Fantasy advice for Corey Davis Jared Cook ahead of Week 2. Week 1 is officially in the books, and it’s never too early to start scheming up a strategy for Week 2. Salaries are live on DraftKings for Sunday’s 13-game main slate, and while I’ll also have you covered with tournament and cash plays here on Metro Bet on Sunday, I’ve broken down the slate by position so you can get started tinkering with your lineups. Below are some potential targets at WR, TE and D/ST.
Wide Receiver – Fantasy advice for Corey Davis Jared Cook
One of the complicated things about Week 2 is deciding which positions to allocate the majority of your salary. While I have a lot of RBs that I want to pay up for, there are some value plays that don’t make it necessary. With significantly less value at WR, I feel I need to pay up at this position, even though I like some of the top RB plays more.
As is the case every week, the discussion starts with Antonio Brown ($8,800), but I think the six highest priced WRs on this slate should all be considered good plays. It takes a lot to tank AB’s fantasy production in any given week. Even with the storm in Cleveland, Brown saw 16 targets, catching nine for 93 yards and a touchdown — 24.3 DK points. I’d expect much higher upside against the Chiefs back in Pittsburgh with as high a floor as any FLEX player on the slate.
Michael Thomas ($8,600) vs. CLE, Julio Jones ($8,400) vs. CAR, DeAndre Hopkins ($8,000) at TEN, Keenan Allen ($7,800) at BUF and Tyreek Hill ($7,600) at PIT round out those elite WR plays, all of which I feel are viable. My favorite of that group is Hopkins, as we see his salary drop $300 due to a perceived bad game against the Patriots. In reality, he still managed to catch 8-of-11 targets for 78 yards and top 15 DK points against a defense that was keying in on him the entire game. This week, at a reduced salary, we get him against a Tennessee defense that allowed Kenny Stills to break 100 yards and a pair of scores in Week 1, so the upside is clear. Allen’s probably the most risky of the group, only due to the potential game-flow if the Chargers route Buffalo.
Slimmer pickings when it comes to paying down at WR, but here are some names that stand out. We saw a lot of big WR point totals in the early MNF game between the Jets and Lions. Because prices for this slate were released before that game, there are some spots we can take advantage of underpriced players given the roles we saw them featured in for Week 1. Quincy Enunwa ($4,700) and Kenny Golladay ($4,800) come to mind there.
Corey Davis ($5,100) saw 13 targets in Week 1, and if Marcus Mariota plays in Week 2, should be a good target. Mike Williams ($3,700) caught five balls for 81 yards as the Chargers second WR, making him a safe target against the Bills considering we don’t have to give up so much salary like we do with Allen. I’ll try to have this position narrowed down with some stronger opinions and analysis on Sunday.
Tight End – Fantasy advice for Corey Davis Jared Cook
The TE position was thin to begin with, and that was before we lost Greg Olsen and Delanie Walker to long-term injuries on Sunday. There’s really only one stud that stands out and it’s Rob Gronkowski ($7,000). While the matchup against Jacksonville is difficult, Gronk is always a mismatch for anyone, and we know he’ll get his fair share of targets. If you have the salary to afford him, go ahead and roster him, but I’ll be paying down in this spot.
I mentioned that salaries for the Week 2 slate were released before MNF. That leaves Jared Cook ($3,600) as an extremely underpriced option. While the Rams are a position to target TE play against because of their elite cornerbacks, Cook still went off for an insane nine catches for 180 yards on 12 targets — 30 DK points. In Week 2 he faces a Denver defense that ranked 27th against this position last season, and allowed a big game of 22.5 DK points to Seahawks TE Will Dissly in his NFL debut. Cook is far and away my favorite value here, but Jack Doyle ($4,000) and George Kittle ($3,800) both make a lot of sense too.
Defense/Special Teams — I can’t get over how inept the Bills looked in Baltimore Week 1. Yes, they’ll return to Buffalo, and the Chargers defense isn’t as good as the Ravens defense. But Chargers D/ST ($3,600) has to be the play here after seeing the Ravens coast to 17 DK points. I might be all in on them on Sunday because of the high upside and by far the highest floor of all the D/ST plays. If I need to dig for value here to make the rest of my roster work, I’d be looking at Houston D/ST ($2,600) against the underwhelming Titans. Houston managed 8 DK points in New England, and they have some elite weapons on that side of the ball.
Keep an eye peeled for some tips on how to bet Ravens vs. Bengals on TNF, as well as an updated breakdown of this slate come game day! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions on Twitter: @julianedlow