The tendency to play a sneaky QB-WR stack can play off in FanDuel GPP lineups — but it can also backfire. Last week, our FD tournament picks performed well, but Tyrod Taylor and our Chargers stack let us down. Almost any other stack would have had us cashing in a tournament. We’re back at it in Week 2 with Ryan Tannehill leading our NFL DFS lineup, but he’s actually been surprisingly consistent and should continue that this week.
Like last week, a few lower-priced value plays have allowed us to fill much of this lineup with safe plays who should perform well. That leaves us only counting on a few risky selections to push our lineup over the top in Week 2.
WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
FanDuel Picks Week 2: NFL DFS lineup for GPPs
QB Ryan Tannehill, Titans vs. Jaguars ($7,000)
The Jaguars allowed Philip Rivers to pass for 363 yards in Week 1. In one meeting with Jacksonville a year ago, Tannehill threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s thrown at least two touchdowns in eight-straight regular season games. The natural inclination to avoid Tennessee’s passing game because it’s a run-heavy offense means Tannehill’s ownership will be low despite consistent proof that he’ll put up solid fantasy numbers.
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs @ Chargers ($8,000)
CEH could be a popular play this week, although the Chargers defense did enough against Joe Mixon to not make this a walk in the park. But Edwards-Helaire has upside that wasn’t realized as a receiver in Week 1. If KC starts throwing to him and he continues his season-opening success on the ground, Edwards-Helaire could have one of the week’s highest scores.
RB Kenyan Drake, Cardinals vs. Washington ($6,600)
Drake stayed healthy and didn’t get too bottled up by a strong San Francisco defense. While Washington’s front seven did enough to slow down Philadelphia’s backup RBs, Drake is much more talented and has more weapons around him to worry Washington.
WR A.J. Brown, Titans vs. Jaguars ($6,600)
Corey Davis was the winner of Week 1 in the Tennessee passing game, but Brown remains the obvious tournament play for his big-play chops. All it takes is one play-action connection from Tannehill to Brown to make this lineup work.
WR Davante Adams, Packers vs. Lions ($8,600)
Adams is the top option on this slate — and for good reason. Having 14 catches, 156 yards and two scores in Week 1 will do that for you, and there’s nothing to suggest that the Lions of all teams will be able to slow him down.
WR Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs @ Chargers ($4,700)
Robinson worked ahead of Mecole Hardman in Week 1 as the Chiefs’ No. 3 WR and caught three passes on six targets. Two of the non-catches would’ve been touchdowns if Robinson reeled them in. Patrick Mahomes should look over the top for Robinson a few times again Sunday, and whenever Mahomes looks for somebody deep, it’s a good stab to take in a tournament.
WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
TE O.J. Howard, Buccaneers vs. Panthers ($4,800)
Howard was on the field for 37 snaps in Week 1, 17 less than Rob Gronkowski, but Howard ran just two fewer pass routes than Gronk. When O.J. is on the field, Tom Brady will often be looking his way, and that’s how Howard got in the end zone in Week 1. This price is a bit too cheap for an uber-talented athlete playing with a QB who loves throwing to good TEs.
FLEX RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings @ Colts ($8,800)
Cook salvaged his Week 1 with a couple touchdowns after game flow made his rushing role lighter, but Cook remains in a run-first offense that should pay dividends in the long run. The Colts struggled at times to stop James Robinson in Week 1, and they likely won’t be slowing down Cook.
DEF Los Angeles Rams @ Eagles ($4,500)
The Eagles let the Washington Football Team D/ST score 15 FanDuel points in Week 1 due to a struggle to block a strong pass rush. Los Angeles poses similar issues with better coverage players, and the Eagles still have a dinged-up offensive line. Carson Wentz could be in for a lot of time on the ground Sunday.
Jets expect Joe Flacco to backup Sam Darnold vs. Broncos
It has been nearly a year since Joe Flacco dressed for an NFL game, but he will be in uniform Thursday night.
Flacco is expected to be Sam Darnold’s backup, according to a source, after watching the team’s first three games. The veteran quarterback has been recovering from neck surgery in April and was not cleared until last week. Mike White had been Darnold’s backup.
“The toughest part of it is really just feeling pretty good but not being able to go out there and play, not being able to go out there and practice,” Flacco said this week. “The offseason was one thing, but once we got back here for training camp and everybody is doing their thing and throwing footballs and throwing individual routes and running seven-on-seven, running team drills, that’s when it started to become tough because I couldn’t take part in that. When you’re so close to the action, but not able to really do it, it can be frustrating.”
Flacco’s return comes against the team he played for last season, the Broncos. Flacco spent just one season in Denver. He went 171-for-262 for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. Flacco’s season ended in late October when he injured his neck. The Broncos released him in the offseason.
