WATCH: NFL NEWS AND NOTES – NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books, and it’s time to move on to a new week and new matchups. Let’s jump right into all the info, and as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Highest Scoring Game
New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints – 53.5 projected points
You have to feel good about the Patriots wide receivers in this matchup after seeing what Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen were able to do on Monday night, both posting north of 25 fantasy points. With Diggs playing on the right side and Thielen out of the slot, it instantly piques my interest on Brandin Cooks ($8,200) and Danny Amendola ($5,100) (if he can make it out of the concussion protocol). While the interest will certainly be on the Patriots on this game, let’s not forget how much different Drew Brees ($7,700) plays at home. Last season, Brees averaged 5.9 fantasy points higher at home with 20 of his 38 touchdowns.
Lowest Scoring Game
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens – 41 projected points
The Browns will visit the Baltimore Ravens in what is slated as the lowest projected total on the Sunday slate. The Browns are coming in at a putrid 16.5 projected points compared to the Ravens at 24. Baltimore isn’t completely lost on the radar in this matchup, as I think they have a couple of intriguing options in this game. Javorius Allen ($4,100), who should take over the Danny Woodhead role, is a decent option, and Jeremy Maclin ($5,000) should be playing out of the slot once again, a role he saw success in last week.
All DvP numbers will be used from the 2016 season until Week 4 when we will then switch to the current 2017 statistics.
Worst QB Matchups
|Dak Prescott||Denver Broncos||2nd|
|Ben Roethlisberger||Minnesota Vikings||4th|
|Brian Hoyer||Seattle Seahawks||5th|
Best QB Matchups
|Joe Flacco||Cleveland Browns||32nd|
|Aaron Rodgers||Atlanta Falcons||31st|
|Phillip Rivers||Miami Dolphins||29th|
Worst RB Matchups
|Mark Ingram||New England Patriots||1st|
|Frank Gore||Arizona Cardinals||2nd|
|Leonard Fournette||Tennessee Titans||3rd|
Best RB Matchups
|Seattle RB||San Francisco 49ers||32nd|
|Javorius Allen||Cleveland Browns||31st|
|Mike Gillislee||New Orleans Saints||30th|
Worst WR Matchups
|Dez Bryant||Denver Broncos||1st|
|Stefon Diggs||Pittsburgh Steelers||2nd|
|Antonio Brown||Minnesota Vikings||4th|
Best WR Matchups
|Julio Jones||Green Bay Packers||32nd|
|Marqise Lee||Tennessee Titans||31st|
|Tyreek Hill||Philadelphia Eagles||30th|
Worst TE Matchups
|Jack Doyle||Arizona Cardinals||1st|
|Travis Kelce||Philadelphia Eagles||2nd|
|Coby Fleener||New England Patriots||4th|
Best TE Matchups
|Nick Boyle||Cleveland Browns||32nd|
|Virgil Green||Dallas Cowboys||31st|
|Charles Clay||Carolina Panthers||30th|
Lineup Quick Hits
QB To Build Lineups Around…
Russell Wilson ($6,800) – I think this is a huge bounce back spot for Wilson in Week 2. Granted, the Seahawks continue to have issues with their offensive line, but this is another favorable matchup for Wilson. His salary is cheap enough that I think he brings fantastic value on this slate, as many will likely gravitate to the Tom Bradys of the world, who checks in at $1,100 more. In two games against the 49ers last season, Wilson was 34-55 with two touchdowns and an average of 14.3 fantasy points.
WR To Pair Him With…
Doug Baldwin ($6,700) – Baldwin had one of his best games of the 2016 season against this 49ers team, catching 8-10 for 164 yards with a touchdown. Last week, the 49ers allowed Russell Shepard to catch both of his targets for 53 yards and a touchdown last week. Baldwin’s salary for Week 2 also puts him in an interesting range, as Larry Fitzgerald, Tyreek Hill and Stefon Diggs are all within $500.
The Top Running Back Will Be….
Ty Montgomery ($5,800) – Montgomery’s value has me all-in on him for Week 2. At $5,800, you’ll grab a back that is certain to receive high volume and multiple receptions, which plays very nicely in DraftKings PPR scoring. This game against the Falcons has a total of 53.5, which is second only to the Patriots at the Saints. In Week 1, Montgomery was busy, carrying the ball 19 times for 54 yards and a touchdown and catching all four of his targets for 39 yards.
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