Week 2 DFS Building Blocks
DegeNation fam – what it do, it’s Week 2! Thanks for stopping in to check out my Week 2 DFS Building Blocks. Each week I’ll include five offensive players (unless something sticks out on defense) that are my favorite plays to build around on DraftKings and FanDuel. To keep it authentic, starting this week, before lock around 11:45a CT, I will tweet out my exposure numbers to each player listed. Let’s get this money!
Price ($6100 on DraftKings, $8000 on FanDuel)
I battled with this play back-and-forth on whether I would write up “Kyler chalk” as a week 2 DFS Building Block, but I had to include him here. Give me all the Kyler this week against the Washington Football Team, namely on DraftKings at an egregious $6100 price tag. Kyler rushed for 90 freaking yards in week 1 versus a really stout 49ers defense. If the Washington Defense is able to take control of the Cardinals offensive line and get pressure, Murray may be faced to scramble again. And especially how scoring is in DFS, getting rushing yards from your QB position is gold. The best thing about playing Murray is because of the rushing he offers, you don’t necessarily have to stack him for this play to pay off. I love getting him with Hopkins this week, a stack that on DraftKings is only $3800 more than Christian McCaffrey.
Price ($7900 on DraftKings, $8300 on FanDuel)
I don’t think I need to tell you why Henry is a good play. If you’re reading this, you know how dominant King Henry has been over the past few years. Consistently putting up RB1 numbers, if not the TOP numbers, week in and week out. Last season the Titans were top three in rush play rate, and this year coming into week 2, Henry led all running backs in rushing attempts. He checks all the boxes for me when you factor in he’s at home and Tennessee is a heavy favorite (-7.5). I love getting builds with Henry on both Draftkings and FanDuel alike, especially on FanDuel where receptions don’t matter as much as he’s the fifth-highest priced running back. He’s my leverage play off of Ezekiel Elliott.
(Price: $5700 on DraftKings, $5800 on FanDuel)
So last week, the chalk running back play of Boston Scott burned us. Cheap running back, without the stud, who we had seen pop in the past in the past. But when we look closer into it, we can see that: 1) Scott is not the talent that Sanders is, 2) the offensive line for the Eagles were banged up, and 3) this front seven for Washington is very, very good.
We do not have that same case with Jonathan Taylor this week. His offensive line is healthy (damn good) and will be to take full advantage of this Minnesota defensive line. Pro Football Focus ranks the Colts offensive line as the best for the run for Week 2. I don’t care that Taylor’s shaping up to be the second-highest owned back for week 2. Vegas has an over/under just under 50 (49!) for this game. Taylor received six targets last week, too, so don’t be too concerned about Nyheim Hines here. Taylor should be a staple of this offense with Marlon Mack out. Oh, and Mack is STILL priced higher than Taylor on FanDuel – smh. If points are coming, you bet your ass Taylor will be able to not only find pay dirt but pay off that low price tag.
Price ($6200 on DraftKings, $7000 on FanDuel)
Cooper is going to be my way of getting exposure to the Dallas offense this week. Yes, it worries me a lot and I’ve had night sweats this week thinking about the Cowboys scoring four touchdowns, all on the ground. But this a fantastic matchup for Cooper who just came off a week where he was third in targets of all wide receivers. Rookie cornerback AJ Terrell will have the pleasure of guarding Cooper this week, and Terrell just gave up 5-70-1 on five targets to the Seattle receiving corps.
Can’t fault you for locking in insane volume from either Adams and/or Hopkins. My first look lineup (one I usually look to put into cash) had both Adams and Hopkins. But being a GPP player I always look for leverage against the field, and with Elliott’s expected ownership and the total of the Cowboys-Falcons game, Cooper will be a staple for my Week 2 DFS builds. He’s been phenomenal since joining forces with Dak and averages nearly 19 fantasy points when playing in Dallas.
One thing to note, too, is Cooper was on the Wednesday and Thursday injury report earlier this week with a foot injury. Doesn’t seem serious, but could have kept ownership low for him in big field tournaments if people previously set their lineups and aren’t adjusting.
(Price: $4500 on DraftKings, $5300 on FanDuel)
We talked about Parris Campbell and how great of a play he was on Thursday’s DegeNation Podcast. This is looking like Philip Rivers’s favorite new toy. Campbell played on two more snaps than Hilton last week. Hilton did see more redzone targets than Campbell so maybe we’ll be tilting this play on Sunday. I’m just looking at the situation. As I said in the Taylor write-up, this game should have plenty of scoring. Then you factor in that Jack Doyle and Michael Pittman will both miss this game due to injury. The volume at a $4500 price tag on Draftkings is an easy pill to swallow. There is a ton of value at wide receiver this week, but Campbell is where I want to plant my flag.
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