DFS Picks Recap Week 2 NFL

DFS Picks Recap Week 2 NFL

Patrick Mahomes is the truth. With 10 touchdowns in just 2 starts, Mahomes is off to a blazing hot start in his first full season as an NFL starter. Mahomes to Kelce stacks were a great play in Week 2, coupled with Melvin Gordon and Chargers defense for the correlation? You might have pulled down some decent money if you had it. Alas, I did not.

Here’s how my cash game core fared in Week 2:

Quarterbacks

STUD – DeShaun Watson (@ Tennessee) – 22/32, 310 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT | 5 carries, 44 yards
VALUE – Tyrod Taylor (@ New Orleans) – 22/30, 246 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT | 4 carries, 26 yards

Watson averaged just under 9.7 yards per attempt (Y/A), and bounced back nicely from his poor showing in New England to finish as QB8 in Week 2. Having Will Fuller back in the lineup clearly made a difference for the second year QB out of Clemson. The game ended on an ugly note – Watson displayed a complete lack of clock awareness as he let time expire as he scrambled around on the last play of the game. I was hoping for a bit more dominance in this spot from Watson, it just wasn’t in the cards.

Tyrod’s stat line was vastly improved thanks to a 4th down 47 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway. He finished as QB24 on the week. This offense is going to need to score more touchdowns in order to be desirable moving forward.

Running Backs

STUD – Alvin Kamara (vs. Cleveland) – 13 carries, 46 yards | 6 catches, 53 yards on 6 targets
VALUE – Tevin Coleman (vs. Carolina) – 16 carries, 107 yards | 4 catches, 18 yards on 4 targets

Kamara was nowhere near his price point value in this one, as he finished as RB13 on the day. His 13 carries, however, represented 56.5% of the carries for New Orleans on the day. The Browns defense did a nice job keeping Kamara in check. I’d expect this kind of output to be close to the floor Kamara offers week in and week out at this volume.

Coleman continues to take advantage of the expanded role he receives when Freeman is out, as he averaged 6.7 yards per carry against the Panthers on Sunday. His 20 total touches represented a full third of the offensive plays for the Falcons in Week 2. If Freeman does indeed miss a couple more weeks of action due to his knee injury, expect Coleman to continue to find ways to make plays for this offense.

Wide Receivers

STUD – Antonio Brown (vs. Kansas City) – 5 catches, 62 yards on 11 targets
VALUE – Pierre Garcon (vs. Detroit) – 4 catches, 57 yards on 4 targets

AB’s 11 targets were actually only good for an 18.3% share of Roethlisberger’s 60 throwing attempts in Week 2. A big game for TE Jesse James (including a 46 yard pass and a 26 yard touchdown) is partly responsible for limiting Brown’s upside, here. 11.2 fantasy points simply isn’t enough at his salary – but Brown will continue to be a matchup proof consideration in this offense regardless.

Garcon caught 100% of his targets, that’s the good news. The bad news is, Garoppolo’s even distribution of targets makes it hard to forecast the best plays on the 49ers in general right now. 9 49ers were targeted in this game, with 8 of those 9 receiving between 2 and 4 total targets. Maybe the return of a healthy Marquise Goodwin will begin to provide some clarity.

Tight Ends

STUD – George Kittle (vs. Detroit) – 2 catches, 22 yards on 4 targets
VALUE – Jonnu Smith (vs. Houston) – (sad emoji)

Sticking with San Francisco, the TE matchup was the right read, here. Garrett Celek ended up with the touchdown reception instead of Kittle, however. Such is the nature of the beast that is fantasy football.

And as far as Jonnu is concerned? He played 100% of the snaps in Week 2 after taking over for the injured Delanie Walker as the primary TE for the Titans. With injured LT Taylor Lewan inactive for the game, however, it appears Smith was employed primarily in a blocking role for Blaine Gabbert and the Titans offense in Week 2. We’ll have to monitor his usage moving forward.