Drew Brees $8,200
Although the Giants secondary is better than what everybody thinks, the Saints may be trailing in this game, and that means that Brees may throw it on every single down. Yes, that is a stretch to say, but with the Saints weak defense as well as the fact that they are in New York, expect a boatload of passes to be tossed by Brees in this one. All of his targets are playable as well; Cooks for spending up, Thomas for going cheap, and Snead as the middle man.
Eli Manning $7,600
Eli should have a very solid outing at home against the inept Saints defense. I strongly recommend pairing him with Odell, because the Saints have not been able to stop a WR1 for a while, not to mention that Odell is a monster at home. There is no doubt that this will be a highly owned combo, but sometimes you just have to eat the chalk. Also, the Saints rush defense seemed very shaky, so you have to expect for Rashad Jennings to get some carries, especially if the Giants are ahead in the 4th.
Derrick Carr $7,200
Atlanta gave up 4 passing touchdowns last game, and I believe that you can draw up 3 TD’s and 250 yards up for Carr. Also, with him being at home, Carr may get to 300 yards even if it is a 2 score game in the 4th quarter; however, if they pull away, that feat might not happen. Carr is at home with a juicy matchup, so if you want to pivot from Eli, I would roster Carr.
Marcus Mariota $6,000
If you feel like going on the cheaper side with a QB that will most likely be trailing on the road, I would suggest Mariota. Mariota is a guy that can get a few fp with his feet, and is easily capable of 300 yards. 18 fp is easily within reach for Mariota, especially against a soft secondary like Detroit’s.
Matthew Stafford $7,400
Stafford, at home, facing a very average defense; You cannot get much more solid than that. The Lion’s new system is one that really favors Stafford, and given the fact that he’s at home, he should have a very reasonable 2-3 TD game with 250-300 yards.
CJ Anderson $6,800
CJ finds himself at home with a plus matchup against the suspect Colts defense. Anderson is already the focal point of the Bronco offense, and with a potential injury to Demariyus Thomas, he could be featured even more. Although 1 game is not a reliable sample size, I think it is safe to say that CJ Anderson will boast the best stats of his career this year with rookie QB Trevor Siemian at the helm. Another factor of this game will be for the Broncos to keep Andrew Luck off of the field (even though their defense is remarkable). Anderson should see a massive workload, and in a ppr league, 20 fp is very manageable.
Danny Woodhead $5,200
The ppr specialist is at home, and may get targeted even more with Keenan Allen missing the rest of the season. Woodhead is already a redzone threat, especially on 3rd downs, and considering the fact that they may be losing, he may see even more snaps as well as touches. 15 fp is doable for a guy that seems to do that week in and week out. He is very chalky, but sometimes you just have to go with the crowd.
Lagarette Blount $4,000
New England is at home, against a subpar rush defense, and should be ahead most of this game. With that being said, I believe that Blount should get to the 100 yard mark, which is 13 fp right there. He only needs 12 fp to reach value, so if he catches a rare pass, or barrels into the end zone, then he just hit some upside. If Blount gets the 25 carries I expect, 100 yards should be very obtainable for him.
Rashad Jennings $5,600
The Saints got crushed on the ground last week, and if Jennings gets a respectable number of touches, then he should rack up a solid number of all-purpose yards, and he should find the end zone. If the Giants pull ahead, then Jennings could find himself getting a few more carries than normal, and his yards per carry should be fairly high.
Thomas Rawls $5,500
Rawls will be determined to get his starting role back, as he is in line for his first start of the campaign. Writers are saying that he should see a bulk of the carries, and if that is true, he should be in line for a big game in Los Angeles. The Rams offense is abysmal, and Seattle should be ahead in this game, which means more carries for Rawls. Another factor would be the fact that Wilson may be hobbled, and may either be taken out of the game, or Seattle may hand the ball off more. So, through determination, injuries, and a good match up, give Rawls a look.
Odell Beckham Jr $9,500
He is a top 5 WR in the NFL, and he is at home against arguably the worst secondary in the NFL. Eli has built a report over the years with OBJ, and they have developed great chemistry. The great thing about this match is that the Giants have other threats at WR, so they can’t just double on OBJ. Although it is a chalky play, in cash games, that is what you are aiming for. Eli/OBJ may be a fade in GPP’s, but in cash, you just want the sure points. No lead will be safe in this game, so look for a high-scoring, up-tempo, air-it-out kind of game in New York.
Julian Edelman $6,200
this play works both with Gronkowski playing and not playing, however, signs are leading to Gronkowski not playing. Edelman will once again see a bulk of targets, and that is about all I can say. A TD usually puts Edelman over his 3X salary, and being at home against the Dolphins is a good spot to be in.
