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NFL DFS Picks: Optimizer Groups-Think: Week 2 Fantasy Lineup Constructions: Sunday Update

Terry McBride

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That first week was fun, but NFL DFS Week 2 is where we can start to refine things a little. Now that we have some actual information to work with, after limited camps and no preseason games, at least we got a look at some basic information like snap counts and targets. I made use of Zach Brunner’s excellent Wide Receiver Target Shares and Running Back Snaps and Usage. Using that data I trimmed some of the fat and added some opposing players coming back the other way.

It’s important to note that these should not be all-encompassing for your one crunch. Yes, I can get behind the idea of running “naked” quarterbacks in the right spot for those wondering. Yes, we can utilize one where I put two or vice versa. All of these are recommendations and the process to go with them includes that you should run several crunches with varied versions of settings like these and use a filtering tool to help select lineups.

The plan right now is to get this out on Thursday nights, hopefully earlier going forward if tools would cooperate a bit better. Then I’m going to run an updated version on Saturday night into Sunday morning that will account for as many of the pieces of in/out news as we have by that point. Be sure to stay on top of things, for now I have most of the big-name players who are above Doubtful in these groups, so check back when the update comes out.


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NFL DFS – Fantasy Cruncher Groups-Think: Week 2

For this week we’re using the same basic core settings from last week that you hopefully saved. I’ll include them below so you don’t have to search. This week we’re taking things up a level by adding some opposing players. I like to do this by utilizing an entirely separate group, although adding them directly into your team group will also work. The key player always needs to be set in both groups.

The reason for utilizing a second group is an added layer of control. Instead of telling Fantasy Cruncher to give us at least three of a set of players that includes our key quarterback and his skill players, as well as the opposing team’s primary skill players, we can continue to tell it to give us our team-by-team at least one or at least two, while separately requiring at least one from the pool of opposing players to run it back. The at least all in one group option will infrequently cause buggy errors or improperly built stacks where your distributions end up upside down.

A couple other notes before we dive in. If your groups didn’t properly save last week, when you create them this week, click the save checkbox, click away from that group then back to it, then unclick and re-click the save box; for some reason Cruncher can hiccup on that save otherwise. You can always check in the load groups tab.


Stack Rules:

QB with at least one RB/WR/TE from Opposing Team

QB with at least one WR/TE from Same Team (note: It’s fine to make this two or to utilize two of these, one with WR/TE and one with RB/WR/TE, but we can refine that and get it exactly how we want it via Groups)

Limit Rules: 

QB with at most zero DST from Same Team (personal preference)

Limit RB/WR/TE from Same Team to one unless paired with QB from Same Team OR Opposing Team

Limit RB from Same Team to one


Arizona Cardinals

Key Player: Kyler Murray

Setting: At least two

Group: Kenyan Drake DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald, Dan Arnold

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims, Dontrelle Inman, J.D. McKissic, Logan Thomas

Atlanta Falcons

Key Player: Matt Ryan

Setting: At least two

Group: Julio Jones, Todd Gurley, Calvin Ridley, Hayden Hurst, Russell Gage

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb

Baltimore Ravens

Key Player: Lamar Jackson

Setting: At least one

Group: Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown, J.K. DobbinsMiles Boykin

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: David Johnson, Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb

Buffalo Bills

Key Player: Josh Allen

Setting: At least two (we were at one here with neither running back last week, then the Bills threw the ball 46 times, tied for second most in the league, including 11 to the two backs. Our running backs limiter will ensure we don’t get Singletary and Moss in the same lineups.)

Group: Stefon Diggs, John Brown, Cole Beasley, Dawson Knox, Devin Singletary, Zack Moss

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: DeVante Parker (Q), Preston Williams, Myles Gaskin, Mike Gesicki (*Parker is questionable and potentially limited going into Sunday morning. If he doesn’t go, we can add Jakeem Grant who projects highest of the remaining receivers)

Carolina Panthers

Key Player: Teddy Bridgewater

Setting: At least two (we can also leave this at 1 and rely on the low salary of the stack to deliver McCaffrey into a fair share of these lineups anyway)

Group: Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Curtis Samuel, Ian Thomas

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, Ronald Jones II, Scotty Miller (Chris Godwin is out, Jones and Miller added)

Chicago Bears

Key Player: Mitchell Trubisky

Setting: At least two

Group: Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Jimmy Graham

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Golden Tate (Q)

Dallas Cowboys

Key Player: Dak Prescott

Setting: At least two

Group: Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Todd Gurley, Russell Gage, Hayden Hurst

Denver Broncos

Key Player: Drew Lock

Setting: At least two

Group: Melvin Gordon, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, Tim Patrick

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Eric Ebron, James Washington

Detroit Lions

Key Player: Matthew Stafford

Setting: At least two (our running backs limiter will split the Johnson and Swift NFL DFS shares for us here)

Group: Marvin Jones, Quintez Cephus, T.J. Hockenson, Danny Amendola, D’Andre Swift, Adrian Peterson,  (Kenny Golladay is out and was removed from this group)

