By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro


It was a successful week one for us at Football Diehards, particularly on the DFS front, so hopefully you read all the amazing content and tuned into our DFS show last Saturday night! I’ll be doing it again with my cohost Eric Romoff this Saturday, live on YouTube at 9 EST, so tune in as we break down all the games on the main slate! In the meantime, let’s dive into week two…




Kyler Murray, ARI ($7500)

For the sake of this article I’ll add Kyler up top, but there is really no reason to spend at QB this week as we have a plethora of mid-tier to value options for cash (plus, most of the top-tier QBs aren’t even on the main slate). If we do wind up in a place to spend, however, Kyler looks to be the best of the bunch in an expected shootout with the Raiders (52 O/U), especially since they just allowed 279 passing yards and 3 TDs through the air to Justin Herbert.

Other options - Lamar Jackson

Mid-tier options - Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford



Trey Lance, SF ($5700)

Pending some late-week news, my cash QB pool is down to two, Lance and Derek Carr. Ultimately (at least right now) Lance’s rushing ability and the $500 discount lands me on him at this point. Worry not about his week one performance. He was playing in absolute slop and it affected all the skill positions, not to mention Lance STILL rushed 13 times for 54 yards. That rushing floor is enough, and now we add in the fact that SF is at home in a matchup against Seattle who allowed the tenth most FPPG to opposing QBs last year and just lost Jamal Adams.

Other options - Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Daniel Jones




Saquon Barkley, NYG ($7300)

No one will fault you paying up for Jonathan Taylor and Christian McCaffrey, but there is absolutely no reason you can’t live in the mid-tier this week at RB as there are some prime options. Barkley tops them all (this Giants fan is happy) after finishing last week as the overall RB1 with 36.4 DK points. He was involved in all facets, rushing for 164 yards and also receiving seven targets out of the backfield. Go figure, they WON, which means another healthy dose of Barkley is coming. This Panthers squad allowed the third most FPPG to RBs last week, and the fourth most a season ago. He’s an easy call in cash.

Other options - Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Taylor

Mid-tier options - Joe Mixon, D’Andre Swift, Leonard Fournette, James Conner


Darrell Henderson, LAR ($5700)

It’s tough to go all in when Cam Akers is there, but there is no indication that Akers is ANYWHERE near being a threat after struggling both on the ground and is pass protection. Henderson played 55 snaps to Akers’ 12, and had 18 touches to Akers’ three. He’s still not priced as the full starter, and Atlanta routintely funnels backfield receptions, which already suits Henderson’s skillset. He has top-10, or even top-5 upside this week.

Other options - Josh Jacobs, Chase Edmonds, Rex Burkhead



Davante Adams, LV ($8600)

I have Adams and Kupp in lockstep as the overall WR1 this week, and Adams is $1300 cheaper on DraftKings. Adams had an unreal 46% target share from Derek Carr in week one, putting to rest any doubts that his success was because of Aaron Rodgers. He’s also facing a Cardinals team that was just eviscerated through the air by Patrick Mahomes for 5 TD passes, and this is one of the premier games on the slate. Adams is worth every penny.

Other options - Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson

Mid-tier options - Tyreek Hill, Michael Pittman, Mike Evans, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Marquise Brown


Brandin Cooks, HOU ($6000)

This is not a good matchup for the Texans passing game, as Denver puts clamps on WRs and allowed the fewest FPPG to opposing WRs in week one (Metcalf and Lockett did nothing). This really doesn’t affect Cooks as much, though, as the volume is just so high and his price is not reflective of this. Cooks had 12 targets and 50% air yards in week one, and Houston should be passing a ton as 9.5-point underdogs.

Other options - Tee Higgins, Christian Kirk, Jerry Jeudy, Julio Jones, Curtis Samuel, Greg Dortch



Mark Andrews, BAL ($6400)

Andrews went a modest 5-52-0 on seven targets in week one, but wasn’t needed too much against the Jets as the defense dominated that game. Lamar Jackson’s lessened running usage could be directly correlated with Andrews’ passing success, and this is a matchup that SHOULD funnel more to the TE position with the lockdown CBs Miami has on the perimeter. Relative to his production, Andrews is insanely cheap at $6400.

Other options - Darren Waller, Kyle Pitts


Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN ($3700)

If you’re fitting in these top RBs/WRs you need some salary relief at TE. Albert O stands out as the current best sub-4k play at the position after going 5-33 on six targets and a 67% snap share. Houston is a better matchup for TEs than Seattle was, and Albert O’s size gives him red zone appeal as well even if the target share doesn’t match up.

Other options - TJ Hockenson, Tyler Higbee, Logan Thomas, Juwan Johnson


Cincinnati Bengals ($2200)
Miami Dolphins ($2300)
New England Patriots ($2900)
Cleveland Browns ($3700)
Pittsburgh Steelers ($2800)