NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Preview

We break down the week 2 slate NFL games and contests on FanDuel and DraftKings.

Week 2 FanDuel and DraftKings Slates

With week one officially in the books, we are officially just 48 hours away from the start of week two, and FanDuel and DraftKings are back with another loaded slate of contests.

DraftKings returns with a lineup of contests that look quite similar to their massive week one slate. This includes a $5 Million Fantasy Millionaire Maker contest, a $500,000 NFL Pick’em contest, and a $1.6 Million Play Action contest with just a $3 entry fee. Click their lobby below to view the entire week two slate of games.

In past seasons FanDuel eliminated their million dollar contest after week one, but it’s good to see them offer the attractive Sunday Million GPP again in week two. This is an extremely top heavy contest with the top three finishers (out of just over 500,000) winning just under half of the total prize pool.

Week 2 Vegas Lines

Along with our first peak at this week’s slate of contests, we get our first peak at the Vegas lines and individual team totals for the week 2 slate. It’s the usual group of suspects at the top of the list including: New England, Oakland, Atlanta, Seattle, Green Bay, Kansas City, and Arizona in a matchup with an Indy defense that looked atrocious in week one.

Just a reminder: the CR in our Vegas tables represents confidence rating. Essentially, this number represents how confident we feel about a team’s chances of reaching their total this week. After a freakishly low scoring first week of the season, let’s see how many of these high power offenses reach their total in week two.

TeamOpponentTeam TotalCR
New EnglandNew Orleans30.259
OaklandNY Jets28.58
AtlantaGreen Bay286
SeattleSan Francisco288
Kansas CityPhiladelphia266
ArizonaIndianapolis25.757
Green BayAtlanta25.57
Tampa BayChicago256
CarolinaBuffalo24.756
BaltimoreCleveland24.254

Position Group Matchups

Arizona Passing Game vs Indianapolis Colts
Truthfully, you can go passing or running game against this Colts defense. The roster is bad, the coaching has been bad, and they were just steamrolled by the 49ers. Or Rams… After an abysmal start by Carson Palmer, I’m guessing Arians wants to get his veteran QB rolling down hill in this favorable matchup. Stacking him with either John Brown or Larry Fitzgerald is a no-brainer play this week.

New England Passing Game vs New Orleans Saints
This is less of a knock on the Saints than it is just picking an angry Brady and Belichick to come out and make a statement against a below average pass defense. The Saints front 4, and really even their young safeties, looked aggressive and improved against the Vikings, but there are still issues at corner, and the scheme leaves a lot to be desired. It may be chalk, but we are all over the Brady/Cooks stack this week.

Oakland Raiders Passing Game vs New York Jets
Tyrod Taylor put up 20 points on the Jets secondary in a game where he didn’t run for 40 yards or a touchdown. Taylor looked absolutely horrible throughout the preseason, and lost his top weapon just before the season started. Everyone loves to rag on the offense, but we may be sleeping on just how bad the Jets defense is going to be this season.

Baltimore Ravens Run Game vs Cleveland Browns
We wrote about Terrance West and the Ravens commitment to the run game throughout the week leading up to last week’s games, and for the most part we saw what we thought we would. Given the game was a blowout, West saw less work than backup Buck Allen in the second half, but overall the Ravens run game looked much-improved. They still haven’t had a runner get 25+ carries in almost two seasons, but ran the ball 42 times for 157 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. The Browns performance against the Steelers was what we predicted, Todd Haley vomiting out a joke of a gameplan in a conference road game. It’s what he does.

Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles
Absolutely nothing against the Eagles here, let’s call this what it is: can Kareem Hunt repeat his breakout game against the Packers? This guy was so dominant from day one at Toledo that most DFS CFB players can remember starting him on FanDuel. The Redskins don’t run the ball, ever… so their 17/64 line can be taken with a grain of salt, and it’s worth noting Thompson added 4/52/1 to that number as a receiver.

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Written by Chris Lollis

Chris is the lead researcher and writer for The Daily Audible. He has a decade of experience in sports gambling, handicapping, daily fantasy sports, scouting, and analysis.

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