NFL Week 2 is here! I've settled on my Top 3 quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers for DraftKings NFL Week 2 Fantasy Players. Check it out!
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Atlanta
Rodgers had a rough going versus the Seattle defense in Week 1. He still managed to throw for 311 yards. He also tossed a TD. This week, Aaron faces an Atlanta defense that allowed Chicago QB Mike Glennon to throw for 213 yards and a TD. Glennon did that while playing at Soldier Field, on grass, and without his best wide receiver. Rodgers should have no trouble lighting it up in Atlanta.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans vs New England
Everybody's in love with the New England Patriots in Week 2. I'm not. The problem I saw with the Pats is that the team failed to get much of a pass rush against the Kansas City Chiefs. That's why Alex Smith looked like, to quote a character from Almost Famous, a “golden god”, in Week 1.
New England's best defensive player, LB Dont'a Hightower, didn't practice on Wednesday. Without Hightower, the Saints' banged up offensive line should have a much easier time keeping NE's front 7 out of Drew Brees' face.
3. Jared Goff, L.A. Rams vs Washington
Goff lit up the Indianapolis Colts' secondary with 306 yards and a TD. He shouldn't have a tough time lighting up Washington's secondary in Week 2. Philly's Carson Wentz threw for 307 yards and 2 TDs against Washington in Week 1.
1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas at Denver
Elliott only rushed for 107 yards versus the New York Giants in Week 1. The Giants are one of the best teams in the NFL against the rush. Denver? Denver's D held Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon to 54 yards on 18 carries. That's pretty good.
Let's not kid ourselves, though. Elliott runs behind a much better offensive line than what the L.A. Chargers possess. What it means is that Elliott rushes for close to 120 yards, if not more, while scoring at least a TD in this game.
2. Tarik Cohen, Chicago at Tampa Bay
Tarik Cohen rushed for 66 yards on only 5 attempts versus the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. He also caught 8 passes for 47 yards. One of catches went for a TD. Tampa Bay's defense is pretty good. But, Cohen figures to become more involved in the Bears' offense in Week 2. Hopefully, anyone who chose Jordan Howard in Round 1 in their season-long fantasy drafts picked up Tarik Cohen as their handcuff.
3. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo at Carolina
McCoy rushed for 110 yards against the Jets' stout rush defense in Week 1. Carolina's rush defense isn't as good as NYJ's. I know this because although the Panthers beat San Francisco 23 to 3 in Week 1, SF RB Carlos Hyde rushed for 45 yards on 9 carries. That's a healthy 5 yards per carry average. Also, we must expect that Bills' HC Sean McDermott knows how to break down the defense he created in Carolina.
1. Michael Thomas, New Orleans vs New England
If you don't believe that New England can pressure QB Drew Brees, you must love the Brees to Michael Thomas connection. Thomas had a tough go of it against Minnesota's excellent defense in Week 1. Things should be different in Week 2. After the loss to Minnesota, New Orleans should go back to what works, that's throwing the football to their best wide receiver.
2. Sammy Watkins, L.A. Rams vs Washington
I love Goff to Watkins this week. Defenses must sell out to stop RB Todd Gurley. That means leaving guys like Watkins open. The Colts decided to double-up on Watkins last week. All Goff did was throw to other available receivers. Washington could get blown out in this game.
3. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay at Atlanta
This is a great week to put together a top QB and top WR combo. Jordy should have his way with Atlanta's secondary in Week 1. The Packers are still smarting after the NFC Championship Game loss to Atlanta last season.
Expect QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson to hook up for a couple of TDs in this game. Green Bay's not going to mess around. They'll want to strike as quickly as they can as early as they can to get Atlanta's defense on their heels.