NFL DFS Top Plays for Fanduel Lineups Week 2
Welcome to Week 2 of the NFL season, where we dive into the best DFS plays for Fanduel lineups. With a fresh slate of games ahead, it’s time to analyze the top options for your daily fantasy football rosters. In this article, we’ll break down the key players to consider at each position and provide insights to help you make informed lineup decisions.
As we gear up for another thrilling Sunday with 12 exciting games on the slate, there’s a lot to unpack. One thing to note is that this week, only one of the matchups boasts a total higher than 50 points, making it crucial to choose your lineup strategy wisely.
The Chiefs-Jaguars game, with its high-scoring potential, is likely to be a popular choice for stacking players. However, there are some critical injury situations that demand our attention, specifically revolving around players like Austin Ekeler, DeAndre Hopkins, and a couple of Packers. The status of these key players could significantly impact DFS lineups.
But beyond these injury concerns, this Week 2 slate is wide open, with minimal obvious chalk plays. It’s the perfect opportunity to think outside the box and differentiate your lineups. Remember, Week 2 often sees overreactions to Week 1 performances, making it an ideal time to explore unconventional strategies, especially in tournaments.
As we dive into this article, let’s keep a close eye on these injury updates, as they could alter the DFS landscape. Alright, now, let’s explore the best DFS options for Week 2!
Josh Allen ($9.2K)
Josh Allen, the dynamic quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, is our top choice at the QB position this week. Allen’s ability to connect on deep passes (he had 51 completions of 20+ yards last season) pairs perfectly with the favorable matchup against the Raiders. Buffalo boasts the highest implied total (27.75 points) on the slate, making Allen an excellent selection for your lineups.
While Allen faced challenges in Week 1 against a tough Jets defense, this week presents a softer matchup against the Raiders. Despite his performance in the season opener, we anticipate a bounce-back game for Allen. His rushing upside and the enticing home matchup make him a high-floor, high-ceiling option. Consider rostering him in cash games and stacking Bills players in tournaments for maximum DFS potential.
Patrick Mahomes ($9.0K)
Patrick Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP and quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, is another top-tier QB option to target. Mahomes is known for his ability to make big plays, with 34 completions of 20+ yards since Week 12 of last season. The Chiefs are favored in their matchup against the Jaguars, and this game has the highest total on the slate, making Mahomes an attractive choice.
While Mahomes had a relatively quiet Week 1 due to the absence of Travis Kelce and dropped passes by his receivers, we expect him to rebound strongly in Week 2. The addition of Kelce, who appears likely to play, should bolster Mahomes’ performance. With a history of success against the Jaguars and a potential shootout on the horizon, Mahomes is poised to deliver a big fantasy outing.
Trevor Lawrence ($7.8K)
Trevor Lawrence, the young quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, is a value play worth considering. Lawrence has been efficient in the red zone, boasting a passer rating of 124.7 over his past eight games. In a game that’s expected to be a high-scoring shootout against the Chiefs, Lawrence’s arm talent and connection with his top receiver, Calvin Ridley, make him an intriguing DFS option.
Lawrence displayed promise in Week 1, throwing for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns while also showcasing his rushing ability. With the potential for a pass-heavy game script, Lawrence could provide excellent value for your lineups. Consider pairing him with Ridley or other Jaguars pass-catchers to maximize your DFS potential.
Lamar Jackson ($7.6K)
Lamar Jackson, the electrifying quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, offers a unique blend of passing and rushing skills. Jackson’s performance in Week 1 showcased his ability to connect with emerging star Zay Flowers, who had a significant target share. Flowers could continue to provide value for DFS players this week.
While Jackson’s touchdown-to-interception ratio over his past four games raises some concerns, he faces a Bengals defense that might allow him to shine. If Flowers maintains his target share, Jackson could capitalize on a shallow average depth of target (aDOT) to avoid pass-rushers. Keep an eye on this matchup for potential DFS value.
Joe Burrow ($7.4K)
Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback, is another option to consider in Week 2. Burrow boasts an impressive passer rating since the start of the 2021 season, and he’s looking to bounce back from a challenging Week 1 performance. The Ravens’ defense, while solid, isn’t impervious, and Burrow has the talent to exploit it.
Burrow’s rustiness and the poor weather conditions in Week 1 may have contributed to his struggles, but this week presents a prime opportunity for a rebound performance. If key Ravens defenders are sidelined, Burrow could capitalize on the situation and provide value for your DFS lineups.
