After a terrible Week 1, I am ready to hop back on the saddle and for a more productive week in daily fantasy. If you didn’t see my lineup last week, you can just trust me when I say it was great (It wasn’t). Week 1 is known to be the toughest, and after seeing most teams play it will be easier to get an idea of identities and trends. I decided to make more of a tournament style lineup this week because I think they are more fun, and I have more players I like for tournaments this week. Just like last week, this lineup will be for the Sunday slate only.
QB — Tom Brady ($7,900)
Tom Brady is the most expensive QB this Sunday, and while it’s good to avoid players with high usage rates in tournaments, I just can’t pass up on the GOAT this week. Brady has a favorable matchup this week against a New Orleans secondary who, against all odds, looks worse than last year. Last week the Saints’ secondary transformed Sam Bradford from Joe Montania to Joe Montana, so I see Brady putting up a lot of numbers in Vegas’ highest scoring game of the week. If you want a QB that costs less, I would look at Carson Palmer ($6,000) only because the Colts are the worst.
RB — Marshawn Lynch ($6,000)
Whenever I see a big time favorite, I always look at getting the running back for that team. Also, the statistics heavily favor home team favorites for RBs, QBs, and TEs. I wasn’t on the Beastmode hype train, but I will say I was impressed with him last week. He looked to be in good shape and ready to take my fantasy lineup to the promise land.
RB — Jacquizz Rodgers ($4,400)
I like Rodgers this week mainly for the price. In tournament lineups, it is important to find the players that have a breakout game and aren’t owned by the rest of the field. Jacquizz will get his shot this week with Doug Martin’s suspension.
WR — Larry Fitzgerald ($6,500)
Fitz played 74 of 75 offensive snaps last week and saw 13 targets. That is a whole lot of volume for veteran who is about to face one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. While Palmer is known to the spread the ball around, that did not seem to be the case last week and I see the struggling Palmer trying to keep it simple by throwing to his favorite target—especially in the red zone and without David Johnson.
WR — Chris Hogan ($5,600)
Hogan is another receiver who never comes off the field as he stayed on for 73 of 81 offensive snaps last week. I look for Brady to torch this terrible defense and with Hogan always being there I see him having the opportunity for some big plays.
WR — Doug Baldwin ($6,700)
I see the Seahawks coming out and beating the 49ers easily. I love receivers who see a lot of red zone targets, and Baldwin is known for being a touchdown machine.
TE — Jesse James ($3,200)
Jesse James is in a good position for a tournament lineup TE. He is at home and his team is favored to beat the Vikings. He scored two touchdowns last week on eight targets and I see that carrying over to this week.
Flex — Keenan Allen ($5800)
Allen saw double-digit targets last week, and while he only caught half of those, he did score a touchdown. It’s no secret that Allen is Phillip Rivers’ favorite target, and it’s also not a secret the Chargers like to throw the ball.
D/ST — Ravens
Most players just fill in their defense with whoever they can, but as we all know “defense wins championships.” The Ravens scored 25 points on Draft Kings last week, and they will put up big numbers against DeShone Kizer, who is making his first career road start for the Browns in a hostile environment.