Week 1 is in the books, and whether the first dose of action was kind or cruel to you in daily fantasy football, it’s time to regroup and eye the Week 2 NFL DFS slate. There’s still enough perceived value available to entice us to invest in some big-ticket players in our Yahoo DFS tournament lineup.
Speaking of which, we’re relying on a wild card – or two, depending on your perspective — in this lineup, but we like the assumption of risk in relation to the potential reward provided by a strong corps of players.
The Washington Football Team, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, and Green Bay Packers aren’t on the main slate because they’re all playing in prime time. That takes out some heavy hitters at QB, RB, WR, and most notably, TE.
Before we break down our picks, just a reminder of some key rules for Yahoo DFS. It’s essentially the same as FanDuel, with four-point passing TDs and half-point PPR. In the past, the Sunday Night Football game used to be available on Yahoos’ main slate, but that won’t be the case this year
Yahoo DFS Picks Week 2: NFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments
Sunday main slate, $200 budget, no more than six players from the same team.
The Eagles are four-point underdogs at home, so it’s not a particularly attractive matchup on paper. However, there’s been sharp movement on the total (from 45.5 up to 50.5 at some books), which at least requires us to consider the possibility of a borderline shootout. If it is, Hurts will pay off in a big way (again).
We stretch to include McCaffrey — the second most expensive back after Alvin Kamara ($38) — in our lineups because the Panthers have demonstrated a commitment to feeding him everything he can handle. The Saints aren’t a “safe” matchup, but McCaffrey has had success against them throughout his career. Plus, he might be a little underowned after Aaron Jones was bottled up by New Orleans last week.
The fantasy numbers from last week weren’t stellar (14.6 points), but that changes with a touchdown, which Taylor is capable of any given week. What we loved to see was seven targets. The Rams don’t present an easy matchup on paper, but Taylor figures to be heavily involved in the “money” touches this week and throughout the season.
It’s not a surprise that Robinson struggled against Jalen Ramsey and Co., but it was still nice to see him command 11 targets. The Bears are four-point home favorites, implying they’ll have more success offensively. We know the volume will be there for Robinson. We’re just asking him and Andy Dalton (or Justin Fields) to execute.
Kupp andRobert Woods ($23)are likely going to trade off big performances from week to week, but head coach Sean McVay keeps them both busy. Being the cheaper of the two options likely means elevated ownership, so we’ll take the “value.”
This week’s “wild card” is one of the pass-catchers who figures to assume a larger role in the wake of Jerry Jeudy’s high-ankle sprain. Volume isn’t Hamler’s calling card, but he tied for third on the team with four targets in Week 1. Can he command a small uptick in opportunity and be on the receiving end of a deep strike like he should’ve been last week before dropping it in the end zone? For $15, we’re willing to find out.
Kittle had a field day against the Eagles last season, catching all 15 targets for 183 yards and a touchdown. It’s a new year and the Eagles have a new coaching staff, but Kittle is a strong bet to finish as the slate’s TE1 any given week.
We don’t love that Fuller doesn’t have advanced chemistry with Tua Tagovailoa yet (or that Getty Images doesn’t have any pictures of him in a Dolphins practice uniform), but we know what he can do when he’s healthy.The Dolphins have quietly assembled a dangerous collection of pass-catching weapons, so defenses will have to respect other pieces of the passing game. Perhaps affording Fuller some extra room in which to operate.
Jameis Winston led the Saints to a dismantling of the Packers last week, so you’re not going to have too much company in the ownership department. More attractive in this case though is the talent present in each level of the Panthers defense. Not to mention, we also like the cheap price tag.