The Jets signed Flacco to a one-year deal to back up Darnold, knowing he would miss the first few games as he recovered from surgery. Flacco said he has been impressed with Darnold despite his recent struggles.
“He’s really talented. He really is,” Flacco said. “He can make all the throws. He’s got good feet, a good head on his shoulders. It’s just about going out there and doing it consistently and playing together as a football team.”
OT George Fant and CB Quincy Wilson have both been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play Thursday night after missing Sunday’s game against the Colts. WR Breshad Perriman (ankle) was ruled out. S Ashtyn Davis (groin) and LB Jordan Willis (ankle) are doubtful to play. OT Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), DL John Franklin-Myers (knee), WR Chris Hogan (ribs/knee) and LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) are all listed as questionable, but are expected to play.
Mourinho gives return date for injured Tottenham star Son
Heung-min Son is expected to return from injury after the upcoming international break as coach Jose Mourinho used the news to send a message to national team managers about match time for his players.
The South Korean international injured his hamstring during the first half of Spurs’ 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle on Sunday, with Mourinho declaring post-match the attacker would be “out for a while”.
Following Tottenham’s penalty shootout win against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last-16, the Portuguese manager revealed Son would likely return after the upcoming international break – which will see the North London side host West Ham on October 17.
Mourinho also used the reporter’s question about Son to alert international managers about the heavy workload completed by Tottenham’s players in recent weeks, hoping they will look after his squad members while they are with national teams.
Along with three Premier League matches and the Carabao clash with Chelsea, Spurs have also had two Europa League qualifiers in Bulgaria and Macedonia – and will host Israel’s Maccabi Haifa on Thursday night.
“I expect to have him back after the international period and you give me the opportunity to speak about it,” Mourinho said in his post-match press conference.
“I hope the national team coaches they have their data and they realise how many minutes Tottenham players have played this week and I hope they care about the players and they protect them because Tottenham players this week they have an incredible amount of minutes and work and it’s very, very dangerous.”
Son’s injury cut the forward down at an inopportune time with the 28-year-old scoring four goals in Tottenham’s rout of Southampton, while he also hit the woodwork on two occasions before being forced off at half-time against Newcastle.
New signing Gareth Bale hasn’t been available for selection because of a knee injury after joining in a loan deal from Real Madrid earlier this month.
Mourinho has said Bale might feature in the Spurs squad before the international break but he is unsure of the exact date for second debut for the Welsh forward.
After hosting Maccabi Haifa on October 1, Tottenham face a blockbuster clash against Mourinho’s former club Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 4 before the international break.
Chelsea boss Lampard pleased with Mendy debut despite Carabao Cup exit to Tottenham
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard was pleased to see new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy take a proactive approach in his first appearance for the club during their Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Tottenham.
The Blues’ woes between the posts have been well-documented over the past 12 months, with neither Kepa Arrizabalaga nor Willy Caballero doing enough to convince Lampard they could be depended upon for the 2020-21 season.
Mendy was powerless to stop Tottenham converting all five of their penalties in the shootout that ensued after a 1-1 draw at full-time on Tuesday, but the former Rennes keeper nevertheless left his manager pleased with what he saw.
“I thought he was very good. He made a couple of good saves, one particularly good save,” Lampard told reporters after Chelsea’s Carabao Cup exit.
“He came and caught a few balls, even the one where he came and didn’t catch, the idea that he wants to be positive is not a bad thing. Very, very pleased with every part of his game, really.”
Mason Mount proved the villain of the piece, missing Chelsea’s fifth, decisive shootout kick – but Lampard does not believe the error will rankle with the young star.
“I don’t think a shattering blow is what it should be. A disappointing night to get knocked out of the Carabao Cup,” he added.
“Mason will have many more nights for this club and for his country where he will play in games with huge importance on them and he will be the deciding factor on a positive note in them.
“He has my support for all times and the team and everybody around it. You miss a penalty, it is a collective when you get to a game like this.
“We were dominant and we want to score more goals at that point because of the amount of possession. Couple of good chances, Callum [Hudson-Odoi] had a good chance at the end of the first half.
“Tottenham will have felt that hard and they changed their game to go longer in their build which meant that our fantastic press in the first half wasn’t as relevant up the pitch.
“They turned us round and made us run backwards, rather than pressing forwards and that becomes really difficult to be fair to the lads. We could have been better on the ball in the second half, maybe dealt with the physical nature of the Spurs game but it slightly changed the case of the game.
“They had chances in the second half but so did we. At 1-0, the second goal finishes it for us and we didn’t get that.”
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