Our DraftKings and FanDuel stacks got off to an interesting Week 1 start. Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews paid off, as you’d expect, but somehow Drew Brees and Michael Thomas proved to be a total bust and were outdone by our riskiest tournament stack of Mitchell Trubisky and Allen Robinson. For Week 2, we’ve again got a mix of NFL DFS cash and GPP stacks for both DK and FD. Some make sense without much thought, like Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins; others could take some convincing for even the wisest of daily fantasy football players. (Yes, we’ve got Dwayne Haskins in the article this week.)
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WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Week 2 NFL DFS Picks: Top cash game stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel
QB Kyler Murray and WR DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals vs. Washington (DraftKings stack)
This wouldn’t be a bad stack on FanDuel either, but we’re specifying it as a DK stack because Murray’s price on DraftKings is much cheaper relative to other quarterbacks than it is on FanDuel.
Murray targeted Hopkins 16 times in Week 1, and Hopkins caught 14 of those targets. There might have been some worry about them getting acclimated to each other and having to do so against a strong San Francisco defense, but there were obviously no issues there. Washington brings a strong pass rush but a weaker secondary, so Murray and Hopkins likely will connect plenty again in Week 2.
There was some temptation to make this a three-player stack, but both Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald received a relatively meager five targets in Week 1. If you feel especially strongly about either of them, you can throw them into this stack (or use Dan Arnold as a super cheap TE play).
WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
QB Jared Goff and WR Cooper Kupp, Rams @ Eagles (DraftKings stack)
Goff’s pricing doesn’t really make sense for someone who threw the ball as much as anyone in the NFL last year. The Eagles showed to be stronger in run defense than pass defense against Washington, so the Rams should look to air it out on the road in Week 2.
Kupp’s coming off a quiet first week that isn’t likely to repeat itself either. So, you get a value QB to go with a likely underowned receiver. It might seem more like a tournament stack, but these are both proven fantasy producers coming in at some value and low ownership, which makes them solid for cash games.
QB Josh Allen, WR Stefon Diggs and WR John Brown (DraftKings and FanDuel stack)
Diggs caught eight passes in Week 1, while Brown caught six. It looks like they’ll be able to co-exist. Miami’s defense should be vulnerable to a scrambling Allen after Cam Newton ran for 75 yards against it in Week 1, and when the Dolphins focus on stopping Allen’s running, Diggs and Brown should find more deep success than they did against a Jets defense looking to prevent the deep ball.
A case can also be made on DK for using Cole Beasley if you want to pay up at other positions instead of one of these WRs. The PPR scoring on DraftKings lends Beasley a little help at putting up a solid fantasy day. Beasley caught 10 passes across two meetings with the Dolphins in 2019.
Week 2 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
QB Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown, Titans vs. Jaguars (FanDuel stack)
Tannehill has thrown two or more touchdowns in eight-straight regular season games. You could make the case for a cash-game stack except for the unpredictability in how the limited Tennessee targets go around to their WRs. After a big Corey Davis Week 1, we’ll be on things heading back Brown’s way in Week 2.
The Jaguars actually won a game to open the season, but the Titans pose a much different set of issues for Jacksonville than Indianapolis did. A strong play-action attack will be too much for the Jags’ poor secondary to deal with, and Brown has as much deep-ball accumen as anyone in football. One deep connection, which feels pretty likely this week, will be all it takes.
RB Malcolm Brown and Los Angeles Rams D/ST, @ Eagles (DraftKings stack)
You can make the case for this stack on FD, too, but the Rams D/ST is much less regarded on DK and more of a value play there. We’re betting on the offensive-line woes that led to the Eagles losing to Washington to be even more pronounced against Aaron Donald and friends.
We’re definitely taking a risk here that Brown remains more productive than Cam Akers, but if you like Akers better, he works here, too. The idea is that L.A. will create good field position for itself with pressure on the QB, allowing more chances for its RBs to score early and run out the clock late.
