Week 1 was a mixed bag for most of us, as there were a handful of players that went off, but a bunch of disappointments as well. The best thing about DFS is none of that matters this week. Let’s get into my Week 2 FanDuel picks for cash games.
Kyler Murray, $6,500 – Look, I realize Murray isn’t exactly “cash game friendly” but this price is too good to pass up. He’s just $100 more than GARDNER MINSHEW for crying out loud! The matchup against Baltimore isn’t great but we’re chasing volume and that’s exactly what this offense is going to give us. Arizona led the NFL week one in pace of plays, which is what we expected in the Kingsbury era. Something we didn’t see from Murray week one that could help buoy his fantasy stats is his rushing ability. He rushed just three times for 13 yards against Detroit. While Murray isn’t a safe cash game play, his salary opens up too many possibilities for roster construction. So, he doesn’t have to go off to be a value.
Josh Jacobs, $6,500 – If there were any questions about whether or not Jacobs would be Oakland’s bellcow back, those were squashed after Monday night. Jacobs saw 23/26 of the running back carries and played 43 snaps compared to 14 combined between Richard and Washington. Jacobs also saw the only target to go to a running back, although that may have been game script dependent. Kansas City’s defense is still #NotGood and I’d imagine Gruden wants to keep Mahomes and Co. off the field as much as possible. Jacobs is in line for another 20+ touch game.
Alvin Kamara, $8,700 – There are some players you don’t worry about the price tag and Kamara is one of them. In the second-highest over/under of the week, going up against a defense that just gave up 209 total yards (including ten catches) and two touchdowns to Christian McCaffrey, Kamara is in a dream spot.
Sammy Watkins, $7,400 – A healthy Watkins without Tyreek Hill? Please and thank you. Although I do think we see Travis Kelce heavily involved in this game with Oakland losing Johnathan Abrams for the year, Watkins is going to get his going up against a defense that has very little to be worried about.
Michael Gallup, $6,200 – The Cowboys modern offense under Kellen Moore got off to an incredible start against the lowly New York Giants and I don’t expect Washington to offer much resistance to that, either. Gallup led the Cowboys in receiving yards through 76 yards after the catch, which was more than the rest of the receivers combined. His aDOT nearly matched Amari Cooper’s (11.7 vs 11.8), and Gallup was second on the team in air yards with 82 (27% share). With Dallas favored by 5 on the road, Vegas doesn’t see this game getting out of hand, which bodes well for continued targets filtering towards Cooper and Gallup.
Darren Waller, $5,400 – This feels super chalky, but I’ll eat the chalk here for the value. In what should be a shootout with Kansas City, Waller should have no problem getting at least the eight targets he saw Monday night against Denver. KC’s linebackers struggle in coverage and Waller will be a matchup nightmare here.