The story of Week 2 was injuries to star players: A.J. Green, Jamaal Charles, RGIII, Ryan Mathews, and a host of others went down with ailments that dramatically affected the outcome of DraftKings contests. Green and Charles, in particular, were devastating to some owners because 1) they were relatively highly utilized, 2) they were expensive, and 3) they scored just over two combined points.
Despite the injuries to big-time players, though, we saw some massive scores on DraftKings in Week 2. Much of the scoring came from Alfred Morris and the Redskins—a team that managed to score a league-high 41 points with Kirk Cousins behind center. Cousins was 22-for-33 for 250 yards, two scores, and no picks. A lot of experts believe Washington could actually be more dangerous with Cousins at quarterback in Jay Gruden’s offense.
Another surprise quarterback who is now very much in play in daily fantasy football is Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’s led the Texans to a 2-0 start, throwing three touchdowns and no picks thus far. Fitz hasn’t posted huge numbers, but he also hasn’t thrown the ball more than 22 times in either game. Once the Texans start to air it out, we might be looking at a fantasy sleeper.
The best games of Week 2 might have been the Sunday and Monday-night matchups, with both the Bears and Eagles coming back from multiple-score deficits to win late. Philly showed that they might have the most potent fantasy offense in the NFC, overcoming a two-touchdown Indianapolis lead to score 24 points in the second half. Darren Sproles was the Monday-night MVP, catching all seven of his targets for 152 yards.
Week 2 was a wild one in the NFL. Let’s dig deeper into how things went on DraftKings.
Daily Fantasy Tournament Links: DraftKings NFL Week Two:
- $27 Sunday Million
- $200 Sunday 500 Grand
- $100K Play Action
- $100K Flea Flicker
- $12 KOTB Qualifier
- $200 KOTB Qualifier
- $1000 KOTB Qualifier
- $5300 Thunderdome
Fleaflicker: 235.74 points (MedicineMan)
One of the highest-scoring lineups came via the Fleaflicker, which the user MedicineMan took down with just a single entry. His score of 235.74 points was outstanding, allowing him to turn $5 into $10,000.
Like many winners, MedicineMan did it with an Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson stack. The duo combined for over 70 points, with Nelson going for 209 receiving yards. It was surprising that Nelson was actually in more lineups (19.1 percent) than Rodgers (15.1 percent).
MedicineMan also hit on Matt Asiata, Arian Foster, and Jimmy Graham, along with low-usage players in Jeremy Maclin, Darren Sproles, and Sammy Watkins. It was the pair of Eagles that made this one such an exciting finish, with MedicineMan jumping into the lead as Philly drove for two late-game scores to seal the victory.
Sunday Million: 231.64 points (troylanger)
In what looks like it might become a regular occurrence in 2014, another one-entry user took down the Sunday Million (and the $100,000 grand prize). Troylanger turned $27 into a six-figure payday with, you guessed it, a Rodgers-Nelson pairing.
Troylanger had a really unique lineup with all but his QB-WR stack under 10.0 percent owned. Actually, he had three players (plus the Cowboys defense) at under 5.0 percent: DeMarco Murray (4.7 percent), James Jones (0.5 percent), and Sammy Watkins (2.0 percent).
When you can hit on a player like Jones in a field with over 32,000 entries, that’s a huge advantage. Jones surprised many with nine catches, 167 yards, and a score, giving the few users who rostered him 28.2 fantasy points.
Every single one of troylanger’s selections scored double-digit points.
Sunday 500 Grand: 227.54 points (reztes757)
If you play on DraftKings for a little while, you’ll notice the name reztes757 plastered all over the top of the leaderboards on a seemingly nightly basis. He’s one of the best players out there, and he proved that by cashing $100,000 in the Sunday Million.
Surprisingly, reztes757 didn’t have many low-usage players. The Patriots defense was tops on that list at just 1.8 percent, and their 26 fantasy points were a huge lift to the users who rostered them. Darren McFadden (6.7 percent) and Dez Bryant (8.5 percent) were the only other players that reztes757 used who were in fewer than 14.6 percent of lineups.
In a field with nearly 2,500 lineups, reztes757 was dominant, winning by 11 points.
King of the Beach Qualifiers: dj4u2nite, NewYkCty, Comox_Warrior
We have three new King of the Beach Qualifiers in dj4u2nite, NewYkCty, and Comox_Warrior, all of whom will be traveling to the Bahamas in December to compete for $2.5 million in prizes.
The biggest win went to dj4u2nite, who took down the $12 qualifier—the smallest of them all—by nearly 15 points. Both he and NewYkCty were single-entry users, and both had Rodgers-to-Nelson.
Dj4u2nite had a few picks that gave him a really unique lineup in Darren Sproles, Mohamed Sanu, and Niles Paul. That trio—all under 5.0 percent owned—erupted for 77.1 points. Actually, since Sproles scored 33.8 points and did much of his damage late on Monday night, dj4u2nite came back from a fairly big deficit to win.
The closest King of the Beach qualifier was in the $1,000 entry, where Comox_Warrior took down rayofhope by just 0.16 points. It was a thrilling finish, too; rayofhope’s lineup was finished on Sunday night with 188.08 points—well ahead of Comox_Warrior, who had both Jeremy Maclin and Zach Ertz. It was actually one of the final plays of the game—a 24-yard pass to Ertz—that sealed the win for Comox_Warrior.