DFS Cash Game Breakdown 2019 Week 2
Week 1 is in the books and it was truly one of the best opening weekends in recent memory. From Lamar Jackson's breakout party to Arizona's rise from the dead, there are several storylines that will factor into the cash game process for Week 2. Let's get to it.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
In his first game of 2019, Josh Allen got right back to doing what he does best: Running the ball and turning it over. Allen threw two picks and lost a fumble but he also carried the ball 10 times for 38 yards.
Fantasy points don't really care about turnovers either. If Allen is going to throw the ball 37 times and hit double-digit attempts on the ground, his 20-point performance could be a flor game.
Allen has also found his perfect compliment at wide receiver with John Brown. Brown's blazing speed makes him ideal to bring in Allen's bombs.
Allen's rushing opportunity gives him a great floor making him a great way to save at the quarterback position.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
We've been down this road enough times to know that there will be fireworks when Goff plays the Saints. In the past two years, Goff has faced against New Orleans three times. He's been a monster in those games:
41 attempts per game
The showdown between LA and New Orleans currently owns the highest total of the week at 53. Goff is the home favorite quarterback. There are no red flags to speak of for Goff this week.
Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders and Jacobs played on Monday night in a game that started at 10 pm est. Pricing for Week 2 had been released on all sites long before then so neither Draftkings or Fanudel knew the cost to roster Jacobs should have been. Jacobs put up a 23-85-2 line on the ground and is now massively underpriced on Draftkings ($4,700) and is still a solid value on Fanduel ($6,500).
Jacobs will face the Kansas City defense which has provided little resistance to running backs. Even if Oakland goes down early and is forced to throw Jacobs should be an active member of the offense. Jacobs caught 20 passes as a committee-back at Alabama.
Jacobs is the cheapest three-down back on the main slate.
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Last week had Christian McCaffrey as the clear back to pay up for in cash and this week has Alvin Kamara. Much like Goff, Kamara feasts when these two teams match up. Kamara's averages in the same three games:
138.3 yards from scrimmage
30.8 fantasy points (PPR)
What's even more exciting for Kamara is the volume he saw in Week 1. He carried the ball 13 times to Latavius Murray's six and out-targeted Murray eight to three. Kamara hasn't been known for his volume, even in many of the games he goes off in. If the Saints are going to give him a larger share of this backfield's touches, he is easily the best running back on the slate.
Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders
The same argument that was just made for Josh Jacobs applies to Tyrell Williams as well. Williams led the Raiders in receiving yards at 105 and found the end zone. At 6'3", running a 4.48 forty-yard dash, Williams has the size of an X receiver and the speed of a field stretcher. His competition for targets is a cavalcade of young players and unproven talent whereas Williams is an established alpha in this offense. He's $4,700 on Draftkings. Lock him in.
Cody Latimer, New York Giants
Cody Latimer becomes a lot more interesting once Sterling Shepard's status becomes more clear. Shepard is currently in concussion protocol and if he misses Week 2 Latimer is the defacto No. 1 receiver at nearly minimum price. Latimer also lead all Giants receivers with eight targets and finished the game with 164 air yards. That mark was top-five in the NFL for Week 1.
Latimer is purely a price-based play and should only be considered if Sterling Shepard cannot play.
Deandre Hopkins, Houston Texans
There's one receiver worth paying up for on the main slate and his name is Deandre Hopkins. Deshaun Watson threw Hopkins' way 13 times and he had a stunning 216 total air yards. That's nearly fifty more than the second player, James Washington, from Week 1.
Patrick Mahomes proved that elite passers can overcome tough matchups last week when he 378 yards and three scores. He also had the luxury of taking his foot off the gas early in the game.
Watson isn't a Mahomes-level talent but he's in the next tier of dominant passers. He should be able to move the ball at home, against the Jags, and that means it's another week to fire up Hopkins.
Evan Engram, New York Giants
Last week Draftkings had big expectations for Engram with their bullish price of $4,800. He smashed expectations and went over 30 fantasy points on a whopping 14 targets. Now they have only adjusted his price up by $400.
Fanduel did not touch his price!
Because of the lack of talent in New York as far as receivers are concerned, Engram is in line to lead all tight ends in targets. If Shepard doesn't play he gets a small boost but even if Shepard does suit up Engram is the best tight end play at any price.
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
In college, Mark Andrews caught more balls than both of the 1st-round receivers on his team, Marquise Brown and presumably Cede Lamb. As a rookie on a passing-deficient offense, he posted 552 yards. Now he starts his second season with a 100-yard outing.
Andrews has done nothing but prove that he's a phenom-level tight end dating back to his time at Oklahoma and now his team hosts the Arizona Cardinals.
Last week (albeit with an overtime boost), the Cardinals ran 77 plays. Under Kliff Kingsbury, this type of insane pace could be the norm. That makes both offenses in any Cardinals match more appealing. This week, the Cardinals bonus recipient will be Mark Andrew and the Ravens.
Defensive scoring is unpredictable on a weekly basis but a good rule of thumb is to target defenses at home in games they are favored in. The main slate features seven defenses that meet those criteria but only one of them gets to face a rookie quarterback drafted in the sixth round making his debut as a starter.
With Nick Foles placed on IR, the Jaguars are looking to Gardner Minshew to fill his shoes. Minshew played well in his first action at the professional level but he was afforded the luxury of starting his NFL career against Kansas City. In a tougher matchup on the road, expect the rookie to make more than his fair share of mistakes.