QB Dwayne Haskins, WR Terry McLaurin and TE Logan Thomas, Washington @ Cardinals (DraftKings and FanDuel stack)
CAUTION: Proceed at own risk.
Sometimes it takes a combination of players you’d never consider to win a tournament. We wouldn’t advise this being your only lineup choice of the week, but if you’re feeling especially lucky, go for it. Arizona has a beatable defense, McLaurin is one of the best young WRs in football, and Thomas got red-zone looks and a touchdown in Week 1.
The thing that scares us the most here is honestly Haskins, who still hasn’t looked like an NFL starter despite an impressive team win in their opener. If Haskins plays well, McLaurin and Thomas can both have solid games together.
What Trevor Lawrence thinks of ‘Tank for Trevor’ NFL Draft slogan
Trevor Lawrence is trying not to hear it.
The stud Clemson quarterback said that, yes, he has seen the “Tank for Trevor” slogan infiltrating the NFL’s worst teams.
“I try to ignore it as much as possible,” Lawrence told the Greenville News. “Obviously, if you’re on social media at all, you can’t help but see some of it. It’s just funny.”
Lawrence is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The junior, who led Clemson to a national title as a freshman, has already said this will be his last season with the Tigers.
The Falcons, Vikings and Jets are among the 0-3 teams who could be looking to make Lawrence the future of their franchise.
“It’s a new team every week, so I don’t think there’s any real insight into what’s going to happen,” Lawrence said. “It’s a long season – there have only been three games in the NFL and we’re on our third game. I mean it’s kind of interesting to see all the stuff that comes to me.
“It’s funny. I don’t take it too seriously. You can’t really predict where you’re going to go, what’s going to happen, so all I can do is enjoy my time while I’m here, perform the best I can and enjoy where I’m at right now. We’ll see next year what happens.”
Bale ‘very happy, very committed’ at Spurs as he approaches injury return, says Mourinho
Jose Mourinho says Gareth Bale is “very happy” at Spurs as he continues his recovery from injury after joining the club on loan earlier this month.
Bale made his return to Spurs on September 18, rejoining his former club on loan from Real Madrid. The move sees him return to the team where he thrived from 2007 to 2013 before making his big money move to Spain.
While he was able to win plenty of trophies in Spain, Bale was often depicted as an outside figure in the Madrid dressing room and, throughout last season, he was frequently left out of Zinedine Zidane’s XI.
A return to Spurs has been seen by many as a chance for the Wales star to rediscover the Bale of old, although that will have to wait until he is fully fit and ready to play.
The winger is currently dealing with a knee injury suffered during the last international break and, when offering an update on the club’s injured list, Mourinho revealed that Bale’s rehabilitation is going well.
He also offered updates on the status of Heung-min Son, who he says is closer to full fitness than Bale is currently.
“Sonny, of course, is not playing tomorrow. He is a doubt for Sunday, I would say a big doubt, but I don’t want to say that he is not going to play because maybe he does it and my position is not good,” Mourinho said.
“Bale cannot play tomorrow or on the weekend, that I can confirm. He’s working hard, very committed, very professional, very happy, but not yet for tomorrow or for the weekend.
“I believe that the two weeks of the international break can be important weeks to his last phase of recovery and fitness problems, hopefully, to play when we’re back the weekend after the national teams. We’ll see if it is possible to arrive there. From yesterday, it’s just fatigue, no injured players, no.”
Spurs are fresh off a win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, having taken down their London rivals in a penalty shootout. They will host Maccabi Haifa on Thursday in the Europa League before visiting Mourinho’s former club Manchester United this weekend in their return to Premier League action.