Brock Purdy, the up-and-coming quarterback, has been on fire, winning his first six games with at least two touchdowns in each. Facing a Rams defense that isn’t as dominant as in the past, Purdy has a chance to continue his hot streak. He’s shown consistency in throwing multiple touchdown passes in his last seven games.
While the Rams’ defense had a strong showing in Week 1, Purdy’s accuracy and decision-making make him an intriguing DFS option. He showcased his ability to manage the game efficiently in Week 1, and if the game script demands it, Purdy could put up impressive fantasy numbers.
Baker Mayfield, the new Tamps Bay quarterback, has excelled in the red zone since the start of the 2020 season. Facing a Bears defense that struggled against Jordan Love in Week 1, Mayfield has a chance to exploit their vulnerabilities. He displayed chemistry with his receiving corps in Week 1 and could continue to build on that success.
Mayfield’s Week 1 performance, which included two touchdown passes and no turnovers, suggests he’s in a good position to deliver value for DFS players. Consider Mayfield as a potential QB option for your lineups, especially if the Browns’ passing attack continues to click.
Josh Jacobs ($7.5K)
Josh Jacobs may not have met our expectations based on last year’s performance, but the Bills’ run defense showed some vulnerabilities last week by allowing 172 rushing yards. Jacobs, a true beast on the field, has been averaging an impressive 102.4 rushing yards per game over his last eight outings. This consistency places him among the top running backs in the league. The Bills, on the other hand, have been surrendering an average of 127.6 rushing yards per game to RBs during that same period, ranking them among the league’s bottom three in run defense.
What makes Jacobs particularly enticing is his game-script-proof nature as a workhorse back. As long as the Raiders can keep the game competitive, Jacobs can rack up the yards on the ground. In Week 1, the Bills allowed a staggering 6.9 yards per carry to opposing running backs, and they also gave up six receptions and 58 receiving yards to New York’s backfield. This sets the stage for Jacobs to have a potentially big game in Week 2.
James Conner has been consistently productive, averaging 91.7 rushing yards per game since Week 12 of last season. The Giants’ run defense has been less than stellar during this period, allowing an average of 136.1 rushing yards per game to RBs, ranking them among the league’s worst. In Week 1, Conner played an impressive 84% of the snaps, totaling 19 touches and 70 all-purpose yards. While he didn’t break many tackles, Conner’s workload suggests he could have a productive outing in Week 2.
Joshua Kelley made quite an impact in Week 1, rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Even though he’s behind Austin Ekeler on the depth chart, Kelley demonstrated his potential value in fantasy leagues. If Ekeler is sidelined, Kelley would assume the starting role, making him a viable option. However, facing Tennessee’s formidable run defense won’t be easy. The Titans have been stout against the run, ranking 12th in stuff rate and allowing the 11th-lowest missed tackle rate in Week 1. Kelley’s performance will likely depend on game script and his ability to exploit running lanes.
Travis Etienne Jr.
Travis Etienne showcased his versatility by playing a significant 80% of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ snaps in Week 1. He notched 23 touches, including 18 carries and 5 targets, resulting in 104 yards and a touchdown. What makes Etienne intriguing is his involvement in the passing game, making him less dependent on game script. In a potential shootout against the Chiefs with a high over/under of 51 points, Etienne’s role as a receiver could prove valuable for DFS players.
Christian McCaffrey ($9.5K)
Christian McCaffrey had a heavy workload in Week 1, even in a blowout. He rushed 22 times for 152 yards and a touchdown and was also involved in the passing game with 3 receptions for 17 yards. McCaffrey’s versatility and usage make him a top-tier option. Despite the 49ers being 8-point road favorites, McCaffrey’s floor is incredibly high, and he remains a focal point in a high-powered offense. While his price tag is steep, the opportunity and potential payoff are worth it.
Other RB’s I like this week
Tony Pollard ($8.0K): Pollard has been a touchdown machine since Week 12 of last season, with 8 TDs in that span, making him one of the best in the league in this regard. He played 64% of the snaps in Week 1, recording 16 touches and 82 total yards. Pollard’s versatility extends to his pass-catching ability, with a 44% route run per team dropback rate and a 12% target share in Week 1. While he faces a tough matchup, Dallas’s strong offense could create scoring opportunities for him.
David Montgomery ($6.3K): Montgomery surprised everyone with his workload in Week 1, rushing 21 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. However, he didn’t see much action in the passing game. The challenge lies in how Khalil Herbert‘s presence may impact Montgomery’s touches. Still, Montgomery’s past involvement in the passing game is notable, with 130 receptions since the start of the 2020 season. Seattle’s defense has allowed a significant number of receptions to RBs, making Montgomery an intriguing option.
