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NFL DFS Showdown Spotlight: Week 2 Monday Night Football DraftKings & FanDuel Packers vs. Lions

Eric MacPherson



For each of the featured games, typically Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football slates, we will be providing free analysis for the single-slate action on DraftKings and FanDuel. This will include team capsules, player rankings, comments and NFL DFS picks for today. There are loads of information and NFL DFS showdown picks to get into for both DraftKings and FanDuel on this Week 2 Monday Night Football slate featuring the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions.

NFL DFS Showdown Picks: Week 2 Monday Night Football

Detroit will be without Tyrell Williams and defensive lineman Kevin Strong, who are both in the concussion protocol. D’Andre Swift (groin) and Kalif Raymond (thigh) are both questionable but expected to be fully ready for Monday Night Football. Green Bay will be without safety Vernon Scott (hamstring), while tight end Josiah Deguara and offensive lineman Lucas Patrick are at various stages in the concussion protocol.

Detroit Lions: 18.5


In Week 1 the Lions were down big against the 49ers 38-10 before roaring back with three touchdowns in the final 20 minutes for a 41-33 loss. While new quarterback Jared Goff logged 338 yards and three touchdowns, it took 57 pass attempts. Keep in mind that non-sexy fantasy points are still fantasy points.

Running Back

D’Andre Swift was on the field for 68% of the snaps, and Jamaal Williams saw 35% in Week 1. Opportunities were a much different story, with Swift seeing 11 carries for 39 yards and  11 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown, while Williams had nine rushing attempts for 54 yards and a touchdown and nine targets for 56 yards. Both backs should be active in the passing game, and with Detroit coming in as double-digit underdogs, there should be plenty of opportunities to keep both productive in all formats tonight.

Wide Receiver

Tyrell Williams is out tonight with a concussion, though it is not likely the loss of a deep threat is going to change Goff’s playing style one iota. That leaves a collection of Quintez Cephus, Kalif Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Trinity Benson. Any one of the could be productive, but the entire collection takes a back seat to the running backs and tight end T.J. Hockenson. Cephus has been with Detroit the longest, even if it is only for one season. St. Brown was a fourth-round selection, and Benson was undrafted. Combined this group has a grand total of 56 NFL games of experience.

Tight End

T.J. Hockenson led the team in every receiving category last week, with 10 targets for 97 yards and a touchdown while playing on 85% of the snaps. Veteran Darren Fells was the only other tight end to see the field, with one target on 29% of the plays. Fells can get all the little things done and is a solid presence in the passing game.

Defense/Special Teams

This is not a good matchup for the Lions, as Aaron Rodgers does a good job of limiting turnovers and the Green Bay line is much improved, allowing just 21 sacks in its last 17 games.

Green Bay Packers: 30.0


Week 1 hopefully was a wakeup call for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who were destroyed by New Orleans on a neutral site 38-3. In turn the Saints were gobsmacked yesterday 26-7 by Carolina, so the Packers fans have to be hoping it was just a one-game blip. Last week the game was so out of hand that Green Bay pulled its starters for most of the fourth quarter. It has been quite some time since a group of skill position players this talented have been yanked en masse.

Running Back

Aaron Jones should still be the lead option and see two-thirds of the work. The big question is going to be what happens in the red zone with A.J. Dillon, and Rodgers looks to Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan there frequently as well. With Williams now in Detroit, this should be a two-man show, and both Jones and Dillon have salaries indicative of their projected workload.

Wide Receiver

Just like in previous seasons, it is going to be Davante Adams and then everyone else. This year he may not single-handedly have as much production as the rest of the wideouts combined, but he is going to be among the league leaders in every category. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the deep threat and could be much more if he had better hands. Allen Lazard is the steady option but never overly dangerous. This trio will account for the vast majority of the snaps, so it is hard to have much interest in Malik Taylor, rookie Amari Rodgers and Randall Cobb.

Tight End

Robert Tonyan quickly ascended to one of Rodgers’ favorite targets in high-leverage situations. He had a breakout third season, with 59 targets for 52 receptions, 586 yards and 11 touchdowns. While Marcedes Lewis is still around, he is not much of a fantasy option, having seen just 41 targets in his 49 games as a Packer.

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Defense/Special Teams

Last year Detroit allowed 2.5 sacks per game, and Green Bay collected 2.6. Goff will crumble under pressure, though he generally takes the sack rather than making a panicked throw. Green Bay should be coming out fired up in front of the home crowd, and this is a get-right spot after their Week 1 debacle.

Monday Night Football Single-Game NFL DFS Strategy

The rankings below are best utilized for building out single-entry and three-max lineups and for head-to-head and three-man formats. They provide a nice barometer for player value, but for those taking the MME approach, remember that correlation is key. This means matching a receiver or two with a quarterback in the Captain/MVP slot. This also works conversely with pairing a Captain/MVP pass catcher with their quarterback.

Week 2 Monday Night Football NFL DFS Rankings

Week 2 Monday Night Football Top 10 NFL DFS Showdown Picks

  1. Davante Adams: On DraftKings the full-PPR scoring makes Adams an easy choice, and on FanDuel the touchdown equity rules the day.
  2. Aaron Jones: The discount to Rodgers gives him the edge, and he can score from anywhere on the field, alleviating some of the red-zone workload concerns.
  3. Aaron Rodgers: Needs to get it done through the air, as he has only six touchdowns rushing in his last 55 games.
  4. Jamaal Williams: Take the discount in salary and popularity over Swift.
  5. T.J. Hockenson: De facto WR1 for the Lions, with a quarterback who does not throw downfield.
  6. D’Andre Swift: There is a chance the questionable tag for his groin injury flips the popularity to Williams. In that case take whichever player is less popular among the masses.
  7. Jared Goff: Is there a less exciting quarterback in the league right now?
  8. Mason Crosby: Just 19 attempts from 40-plus in his last 33 games.
  9. A.J. Dillon: Touchdown equity and discounted salary keep him in play despite volume uncertainty.
  10. Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Always a threat for a long touchdown that can break the single-game slate.

Week 2 Monday Night Football Secondary NFL DFS Showdown Picks

  1. Allen Lazard: Definitely a threat for a multi-touchdown game, or he could be limited to a handful of targets.
  2. Robert Tonyan: Relies heavily on touchdowns, which are fickle; no salary break on any of the DFS sites.
  3. Green Bay D/ST: DraftKings is making this difficult with the $5,000 salary.
  4. Austin Seibert: Only 40 field-goal attempts in 22 games while playing for three teams in the last three seasons.

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  1. Kalif Raymond and Quintez Cephus: Coinflip between the two most experienced Detroit wideouts. Raymond will be returning kicks if healthy.
  2. Detroit D/ST: They are likely to be on the field a lot but hard to count on.
  3. Trinity Benson and Amon-Ra St. Brown: Benson gives salary relief, though St. Brown has the draft capital and slot receiver role. Keep in mind they are each playing their second NFL game tonight.
  4. Randall Cobb: Gets his own line, just above the backup tight ends.
  5. Darren Fells and Marcedes Lewis: These elder statesmen are only in play around lineup No. 50.
  6. Kylin Hill: Pure punt on DraftKings at the minimum; returns kickoffs, though hard to envision more than a handful of offensive snaps; gained his production last week when the starters were pulled.
  7. Jordan Love: It has been that kind of unexpected, volatile NFL DFS week.

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Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing [email protected].

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