Welcome back everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NFL Sleeper Picks for Week 2. These are some of my favorite cheap plays of the week that should hopefully come with low ownerships. Like every NFL week, there are injury situations that you need to monitor all the way up until Sunday kick off. So be sure to be on Twitter all weekend and watch all the other major news outlets to see which players are active or inactive. As always if these picks help you win or if you need any advice, just let me know on Twitter. @Hunta512.
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WR: Chris Hogan: (5,600) The result of Week 1 wasn’t what The Patriots hoped for out of Hogan, but there is plenty optimism that the WR will bounce back this week vs The Saints in The Superdome. He only caught one pass in The Thursday Night Football loss to The Chiefs, but saw a solid five targets, and played 90% of the offensive snaps, which was the highest amount played by a New England wideout in Week 1. Now, along with WR Julian Edelman (knee), The Pats will likely be without WR Danny Amendola (questionable: knee, head), who lead this team in receiving with six catches for 100 yards vs The Chiefs. Hogan once again should play most of the snaps and should see nice bump in usage, assuming Amendola sits this one out.
Just last season, Hogan was one of the most efficient WRs in the game, leading The NFL in yards per target, at 12.6 yards, and 3rd in yards per reception, at 17.6 yards, resulting in an effective 1.57 fantasy point per target. His matchup couldn’t get much better for this week, going against CB De’Vante Harris, who is the 4th worst ranked CB after Week 1, and this Saints secondary, that gave up 60.2 DK points to The Vikings WRs on Monday night. (dead last in pass DVOA) There is no doubt in my mind that this Patriots’ offense will rebound in this game, and Hogan is one of my favorite ways of getting exposure to their high implied team total of 31.25 points, which is easily the highest team total of the week.
WR: Kelvin Benjamin: (5,600) Benjamin’s one catch performance vs The Niners killed plenty of my lineups on Sunday, but I think he was mostly a victim of this game being a complete blowout. The Panthers won this game, 23-3, and QB Cam Newton didn’t throw much at all, only attempting 25 passes in the win. Even with that of a few attempts, Newton still was looking for Benjamin often, targeting him five times, including a deep shot. This week, The Panthers head home to take on The Bills, and have a solid implied team total of 25.25 points, and even though they are currently favored by 7.5 points, I think this game will be a much more competitive contest than last weeks.
If the Panthers are smart, Benjamin should be the focal point of the offense in this game. He will be mostly matched up with Bills CB E.J. Gaines, who is a decent coverage corner, but is no match for Benjamins’ size and strength. Physically this is one of the biggest mismatches of Week 2, with Benjamin standing six inches taller than Gaines, and weighing a massive 50 pounds more than the CB. There is serious upside here with Benjamin in this spot and this is the time to attack him while his price and ownership are still down. (2-4% projected ownership via Fantasy Labs)
RB: Mashawn Lynch: (6,000) I’ll admit it, I was very surprised how good Lynch looked in his return to football this past Sunday. In the win over Titans, the 31 year old back looked like his old self, rushing for 73 yards on 18 attempts, which was a great average of 4.2 yards per carry. It wasn’t a surprise to see him not get much action in the passing game, hauling in one pass on two targets, but his usual goal line role was there, as he received three redzone touches, which were the only redzone opportunities any Oakland RB saw in the victory. He also, just like in his days in Seattle, was used to drain the clock with his team leading, carrying the ball ten times in the fourth quarter.
He and The Raiders now head back to Oakland for their home opener against the abysmal Jets, which is the perfect situation for Lynch. He should have no problems vs this defense that got ran all over last week, giving up an average of 4.4 yards per carry and 37.8 DK points to The Bills backfield in Week 1. Plus, The Raiders currently hold the second highest implied team total of the week at 28.5 points and are a huge home favorite by 13.5 points. In this type of scenario, Lynch has been very productive in the past, averaging 19.3 DK points in his last 11 games his team has been a home favorite. He should be in line for close to 20 carries and has a very good chance to score, possibly multiple times in this game.
QB: Philip Rivers, Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins, Sam Bradford, and Jacoby Brissett (if he starts).
RB: Javorious “Buck” Allen, C.J. Anderson, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Kerwynn Williams, Duke Johnson (overall the matchup is ugly vs Bal, but he played 75.7% of the snaps, and should be primarily defended by Lardrius Webb, who has a low PFF grade of 47.9, and gave up 0.55 fantasy points per route last week), James White, and Christian McCaffrey.
WR: Jordan Matthews, Adam Thielen, Marqise Lee, Ted Ginn Jr., Paul Richardson, Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton (if active), Corey Coleman, Terrelle Pryor (11 targets and 84.1% of snaps in Week 1), Desean Jackson, and Jermaine Kearse.
TE: George Kittle (led his offense in snaps last week and is only $2,500), Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph, Cameron Brate, and Greg Olsen.
D: Cardinals, Chiefs, Bucs, and Patriots.