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Green Bay Packers

Key Player: Aaron Rodgers

Setting: At least one (we should get to some shares of Jones added to this stack with Adams shares without forcing the second spot in what is a top-heavy stack)

Group: Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Marvin Jones, T.J. Hockenson, Danny Amendola (Golladay removed; I wouldn’t be totally against adding your favorite of the Detroit running backs to this, I’m leaving it out because I don’t want to tangle with a three-way timeshare in a pass-focused offense when looking for a single run-back play)

Houston Texans

Key Player: DeShaun Watson

Setting: At least two

Group: David Johnson, Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Jordan Akins (Akins added)

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews, Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins, Miles Boykin

Indianapolis Colts

Key Player: Philip Rivers

Setting: At least two (the Colts threw the ball 46 times, tied with Buffalo for second most in the league last week)

Group: T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, Nyheim Hines, Jonathan Taylor, Zach Pascal, Michael Pittman Jr. Mo-Alie Cox

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, Alexander Mattison

Jacksonville Jaguars

Key Player: Gardner Minshew

Setting: At least one (the Jags only threw the ball 20 times last week and Minshew can produce for us with his legs, this offense is somewhat limited for NFL DFS)

Group: D.J. Chark, Chris Thompson, Keelan Cole, Laviska Shenault, Tyler Eifert

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Derrick Henry, Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, Jonnu Smith

Kansas City Chiefs

Key Player: Patrick Mahomes

Setting: At least two

Group: Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, Mecole Hardman

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Mike Williams, (I’m deliberately leaving Jalen Guyton off of this group, his minimum salary on both sites would yield too much of him in this role unless we an exposure cap more restrictive than what I think he warrants as a part of the Chargers stack or a value one-off)


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Los Angeles Chargers

Key Player: Tyrod Taylor

Setting: At least one (similarly to other spots, we’ll get some shares of individual Ekeler along with our at least one of his teammates in some stacks)

Group: Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton (I would still be careful about the exposure caps on Guyton)

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Sammy Watkins

Miami Dolphins

Key Player: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Setting: At least two

Group: DeVante Parker (Q), Preston Williams, Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin, Jakeem Grant

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Stefon Diggs, John Brown, Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, Cole Beasley

Minnesota Vikings

Key Player: Kirk Cousins

Setting: At least one (we should get plenty of Cook along with Cousins-Thielen and limited Cousins-X stacks without forcing the second spot)

Group: Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, Alexander Mattison

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: T.Y. Hilton, Nyheim Hines, Jonathan Taylor, Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal, Michael Pittman

New York Giants

Key Player: Daniel Jones

Setting: At least two

Group: Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Golden Tate

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Allen Robinson, David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Anthony Miller, Jimmy Graham

New York Jets

Key Player: Sam Darnold

Setting: At least one

Group: Breshad Perriman, Chris Herndon, Chris Hogan, Braxton Berrios (Jamison Crowder out and removed, Hogan and Berrios added)

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Tevin Coleman


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Philadelphia Eagles

Key Player: Carson Wentz

Setting: At least two

Group: Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Boston Scott, Dallas Goedert

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, Malcom Brown, Cam Akers, Cooper Kupp

Pittsburgh Steelers

Key Player: Ben Roethlisberger

Setting: At least two

Group: James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Eric Ebron, James Washington, Jaylen Samuels

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Melvin Gordon, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant

San Francisco 49ers

Key Player: Jimmy Garoppolo

Setting: At least two

Group: Raheem Mostert, Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Jerrick McKinnon, Jordan Reed (George Kittle out and removed)

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Breshad Perriman, Chris Herndon, Chris Hogan (Jamison Crowder out and removed, Hogan added)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Key Player: Tom Brady

Setting: At least two

Group: Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, Ronald Jones, Scott Miller, Justin Watson (Chris Godwin out and removed, Watson added)

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Curtis Samuel

Tennessee Titans

Key Player: Ryan Tannehill

Setting: At least two

Group: Derrick Henry, Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, Adam Humphries, Kalif Raymond

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: D.J. Chark, James Robinson, Keelan Cole, Laviska Shenault Jr.

Washington Football Team

Key Player: Dwayne Haskins

Setting: At least two

Group: Terry McLaurinSteven Sims, Dontrelle Inman, Logan Thomas, J.D. McKissic

Opposing Setting: At least one

Group: DeAndre Hopkins, Kenyan Drake, Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Dan Arnold


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Terry used to do other things, now he writes words on the internet. He hopes his more than 20 years’ experience in season-long and daily fantasy sports and his custom models for MLB, NBA, and NFL don't steer you too wrong when he writes columns and makes picks on Awesemo.com. A lifetime of experience keeping odd hours make Terry ideal to cover KBO baseball overnight until the world returns to normal. Most of those late night hours have been spent on the couch watching sports, T.V., and movies; just try to shut him up about any of the above. You can find his pop-culture ramblings and more on Sideaction.

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