FanDuel Single-Game Week 2 Monday Night Football Saints at Panthers
The stage is set for an NFC South showdown this Monday night, as the Carolina Panthers prepare to host the New Orleans Saints at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Saints, with a 3.0-point advantage, hit the road for a clash with a total projected score of 39.5 points.
Understanding the Single-Game Format
If you’re new to the concept of single-game slates, here’s a quick rundown. These contests present five flex spots, using the same scoring system as the main slate, but with one crucial twist – kickers are back in play, and there’s an “MVP” roster slot. The MVP receives a 1.5x bonus on their fantasy points, making this position a game-changer.
I wrote a more in depth Fanduel Single Game Strategy article here if you’re interested in digging deeper
Derek Carr ($16,000) – Carr stands out as a strong MVP choice. He showcased his skills in the Saints’ debut, throwing for 305 yards and a touchdown against a formidable Tennessee Titans defense. Facing the Panthers, who lack cornerback Jaycee Horn, Carr has a favorable matchup. Though he isn’t known for his rushing abilities..
Bryce Young ($14,500) – Young offers an attractive salary discount compared to Carr but faces a more challenging season as a rookie in 2023. In Week 1, he posted 146 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions against the Atlanta Falcons. Going up against the Saints’ defense, which showed strength in Week 1, Young faces an uphill battle. Nevertheless, as a quarterback in a single-game format, Young is worth considering, especially as a pivot from Carr.
Chris Olave ($15,500) – My personal favorite for the MVP slot is Chris Olave. The second-year wide receiver had an outstanding performance in Week 1, commanding a 30.3% target share and 35.8% of the air yards, leading to 8 receptions for 112 yards. With Jaycee Horn sidelined, Olave’s prospects look even brighter. If the game unfolds as a low-scoring affair, Olave could emerge as the top scorer on the slate.
Exploring the Flex Options
Several other players deserve consideration for your lineup, and it’s crucial to balance your choices wisely. Here are some notable flex players to ponder:
Miles Sanders ($13,500) and Jamaal Williams ($14,000) – Both running backs are intriguing multiplier options. Williams, who boasts the best odds at +125 to score a touchdown, didn’t impress in Week 1 with the backfield to himself. However, the return of Kendre Miller ($6,500) could change the dynamics. If Miller plays, Williams remains a viable option as the likely lead back for the game. Sanders, on the other hand, played only 56.4% of the snaps in Week 1 but managed to secure 18 carries and 6 targets, including two red-zone touches. Sanders could fly under the radar in the MVP slot.
Michael Thomas ($12,500) – Thomas is a standout choice, although his salary is less forgiving. In the season opener, he enjoyed a 24.2% target share, accumulating 8 targets and participating in 20.0% of the snaps. Thomas also has favorable +250 odds to score at any time during the game, making him a compelling option.
Rashid Shaheed ($13,000) – While Shaheed’s salary might deter some, he possesses big-play potential. In Week 1, he commanded a 27.2% air yards share with an average depth of target of 16.3 yards, demonstrating his ability to make significant plays.
Juwan Johnson ($7,500) – For those seeking value, Johnson is a quality pick. He logged a 70.0% snap rate in the previous week and received 5 targets, catching 3 passes for 36 yards. Although Carolina limited Kyle Pitts to just three targets in Week 1, Johnson’s involvement is noteworthy.
Kickers and Defenses
Both kickers and defenses are viable options in what appears to be a low-scoring contest.
In conclusion, as you build your FanDuel Single-Game lineup for the Monday night showdown between the Saints and Panthers, consider the MVP candidates, flex options, and the potential value provided by kickers and defenses. Balance and strategy will be key to constructing a winning lineup in this NFC South matchup.
That’s all I’ve got for today
Thank you for checking out the article, I hope I was able to provide you with some value as you begin to build your DFS lineups for today’s contests.
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