I’m sure I don’t stand alone in want to send a big, sarcastic thank you in the direction of Mike Evans for ruining a perfectly good DFS team. If you caught my lineup last week you’ll know that every pick was a hit besides the big Buccaneer but alas one miss in DFS and you are typically toast. Still, I feel good about things as a whole and I’m ready for week 2!
Here is my favorite lineup, picked on Draftkings.com:
QB - Ben Roethlisberger
My wife, who knows almost nothing about football, has picked Big Ben as her favorite player along with Gostkowski, simply because they have German-sounding names and being a proud native of the Fatherland she is a bit biased. The bulbous QB is playing at home after an embarrassing loss in New England and he squares off against a Seattle defense that just gave up over 400 passing yards to Andy Dalton....at home.
This should absolutely be a game where this team comes out hot and looks to prove something on the offensive side of the ball after a pathetic three point performance against the Patriots. Everyone is panicking about this team and especially the offense and so you will get Big Ben at a decent price. Buy it.
RB - Dalvin Cook
I’ve been in love with this guy ever since Gary Kubiak signed on as offensive something-or-other. The scheme fits his skills perfectly and if he stays healthy I picture a 1,500 yard season for him. The entire offense is built around him and he won’t disappoint. His matchup on the road in Green Bay isn’t a perfect one but that Packer defense is not as good as they looked versus Mitch Trubiski and the Bears.
At this point, I’m riding with Cook until cooks up a few duds - and I doubt it will be this week.
RB - Phillip Lindsay
Yes, he’s going up against a really good defense but do you know who created that defense? Vic Fangio. He should know how to beat it his former team and I think the diminutive back is going to be the feature of the week 2 offense in Denver. The Broncos are 22-1 in their last home games in September and you can be sure that they won’t come out as flat this week as they did in Oakland.
Lindsay looked quick when he got some space last week and you can bet that Scangarello is working as we speak on ways to get him out in the open.
WR - Julian Edelman
* I had this as Antonio Brown but changed it after the allegation news. It’s too risky to start a guy who may be punished by the league or the team so let’s go with his teammate Edelman. Same story really. Great team versus an awful team and a defense that looked completely lost.
Any WR for New England would be a good deal this week!
WR - Sammy Watkins
He is someone who is riding hot after a three touchdown week and well he should be. Tyreek Hill is out with a shoulder injury and thus Watkins is set to get more targets from the best QB in football. He looks really quick, healthy and a perfect fit in the scheme. Oakland was decent against Denver but gave up over 100 yards to Courtland Sutton and you can be sure that Mahomes will look to torch the division rivals.
The Oakland offense could have some succes and Derek Carr looked like a star in the Gruden offense against the Broncos so I could see this becoming a shootout. The Raider’s big hitting rookie safety, Johnathan Abram, will not see the field in this game and perhaps for the rest of the year and that is just another injury to a list of them in the Oakland defensive backfield.
Watkins should be great in week 2.
WR - John Brown
He is not one of the more well known, sexy names at the position but the guy is set to have a really nice year in Buffalo. Last week against the Jets he had seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. This week he and the Bills go up against a New York Giants team that will battle Miami for the worst defense in football in 2019. The Dallas Cowboys were able to put up points at will against the Giants’ secondary and I don’t see why week 2 will be any different. The week 1 win for the Bills will be a big confidence boost for QB Josh Allen and the rest of the team and he should continue to focus in on Brown as his #1 target.
John Brown is a bit of a risk but I love the matchup and the price.
TE - T.J Hockenson
The eighth pick in the 2019 draft was a monster in his first NFL action. Against the Arizona Cardinals in week 1 he had six receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown. He looked smooth and fast and also appeared to be Matthew Stafford’s top target. I don’t expect that to slow down too much in week 2. Sure, it’s against a much better defense in the L.A Chargers but the Lions have enough weapons on offense to get this guy some action.
He’s also a guy you should pick up in every yearly league you’re part of. The dude could be a beast in 2019 and he’s available in many leagues.
FLEX - Leonard Fournette
Gardner Minshew is the new QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the 10th QB to be picked in the 2019 draft is going to need some help. The team around Foles looked pass happy and they were playing with a deficit for a large chunk of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 1 but that should change now with Minshew and I expect Fournette to touch the ball - a lot. In his 13 carries in week 1 he averaged 5.1 per touch and added four receptions for 28 yards. He should go into week 2 healthy and could be a huge factor against a Houston Texans defense that looked anything but awesome against the New Orleans Saints.
DST - New England Patriots
They face the Miami Dolphins and are a top-5 defense in the NFL. ‘Nuff said.
Best of luck with your teams this week and if you want any more advice find me on Twitter @KevvyGillikin!