James’ DFS Tips – NFL Week 2 by James Platt
JAMES’ JUGGERNAUT DRAFT KINGS LINEUP Week 2
My Tips This Week
I played Big Ben in the Gridiron Hub fantasy league because I got scared of playing Baker Mayfield last minute and it paid off big time with 3 TDs through the air. While the Steelers offence left a lot to be desired, I like that Ben is back and throwing again. His comments about feeling like he’s been hit by a train worry me a little but I’m hoping he can make it through two weeks of football, at least. On Monday night, the Broncos gave up too many easy catches to the Titans and could’ve won the game if their backend performed better late. Plus, AJ Bouye (their best corner) is now on IR for the next couple of weeks.
We’ll start the stack with Rivers here, I really like the Colts fantasy wise this week against a Vikings team that looked lost against Green Bay. For everyone saying Rivers is too old, he had a 78% completion rate and over 350 yards against the Jags despite TY Hilton being dealt with handily by CJ Henderson. The Vikings gave up similarly awful numbers to Aaron Rodgers and their defence ranked as one of the worst in the league. Do they have the talent to do more? Absolutely! Do they have massive deficiencies that could mean a huge fantasy week for Indy? Doubly so! Anyway, I like Rivers price here, the Vikings are vulnerable to the big play and that’s where the Colts can exploit them most.
If anyone doesn’t pick Henry this week then they need their head looking at. In his 8 career games vs the Jags (including the two years he basically wasn’t a starter)he’s ran for 714 yards and 9 TDs. He just likes to bully Jacksonville and I fully expect him to do just that after a disappointing Monday night debut against Denver. Okay okay it wasn’t fully disappointing, he put up over 100 yards, but he averaged under four yards per carry and that isn’t befitting of his King Henry velvet red cleats. Jacksonville didn’t do a bad job in keeping the Colts running game under control, but the Titans are a completely different monster.
With Marlon Mack now out for the year (my heart weeps) Taylor is free to become Indy’s No. 1 back and become a force in his rookie year. Hines was a huge surprise coming out of week 1 with over 20 points, however I can’t imagine that production lasting. Taylor was a production machine in college and should get the nod against a Vikings defence that allowed 158 yards on the ground and looks to be in complete disarray. Taylor only got nine attempts but showed flashes of why the Colts thought so highly of him and I think he’ll take the reigns from Hines early in this one for a big week and a price jump in week 3. Can’t forget those six catches for 60 yards either.
Although I didn’t tip Julio Jones a week ago I had him in a bunch of my Draft Kings lineups and boy did it pay off.I much rather would have had Calvin Ridley and his 36.9 points but Julio was far from a slouch with 27.7 points on 12 targets. I feel like this is Davante Adams all over again, Julio dropped $300 and his price just seems too tempting to pass up because I don’t trust Ridley to consistently produce just yet (been burned one too many times.) Those 12 targets I mentioned tied Julio for third in the league and had the most air yards of any receiver in week 1. This puts him in the driving seat going forward and his TDs will follow at some point, they always do. Against the Cowboys, I can see a little bit of a shootout, especially looking at that Vegas line.
The Jags somehow managed to stifle Hilton in week 1 with rookie CJ Henderson (a stellar draft pick) but I’m picking him again and writing it off. He’s now $100 cheaper and primed to take his spot back as the No. 1 weapon in the offence against the Vikings. Aaron Rodgers put on a clinic against this team and I think Rivers will do similar, I also like Campbell in this matchup at $4,500 but Hilton is probably the safer play. The Vikings defence looks completely useless without Danielle Hunter and although their starting corners weren’t great last year, they at least knew how to play in Zimmer’s system. I’m not sure if the Colts win this game but I’m damn near certain the offence is in for another big week.
I started Reagor over Mike Evans in my fantasy team which wasn’t the best decision, but Evans didn’t do much either. After that 55-yard bomb I thought we were going to see a huge game from him but after that there was nothing. He showed off his speed and Ramsey won’t be focused on him, so I think he’ll blow past whoever they decide to put on the rookie. The Rams gave up the most fantasy points in the league to receivers in week 1 despite keeping the Cowboys offence largely in check. Reagor was also extremely close to fumbling his first punt return but I see a bright future for the rookie and his coming out party will be this weekend against Los Angeles (if Donald doesn’t kill Wentz.)
BIG BALLS PICK: Breshad Perriman
This one is only if you’re short on money and have balls of steel, this might be a push. If you have the cash and want to bet on the 49ers defence without their top two corners then I fully endorse going for Chris Herndon or Jamison Crowder if he’s healthy. Perriman’s price dropped $1,100 after he put up just 4.7 against the Billsbut Sherman is on IR and Witherspoon has a concussion. Let’s hope that Frank Gore can hold off Bosa long enough to allow Darnold to fire downfield.
I don’t usually go for tight ends above the $5,000 mark but I’ll bend my knee a little bit here for Engram who was $100 more expensive last week. He produced a pathetic 2.9 fantasy points on Monday night football against the Steelers even though he had a huge 7 targets. They face an overrated Bears defence this week that allowed Hockenson to catch all five of his targets and get into the endzone, so I like the matchup. Also, if Engram could have erased his mistakes (cutting a route short, offensive pass interference on a long bomb) against Pittsburgh he likely had 15 points in week 1. Positive regression is your friend!
You’ll be forgiven if you’re wondering who Logan Thomas (39 catches, 354 yards, 3 TDs in 43 games) is as he hasn’t produced much since entering the NFL. However, last week he managed to get on the same wavelength as Dwayne Haskins and pulled in four balls for a measly 36 yards but landed in the endzone with one of them. Tight ends are usually dependent on a touchdown to have a good day and it’s no different with this pick. I went fairly expensive on running backs so here is your compensation in the form of a cheap tight end. His matchup looks good against the Cardinals who allowed the most yards to tight ends a season ago and didn’t look much improved against Kittle before he went down with an injury.
Spending up a little bit here but feel free to go as cheap as you like, as always with defences. The Chiefs allowed a few garbage time points to Watson in week 1 but they had four sacks and a pick to go with it. The Chargers scored just 16 points in their win against the Bengals who have a much worse defence. I think the Chiefs can keep Tyrod Taylor under 10 points and pressure him into some bad throws this Sunday.