Saquon Barkley ($8.8K): Barkley didn’t have a chance to shine in Week 1 due to the lopsided game. However, he’s expected to bounce back in Week 2. Facing Arizona, which can be vulnerable against the run, Barkley presents both rushing and pass-catching upside. Even in a one-sided game, he managed to rush 12 times for 51 yards and catch 3 of 4 targets for 12 yards in Week 1.
Stefon Diggs ($8.0K)
Stefon Diggs could be playing with a chip on his shoulder after a tough Monday Night loss. He was targeted 13 times in that game, catching 10 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Diggs is known for his consistent performance and impressive stats from last season, where he ranked among the league’s best in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Even against a strong Jets’ defense in Week 1, he managed to shine with 13 targets. If you believe in a Josh Allen rebound, pairing him with Diggs could pay off handsomely. While his price is on the higher side, his Week 1 performance showcased his elite WR1 status.
Amon-Ra St. Brown ($8.1K)
Amon-Ra St. Brown is drawing attention for good reason. He had a solid outing in Week 1, catching 6 of 9 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. St. Brown is a target magnet, and he has a favorable history of receptions dating back to last season. The Seahawks’ defense has allowed receptions to WRs, making St. Brown an attractive option. His performance at home in 2022, where he averaged 7.3 receptions and scored six touchdowns in eight games, adds to his appeal. St. Brown could shine against a secondary that struggled against Rams’ wide receivers in Week 1.
Ja’Marr Chase ($8.4K)
Ja’Marr Chase had a decent Week 1, with 5 receptions on 9 targets for 39 yards. While he didn’t explode, Chase’s potential is evident. He has been a significant part of the Bengals’ passing attack, and he’s projected as their WR1. In 2022, when both Chase and Tee Higgins were healthy, Chase led the team in various categories, including targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Facing a Ravens defense that has allowed receptions to WRs, Chase could have a breakout performance if the Bengals’ passing game clicks.
Davante Adams ($7.5K)
Davante Adams is dealing with some injuries, but if Jakobi Meyers is unavailable, he could see heavy targets this week. Despite the injuries, Adams received 9 targets in Week 1, catching 6 of them for 66 yards. Adams has been one of the most targeted wide receivers since 2020, making him a consistent option. The matchup against the Raiders, who have allowed receptions to WRs, could provide opportunities for Adams to shine.
Deebo Samuel ($6.9K)
Deebo Samuel had a quieter Week 1 as Brandon Aiyuk stole the spotlight. However, Samuel was still involved, catching all 5 of his 7 targets for 55 yards and adding 2 rushing attempts for 8 yards. Samuel’s ability to rack up yards after catch is notable, and he faces a Rams defense that has allowed significant yards after catch to WRs. Samuel could bounce back and be a key target for the 49ers, especially if the game turns into a shootout.
Keenan Allen and Mike Williams
With Austin Ekeler‘s availability uncertain, Keenan Allen could be leaned on heavily in the passing game. He caught 6 of 9 targets for 76 yards in Week 1 and could see increased targets if the Chargers opt for a pass-heavy approach against the Titans’ strong run defense. Mike Williams also has potential, as he’s shown a knack for finding the end zone. With the Titans allowing touchdowns to WRs, both Allen and Williams have opportunities for a productive Week 2.
Calvin Ridley ($8.3K)
Calvin Ridley is asserting himself as the clear WR1 on his team and seems to be back in top form after his suspension. He had an impressive Week 1 performance, becoming Trevor Lawrence‘s favorite target. Ridley caught 8 of his 11 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. His chemistry with Lawrence was evident as he commanded a hefty 34% target share. What’s noteworthy is Ridley’s versatility—he was targeted at various levels of the field, showing his ability to make plays both in short-yardage and deep situations. If you’re expecting a high-scoring game against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, Ridley could continue to deliver big numbers.
Other Wide Receivers to Consider:
Zay Jones (WR – JAC) vs. KC ($6,300)
Zay Jones is an intriguing option, especially given his affordability. While he may not be the primary option in Jacksonville, he has a knack for finding the end zone, particularly in red zone situations. In a game with a high Vegas total at 51.5, Jones could be a potential slate-breaker. Despite being considered the third or fourth option on his team, he managed to equal the number of red zone targets as Calvin Ridley in Week 1. If he continues to be targeted in the red zone, he could provide excellent value.
