Here is your Week 2 look at top plays and optimal lineups for daily fantasy football on FanDuel and DraftKings or whatever DFS site you use. My Week 1 suggestions for FanDuel produced a lineup that put up 119-plus points, but would have fallen short in most cash contests needing 125 or more to cash. Three duds in this lineup were all it took to sink it.
The DraftKings lineups were more of the same story. The Adrian Peterson, Coby Fleener and Laquon Treadwell squad fell short, while the Carson Palmer-Cardinals stack did very well, cashing in both GPPs and Cash games.
So I will admit, I had a few swings and misses last week – namely the aforementioned Peterson, Fleener and Treadwell calls. If you entered contests using the Monday night game lineup on DraftKings last weekend you were likely rewarded in most cash games and tournaments even with Peterson and Fleener not contributing to the cause.
Well, let’s not dwell on the past and hope to cash in all formats this week shall we?
What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a value play, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 2 lineups should work in both formats.
Week 2 Top Plays
This will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use all three in one lineup. A reminder for cash games: going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you opt for a value quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Cam Newton, Carolina vs. San Francisco ($9,000 FanDuel/$7,900 DraftKings)
Newton looked like his dominant old self in Week 1 against the very tough and physical Broncos defense. This week he gets the 49ers... not quite the same level of defense, although San Francisco is coming off of a Monday night shutout at home of the Rams. This makes SuperCam nearly a must-play in cash games.
RB: Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland vs. Baltimore ($5,400 FanDuel/$4,500 DraftKings)
Johnson is a value play this week and should see more production with Josh McCown, who is more adept to passing to his running backs, back at quarterback. The Ravens’ defense isn’t what it used to be. Last week the Bills didn’t utilize passing to LeSean McCoy much, but Johnson is capable of making plays out of the backfield as a receiver.
WR: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati ($9,200 FanDuel/$9,900 DraftKings)
Honestly if you are looking for a reason to not play Brown ever you are wasting your time. Week 1 was a standard big game from Brown. Week 2 will be more of the same although the Bengals’ defense is better, but that has never mattered for the NFL’s No. 1 wide receiver. Pay up and be rewarded!
TE: Travis Kelce, Kansas City at Houston ($6,300 FanDuel/$5,000 DraftKings)
Kelce faces a stout defense but should be targeted plenty, especially if the pass rush is rabidly getting after Alex Smith. Kelce could make a nice GPP play too if you have the excess cash. Worth the risk in Week 2 as Kelce is known for some big plays.
Value Play of the Week
Carson Palmer, Arizona vs. Tampa Bay ($8,200 FanDuel / $6,900 DraftKings
Palmer is a steep discount, primarily on DraftKings. If you are looking to save money this is a splendid matchup for Palmer and all of his weapons at home this week. The Buccaneers allowed points galore, 255 passing yards last week to the Falcons, and Arizona has even more offensive firepower than Atlanta, especially when you add David Johnson to the equation.
The Lineup (s)
This cash lineup was built with a little help from my friends over at dailyfantasycafe.com. Each week I will create a FanDuel lineup using their quick and easy customizable lineup optimizer tool. I will continue to make my own, but who is going to complain about options right?
Try the optimizer yourself. Careful though. You may get hooked!
FanDuel GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash Lineup (GPP too)
GPP Lineup (I will use this in some Cash games too)
Note: Keep tabs on Julio Jones and his injury status. Plenty of high end options if he is out or doubtful, or upgrade at running back.
— 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.