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NFL DFS First Look: Week 2 DraftKings & FanDuel Picks

Matt Gajewski

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The NFL season continues to Week 2 with a full slate of NFL DFS action provided by DraftKings and FanDuel. This piece will examine the NFL DFS slate early in the week to find potential NFL DFS picks that will return the most value. Based on the salaries released by both DraftKings and FanDuel, we go over some of the best Week 2 NFL DFS picks, but keep an eye on the news as the week progresses. A value play early in the week could turn into a bust chalk play due to injury or COVID-related illness. The best way to stay plugged in for all the news and notes throughout the week is by catching all the Awesemo NFL DFS Strategy and Picks shows on the Awesemo YouTube Channel.

NFL First Look: Week 2 NFL DFS Picks

Quarterbacks

Josh Allen, BUF vs. MIA ($7,200 DraftKings, $8,100 FanDuel)

Coming off a dismal performance and an upset loss at the hands of the Steelers, Allen gets a chance to rebound against the Dolphins. Buffalo is a 3-point favorite in a game totaled at 47.5 points overall. While Allen only threw for 270 yards and one touchdown, he still threw 51 times. Last year, Buffalo had the highest pass rate in neutral-script situations. While it trailed in this game, Buffalo looks likely to play uptempo, pass-heavy football this season after running 79 plays in Week 1. Allen is a solid bounce-back candidate on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

Jalen Hurts, SF vs. PHI ($6,500 DraftKings, $7,800 FanDuel)

Hurts saw his price increase marginally ahead of Week 2 coming off a win in Atlanta. Hurts played efficient football in Week 1, completing 27 of 35 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 62 yards on seven carries. San Francisco will be a more difficult opponent, but this game still has a total set at 49.5 points. The 49ers also have a weakness at corner, exacerbated by a season-ending injury to Jason Verrett.

Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. SEA ($6,300 DraftKings, $7,300 FanDuel)

The Titans are 6-point underdogs to Seattle in a game with a 52.5-point total. Tannehill disappointed in Week 1, with just 212 yards passing on 35 attempts. He also did not offer much on the ground, with 17 yards rushing. However, Seattle gave up 251 yards passing to Carson Wentz in Week 1 and will contribute to multiple shootouts this year. Tannehill makes sense in Week 2 stacks.

Running Backs

Alvin Kamara, NO vs. CAR ($8,800 DraftKings, $8,800 FanDuel)

With Latavius Murray cut, Kamara feasted in the New Orleans backfield in Week 1. He played on 73% of the offensive snaps, carrying 20 times for 83 yards, and four of those attempts came in the red zone. Kamara only saw four targets, but the Saints played with positive game script throughout Week 1. They now find themselves in a more competitive matchup with Carolina. The Saints are 3.5-point road favorites over the Panthers, putting game script in Kamara’s favor again.

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Najee Harris, LV vs. PIT ($6,300 DraftKings, $6,100 FanDuel)

Harris only recorded 45 yards rushing on 16 attempts in Week 1, adding one catch for 4 yards. However, he played every offensive snap. He was also the only running back to receive a touch in the game. This week Harris and the Steelers are 6-point favorites over the Raiders. With more positive game script to follow, Harris will begin recording big games as the bell cow.

Chris Carson, TEN vs. SEA ($6,100 DraftKings, $6,700 FanDuel)

Seattle is a 6-point favorite in a potential shootout with Tennessee. Carson played on 84% of Seattle’s snaps, and Rashaad Penny suffered an injury during the game. Carson carried 16 times for 91 yards while turning three targets into three catches for 26 yards. All of Seattle’s offensive touchdowns came through the air, pointing to positive regression in the near future for Carson.

Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. IND ($5,700 DraftKings, $6,400 FanDuel)

The Rams dismantled the Bears 34-14 on Sunday Night Football and now draw another favorable matchup against the Colts. The Rams opened as 4-point favorites with a 47-point total. Henderson carried 16 times for 70 yards and added a catch for 17 yards. Henderson played on 94% of snaps, pointing to a massive workload moving forward. He is an excellent buy-low as a back with a strong workload.

Wide Receivers

Amari Cooper, DAL vs. LAC ($6,800 DraftKings, $7,800 FanDuel)

Tom Brady highlighted numerous weaknesses in Dallas’ defense Week 1, throwing for 379 yards on 50 attempts. With Dallas hemorrhaging points on defense, Dak Prescott was forced to throw 58 times. He accounted for 403 yards passing and three touchdowns. Cooper was one primary beneficiary, as he reeled in 13 of 16 targets for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With a 28% target share, Cooper is simply too cheap. The same goes for CeeDee Lamb, who is also coming off a 15-target game.

A.J. Brown, TEN vs. SEA ($6,000 DraftKings, $7,100 FanDuel)

Tennessee struggled mightily in Week 1. However, Brown still caught four of eight targets for 49 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. Brown paced Tennessee with a 23% target share and 31% air yards in Week 1. Again, bookmakers project a shootout here, and Seattle’s secondary already showed cracks against Indianapolis in Week 1. Buying low on Brown in Tannehill stacks should provide leverage in Week 2.

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Devonta Smith, SF vs. PHI ($5,400 DraftKings, $5,600 FanDuel)

Smith caught six of his eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta. He paced the Eagles in snaps, targets and routes run, looking very much like the alpha receiver that won the Heisman in 2020. Smith draws a tougher matchup in Week 2, but San Francisco’s defensive weakness is its secondary. Jared Goff passed for 338 yards and three touchdowns against them in Week 1.

Cedrick Wilson, DAL vs. LAC ($3,100 DraftKings, $4,900 FanDuel)

Dallas is an early candidate for worst defense in the NFL. The Cowboys are also 2.5-point underdogs to the Chargers in a game totaled at 52.5 points. Michael Gallup will not play in Week 2 due to injury, which puts Wilson in the driver’s seat to see more playing time. Wilson only saw three targets in Week 1, but he caught all three for 24 yards. He is barely priced above the minimum, opening the door to rostering multiple studs in Week 2.

Tight Ends

George Kittle, SF vs. PHI ($6,400 DraftKings, $6,700 FanDuel)

Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews are off the main slate, reducing the viable tight end pool. While Darren Waller is a strong consideration, Kittle offers a bit of salary relief. In Week 1 Kittle reeled in four of his five targets for 78 yards. This still equated to a 22% target share, with the 49ers throwing only 25 times. This week they draw a more competitive game against Philadelphia. However, Kittle is a strong consideration due to a lack of viable tight ends with upside on the main slate.

Kyle Pitts, ATL vs. TB ($5,200 DraftKings, $5,500 FanDuel)

Pitts only caught four of eight targets for 31 scoreless yards in Week 1. However, Pitts still saw phenomenal usage. He played on 71% of snaps and ran a route on 90% of Matt Ryan‘s dropbacks. He also lined up in the slot 23 times and out wide 14. Pitts tied for the team lead in targets, so better days are ahead. He is still underpriced despite a horrendous matchup against Tampa Bay.

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Noah Fant, DEN vs. JAX ($4,200 DraftKings, $5,700 FanDuel)

Teddy Bridgewater played fairly efficient football in Denver’s debut. He threw for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 36 attempts. Fant accounted for six receptions for 62 yards on a team-leading eight targets. Unfortunately for the offense, Jerry Jeudy suffered a high ankle sprain. With Courtland Sutton also slowly working his way back from injury, Fant is suddenly the alpha in the Denver passing game. Volume projects to be on Fant’s side moving forward, making him an excellent value play at tight end.


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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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