FanDuel GPP Picks Week 2
Week one has come and gone, which means it’s time to take what we’ve learned and try to find some great value picks for your FanDuel GPP lineups. Before I get to the Week 2 picks from my fellow writers and I, first I would like to give a shout-out to ‘Kyle‘ who had a solid hit with his Mike Wallace pick last week. Wallace who was billed as a “DeSean Jackson lite” proved to be just that with his 3 receptions for 91 yards and 1 TD. ‘Michael‘s’ pick of Phillip Dorsett also deserves honorable mention, although he didn’t get in the end zone, he did have 94 yards on 4 receptions. As for our other picks, well, they all outscored Dez Bryant, while costing a whole lot less against your budget cap. These are the kinds of “dart throw” picks that you will find in this weekly article. So without further ado, here are the dark horses we’re targeting this week.
WR Vincent Jackson vs ARI, $5,400
The Patriots exposed some weaknesses in the Arizona Cardinals secondary in Week 1, more specifically any CB not named Patrick Peterson. Since Mike Evans is likely to be the unlucky one wearing Peterson like an itchy sweater for most of the game, it could really open things up for Vincent Jackson. In the Buccaneers matchup against the Falcons last week, V-Jax was targeted repeatedly in the red zone even though, in the end, none of Jameis Winston’s 4 TD passes fell his way. I expect that to change in Week 2. If nothing else, he certainly feels like safe play at a great value.
-Travis Strickland, @DFF_Travis
TE Virgil Green vs IND, $4,600
“The Broncos have a very shallow target distribution. It’s not very hard to figure out where the ball is going. That’s good news for Virgil Green who is the unquestioned starting TE in Denver. He saw 20% of the Broncos’ passing market share in Week 1 while no other TE on the roster even saw a single target. More people would be talking about Green if he had caught a TD pass in Week 1 which he would’ve done had it not been for a very good defensive play to bat Green’s end zone target to the ground. I suspect the conversation regarding Green will be different after Week 2 as he gets a banged up Colts’ defense at home that gave up the 9th most passing yards and 12th most passing TDs last year. Matthew Stafford had a field day on the Colts’ defense in Week 1 helping Eric Ebron drop 5 for 46 and a TD on them after missing most of training camp and the preseason due to injury. Plus, Demaryius Thomas’ status for Week 2 is up in the air right now and if he misses the game, Green could see even more targets come his way. Green is one of my favorite TE plays of the week in DFS based on his matchup and opportunity alone before even taking into consideration his very affordable price as well.”
-Ben Cummins, @BenCumminsFF
WR Victor Cruz vs NO, $5,700
“It looks the salsa dancing wideout is back and looking very healthy. The Giants offense looks to be high octane this year with all three receivers getting pelleted with targets and opportunity. If OBJ gets more double team looks going his way, this leaves a very dangerous former WR1 wide open to take it into the end zone. He’s already shown that in Week 1. Plus playing a very poor defense in New Orleans could mean a very big bonanza for both teams!”
-Brandon Sanders, @brandontsanders
QB Josh McCown vs BAL, $6,000
“The new Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback goes up against a defense that finished as the 8th worst against quarterbacks last season. The Baltimore Ravens forced just 6 interceptions all of last year. Yes, just 6. In the 6 games he started last year, McCown finished under 24 fantasy points just twice while putting up three performances of at least 26 fantasy points. This year he has a whole new slew of weapons to throw to. Rookie Corey Coleman and quarterback turned wide receiver Terrell Pryor gives McCown two added deep threats that he didn’t have last year. He also has the return of Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson to help with the production. With a whole week to prepare, McCown has the chance to carve up a poor secondary in his return. Plus, he’ll cost you the same amount as backups Zach Mettenberger, Brandon Weeden, and Mike Glennon.”
-Nick Martinez-Esquibel, @THENickMartinez
RB Shane Vereen vs NO, $5,100
“Last week it certainly appeared that there are still points a plenty to be scored against the Saints defense. That’s why I think Shane Vereen makes for a good dart throw candidate. This offseason I was surprised to read that Vereen ranked 4th in RB targets in 2015. Raiders’ RB Jalen Richard, a player unknown to me until last week, took a handoff 75 yards for a TD against New Orleans. You’re happy if Vereen gets over 10 touches a game, so don’t expect MEGA points any given game. However, with 4 receiving TDs last year, I don’t think any of us would be shocked to see him take a screen pass to the house against this defense.”
-Brooks Carmean, @brookscarmean
Obviously, I wouldn’t recommend using all or several of these picks in any one lineup. They should be used when you set a lineup that you love and are running low on budget. We hope that these will be the types of picks that can put you over the edge by providing a shocking amount of value for how cheaply you can plug them in, and make your lineup one that stands out above the rest.