Yahoo NFL Week 2 DFS Picks
Welcome to the weekly Yahoo DFS picks article. The whole point of this article is to find the best plays to fit in your $200 team budget on the Yahoo main slate each week. Sometimes that means paying up, sometimes it means finding value, and sometimes it means taking some dart throws. Let’s dive in.
Jalen Hurts vs. SF – $26
Take what we saw last season from Hurst and combine it with his Week 1 performance, and he needs to be considered a top-ten fantasy quarterback with the QB1 upside every week. Yet, for some reason, his salary ranks just 18th highest of the 26 starting quarterbacks on the Sunday main slate. The matchup with San Fransisco is nothing to be afraid of either, as the 49ers gave up 28.9 points to Jared Goff last week, the third most of Week 1.
Baker Mayfield vs. HOU – $26
Mayfield comes in at the same salary as Hurts and, while he doesn’t come with the same rushing floor, the matchup with Houston gives him a similar ceiling. He completed 75% of his passes for 321 yards against the Chiefs in Week 1 but all four of Cleveland’s touchdowns came on the ground. While the game plan may feature running the ball, that kind of anomalous imbalance isn’t likely to repeat. They have an implied point total over 30, so Baker could be in line to throw multiple touchdowns on the way to a big win over the Texans.
Ryan Tannehill @ SEA – $30
The Titans, and Tannehill, were beaten up by the surprisingly savage Cardinals defense in Week 1. Some might shy away from him after that poor performance, but the matchup with Seattle offers plenty of potential fantasy points. If the game turns into a shootout and Tannehill can keep up with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, getting him in your lineup could give you leverage on the field.
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Christian McCaffrey vs. NO – $37
You don’t need me to tell you that CMC is good, but why isn’t he the most expensive player on the slate? He was the top-scoring running back last week without finding the endzone. He’s a value even as the second-most expensive non-quarterback on the slate, and there are plenty of cheaper options to make room for him in lineups. Wherever his roster percentage is when lock hits, it won’t be high enough.
Derrick Henry @ SEA – $35
After a disappointing RB29 finish in Week 1, the masses may be off Henry as the fourth most expensive running back on the slate. The game got away from Henry and the Titans early against the Cardinals, but it could be a different story this week against the Seahawks. Seattle gave up the ninth most fantasy points to running back in Week 1 against Indy’s combo of Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. As we’ve seen in the past, if Henry gets rolling early, he’ll get all the work for Tennessee and could break the slate with a few long touchdown rumbles.
Ronald Jones vs. ATL – $13
I know. Jones fumbled in Week 1 and was immediately banished to the bench. I also know that the vote of confidence he got from Bruce Arians ahead of Week 2 doesn’t mean much. Still, at just $13, Rojo has one of the best matchups of the week. This game is more likely to be a stomping than a shootout, and Jones is the Buccaneer back that stands to benefit the most from a positive game script.
Chris Godwin vs. ATL – $28
He may not have been the highest fantasy-scoring Buccaneer of Week 1, but Godwin was the most targeted Tampa wideout on opening night. He saw a 30% target share, while nobody else on the team topped 17%. It could be an onslaught win for Tampa Bay Sunday, and Godwin may lead the slaughter. Even if Tampa gets out to a big lead, Godwin can do enough in the first half against the Falcons to pay off his reasonable salary.
Will Fuller vs. BUF – $16
After serving his Week 1 suspension, Fuller is considerably underpriced at just $16. The Dolphins were well aware of his suspension, but they still signed him to a ten million dollar contract this offseason to make him Tua Tagovailoa’s number one wideout. Yet, for some reason, Fuller and his penchant for big plays has a lower salary than his rookie teammate Jaylen Waddle.
Update: Will Fuller has been ruled out due to a personal issue. Jaylen Waddle is now fully in play at $17.
Anthony Schwartz vs. HOU – $12
If you’re looking for a dart throw that could pay off his salary in a single play, Schwartz is the ideal candidate. He literally chose to pursue the NFL over a shot to sprint in the Olympics. The speedy third-round rookie was an afterthought heading into the regular season, but the Browns made a point of involving him in Week 1, giving him five targets and a carry a well-designed reverse. His game-breaking speed gives him the shot to pay off his salary in just one touch. He also makes an intriguing cheap stack with Baker Mayfield, as you’ll find mentioned in the game stacking article tomorrow.
Noah Fant @ JAX – $18
The Jaguars gave up 67 receiving yards to Pharaoh Brown in Week 1…I have a feeling Noah Fant can top that when he faces Jacksonville in Week 2. The third-year Denver tight end saw a 23% target share in the season debut and could see that number increase in the absence of Jerry Jeudy. As one of the most athletic tight ends in the NFL, Fant against the Jaguars makes a lot of sense this week.
Jared Cook @ LAC – $12
Many in the fantasy community, including myself, were fading Cook headed into the 2021 season. The nice thing about DFS is the ability to adjust immediately when you realize you were wrong. Cook saw a 17% target share in a high passing volume offense last week and looks to be in a shootout against the Cowboys this week. At a cost of just $12, Cook feels like a lock to pay off his salary.
Adam Trautman @ CAR – $12
Juwan Johnson stole the show in Week 1 at tight end for New Orleans but Adam Trautman saw twice as many targets and four times as many snaps. Touchdowns can be flukey, but there’s little reason to believe Trautman won’t find the end zone sooner than later if he maintains anything close to the 30% target share he saw in Week 1.
Cincinnati @ CHI $10
It’s no secret that paying the bare minimum for a team defense is a viable DFS strategy. Of the five options available at minimum cost, the Bengals make the most sense. After all, Cincinnati held their own against a more imposing Vikings offense last week. If Justin Fields were starting in might be a different story but with Andy Dalton still leading the Chicago offense, feel free to fire up the Bengals.
Cleveland vs. HOU – $16
I don’t typically like paying up this much for a defense unless it has massive upside. That’s exactly what’s present with the Browns this week. Tyrod Taylor and the Texans may have had their way with the lowly Jaguars’ defense, but it could be a very different story against Myles Garrett and company. Sacks, turnovers, and maybe even a defensive touchdown could be on the table for Cleveland this week.
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