Week 2 Flex Targets DraftKings 2017

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal Week 1 was a wild one and there were many surprises along with some injuries that affected fantasy owners. In addition, we had some disappointing performances despite players being in favorable situations. That is the game of football and the variance that comes with it. That being said, it is time to move on to Week 2. So let’s not waste any more time and look at some of this week’s top flex targets on DraftKings.

Running Back

James White $4,000 at New Orleans Saints
White rushed just 10 times for 38 yards in Week 1, but a couple of things stood out to me. He played in 53 percent of the Patriots snaps, received six red zone rush attempts which accounted for 42.9 percent of the team’s red zone rushes, received one red zone target, and was peppered with five targets. He also caught three passes for 30 yards. While the Patriots backfield is tough to predict due to Bill Belichick, White certainly appears to have a significant role in this offense. He faces the Saints this week, who were absolute crushed by Dalvin Cook in Week 1 and finished amongst the worst defense against the run last season.

Jacquizz Rodgers $4,400 vs. Chicago Bears
The Bucs did not play in Week 1 due to Hurricane Irma, so their season opener is this week and it will be at home against the Bears, which is a favorable matchup for Rodgers. Chicago gave up a touchdown to the Atlanta backfield last week despite keeping their yardage down. Last season, they gave up 121.9 rushing yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. Rodgers should get the bulk of the carries during Doug Martin’s absence and comes in at a very affordable price in this matchup. The Bucs are home favorites, which is a situation in which I like targeting backs in. Most, if not all, the boxes check off for Rodgers this week.

Wide Receiver

Marqise Lee $3,800 vs. Tennessee Titans
Many people are likely going to pay up $100 more for Allen Hurns, which also makes for a viable option, but I prefer a lower owned Lee in tournaments. Despite coming down with zero catches last game, Lee received the same amount of targets as Hurns (4). Lee did however, play in 83 percent of the snaps which was a team high. The Titans secondary came into the season ranked 20th by Pro Football Focus and struggled in Week 1 against the Raiders. With Allen Robinson out, Lee should see an increased role. At this price it does not take much to pay off his salary and he possesses the upside to smash value.

Randall Cobb $5,900 at Atlanta Falcons
Cobb was peppered with 13 targets in the season opener, which led the teams and came in second in the league in Week 1. He came down with nine receptions for 85 yards, scoring 17.5 fantasy points. This is exactly what I was hoping to see to start the season from Cobb and it could be a sign of things to come now that he is healthy. He faces the Falcons in what should be a high scoring matchup as Vegas has this with an over/under of 53.5 points. The game script should benefit Cobb and considering his involvement in the first game, I think there is a path for another solid performance.

Tight End

Coby Fleener $3,100 vs. New England Patriots
Fleener had a nice game in the Saints season opener catching 5-of-6 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. Of those six targets, three of them were in the red zone which accounted for 38 percent of the Saints red zone targets. He faces off against the Patriots who did not look that good on defense last week and gave up five receptions for 40 yards to Travis Kelce in that game. Fleener appears to be a focal point on the Saints offense and could see another high-volume game in this matchup. This game has one of the higher over/under’s of the week and the Saints have an implied total of 24.5 points, so I am expecting some points to be scored.

Good luck to all this week. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal