Week 2 is underway! Before you set your lineups on DraftKings, take a look at some of the preferred plays at each position this weekend!
DraftKings is doing it AGAIN! They are giving away $2 MILLION to 1st place in their $10M Millionaire Maker tournament. The Thursday night game is not included so you have until Sunday at 1PM to set your lineup. You can also make individual game time changes for players in the later games.
Let’s take a quick look at my Week 1 lineup in the Millionaire Maker. It was good enough to finish in the money, but not enough to cash in for the big bucks. The Bucs defense let me down.
Carson Palmer – $6,700 – Palmer get the Bears defense who gave up a trio of touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers last week. Look for a repeat performance from Palmer this week where the passing game should be relied on even more with the injury to Andre Ellington. There are several other mid-range QB plays this week priced at similar levels, which should have ownership percentages scattered in tournaments.
Mark Ingram – $5,900 – Ingram tallied 20 points last week mainly due to his role in the passing game. If C.J. Spiller is back this week, those receptions will take a hit. However, the run game will still be a big factor and go through Ingram. He should reach the end zone at least once this Sunday.
Chris Ivory – $4,700 – Ivory rewarded me last week with 23 points at his $4,100 salary. This week his salary increases $600, but he has a quality matchup with the Colts. I expect the Jets to use the run game heavily to keep the ball out of Andrew Luck’s hands. The only concern is if the Colts get rolling and force the Jets to throw. I do not see that happening as the Colts should be a bit shorthanded without T.Y. Hilton.
Bang for your Buck:
Justin Forsett ($6,200) – Forsett has a nice matchup in Oakland this week after Jeremy Hill rumbled over the Raiders for 2 TDs. Forsett is a safe play at this price, but could also do more damage if the Ravens get out to a lead.
Chris Johnson ($3,800) – If Ellington is officially out, Johnson is a big salary relief.
Darren Sproles ($3,500) – Can be very hit or miss, but explosive offense.
Dion Lewis ($3,400) – Blount back, but his role should remain the same.
Julio Jones – $8,900 – I am going back to the well with Julio Jones this week. He was heavily targeted (16 times) in the matchup with the Giants last year in New York. He finished with 11 catches for 105 yards. I would expect a similar performance with a TD this Sunday.
Brandin Cooks – $7,000 – Cooks had a quiet game in Week 1, but the matchup was tough against the Cardinals. This week he is in the dome against the Bucs who were torched by Marcus Mariota. Cooks played in just 5 home games last year after he suffered his season-ending injury in Week 10, but he had 33 catches in those games.
Donte Moncrief – $4,600 – Keep an eye on player news this week to see what the matchups project for the Monday night game. You would expect a Revis-Andre Johnson showdown, which will lead to opportunities for Moncrief.
People will likely shy away from the Green Bay wide receivers so if you plan to submit multiple entries, I would consider using 1 or 2 Packers receivers in a tournament lineup. Sherman and Thomas are tough in the secondary, but Randall Cobb, despite being banged up, could find success in the slot. James Jones or Davante Adams (whoever is opposite of Sherman) could find success as well. Just as the Seahawks are dominant in their building, so are the Packers.
Martellus Bennett – $4,500 –The Cardinals have been notoriously bad against the tight end the last few seasons. Bennett is a stud at the position and if the Bears are forced to throw to keep up with Arizona, look for him to cash in. If you need to spend in the $3K level, take a look at Jordan Reed, Kyle Rudolph, Dwayne Allen, or Larry Donnell.
I always like to take a defense at home, but none of the top dogs are in their building this weekend. The ones at home do not have great matchups. I would make the defensive decision last and see who fits in your lineup. The Saints ($2,800 vs. Bucs) are probably the best mid-range option to fit your salary cap.
Survivor Pick of the Week: Saints