Week 1 of the fantasy football season had a little bit of everything. Massive games from studs like Tyreek Hill (45.3 DraftKings points) and Alvin Kamara (46.1). Some dominant performances from unexpected and sparsely owned plays such as DeSean Jackson (34.6), Patrick Mahomes (28.3) and Adrian Peterson (23.6).
As for my lineup suggestions, I managed to make it into the green this past weekend although an injury to Leonard Fournette may have been the difference between making a little bit of money and really cashing in.
As a disclaimer, I do not proclaim myself to be a tout, nor am I someone who enters more than three lineups in any given week. I will play mostly cash games, but will always enter some single-entry, or three entry max GPPs and that is it. So if you are looking for a milly-maker winning lineup, I may have some of the correct picks for it, but I will not be entering those types of tournaments personally.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 2 DFS Picks shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 2 Core Plays
These will be my top plays for the Sunday-Monday slate of games. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota at Green Bay ($7,500 FanDuel/$6,400 DraftKings)
I am loving this game with or without Aaron Rodgers playing. Rodgers doesn’t play in the secondary, and the Packers' back end, although improved compared to the past few seasons, will simply not be able to contain the Vikings' pass catchers. Cousins is likely to only improve as the season progresses and he will certainly be ready to showcase his stuff early against his new divisional rivals.
RB: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans vs. Cleveland ($9,000 FanDuel/$9,500 DraftKings)
Can Kamara match or even exceed last week's brilliant performance? ABSOLUTELY he can. With no Mark Ingram once again he may not be the focal point as Drew Brees and Michael Thomas clearly showed they can dominate a game too. However, Kamara has a knack for big plays and should be able to meet value this week once again. He also is safe due to volume and of course the Browns' defense will likely be on the field plenty and the Saints could be running out the clock in the second half.
WR: Adam Thielen, Minnesota at Green Bay ($7,600 FanDuel/$7,100 DraftKings)
The targets were there last week for Thielen and will likely remain this week, and the odds he finds the end zone instead of, or alongside, running mate Stefon Diggs are pretty high. As I mentioned above the Packers struggled against the pass last season, and although injuries did plague this unit, they finished 23rd in the league with 237 yards allowed per game. Now with Kirk Cousins at the helm this Vikings offense should roll in Lambeau.
WR: Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo ($8,000 FanDuel/$7,800 DraftKings)
Allen is consistent and has an extremely high ceiling each week. This makes him a fantastic cash play every week, and this week he faces a defense that ranked 20th against the pass last season and got torched last week by Joe Flacco and the Ravens. The concern would be the Chargers take over the game early and rely on Melvin Gordon in the second half.
TE: Jared Cook, Oakland at Denver ($5,000 FanDuel/$3,600 DraftKings)
A solid Week 1 for a tight end with nine catches for 180 yards. Although 12 targets may not be there for him in Week 2, facing a defense like the Broncos (i.e., one with a fierce pass rush), may bode well for the veteran tight end. Dump passes and plays down the sideline may be a golden opportunity for Cook to come close to repeating his Week 1 numbers, and possibly finding his way into the end zone.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Alex Smith, Washington vs. Indianapolis ($7,100 FanDuel/$6,000 DraftKings)
Smith had a nice debut with 21-for-30 passing, 255 yards and two touchdowns. I would expect more of the same this week, and at a modest price tag he would really let you load up on the other positions. In cash games Smith is a safer play every week, and usually doesn’t kill you. The Colts were near the bottom (28th) in the league in passing defense last year, and if Adrian Peterson continues to make catches out of the backfield, Smith has plenty of weapons to throw to and put up big numbers. What Smith can do almost every week is exceed his price and even win tournaments for people.
RB: Rex Burkhead, New England at Jacksonville ($6,300 FanDuel/$4,400 DraftKings)
Burkhead by all accounts disappointed last week. This is the Patriots' backfield after all, so can we really be surprised? I am going down this road once again though and with the Jeremy Hill injury, I wouldn’t be surprised if that James White touchdown goes to Burkhead this week. His workload was in question last week as well, so perhaps another week of health and recovery will get us the shifty, pass-catching back we know and love in a very tough matchup.
Note: Burkhead remains in concussion protocol as of tonight. He did practice though, but remains a GTD prior to Sunday's afternoon game. If you don't have the stomach to take the risk consider James White ($5,900 FanDuel/ $4,500 DraftKings)
WR: Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. Minnesota ($6,200 FanDuel/$4,600 DraftKings)
Any receiver against the Vikings' defense is risky. Cobb, however plays mostly in the slot, and the likelihood the Packers don’t get in the end zone at least once may be slim. I like Cobb to be the guy who does this, or Jimmy Graham since the Vikings seem to get exploited by tight ends or slot receivers. This is risky, but it also is a value play and worth the risk this week.
Deep, Deep GPP consideration for Chargers RB Austin Ekeler ($5,600 FanDuel/$4,400 DraftKings). Los Angeles could be utilizing its bench a bit more this week if the game against the Bills gets out of hand, and Ekeler got plenty of opportunities (five rushing attempts, five targets which resulted in 126 total yards, TD) last week.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.