It was a very fruitful Week 1 in terms of Daily Fantasy, especially if you started plenty of San Diego Chargers last week as suggested. A good rule of thumb is to look at the over/under numbers for the upcoming week, as that gives you a nice peek at which games might be a track meet and Fantasy fiesta.
The game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints has all the makings of a potential shootout. Each team struggled defensively in their Week 1 opener, and the game will be played on the fast track of the Louisiana Superdome. The game is expected to have a score in the high 40’s, at least according to the Vegas line, so that means plenty of Fantasy superstars most likely. The same holds true for the game between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants, as well as the divisional tussle between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Both of those games are projected to have scoring totals in the 50’s.
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Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona ($6,500 at CHI): Palmer spread the ball around nicely in Week 1, and it’s fun to watch the Arizona Cardinals when he is healthy. That wasn’t the case for much of last season. Palmer has a solid cadre of receivers in John Brown ($4,400), Larry Fitzgerald ($4,500) and Michael Floyd ($4,300), and they’re facing a Chicago pass defense which was shredded last week by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. With Andre Ellington (knee) likely to sit, the game will be on Palmer’s shoulders. Look for very good results.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta ($6,900 at NYG): Things are great for Matty Ice because he has a healthy WR Julio Jones ($6,000). Well, technically Jones was on the injury report this week due to a hamstring, but he is probable and will play Sunday. The Giants pass defense was under fire by Tony Romo and the Cowboys last Sunday night, and they struggled despite the fact Dez Bryant left early. Jones should produce triple-digit yardage with at least one score, and Ryan will go over 300 yards with multiple scoring throws.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England ($5,200 at BUF): The Bills are a very difficult defense, so do not look for big numbers from most others in the New England passing game. However, Edelman will certainly get his on short to intermediate routes over the middle, racking up at least 10 targets and plenty of receptions for moderate yards. If anyone scores this week it will be Edelman.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas ($4,700 at PHI): Williams will be the top wideout for the next four weeks in Big D with Dez Bryant (foot) out after surgery to repair a cracked bone in his foot. At a mid-level price Williams is worth a roll of the dice since this game will be a high-scoring affair and someone has to catch the ball. Williams, TE Jason Witten ($4,750) and RB Lance Dunbar ($3,900) are likely to lead the team in targets in Week 2, so you’ll want to give all three a hard look.
BARGAIN BIN VALUES AND CONTRARIAN PLAYS
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit ($4,450 at MIN): The 49ers saw Carlos Hyde run through the Vikings rush defense like a hot knife through butter, and the multi-talented Abdullah is likely to do the same in Minnesota. He ran well last week in San Diego, and also showed tremendous ability as a pass catcher.
Carolina Panthers DST ($3,000 vs. HOU): The Panthers are a relatively cheap defense for DFS purposes. They’ll be facing a Houston offense which is still without RB Arian Foster (groin), and has QB Ryan Mallett making his first start of the season.
Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee ($4,550 at CLE): Sankey struggled to make much of an impact last season because of his ineptitude as a pass blocker. The coaching staff is apparently more trusting of his abilities, and he should shine in Week 2. He got off to a tremendous start last weekend. Jets RB Chris Ivory shredded the Browns rush defense in Week 1, now it’s Sankey’s turn.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay ($4,250 at NO): ASJ really jelled nicely with rookie QB Jameis Winston ($5,250) in Week 1, and he was really the only Buccaneers playing to do anything. He went for five receptions, 110 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans last week, and he is facing a Saints pass defense which allowed Cardinals TE Daniel Fells to go for 82 yards and a score. ASJ will find the end zone again.
Devin Street, WR, Dallas ($3,000 at PHI): Street is a big body who could be in line for big things with Dez on the shelf, especially with the Cowboys are in the red zone. At least one Dallas beat writer figures Street will be the No. 2 receiver behind Williams, with Cole Beasley ($4,300) likely to remain in the slot.
Tennessee Titans DST ($2,850 at CLE): The Titans defense is a great low-priced option going against a Cleveland offense with very little deep threats and backup QB Johnny Manziel ($5,200) getting the nod under center. The Titans could force at least two turnovers while holding the Browns under 20 points with multiple sacks.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee ($4,650 at CLE): Wright and rookie QB Marcus Mariota ($6,100) have developed a nice rapport, connecting four times for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 win at Tampa Bay. Wright should follow with another 75-80 yards and a score on the shores of Lake Erie.