It’s Week 2 and below are my favorite sleeper picks for Sunday’s main slate. If you are looking for some cash game plays, give my first post of Week 2 a read, through this link. As always, be sure to watch all the injury news outlets right up until kickoff on Sunday. @Hunta512.
QB: Case Keenum: (5,800)
He threw three picks, but overall, Keenum looked strong in his Broncos’ debut. He completed 25/39 passes for 329 yards and three TDs in the win over The Seahawks. (25.16 DK points) His chemistry with Emmanuel Sanders from the preseason continued in this game, converting with the slot WR on 10/11 targets for 135 yards and a TD. Keenum loved throwing to Vikings’ slot WR Adam Thielen last season (91/1276/4 in 2017) and I think this is going to be exactly the same type of situation with him in Sanders in Denver.
Not only does he have an excellent target in the slot, Keenum also has Demaryius Thomas on the outside, and a three man rushing attack of Devontae Booker, Phillip Lindsay, and Royce Freeman, to help him move the chains. This offense is going to put up the points and this week they get arguably an even better matchup than Week 1, taking on The Raiders at home. This Oakland defense, sans Kahill Mack, surrendered 33 points to The Rams in front of their home crowd on Monday night and they now rank 30th in DVOA. They should be even worse on the road and The Broncos currently hold an implied team total of 26 points. Keenum should crack 20 DK points again and I will be stacking him with Sanders in GPPs.
RB: Dalvin Cook: (6,500)
After all the concerns about him being limited in his first game back from the torn ACL, Cook played 80% of the snaps and touched the ball 24 times in Sunday’s win over The Niners. He saw 16 carries for 40 yards and six receptions for 55 yards. (14.5 DK points) His 2.5 Y/A wasn’t ideal, but the amount of snaps he played and their commitment to getting him involved in the passing game was very encouraging. He saw seven targets and actually lined up in the slot twice vs The Niners. Essentially, it seems that this coaching staff will have no limitations with Cook going forward, and he should be close to an every down back, that could potentially catch 5+ balls a game. This is huge news for him in DraftKings full PPR scoring and now, he will face off against The Packers, who rank 30th in rush DVOA after Week 1.
I am expecting a better showing from him as a rusher (The Packers allowed 5.35 Y/A in Week 1 vs The Bears) and the targets should continue, with The Vikings as two point road underdogs. (Packers gave up nine RB catches vs The Bears) Via Vegas, Cook was a favorite to score a TD in Week 1 and I am sure this will be the case again, after the usage he saw this past Sunday. A TD is very likely and with the added work as a receiver, he has a solid floor, regardless of the game script. Just like with Week 1, there is a few RBs that should soak up most of the position’s ownership, which could lead to Cook being a forgotten man. (5-8% projected ownership via Fantasy Labs)
TE: David Njoku: (3,000)
Njoku’s opening week was quiet (3/13/0, 4.13 DK points vs The Steelers), but he should make a bigger splash vs The Saints. As expected, after the preseason, he was the featured TE in this Browns’ offense, logging 88% of the snaps and seeing seven targets in Week 1. He ran 50 routes, three from the slot, and saw two targets that were over 20 yards. The 6’4” 246 pound TE is an absolute beast and it’s hard to envision him not producing in this type of role. This week, he is in a solid spot to get his season back on the right track, vs The Saints in The Superdome.
This contest has the second highest O/U game total of the week (49.5 points) and The Browns should be airing it out, as ten point underdogs. Tyrod Taylor should have to throw it over 40 times and with Josh Gordon expected to be shadowed by Saints’ top CB Marshon Lattimore, Taylor should funnel most of his targets to Njoku, Jarvis Landry, and Duke Johnson. Njoku could approach 10 targets and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he found the end zone in this potential shootout. (two TDs in the first preseason game) I will mostly be playing Njoku naked, but I don’t mind pairing him with Taylor, as this combination should be extremely under owned.
QB: Deshaun Watson (better if Will Fuller plays), Tyrod Taylor, Matthew Stafford, and Matt Ryan.
RB: Kareem Hunt, Dion Lewis (played 78% of the snaps over Derrick Henry, who only logged 29%. The former Patriot put up 22 DK points on 21 touches. Even though this was only one game and could have been a product of game flow, the modest price tag makes Lewis an intriguing gamble vs The Texans, who gave up 33.8 fantasy points to RBs in Week 1), Carlos Hyde, and Jalen Richard. (He is their full time passing back. Vs The Rams, he ran 28 routes and caught 9/11 targets for 55 yards)
WR: Jarvis Landry, Chris Hogan (the matchup is ugly vs The Jags, but this is a great chance to buy low on Tom Brady’s top WR), Demaryius Thomas, Devin Funchess (targets should increase with Greg Olsen done), Quincy Enunwa, and Dante Pettis (if Marquise Goodwin is out. 70% of snaps with Goodwin only playing 17 total snaps last week. He caught 2/5 targets for 61 yards and a TD vs a premier Vikings defense)
TE: Jonnu Smith (will start for Delanie Walker and he is obviously not Rob Gronkowski, but The Texans’ d he is facing allowed 27.3 DK points to Gronk last week) and Ricky Seals-Jones (his 3/19/0 line wasn’t pretty, but he played 92% of the snaps and The Rams got eaten up by Jared Cook for 180 yards and 30 DK points on MNF)
D: Saints, Falcons, and Jets.