking at the box score that Sony Michel had something good to do with that 33 points scored. You got excited when you saw those 15 attempts, just to be let down that they went for all of 14 yards! Rex Burkhead ended up being the best running back last week as once again Bill Belichick screws with us with who the starting running back is. Not this week though. Anytime you look at the schedule and see the Miami Dolphins on it (sorry Ben) you can’t help but laugh and think of all the fantasy points that are possible. The Dolphins look like….. no, they are in full tank mode. A defense that just gave up 107 yards and two touchdowns off 14 attempts to Mark Ingram II makes Michel an easy player to try and get in your lineup this week. Expect a nice bounce back from Michel in Week 2.
Devin Singletary, Running Back, Buffalo Bills ($4,200)
I am probably the biggest Devin Singletary truther out there and was excited about the stats that he put up with the limited touches he received. Sure he only finished with 70 rushing yards, but he did it off of four carries! And he can catch the ball too, being targeted six times and finishing with five receptions for 28 yards. It is only a matter of time before this backfield is Singletary’s, and I think it will be this week. I think he will start off slow, but explode into a solid fantasy stat line that should produce solid RB2 production.
Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Rams ($6,300)
This one was a tough choice for me. I really like Cooper Kupp ($6,000) and his 10 targets from last week, but I am going to go for the boom-or-bust play with Cooks. Jared Goff spreads the ball around in this offense and it looks like that strategy is carrying over into 2019. Expect the Rams to get back on track against the New Orleans Saints who just gave up some nice deep routes to DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. This should be a nice bounce-back game for Cooks.
Michael Gallup, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys ($5,600)
Kellen Moore being the offensive coordinator is what the Dallas Cowboys needed for years. I’m sure “clapper of the year” Jason Garrett will take credit (and he has), but it’s what Moore is doing for this offense is exactly what was needed to get the best out of Gallup in Week 1 and produce a 7/158 stat line. Gallup seems to look like a duplicate of Amari Cooper, however, Gallup isn’t the one facing double teams. Expect another solid outing against the Washington Redskins.
Tyrell Williams, Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders ($4,400)
Antonio Brown who? Yeah Williams proved Week 1 that he can handle WR1 duties turning it into six receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. I was down on the Raiders all offseason, and thought even worse of them after the release of Brown. I was wrong and they look to be a fun offense to watch. This week I am liking Williams’ odds of repeating, if not topping what he did week one as the Kansas City Chiefs come into town who just gave up over 90 yards to Chris Conley and D.J. Chark.
C.J. Uzomah, Tight End, Cincinnati Bengals ($2,800)
Now this is one hell of a bargain play. You might not know it, but Andy Dalton could quietly be playing his way into QB1 territory and it was Uzomah who was out there for the Bengals on 54 offensive snaps while fellow tight end Tyler Eifert played 38. The Bengals are playing more of a 2-TE set in this offense, and with it somewhat mocking that of the LA Rams, there will have to be a game where one of these tight ends come out. Say hello to San Francisco who gave up two called-back touchdowns by penalty to Cameron Brate. With that tight end value, it’s just too easy to cash in on.
LeSean McCoy, Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs ( $4,700)
For this week at flex I am recommending another running back. I hate to see it because I think 25 should be Jamaal Charles number, but hey, you can’t have everything your way. Coming off his worst career year, McCoy needed a change of scenery, and got just that by getting released by the Bills and signing a 1-year contract with the Chiefs. Even being over that dreadful at of 30, he had a glimpse of spark that we have seen in past seasons. The change, though, is that he’s not the lead back and that’s okay because from what I saw last Sunday, keeping Shady fresh will help fellow back Damien Williams not wear down and keep this Kansas City freight train running. Choo Choo!
Pittsburgh Steelers DST ($2,400)
Defense is a hard one to try and figure out when setting your lineup and is 99/100 times the last thing I pick and hope for the best based on the value. This week I’m going with the Pittsburgh Steelers. They were embarrassed on Sunday Night Football and now get to take on a Seattle offense that only threw the ball 20 times and beat the Cincinnati Bengals by one point in front of a home crowd…. ouch. This is going to be a get-right game not only for the Pittsburgh offense, but defense too. Fire them up.
Want more DFS pumped into your veins? Check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we discuss bargains, stacks, must-use players and general advice for Week 2!