Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 2: NFL DFS lineup advice for GPP tournaments

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Our Yahoo DFS season got off to a disappointing start with our Week 1 picks. The biggest problem was Minnesota throwing so little, making a Kirk Cousins-Stefon Diggs stack pretty useless. I also didn’t anticipate Cleveland struggling as much as they did, hindering OBJ, or Kerryon Johnson not being the sole focus to Detroit’s running game that everyone expected. The opening week is tricky, though. There aren’t a lot of trends to work with. Our Week 2 DFS picks now have at least a little recent data to help find sleepers and value.

The biggest decision NFL DFS players have to make this week comes to the Patriots. They play the Dolphins and surely will have high ownership among all their best players. In a tournament setting, it’s tough to commit to multiple highly owned players, though, so I made the call to fade the Pats besides Rex Burkhead (explanation below). I also went with a bit of a studs-and-duds approach, allowing myself room for both Saquon Barkley and DeAndre Hopkins in the hopes of week-winning games.

WEEK 2 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

NFL DFS Week 2: Yahoo GPP Lineup Picks

QB Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Eagles ($37). As the third-highest priced QB on the slate and coming off a disappointing Week 1, I’d expect Ryan to go underowned this week. The Eagles’ pass defense just made Case Keenum look good, and as long as the universe is still in order, Ryan is a heckuva lot better than Keenum (with a lot better weapons, too). Ryan should have a bounce-back week at home (that’s the key — at home) in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Football.

RB Rex Burkhead, Patriots @ Dolphins ($10). I felt in a tournament setting too many Patriots would be highly owned to invest in them. Burkhead feels like the exception, though. He actually received nine more snaps than Sony Michel in Week 1. Some of that may have been due to New England’s blowout win, but we should expect more of the same in Week 2. All you need at his price to return value is a touchdown, which seems possible, if not probable, after Miami allowed 59 points to Baltimore. 

WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverTight end

RB Devin Singletary, Bills @ Giants ($14). Singletary dominated backfield snaps in Buffalo, getting more than two-thirds of them in Week 1. He only rushed four times (for 70 yards), but he also caught five passes on six targets. He should be heavily involved from the outset against a weak Giants defense, providing great value at his price.

WR Calvin Ridley, Falcons vs. Eagles ($21). Last week, I stacked Stefon Diggs with Kirk Cousins and it didn’t work. I’m again trying the No. 2 WR of my QB for my stack in Week 2. Ridley got behind the defense for a touchdown in the opener and should avoid the matchup with Ronald Darby on Sunday night. He’s a big-play threat, and one deep connection for six with Ryan should pay dividends.

WR Ryan Switzer, Steelers vs. Seahawks ($10). Switzer had six catches as Pittsburgh was blown out in its opener. The Steelers should be more competent in Week 2, but I don’t expect Switzer’s usage to decline much. If Pittsburgh is actually moving the ball, his yardage and possibility of a touchdown might go up. In Yahoo’s half-PPR format, Switzer has a decent floor, and he should go underowned due to his unexciting nature in a tournament format.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans vs. Jaguars ($34). Let others be scared away by Jalen Ramsey: Hopkins had 12 catches for 147 yards in Week 17 last year with Ramsey on defense. Ramsey and the price should make Hopkins less owned than he should be. He’s still the safest WR on the board to have a big game, and it’s worth noting that Patrick Mahomes and co. had no difficulties throwing against Jacksonville in Week 1.

TE Mark Andrews, Ravens vs. Cardinals ($16). This is the one pick here I feel will be owned at a decent rate, but it’s too good of a value to pass up. T.J. Hockenson just had six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against Arizona, and Andrews is coming off an 8-108-1 line himself. Another 100-yard game and a score is within reach for the rising star in Week 2.

FLEX Saquon Barkley, Giants vs. Bills ($40). Take your pick: Saquon is the highest-priced non-QB on the slate. Le’Veon Bell had no problems against Buffalo’s defense in Week 1, and Barkley was running on all cylinders himself in the Giants’ opener. Sometimes DFS players get cute and avoid the highest-priced options, but Barkley is good enough to be worth it. 

D/ST Los Angeles Chargers @ Lions ($14). The Chargers defense was disappointing in Week 1 against Indianapolis, depressing their price. The Lions looked brutal for much of the second half and overtime against Arizona, though, and I’d expect L.A. to have a bounce-back performance in Week 2.



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