Week 2 is officially here, are your lineups ready? If not we have you covered with a refresher of the most important notes for the players that should be on your radar this week. The point of this article is to give you an idea of the player pool we are building our week 2 lineups from.
For a complete rundown of both FanDuel and DraftKings week 2 slates, our picks and more, check out the full articles below:
Week 2 QB Notes
For the sake of time, we will identify chalk ahead of discussing some of our favorite tournament plays at each position. Chalk QB’s this week will likely be: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, and Alex Smith. My favorite two plays out of that group are Matt Ryan and Alex Smith. Smith is underpriced on both FanDuel and DraftKings, and Here are a few other guys that should be on your radar:
We are banking on Dirk Koetter putting together a flawless gameplan for what should be an inspired Bucs team. The Bears have one of the 5 worst secondaries in the NFL, and Raymond James will be on fire this week.
The talk of the league after week one was just how bad the Seahawks offensive line was, but we aren’t concerned in a matchup with a struggling and beat up 49ers defense. Wilson will have more time, and Doug Baldwin should be able to tear up this secondary today.
Week 2 RB Notes
This is a fairly balanced week for running backs, and I would be surprised to see any one back with ownership over 20-25%. If I had to pick the chalk backs this week I would have to go with TY Montgomery and Kareem Hunt. Players always chase a week like Hunt had, and Montgomery is a phenomenal play against a defense that has been ravaged by pass catching backs over the past few seasons. Here are some additional names that should be on your radar:
Todd Gurley II
I think we just barely scratched the surface of what Todd Gurley will be this season in week one. He is going to be highly active in the passing game, and should see 25+ touches most weeks. This week he plays at home against a Redskins defense that has been awful vs the run each of the past few seasons, and we actually their front seven took another step back this year. It’s also worth noting the Redskins can’t run, so time of possession should favor the Rams here.
There are a group of bargain backs that should be on your radar (White, Williams, Ellington, Rodgers), but I think the group should be headlined by James White. While I would generally expect the Patriots to ride Gillislee in a matchup like this where they will likely want to keep their defense off the field, it’s White who’s skill set will be most efficient against this Saints defense. It’s also hard to ignore the fact that he nearly doubled Gillislee’s week 2 snap count.
Week 2 WR Notes
There is clearly a group of receivers that will and should be highly owned this week: Julio Jones, Brandin Cooks, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, and J.J. Nelson. Here are a couple other names to add to that group:
The Seahawks passing game looked great throughout the preseason, but the offensive line really let them down in a week one road matchup with the Packers. I don’t think they will be able to efficiently run the ball on anyone this season, but do expect Wilson and Baldwin to bounce back in a big way against the 49ers today.
While J.J. Nelson is a great play, the John Brown injury and a big week one performance will make him a chalk pick. Lee is a guy that had a phenomenal offseason, has a knack for getting open, and has been waiting for this sort of opportunity. He’s cheap on both FanDuel and DraftKings, and should see a bunch of targets against a Tennessee secondary that was already bad and is now missing half of their starters.
Week 2 TE Notes
Chalk at this position is pretty clear this week: pay up for a Rob Gronkowski or start an extremely underpriced Coby Fleener. Looking elsewhere? Here are two players to have on your radar:
Graham annihilated the 49ers last season, and after being forced to help out with pass protection last week, the Seahawks will likely want to get him on track in week 2. Graham’s red zone presence makes him a solid GPP play, because he is always a multi-touchdown threat, and the Seahawks are going to score plenty of points today.
Like Graham, Thomas is a big red zone target and multi-touchdown threat. In fact, that was his primary role on this team this preseason, and was where he made his money under Gase in Denver. The Dolphins are going to be able to move the ball on the Chargers, but they don’t have a huge advantage on the outside against a loaded group of corners. Look for Cutler to check down to his big tight end early and often this week.