The opening week of the NFL season always delivers for (daily) fantasy football owners. Of course, who’s to say whether that package contains a heaping of happiness or a whole lot of heartache? Regardless of whether you were left holding the former or the latter in your DFS contests last week, the show carries on as we look ahead to our Week 2 DraftKings tournament lineup picks.
The Washington Football Team, Giants, Chiefs, Ravens, Lions and Packers are in standalone prime-time slots this week, so we won’t have access to any of their players on the main slate. We’re going to dig deep on a couple of wide receiver spots in order to squeeze a few key pieces into the lineup, but we think there’s reason to be bullish on those lottery tickets this week.
Just a reminder, here are the notable scoring rules for DraftKings contests: Full-point PPR, four-point passing TDs, three-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, and 300 passing yards.
DraftKings Picks Week 2: NFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments
Sunday main slate, $50,000 budget
QB Tom Brady, Buccaneers vs. Falcons ($6,900). Not only did sportsbooks open this Buccaneers-Falcons matchup with the highest over/under (52) on the main slate, but the Bucs were installed as 10.5-point favorites. Brady and Bruce Arians love to chuck it, and it’s reasonable to expect plenty of aerial fireworks from this group after the Eagles carved up the Falcons in Week 1.
RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings @ Cardinals ($9,100). Christian McCaffrey ($9,900) was a bit out of our budget this week, but Cook is a wonderful “fallback” option. He may not threaten the DraftKings bonus for 100 receiving yards like McCaffrey, but Cook is more than capable of breaking the 100-yard rushing plateau like he did eight times in 2020.
RB Chris Carson, Seahawks vs. Titans ($6,100). This is a bet on volume and the favorable outlook provided by Vegas (SEA -3.5, O/U 49). Carson handled 19 touches last week, leading the backfield by a wide margin. His Week 1 DK score (13.7 points) leaves plenty to be desired, but that’s what happens when you fumble and get shut out of the end zone. Russell Wilson won’t hog 100 percent of the scores all season, though, so Carson’s turn to visit the paint will come sooner or later.
WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers ($6,100). We like stacking Brady with Evans this week, largely due to the presumption that much of the field will be sour on the prospect of placing Evans in lineups after last week’s three-catch, 24-yard stinker. Brady is going to spread around candy this season like it’s Halloween, and the Bucs receivers are going to have to wait in line at times. If Week 2 is indeed Evans’ turn, we’re getting a favorable price in a juicy matchup. You might want to opt for Chris Godwin or even Antonio Brown in cash games, but Evans is the perfect type of GPP pick.
WR Will Fuller, Dolphins vs. Bills ($4,800). Fuller served the last of his six-game suspension and is ready to suit up for his new team. Somewhat miscast as purely a “boom-or-bust” receiver, Fuller recorded 20-plus DK points on five occasions in 2020, including a 38.1-point outburst on Thanksgiving. The Bills defense will provide more resistance than the Lions did on that occasion, but Fuller is a threat to ignite in any given week. He’s another prototypical tournament pick.
WR Bryan Edwards, Raiders @ Steelers ($3,700). This isn’t an ideal matchup, but we’re on a tight budget for this pick. Edwards only commanded five targets in Week 1 — tied for third on the team — but all five came in the second half and overtime, where he came about a half-yard short of a touchdown to go with 81 yards. If he can force his way into a larger piece of the passing game, he’ll be worth a roll of the dice at this price point.
TE Noah Fant, Broncos @ Jaguars ($4,200). Target volume may not always redistribute itself logically in the wake of an injury to a top receiver. However, we’re still going to bet on Fant, who finished Week 1 with the team lead in targets (eight). Jerry Jeudy will miss multiple weeks with a high-ankle sprain, and Fant figures to be leaned on even more in the passing game.
Flex (RB) Najee Harris, Steelers vs. Raiders ($6,300). It wasn’t the debut Harris owners had in mind, but we’re going back to the well. It’s too early to become discouraged with Harris, who’s locked into the lead role. He received 16 carries and three targets against a tough Bills defense. It won’t be long before he enjoys a breakout game and his price tag soars.
DEF Carolina Panthers vs. Saints ($2,700) Okay, so some credit has to go to the Jets offense for making the Panthers defense look so good in Week 1. However, the Panthers have young, talented playmakers at each level of this unit and will make noise all season. The Saints lit up the Packers last week, so the Panthers aren’t likely to draw elevated ownership. If you’re not feeling the matchup, the Bears ($2,800) also fit our budget. They opened as four-point favorites ahead of their home date with the Bengals.