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The Cleveland Browns owe us all money. Last week’s lineup scored 162.52 points with solid scoring throughout. Nobody scored less than 11.40 points except for the Browns defense who gave us a goose egg. I could probably leave the blame there and move forward, but this is an introspective article. The purpose of this lineup is to win large tournaments, which requires risk-taking…something you’ll see more of going forward. On to Week 2.
QB Deshaun Watson vs. Jacksonville
Watson tallied 308 total yards and 4 TD’s in a Monday night thriller in New Orleans. He enters a nice spot in Week 2 versus the Jags who will be missing edge Yannick Ngakoue and corner AJ Bouye. Jacksonville has been an upper-echelon run defense in recent years except when it comes to running QB’s. Last year they gave the most rushing yards to QB’s in the NFL with 471.
Watson will also get back talented slot receiver Keke Coutee to bolster one of the most talented receiving corps in the league. This game sets up to run through the Texans pass game, making Watson the top play of the week at the position.
DraftKings salary: 6,600
RB Alvin Kamara @ Los Angeles (Rams)
Kamara turned 20 touches into 169 yards in the Saints home opener and should keep rolling in a potential shootout versus the Rams. In 2 games versus LA, Kamara is averaging a sizzling 7.04 yards per carry and 13.5 yards per reception. This is one of the very easiest plays of the week, get Kamara in your lineups.
DraftKings salary: 8,200
RB James Conner vs. Seattle
The Patriots have the Steelers’ number. I know it was their first game without Antonio Brown but I’d be careful drawing grand conclusions about the offense based off one game versus their kryptonite. I love Conner to bounce back at home versus a usually stout Seattle front that will now be without Poona Ford in addition to Jarran Reed being out due to suspension.
Conner handled most of the Steelers rushing attempts and added 4 catches and 44 yards on his 4 targets. Conner is a no brainer play under 7K.
DraftKings salary: 6,800
WR Juju Smith-Schuster vs. Seattle
Conner isn’t the only Steeler is see bouncing back. Whether it be in the slot or on the perimeter, one thing is clear. This is not the legion of boom secondary anymore. Andy Dalton lit them up to the tune of 418 yards through the air with Tyler Boyd and John Ross tag-teaming for 218 of it on 15 catches.
Regardless where Juju lines up in week 2, he’ll be lined up against someone who can’t stop him.
DraftKings salary: 7,500
WR Will Fuller vs. Jacksonville
Deandre Hopkins will battle standout corner Jalen Ramsey on one side leaving Will Fuller to fend with some combination of DJ Hayden and Tre Herndon. Sammy Watkins went bonkers in this same scenario last week except Bouye played a full complement of snaps.
I know Fuller only had 2 targets last week but he only missed two snaps which makes that output a little fluky considering the shootout nature of the game. The great thing about Fuller is he doesn’t need a lot of opportunities to cash in, considering his game-breaking speed, but I expect him to be much more involved in week 2.
DraftKings salary: 5,300
WR Cole Beasley @ New York (Giants)
The Bills made Beasley a priority signing early in free agency and the sentiment carried over to week 1. Beasley was 2nd on the target totem pole with 9 and has a nice week 2 versus an exploitable Giants defense. Dak Prescott went nuclear on this secondary in week 1 and Beasley will be matched up with undrafted free agent Grant Haley in the slot. Beasley’s volume alone should pay off his low-end cost but he has some upside to shake free in a plus matchup.
DraftKings salary: 3,800
TE Delanie Walker vs. Indianapolis
Walker didn’t play the full complement of snaps in week 1 but remained Marcus Mariota’s go-to receiver, leading the team with 6 targets. He’ll now the face the Colts who schematically concede production to the position. Tight end is a fairly simple proposition for me, either pay up for Kelce or Kittle or hunt for cheap alternatives with who’ll give us 5 or more targets. Walker represents the latter and is one of the best values on the slate.
DraftKings salary: 3,500
Flex: Matt Breida @Cincinnati
Niners-Bucs was such a drag. Bruce Arians vs Kyle Shanahan was supposed to be a light show but instead, the QB’s combined for a paltry 5.7 yards per attempt. Despite my disappointment, I’m coming back to the Niners offense this week.
With Tevin Coleman out, Matt Breida will be relied on as more of a feature back this week and the matchup is a pretty one. The Bengals gave up the 4th most rushing yards and the 8th most catches to RB’s last season. They did hold Chris Carson in check in the running game last week but they also conceded 7 targets to him in the passing game. Breida is a screaming value at his price this week.
DraftKings salary: 5,200
Defense: 49ers @Cincinnati
San Francisco came into the year with secondary questions, but nobody is sleeping on the talent they have in their front 7. They were impressive in Week 1 with constant pressure, 6 QB hits and 3 sacks. While the Bengals did some very good things in their debut under Zach Taylor, they still only scored 20 points and let’s face it…Niners D-Line talent >>>>>>>>>>>Bengals O-Line talent. That alone could make it a long day for Dalton.
DraftKings salary: 2,800