Jarvis Landry $6,400
On the road against New England is no picnic, and I expect Miami to be trailing in most of this one; but that is why I really like Landry this week. Landry always gets peppered with targets and if they are trailing then he may even get more balls thrown his way. He also is a threat in the return game, which, although a long shot, you still have to acknowledge the upside. Landry is in a good spot to pick up fp this week on the road.
Tajae Sharpe $4,100
This is one of the very cheap guys that was targeted several times in week 1. Sharpe is Mariota’s go-to WR, and 12 fp seems very simple for a guy that had 11 balls thrown to him against the Vikings. I expect the Titans to be trailing on the road against the Lions, so I expect even more balls thrown Sharpe’s way. Detroit’s secondary is sub par, and if the Titans run game clicks early, they could soften up Detroit’s secondary even more (as well as open up the middle of the field). Roster Sharpe this week with confidence.
Travis Benjamin $4,400
I expect SD to be trailing (although at home) to the Jaguars. The Jags want to live up to their hype and put together a 10 win season and compete for the division with the Colts and Texans. So, one would assume that after a competitive game that they lost to the highly touted Packers, that the Jags will come out guns blazing on the road in against the Chargers. With that being said about the Jags, the Chargers are in a very tough spot losing their WR1 Keenan Allen for the season. With that injury, Benjamin should see an uptick in targets. And with the fact that the Chargers will either keep it close at home, or be trailing, Rivers may use his west coast offense to its full effect this game. Benjamin should get at least 12 fp with the number of targets he should be getting.
Delanie Walker $4,500
The Titans coaches have already said that the offense needs to find Walker more. He has been a target machine in the past, and I don’t see why it would change for the rest of this season. The Lions linebackers are mediocre, and I believe that Walker records 6 catches as well as some red zone targets in this one.
Julius Thomas $4,400
Thomas is due for a solid year and he seems to have gained chemistry with Bortles. The Chargers linebackers are suspect, and with losing safety Eric Weddle, the Chargers are vulnerable to most NFL tight ends; let alone an athletic one like Thomas. Although Thomas is a little riskier of a play, I suspect him to do some damage early.
Gary Barnidge $4,000
This guy cost me big time last week; however I do know that McCown targets Barnidge A LOT, and I expect the Browns to be trailing at home to the Ravens. If Barnidge gets 8 targets, he could easily reach value, but roster with caution as switching QB’s is a big transition especially after the first game of the season.
Eric Ebron $3,500
The Titans got burned last week by Kyle Rudolph, and now they face a more athletic pass catcher in Ebron. Ebron is at home, and I love his spot against the Titans. Ebron may also squeeze in some red zone targets, and if he lands a TD, he could be in for a big day.
Kyle Rudolph $3,000
The Vikings will most likely be in passing situations throughout the entire second half, as they should be trailing (although at home), against the Packers. Rudolph should reach 9 fp as he should get some targets from a sub par QB (whether it be Hill or Bradford), who should be looking to check the ball down to Rudolph with their lack of depth at the WR position.
The Rams are bad. Don’t overthink it.
The Browns are also bad, and with their atrocious offensive line, I expect some fumbles and interceptions.
Josh McCown is 2-19 in his last 21 starts with Cleveland and Tampa Bay.
The 49’ers are not as good as the Rams made them look. The Panthers bounce back in a big way and crush them by 3 scores.
On the road against the Chargers is not typically a great spot for a defense; however, we all know the injury of Keenan Allen, and if you are forced to take a cheap defense, the Jags may salvage a couple of points.
Playing a home divisional game against the Cowboys and their rookie QB Dak Prescott. I believe that Josh Norman has a bounce back game and does well matching up against Dez Bryant, after getting burned by the best WR in the NFL Antonio Brown. The thing that worries me is if Ezekiel Elliott explodes for a huge game. But if you want a low-owned defense that could pay dividends, give the Redskins a peek.
Sean Hoy is currently an office manager at a daycare in Morgantown WV. He is a Columbus Ohio native who played division II baseball at Davis & Elkins College, and graduated with two Bachelors of Science degrees in marketing and business management. Sean played DFS the first year it came out, and learned over time how to win consistently. Sean’s two best sports are football and basketball, and he will continue to up the ante as he gets older. Sean enjoys sports, food, beer, video games, Pokemon, and doing nothing. Sean does not like excuses, laziness, complaining, warm beer, or rude people. Sean is very friendly and would love to talk to you about anything in life, especially DFS. Follow him on Twitter @