NFL Week 2 is here. Every Sunday this season, I'm playing both an NFL DraftKings Pick'em Team and an NFL DraftKings Classic Team. Below is my NFL Week 2 Classic DFS Team. Check it out!
QB Aaron Rodgers, $7,400, Green Bay at Atlanta -Rodgers recorded 3 TD passes against Atlanta in last season's NFC Championship. Unfortunately, all 3 TD passes happened in the second half after the Packers went down 0 to 31. It just wasn't enough.
Don't expect Aaron to lay off in the first quarter on Sunday. Rodgers should go right after Atlanta's secondary with long throws to Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and even Ty Montgomery, Green Bay's converted WR that starts at RB.
RB Tarik Cohen, $4,100, Chicago at Tampa Bay – Jordan Howard is banged up. It's not as if Chicago wouldn't use RB Tarik Cohen, anyhow. He's listed as Chicago's RB2. That's not the correct label. If anything, co-RB1 makes sense.
Chicago QB Mike Glennon targeted Cohen 12 times in Week 1. Cohen caught 8 of the 12 targets for 47 yards and a TD. He also rushed 5 times for 66 yards. I think he has another big game in Tampa on Sunday.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, $4,400, Tampa Bay vs Chicago – I think Rodgers could grab the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' RB1 position while Doug Martin is out. I don't Jacquizz letting go. The Bucs' front office has no more love for Martin. After he signed his contract, he played with no motivation. Typical of an NFL player.
Rodgers should relish his shot. He's shown flashes of talent. The key for Rodgers is getting enough carries. That's a double-edged sword. To get carries, QB Jameis Winston must punish Chicago's secondary. If Winston is too effective, though, Coach Koetter will lean on the passing game for the entire contest.
WR Corey Coleman, $4,700, Cleveland at Baltimore – He's easily Cleveland's top wide receiver. QB DeShone Kizer targeted Coleman only 6 times in Week 1. Coleman caught 5 of the 6 passes. 1 of the catches resulted in a TD. If Cleveland wants to beat Baltimore, they must involve Coleman right away.
WR Antonio Brown, $9,400, Pittsburgh vs Minnesota – Brown caught all 11 of his targets in Week 1. Minnesota's defense is very good against the rush. Even if Le'Veon Bells plays better in Week 2, the best Pittsburgh fantasy player is WR Antonio Brown. Big Ben still looks to Brown.
I don't see things changing on Sunday with the Vikings intent, like Cleveland in Week 1, of stopping Pitt's rushing attack. Brown's fantasy numbers should be just as good in Week 2 as they are every week.
WR Jordy Nelson, $7,900, Green Bay at Atlanta – I'm excited about pairing WR Jordy Nelson with QB Aaron Rodgers. In last season's NFC Championship, Jordy caught 6 of 9 targets for 67 yards and a TD. The combination should reap much bigger benefits on September 17.
TE Coby Fleener, $3,100, New Orleans vs New England – Fleener was one of New Orleans' few bright spots in Week 1. Coby caught 5 of 6 targets for 54 yards and a TD. He figures to have a decent game against New England's defense. This is especially true if Pats' LB Dont'a Hightower can't play.
FLEX Dalvin Cook, $5,900, Minnesota at Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh's D held talented Browns' rusher Isaiah Crowell to 33 yards on 17 carries in Week 1. Pitt's D must change the scheme in Week 2, though. The Steelers didn't feel that Browns' QB DeShone Kizer could move the football. They were wrong. Pitt only won by 3 points, 21 to 18.
Don't expect Pitt's defensive coaches to make the same mistake against Minnesota QB Sam Bradford on Sunday. That open rushing lanes for Dalvin Cook. Cook might be the best running back from this year's excellent RB draft class.
DST Jacksonville Jaguars, $3,100, Jacksonville vs Tennessee – Jacksonville pummeled Houston's offensive line in Week 1 with 10 sacks. Tennessee's Marcus Mariota is better at escaping the rush than either DeShaun Watson or Tom Savage. Still, it makes no sense to go with a different defense.
The Titans only shot of winning is if Mariota airs it out. That plays into the Jaguars' strength. Trying to rush the football against Jacksonville's front 7 isn't going to work. Jags' strongside linebacker Myles Jack recorded 8 tackles and 6 assisted tackles in Week 1. He's what we call a run-stopper.
I believe I've got a shot at winning a few bucks with my Week 2 DraftKings Classic team. Good luck in NFL Week 2!