After finishing in the money in last weeks article, Luka is back with his best lineup for Week 2!
It’s time for another week of DraftKings lineups as Week 2 of the NFL and fantasy football seasons has arrived. We are able to create a team with plenty of explosive playmaking potential and a steady floor by combining value and upside.
Quarterback: Carson Wentz $5,800
In his debut game with the Commanders, Carson Wentz played excellently, completing 27 of his 41 throws for 313 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. It’s not much to say, but he seemed as good as he did at any point during his time with the Colts last season.
Wentz has a strong matchup against the Detroit Lions, who just let Jalen Hurts burn them from every aspect, despite the fact that it is just one game, and he appears to suit this Washington scheme. The inexpensive cost of Wentz in this situation, which will enable us to strengthen our squad while having a quarterback capable of having a day like Wentz did last week, is something I like.
Running Backs: Nick Chubb $7,100 and Cordarrelle Patterson $6,000
Running back Nick Chubb’s 22-carry, 141-yard performance on Sunday was overshadowed by the buzz surrounding the Baker Mayfield revenge game and rookie Browns kicker Cade York’s game-winning 58-yard field goal. Even though Kareem Hunt scored two touchdowns, it was arguably the week’s most understated overpowering effort.
Hunt will always pose the threat of depriving Chubb of action, but last week showed they are both capable of being fantasy studs, particularly given how much more the Browns must rely on their run game with Jacoby Brissett as quarterback. When the Browns play the Jets, who appear to be as terrible as they have been, expect Chubb to have another dominant performance.
Given the signing of Damien Williams and the selection of Tyler Allgeier, many in the fantasy sports community doubted Cordarrelle Patterson could duplicate his unexpected breakout performance from the previous season. Williams exited the game injured, Allgeier was a healthy scratch, and Patterson continued where he left off by rushing 22 times for 120 yards and a score.
The Rams, who didn’t seem good in any way on the field, are Patterson’s opponent this week. Patterson is once again looking like a stud. Patterson will be a safe floor play for us this week since he has a clear avenue to work, both in the passing and rushing games.
Wide Receivers: Mike Evans $6,800, Amon-Ra St. Brown $6,500 and Jerry Jeudy $5,600
On Sunday night, Mike Evans appeared to be Tom Brady’s preferred target, collecting 5-of-7 passes for 71 yards and a score. Chris Godwin is currently dealing with yet another injury, so it appears that Evans will receive even more volume until he recovers. Because of this, we are selecting him as our starting wide receiver against New Orleans.
A club like Tampa Bay, which often finds a way to get shut down by the Saints every time, can take heart from the fact that New Orleans, who is typically stout on defense, gave up a lot of offense to the Atlanta Falcons last week. This week, Evans is a sure thing.
After a startling 2021 season, Amon-Ra St. Brown quickly recovered, collecting 8 of 12 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. St. Brown appears to be the clear favorite to Jared Goff, making him a high-floor option this week.
I especially love the game with Washington, who gave both Christian Kirk and Trevor Lawrence a strong day. St. Brown has a chance to build on his strong performance from Sunday. He’s worth the play this week, albeit at a little higher cost.
Russell Wilson had seven targets for Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton in their Monday Night Football debuts of the revamped offense. Whatever occurred at the conclusion of the game, the Denver offense appeared more than capable of supporting two receivers who would be valuable in fantasy leagues.
Given that he and Sutton virtually split the No. 1 responsibilities for this squad, give me Jeudy at a lesser price this week. This week’s opponent, the Texans, is unquestionably a fantastic one for them.
Tight End: Tyler Higbee $4,200
In the Rams’ humiliating loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, Tyler Higbee was the second-most targeted player, converting on 5-of-11 targets for just 39 yards. I appreciate the volume Higbee received despite the lack of yards, particularly considering that Allen Robinson did not appear to be a top-two receiver.
Higbee will be a value at this reduced price if he can see the same volume while maybe scoring a touchdown this week against the Atlanta Falcons, when the Rams’ offense as a whole should rebound.
Flex: Christian Kirk $5,700
In their narrow defeat to Washington, Christian Kirk, who Jacksonville paid to be their top receiver, looked every bit the player. He caught 6-of-12 receptions for 117 yards. Kirk’s prognosis for the remainder of the year was improved by the 12 targets, which were eighth-most in the NFL this week.
This week, in what might be an offensive shootout versus the Colts, give me Kirk as a high-floor, high-volume play.
Defense: Bengals $2,200
Due in large part to their five offensive turnovers, the Bengals were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Although the defense wasn’t particularly bad, being on the field for such a long time didn’t help. The Cowboys, who recently lost Dak Prescott for a few weeks, are their opponent this week. Even with Prescott, their offense struggled, so starting Cooper Rush should give Cincinnati’s defense a chance to cause havoc.