The Daily Dose: Week 2 FanDuel Starts
Welcome to the Week 2 edition of FanDuel Starts of the Week. Every Friday on The Fantasy Footballers Podcast, the guys welcome in Chris Meaney from the FNTSY Sports Network for the Daily Dose segment, where he delivers his top FanDuel picks for the week. Here I’ll summarize Chris’ picks and give you some bonus picks of my own. Don’t miss the full Episode #266: Week 2 Matchups, Daily Dose, #FootClan Friday or jump straight to the Daily Dose segment on YouTube.
This week Chris really focuses on a couple of the bigger names that are safe and have fantastic match-ups this weekend. He also lends us a bit of a sleeper pick at the passer position as well.
Cam Newton vs SF, $9,000
San Francisco did have a surprising victory over the Los Angeles Rams in primetime on Monday Night Football. However, this is a more much more of a challenge where the 49ers have to go against multiple scoring weapons that Carolina possesses. Newton is coming off a heart-breaking field goal loss last week, and is looking to get back on track. With San Francisco playing terrible at away games, this is one of the best match-ups for Cam to have this week.
Eli Manning vs NO, $8,100
Last year, both Eli Manning and Drew Brees putting on a passing clinic and had one of the best fantasy production games in recent history. The bonanza literally left whoever stacked players from either teams at the top of the scoreboards and winning those cash games. With New Orleans traveling to New York this week, and the track record of poor performances outside of the dome they play in, this gives the remaining Manning the leg up this week. He is also a bit of a cheaper option than Cam.
Joe Flacco @ CLE, $7,400
This is the contrarian pick for the QB pool this week. Joe Flacco has a very tasty contest against a porous and rebuilding Cleveland Browns defense. With tons of teammates that can stretch it down field like Mike Wallace, Steve Smith Sr, and Kamar Aiken, Joe Flacco can air it downfield and rack up a ton of passing yards and possible touchdowns this week.
We get a pretty awesome mix this week that Chris gives us when it comes to the run game, the big favorable advantages in match-ups, and who can jump out to lead you to staying ahead of the pack this upcoming weekend.
C.J. Anderson vs IND, $7,800
C.J. Anderson came alive in Week 1 where he was able to torch the Panthers defense for 92 yards rushing for 1 touchdown and additional 47 passing yards for a receiving touchdown as well. Anderson is on pace so far to be a top 3 back early on. He now sees a even better opportunity this week as he plays a struggling defense in the Indianapolis Colts. With the Colts secondary probably the target of Coach Kubiak’s focus this week, don’t be surprised to see C.J. heavily involved in this contest as well.
DeAngelo Williams vs CIN, $7,600
With a bit of a cheaper price tag, DeAngelo Williams has proven he is the best backup in the league. He completely had his way with the Redskins this past week and has proven in last year’s contest against the Bengals that he can do the same. With this type of production Williams is putting out, a lot of people have forgotten that Le’veon Bell is still suspended.
Jeremy Langford vs PHI, $6,500
Jeremy Langford had a strong Week 1 that resulted with a touchdown early on the contest. With the majority of the carries in Chicago seemingly heading all to him, he has a great match-up on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles this week. This could bode well for owners looking for cheaper RB1 options that could outperform the price tag and spend more on a QB or WR.
T.J. Yeldon @ SD, $6,500
If Chris Ivory doesn’t play this week, T.J. has a great advantage in taking on the Chargers defense that just last week gave up over 7o yards on the ground and 129 yards receiving from Kansas City’s running back in Spencer Ware. If the lion share is there for Yeldon, he has a green light to go all out on San Diego.
There were quite a few names that were thrown out there by Mr. Meaney to play this week since the wideout talent is so deep, but we will focus on the names that have the biggest upside for Week 2.
Odell Beckham Jr. vs NO, $9,400
If you have decided to go with a few of these contrarian picks, then you should have the budget still to go up and get the top WR for Week 2. OBJ is going to have a monster game full of targets and opportunities against New Orleans who has a track record of playing poorly away from the dome. Get him while you can, because he is a rocket full of jet fuel in the showdown of NFC teams.
Alshon Jeffery vs PHI, $7,800
This is a great matchup for Jeffery, and when Alshon plays, he can always be counted on to be the main locked target for Jay Cutler to throw to. Philly will struggle to keep him contained, and with a good price point, it’s hard to pass up on the tall favorite target in Chicago who will get pelted with targets this upcoming Monday night.
