We’ve got one NFL Sunday in the books, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the next main slate on DraftKings. Here are the spots that jump out to me in Week 2.
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Patrick Mahomes, KC at OAK ($7,500) — Mahomes is dealing with an ankle injury, so we’ll have to monitor his status here. I was a huge backer of fading Mahomes in Week 1, and, of course, another 30-plus DKFP outing in Jacksonville proved me wrong. If Mahomes is healthy against the Raiders next week, it puts him in position for another monster fantasy outing — he scored 33 DKFP in Oakland last season. However, I still can’t get on board with paying this much at QB. He’s $800 more than the next QB on the slate, and we have plenty of value to target.
Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. ARI ($6,700) — Jackson had the luxury of facing the Dolphins in Week 1, and looked like an elite passer. He only ran the ball three times, which is something we want him to do more of, but the 300-plus passing yards and five touchdowns got the job done (36.56 DKFP). Arizona’s defense is nothing special, particularly in the secondary. Jackson could be in line for another big performance in the air, and we have to assume he’s going to run the ball more as well.
Marcus Mariota, TEN vs. IND ($5,000) — The Titans’ offense looked completely different after some coaching changes. We’ll find out next week if it was a fluke or not, but 248 yards and three touchdowns isn’t something we’re accustomed to seeing from Mariota through the air. If this offense is for real, Mariota is significantly underpriced for Week 2.
Other value options: Andy Dalton ($5,400), Matt Stafford ($5,200), Derek Carr ($5,100)
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL at WAS ($8,700) — Zeke had plenty of rust to shake off in Week 1, and gained 63 yards on his 14 touches, along with a trip to the end zone. Washington looked much better than we thought they would in Philly, but this should still be a spot the Cowboys build a lead and run the ball to maintain it. Look for Elliott’s touches to go up, setting him up for a more typical game than his season opener. Saquon Barkley ($9,200) is also in a great spot, but the $500 savings is appealing.
Dalvin Cook, MIN at GB ($7,200) — Cook was severely underpriced in Week 1, and did exactly what we expected him to do at home against the Falcons — posting a 21-111-2 line. The 29 DKFP made him the third-highest scoring RB on the slate, but now he’ll travel to Green Bay for a much more difficult matchup. I think there’s probably a middle-ground between how good the Packers’ defense looked in Chicago and what they actually are. With better value’s, this feels like a spot to wait and see how committed to the run Minnesota actually is before paying this much for Cook on the road.
Austin Ekeler, LAC at DET ($6,100) — Ekeler was spectacular in Week 1, going for over 150 yards and three combined touchdowns, along with six receptions. His 39.4 DKFP made him the second-highest scoring RB on the slate, and his workload leaves matchups irrelevant for the time being. Justin Jackson ($4,400) should be heard from more as the season progresses, but given the split we saw on Sunday, Ekeler is in a featured role.
Other value options: Tarik Cohen ($4,500), Justin Jackson ($4,400), Malcolm Brown ($4,100)
Sammy Watkins, KC at OAK ($7,200) — Watkins was the highest Week 1 scorer at any position, finishing just shy of a 50-DKFP performance. Week 2 is a complicated spot, as we need to see what Mahomes’ status is, but we know Tyreek Hill (shoulder) will be out. With Watkins now locked in as the WR1 in one of the NFL’s top offenses, he deserves to go from a value play to one of the highest-priced WR plays. Oakland’s defense isn’t expected to show much resistance this season.
Keenan Allen ($7,600), LAC at DET — The Chargers’ Melvin Gordon-less offense left a lot of work for everyone else, including 10 targets for Allen. He brought in eight of them for 123 yards and a score in the Week 1 victory over the Colts, and is in a great spot for Week 2 in Detroit. Allen’s workload is one of the safest on this slate, so he’s the early cash play I’m looking at spending up on.
John Ross, CIN vs. SF ($4,600) — Ross was a fantasy name when he came into the league, and couldn’t have fallen off the radar faster. His 7-158-2 line came out of nowhere in Week 1 in Seattle, and the 37.8 DKFP in a difficult matchup were extremely encouraging. Even better to see, was that Ross saw 12 targets, meaning he should be a big part of this offense. Ross is priced as a Week 1 fluke, but if his role is what it seemed to be, he should be significantly more expensive on this slate, especially against the 49ers.
Other value options: Marquise Brown ($5,000), Mecole Hardman ($4,800), DJ Chark ($4,500)
Evan Engram, NYG vs. BUF ($5,200) — With Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland, we knew Engram would see his role increase this season. Week 1 was just about as encouraging as we could’ve asked for as his 31.6 DKFP were the most amongst the TE position. Engram dropped an 11-116-1 line on the Cowboys, seeing 14 targets overall. The $400 bump in price is nothing, and the Bills aren’t a matchup to scare us away here.
T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. LAC ($3,000) — I’ve got to admit, this is another one I didn’t see coming at all. Hockenson was the second-highest scoring TE on the slate, going for 6-131-1 on nine targets in Arizona. We’ve been wondering who the second option behind Kenny Golladay ($6,600) will be in this offense, and it seems like we now know. Hockenson is a legit option in the passing game, and dirt cheap against the Chargers.
Other value options: Mark Andrews ($3,800), Delanie Walker ($3,500)
Patriots D/ST @ MIA ($3,700) — Anytime the Patriots go down to Miami, we have to be extremely careful. But after watching what Baltimore was able to accomplish, I think we can feel pretty safe about the Pats being able to handle the Dolphins here. New England dominated a solid Pittsburgh offense on SNF, holding the Steelers to a mere three points. There is a ton of upside here.
Broncos D/ST vs. CHI ($2,700) — As of writing this, we haven’t seen Denver play its Week 1 matchup in Oakland, but this defensive front seems legit, regardless of the results of the first game. The Bears offense looked brutal at home against the Packers, setting up a big spot here at home in a tough place to play early in the season.
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