Tyler Lockett has a history of finding the end zone, with 9 touchdowns in the previous season. He’s a reliable target and a proven touchdown scorer. Facing the Lions, who allowed an average of 0.9 touchdowns per game to WRs last season, Lockett could be in a favorable position to continue his touchdown-scoring streak.
Nico Collins may not be the most obvious choice, but he could be a sleeper pick with upside. In his rookie season, he showed promise, and he’s now part of a Houston offense that’s looking to make strides. In his last game, he had an impressive outing with 6 receptions for 80 yards on 11 targets. Rookie quarterbacks often develop a strong connection with certain receivers, and Collins might be the beneficiary of such a connection. Facing a Colts defense that has allowed an average of 1.6 touchdowns per game to WRs in recent history, Collins could provide value.
Gabe Davis is a boom-or-bust tournament option with a history of finding the end zone. Last season, he scored 7 touchdowns, showcasing his ability to make big plays. Despite a quiet Week 1, where he had two receptions for 32 yards, he led the Bills in routes run. If Josh Allen has more time in the pocket in Week 2, Davis could have the opportunity to make explosive plays. Facing a Raiders defense that allowed an average of 0.8 touchdowns per game to WRs, Davis has the potential to provide a significant return on investment in tournaments.
Travis Kelce ($8.5K)
Travis Kelce is primed to have a big game, provided he plays, and early indications from practice are positive. With the Chiefs’ wide receivers struggling to catch the ball, Kelce becomes an even more valuable target for Patrick Mahomes. Kelce’s ability to make explosive plays is evident with 32 receptions of 20+ yards since the start of the 2021 season, the most among tight ends. The Jaguars have shown vulnerability to tight ends, allowing 34 receptions of 20+ yards to the position over the same period, also ranking highest in the league. Expect Kelce to be heavily involved in the offense and potentially make up for his Week 1 absence with a monster performance against the Jaguars.
Tyler Higbee has been consistent, averaging 8.9 fantasy points per game over his last four outings, ranking fourth best among tight ends. In Week 2, he faces the 49ers, who have allowed an average of 8.5 fantasy points per game to tight ends over the same timeframe, making Higbee a viable option.
Darren Waller‘s ability to make big plays down the field is noteworthy, with 9 receptions of 20+ yards since Week 12 of the previous season, the most among tight ends. However, he faces the Cardinals, who have allowed only 3 receptions of 20+ yards to tight ends over the same period, ranking among the fewest in the league. Waller’s potential could be limited by this matchup, but his talent makes him a reliable option regardless.
Zach Ertz had a high target share in Week 1, receiving 10 targets, which represented a 33% share of the Arizona offense. While his production in terms of yards wasn’t impressive, Ertz’s volume of targets makes him an appealing option, especially at a position where value can be scarce. He provides a cost-effective way to fill the tight end spot in your lineup.
Logan Thomas emerged as Sam Howell‘s favorite target in Week 1, receiving eight looks and recording four catches for 43 yards. While not a game-breaking performance, Thomas comes at an affordable price on both DFS sites, making him a budget-friendly choice to round out your lineup
The Cowboys’ defense had a sensational performance in Week 1, recording seven sacks, two interceptions, and scoring two touchdowns in a dominant 40-0 shutout victory over the New York Giants. They completely stifled the Giants’ offense, allowing only 218 yards while consistently pressuring the quarterback. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s unit will aim to replicate this success in Week 2 against the New York Jets, who will be without Aaron Rodgers. The Cowboys’ defense is riding high and should be a top consideration for your DFS lineup.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers’ defense put on a show in Week 1, recording five sacks and two interceptions while holding the Pittsburgh Steelers to just seven points in a convincing 30-7 win. They made life incredibly difficult for the Steelers’ offense, allowing only 273 total yards. In Week 2, they face a divisional rival, the Los Angeles Rams, and will look to continue their strong defensive performance. The 49ers’ defense is a force to be reckoned with and deserves consideration for your DFS lineup.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers’ defense, after an impressive performance in Week 1, continues their NFL North tour in Week 2. They held the Minnesota Vikings to just 17 points in their home opener. Facing the Chicago Bears, who allowed four sacks and a pick-six in their first game, the Buccaneers’ defense could exploit Justin Fields and the Bears’ offense. After a strong showing in their season debut, the Bucs’ defense should be on your radar for Week 2 DFS
That’s all I’ve got for today
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