My NFL Week 1 DraftKings Classic Team miserably failed. I'm back at it in Week 2 with a team that I hope provides more luck than the one I put together last week. I'm looking for value this week with Melvin Gordon as my highest salary player. Gordon's salary is only $7,400. That's much less than the $9,000 you must shell out to add Todd Gurley.
I'm playing the NFL $500,000 Slant in the hopes that I can score the $50,000 first place prize.
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NFL Week 2 DraftKings Classic Team
QB Case Keenum, Denver Broncos, $5,800
Sure, Keenum threw 3 interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks, but he also threw for 329 yards and 3 touchdowns. Keenum rallied the Broncos to a 27-24 win over the Seahawks, proving that John Elway made the right move by offering him a contract.
I think he throws for more yards and at least one more touchdown this Sunday against the rival Oakland Raiders than his Week 1 performance. Denver's defense is good, but Oakland can move the football and score. Hopefully, Keenum and the Broncos' offense will get behind early again so that he throws around 50 passes in the game.
RB Melvin Gordon, L.A. Chargers, $7,400
Gordon didn't score a TD in Week 1. He did rush for 64 yards. More importantly, he caught 9 of 13 targets for 102 yards. More importantly than that, Gordon and the Chargers face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Versus the Bills last season, Gordon rushed for 80 yards and a TD. He should break the 100 rushing yards barrier against the Bills on Sunday with a couple of touchdowns. The Chargers might throw to Gordon in the passing game as well to build a lead before handing it off to him to close it out in the 4th quarter.
RB James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers, $6,700
I feel like I'm overpaying for Conner at $6,700, but it's hard to look past how well he played in Week 1 versus a decent Cleveland Browns defense. Conner rushed 35 times for 135 yards and 2 rushing TDs. He caught 5 of 6 targets for 57 yards.
He could produce similar numbers against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Chiefs' defense is pretty good, but Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a bruised elbow. If the Steelers don't hand the ball off to Conner, Big Ben is likely to throw to Conner underneath because Ben threw 3 interceptions in Week 1. No way Roethlisberger pushes as much this week as he did last week.
Expect Pittsburgh to put forth a game plan that heavily involves Conner in both the rushing and passing attacks.
WR Emanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos, $6,300
Keenum targeted Sanders 11 times in Week 1. Sanders hauled in 10 of those 11 targets for 135 yards and a TD. If Keenum and Sanders can get together versus the Raiders' defense on Sunday, I'll feel pretty good about my chances to cash.
Am I worried that Demaryius Thomas steals a few looks? Not really because Oakland must account for Thomas while leaving Sanders in either single coverage or putting a safety or linebacker on him. I feel good about making Emanuel Sanders my top wide receiver in Week 2.
WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns, $5,800
I predict that Week 2 is the final time we can add Josh Gordon to any DraftKings Classic fantasy team for less than $6,000. Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor targeted Gordon 3 times in Week 1. Gordon caught 1 of 3 for 17 yards and a TD.
Heading into Week 2, Gordon's listed as a starter. The Saints will score points, meaning that Cleveland should play catch up. Gordon can beat any secondary in the NFL. He should beat the Saints' secondary for around 10 catches, over 100 receiving yards, and a couple of TDs.
WR Kevin Golladay, Detroit Lions, $4,800
Quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford bounce back from awful performances. Stafford should play much better versus the San Francisco 49'ers in Week 2 than he did against the New York Jets in Week 1. If Stafford gets it going on Sep. 16, I expect he'll get it going with Kevin Golladay.
Golladay caught 7 of 12 targets for 114 yards in the Lions loss to the Jets. Hopefully, he adds at least one TD in what should be a shootout with the San Francisco 49'ers on Sunday.
TE Greg Kittle, San Francisco 49'ers, $3,800
If I get my wish and it does turn into a shoot out when the Lions face the 49'ers on Sunday, tight-end Greg Kittle could benefit. Kittle caught 5 of 9 targets for 90 yards in San Francisco's 16-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings have a much better defense than what Detroit has. The Lions allowed Jets' rookie quarterback Sam Darnold to throw for 198 yards and 2 TDs after Darnold threw a pick 6 on his very first NFL pass. Darnold didn't throw to his tight-end but that's because the Jets got their rushing attack going.
NYJ has good running backs. San Francisco's best running back, Jerrick McKinnon, is out for the season. Jimmy Garoppolo targeted Kittle 9 times in Week 1. He could target Kittle up to 12 times in Week 2.
Flex – RB Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins, $5,900
Washington fans are happy because quarterback Alex Smith brought the consistency he had in Kansas City to D.C. Smith targeted Chris Thompson more than any player in Washington's 24-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Thompson caught 6 of 7 targets for 63 yards and a TD. He added 65 rushing yards on 5 carries.
Washington's Sunday opponent, Indianapolis, allowed Bengals running back Joe Mixon to catch 5 of 7 for 54 yards. Mixon also rushed for 95 yards and a TD. The Colts must stop Washington lead back Adrian Peterson. If they concentrate on stopping Peterson, coach Jay Gruden will start throwing the football and rushing Thompson.
DST – L.A. Chargers, $3,600
The Bolts face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Buffalo might be the worst team in the NFL. They've got the worst offense in the NFL, that's for sure. Week 1 starter Nathan Peterman was so awful versus the Ravens, 5 of 18 for 20 yards and 2 interceptions, that Buffalo's already benched him for rookie Josh Allen.
Allen went 6 of 15 for 74 yards against the Ravens. He won't do much better against the Chargers because the Bills traded their starting left tackle from last season. Baltimore sacked Peterman and Allen 6 times. The Bolts should sack Allen at least that many times on Sunday.