The first primetime slate of the year gifted us with some sweet performances. We saw a hobbled, comeback win from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and a sharp debut from Sam Darnold and the Jets. Last week we had a three-game special, but this week we are back in familiar territory with only two games. On Sunday night we have two divisional rivals squaring off as the New York Giants travel to Jerry World to face the Cowboys. We finish off week two with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks heading north to Chicago. Let’s get into the DFS Primetime Playsheet for Week 2.
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys (-3)
Both the Cowboys and Giants are coming off of a week one loss and will look to right the ship here. The line currently sits in the Cowboys favor as they are the home team. However, the Giants are not short on offensive weaponry (aside from maybe Eli). The Giants skill players have the capability to break open any matchup. This game is a little bit difficult to get a handle on, but there are reasons to like both teams from a fantasy standpoint.
Dak Prescott ($6200 on Draftkings) checks into this game as an average play at quarterback. I would be a lot more enthusiastic about playing him if he had a healthier offensive line. Prescott is able to accumulate fantasy points both through the air and on the ground with his mobility. However, there are definitely other options you can make a case for on this slate.
Ezekiel Elliott ($8400 on Draftkings) may look like an unappealing play on the surface for the same reasons. I think he should have an easier time overcoming those obstacles in comparison to Prescott. Elliott’s volume is locked in for just about every game he is active for the Cowboys. In last week’s dismal offensive performance by the Cowboys, Elliott was still able to post a decent showing as he totaled 17.6 Draftkings points. In Week 1, Elliott and tight end Geoff Swaim were tied with 4 targets, second most on the team. This is even more of a reason to like Zeke on a short slate if he is going to be a factor in the passing game going forward.
The final guy I am paying attention to on the Cowboys side of the ball is tight end Geoff Swaim ($2900 on Draftkings). He has both the targets and the matchup working in his favor this week. It is no secret across the fantasy industry that the Giants are perennially among the worst teams in the league at defending the tight end. With guys like Trey Burton and Evan Engram at the top of the tight end list on this slate, I think Swaim should see significantly lower ownership.
On the Giants side of the ball, Eli Manning ($6100 on Draftkings) is a mediocre play. The Dallas defense at home does intrigue me a little bit. They are much better with Sean Lee on the field and will get to face what looks like a washed Eli Manning. The talent of guys like Odell Beckham ($9400 on Draftkings), Saquon Barkley ($8000 on Draftkings) and Evan Engram ($5100 on Draftkings) may be too much for Dallas to handle.
Saquon Barkley ($8000 on Draftkings) burst onto the scene last week in his regular season debut as he ripped off a 68 yard touchdown run. He was also heavily involved in the passing game as he saw 6 targets go his direction. The Cowboys are a team who is susceptible to running backs in the passing game. Barkley’s defined role may be too hard to pass up in this game.
One piece of the Giants offense who is always overlooked is Sterling Shepard ($5200 on Draftkings). Last year when Beckham was on the shelf with an injury, he was forced to step up as Manning’s go-to guy. It seems that some of that chemistry may have carried over into this season as Shepard saw 7 targets. This is encouraging for Shepard, as that offense now has a lot of mouths to feed. Shepard will carry super low ownership in comparison to his teammates, and brings intriguing upside at the same time.
No Giants breakdown would be complete without highlighting Odell Beckham Jr. ($9400 on Draftkings). Beckham returned to his old form in his first game back from last season’s ankle injury. He totaled 11 catches on 15 targets and racked up 111 yards in the process. The matchup between him and Jalen Ramsey’s Jaguars clearly meant something to Beckham and it showed. He has an easier game this week and has the potential to blow up in any game given his talent.
Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears (-3.5)
Chicago comes into this game as a 3.5 point favorite after a crushing loss in week one at the hands of Aaron Rodgers. Things were looking real good from the jump for the Bears. It all came crashing down though as the Packers were able to play lockdown defense in the second half. That was all a gimpy Aaron Rodgers needed to rip Chicago’s heart out. This week they will have to go up against another elite quarterback in Russell Wilson. The Seahawks as a whole are far from the team the Packers are in the talent department.
For the Seahawks to have any chance at winning this game, Russell Wilson ($6,600 on Draftkings) is going to have to play on another level. This week Wilson has a below average matchup on paper, but he has the ability to put points on the board with both his arm and legs. Wilson is, in fact, the Seahawks’ “only hope”. It is a bit worrisome rostering Wilson given the carnage we saw the Bears inflict on the Packers in the first half last week. With that said, I think Wilson’s floor is probably secure. He was even able to put up 22+ Draftkings points last week in Denver while throwing two picks and losing two fumbles.
I am not really interested in the Seahawks backfield at all as it seems to be a straight split between Chris Carson ($4500 on Draftkings) and Rashaad Penny ($4600 on Draftkings).
The main guy I am looking to stack with Wilson is Tyler Lockett ($5300 on Draftkings). I think Lockett will be quite popular this week. He should do the majority of his work out of the slot. This is worth noting due to the fact that we saw Randall Cobb go off against Chicago last week in that same role. Now with Doug Baldwin out of the picture, Lockett will be called upon to produce earlier than we anticipated.
Mitchell Trubisky ($5700 on Draftkings) and the Bears came oh so close to pulling off a statement win last week against the Packers. The Bears will look to get back on track this week against a much weaker Seattle team. The Seattle defense was tuned up last week by newly acquired Broncos quarterback Case Keenum and company. I don’t mind paying down all the way for Trubisky here given his matchup and weapons. His price provides savings that could be especially important on this slate given the need to pay up for guys like Beckham, Barkley and Elliott.
Jordan Howard ($6500 on Draftkings) was a bright spot in the Bears attack last week. He rushed 15 times for 82 yards and caught 5 passes on 5 targets for 25 yards. He posted 15.7 Draftkings points without scoring a touchdown last week which is definitely a good sign. The matchup sets up well for Howard. The Seahawks were beat on the ground by both Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman last week. I may be firing up a three-headed monster at running back on this slate with Elliott, Barkley and Howard.
Allen Robinson ($6500 on Draftkings) showed enough last week for me. I believe that he is fully recovered from his ACL injury. Robinson was targeted 7 times by Trubisky against the Packers. It looks like he will be drawing the coverage of a below-average cornerback in Tre Flowers. Robinson’s ownership will be greater than it was last week, but still low. Other DFS players may still be hesitant to trust Robinson. However, I will have no problem rolling with him in this spot.
Well, that does it for the Week 2 edition of the DFS Primetime Playsheet. Keep The Fantasy Authority on your favorites bar all season long! Here’s to hoping you see some green screens after Monday night comes to a close.