Jordan Matthews @ CHI, $6,700
With a very surprising performance from the rookie Quarterback Carson Wentz, Jordan Matthews was rewarded with a ton of targets in Week 1 and had a great game against the Browns going for 7 receptions of his 14 targets, and 114 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. With another favorable opponent this week with Chicago, can the momentum continue between the young QB and the WR from Vanderbilt?
Mike Wallace @ CLE, $6,100
With Joe Flacco as his QB, Mike Wallace has finally landed in a home similar to his role in Pittsburgh years ago. Flacco is known to throw the football deep in hopes of receiver pulling it down to move the chains quickly, and Wallace has taken over that spot and filled it quite nicely. Cleveland is not going to be able to hold back this tandem, making Mr. Wallace a fantastic bargain this week, and the best contrarian WR pick out of the lot.
With last year being Chris Meaney’s best yet at finding a “diamond in the rough” play at TE, the name Gary Barnidge was found by him and spread all over the fantasy football world by end of the regular season. Barnidge won countless amounts of people cash in these daily games, so the added pressure exists for Chris to nail these TE picks week after week. He didn’t have a sleeper like “Maximum Barnidge” this week and went with a great safe pick this week.
Jason Witten @ WAS, $5,900
Last week we saw a ton of short routes from the rookie Quarterback Dak Prescott who is filling in for the injured Tony Romo. Tight Ends are every young QBs go-to as they are available for quick routes and easy targets to find when trying to gain first downs. We saw just that as Prescott and Witten connected target after target against the New York Giants. Chris believes the trend will follow as Dallas travels to the capitol city to play the Redskins this week as well, and with not having to put a lot of budget towards Witten, this could open up more opportunity to still pick a few studs for your lineups.
Staying with the easy picks and best matchups of Week 2 here. Chris would like you to spend the budget on these two defenses and get them straight into your lineups.
Carolina Panthers vs SF, $5,300
Seattle Seahawks @ LA, $5,300
Each week I will give you a pick of my own from each position. This only just adds to the choices that you can pull from and hopefully help you win each and every week.
QB: Blake Bortles @ SD, $8,100
Love Blake Bortles this week as he has a ton of upside with some many weapons to choose from. He always gives you a ton of yards in passing and makes for a great fantasy QB. This week he goes against the Chargers who are plagued with injury and making poor decisions so far in the defense. Look for Bortles to “Bortles” and air it out to his team this weekend!
RB: Latavius Murray vs ATL, $7,100
With Murray heavily involved last week in the shootout between the Raiders and the Saints, we have another similar situation when facing the Falcons this week. Defense isn’t all that great, so a high-scoring affair might just happen again. With the possibility of plenty of room to run for Latavius, this could be a breakout performance you might not want to miss out on.
WR: Emmanuel Sanders vs IND, $6,700
The Indianapolis Colts secondary is horrendous, with the depth chart looking mighty scarce. Demaryius Thomas is dealing with a hip injury suffered last week against the Panthers so this could spell limited snap count for him this week. That means the speedy wideout Emmanuel Sanders will be Trevor Siemian’s favorite target this week and looks to be in-line for a huge monster of a game. With the price certainly lower than expected, Sanders is the player to own in your receiver corp for Week 2.
TE: Eric Ebron vs TEN, $5,500
Eric Ebron is starting to produce like the 10th overall pick that we was for the Lions. He is much more involved in the passing scheme for Jim Bob Cooter’s high octane offense with Megatron no longer residing in Detroit. The Lions play Tennessee this week who’s had a history of failing to stop the TE spot. With an ideal price point for the TE position, and his QB Matt Stafford throwing lethal bombs out there, Ebron would be a fantastic play this week!
Defense: Baltimore Ravens @ CLE, $4,500
Another week, and another team plays the rebuilding Cleveland Browns. This week is the Ravens, and for $4,500, why not snatch them up, save up on the budget to get OBJ, or a C.J. Anderson. Having Terrell Suggs back gives life to this Baltimore defense that looks to run rough shot this week.
Be sure to stop by next week as we’ll have brand new picks for you for Week 3. Don’t forget to catch all of Episode #266 of The Fantasy Footballers Podcast.