How Heat’s Bam Adebayo got his nickname & became the rising star to watch in NBA Finals
Bam Adebayo has been one of the breakout players of the 2020 NBA playoffs, and he’ll lead the Miami Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals from the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida. Adebayo is straight out of the new breed of centers – not only can he score down low and rebound, but he can handle the ball off the dribble and pass as well as any big guy this side of Nikola Jokic. For the Heat to pull off an NBA Finals upset of the Lakers, Adebayo will need to combine with Jimmy Butler to have an amazing series.
But before Adebayo got to the Heat, he wasn’t a top-10 pick. It wasn’t obvious that he’d display the all-around game he does now. He was just one of many talented cogs at Kentucky, and well before that, just a kid who flipped over his mother’s coffee table.
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How did Bam Adebayo get his nickname?
Adebayo’s given first name is Edrice. But while watching “The Flintstones” at age 1, Adebayo flipped over a coffee table in a way that reminded his mother of one of the show’s characters, Bam-Bam Rumble. From that day forward, Edrice was known as Bam Bam, eventually shortened to just “Bam.”
The nickname fits well, too, for a boy who grew into a 6-9, 255-pound center with a 7-1 wingspan. Bam is the perfect name for dunking on people’s heads and blocking their shots.
Bam Adebayo’s NBA evolution
Adabeyo played one season at Kentucky following high school ball at High Point Christian Academy in North Carolina. He was well-regarded, a consensus top-10 recruit in the 2016 class in the same group that brought De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk to Big Blue Nation. Adebayo’s job was simple playing for John Calipari – serve as the college version of Dwight Howard. So Adebayo averaged 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in his lone season with the Wildcats, but he dished out less than an assist per game and shot 65 percent at the foul line.
The Heat took Adebayo with the 14th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, behind already likely busts like Josh Jackson, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. Both Fox and Monk went ahead of Adebayo, and that’s the year the Lakers took Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick.
It was already obvious even in his rookie season that Adebayo had a skillset that hadn’t been utilized at Kentucky. He averaged 1.5 assists per game in about 19 minutes per contest, doubling his Kentucky rate in about two-thirds of the playing time. In both of Adebayo’s first two years, though, he mostly came off the bench behind Hassan Whiteside.
With Whiteside in Portland ahead of the 2019-20 season, the Heat could finally unleash Bam. He led fastbreaks. He worked dribble handoffs on the perimeter. He fed backdoor cutters from the high post. While he isn’t exactly the same as Jokic, much of Adebayo’s offensive functionality is. It resulted in a season averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. In the postseason, Adebayo is averaging nearly three more points per game, and his free-throw percentage is up more than five percent in the NBA from his time at Kentucky. While it wasn’t obvious right away in Adebayo’s usage, his third-year breakout has made him one of the most valuable centers in the NBA.
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How Bam Adebayo helps the Heat slow down Anthony Davis
Early in NBA Finals games, Adebayo might find himself matched up with Javale McGee or Dwight Howard. But as the Lakers often do, they’ll likely go small and play Anthony Davis at the 5. It’s not Davis’ preferred spot, but it’s the most effective place for the Lakers to use him. Davis is a handful on both ends, a first-team All-League and All-Defense player.
Adabeayo’s offensive game is such that he shouldn’t be supremely limited by Davis’ defense. The ability to do so many things well means that Adebayo can just focus on the aspect of his game that Davis isn’t looking to stop on a given night.
Defensively is where Adebayo will have to work hard against Davis. Adebayo averaged a career-high 1.3 blocks per game this season, but guarding Davis is more about making him catch as far away from the basket as possible and contesting his jump shots while not fouling. At 6-10, Davis has the slight height advantage on Adebayo, meaning Adebayo will have to work early, before Davis catches the ball.
Players that Adebayo has been guarding in the playoffs have shot a combined 44.2 percent while he’s on them, according to NBA Stats. That’s not too different than the 43.1 percent shooting Davis has allowed, meaning they could be a fair match for each other.
Miami will need Adebayo’s usual impact on the offensive end to match his results against Davis on the defensive end – if they do, the Heat have a chance at one final series upset.
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