Top Optimal Lineup For Daily Fantasy Football in Round Two
Daily fantasy football as we know it is slowly slipping away, but just like last week, we get another shot at a decent four-game slate this weekend.
This is really it for legit daily fantasy football action, however, as after this the field is down to just two total games. Things could remain a little tight this week, but if you target the right studs and nail the right value picks, you could be in position to win big in some giant GPPs over at DraftKings.
We found success in the Wild Card round (won $14 in a big GPP), with Christine Michael being our only pick on the entire roster to finish with under 10 fantasy points. Had we rolled with Chris Thompson and Kirk Cousins, we may have won all of the money.
That may have us thinking a little more contrarian than usual this week, but we still want to push out the best DFS lineup possible. While we attempt to do that here, always keep in mind that our optimal lineup can also serve as a starting point for you. With that, let’s get to it:
QB: Carson Palmer – Cardinals ($6.5k)
This hurts me as a Packers fan, but even if Green Bay puts up more of a fight, I can’t see an elite Arizona offense coming up lame at home. Palmer has not only been amazing all year and fared well against the Packers earlier this season, but he’s also an insane value.
RB: David Johnson – Cardinals ($6k)
There isn’t a more logical running back to start with this week, as DeAngelo Williams is set to miss his second straight playoff game and Johnson is still ridiculously cheap at DraftKings. Johnson also mashed Green Bay last time to the tune of 21 fantasy points, so there’s nothing to fear here except an inordinate amount of chalk.
RB: Marshawn Lynch – Seahawks ($6.4k)
I’m slightly hesitant to use Beast Mode, but you’d have a tough time pointing me to another safe option beyond DJ this week. James White, Jonathan Stewart and Eddie Lacy all warrant arguments, but a healthy Lynch is tough to pass up. Even if he’s somewhat limited, this is a value price for his talent and upside.
WR: John Brown – Cardinals ($5.2k)
I need some Cardinals wide receivers to stack with Palmer, so I’m going with the two cheapest ones. Brown is shifty and explosive, which means he can beat Green Bay two ways and is quite the bargain at just $5.2k.
WR: Michael Floyd – Cardinals ($5.1k)
Ditto for Floyd, who can beat you over the top or jump over you for touchdowns in the red-zone. He destroyed the Packers with chunk yardage last time out and they really don’t have anyone who can shut him down. I’m banking on two Cardinals receivers, rather than paying up for Larry Fitzgerald.
WR: Emmanuel Sanders – Broncos ($5.8k)
Sanders is a sick value when you look at the damage he inflicted on a bad Steelers secondary just three weeks ago. I doubt he absolutely murders them again but he’s a good price and is quite explosive. With a matchup like this at home, 20+ fantasy points is a possibility.
TE: Travis Kelce – Chiefs ($5.1k)
I don’t exactly trust Kelce with a tough road matchup against the Patriots, but his value is impossible to ignore. Rob Gronkowski is also banged up and Kelce is far cheaper than both him and Greg Olsen. Fresh off of doing as he pleased against the Texans a week ago, Kelce could be in a groove.
FLEX: Martavis Bryant – Steelers ($6k)
Antonio Brown has already been ruled out, so Bryant will be Pittsburgh’s top passing game threat in Denver this weekend. He has a tough matchup with Aqib Talib, but he’s extremely explosive and is coming off of a big game in Cincinnati last week. The opportunities will certainly be there, so he’s worth a shot.
DEF: Arizona Cardinals ($3.8k)
Is what we saw from Green Bay the real deal last week or was the 38-8 blowout loss in Arizona three weeks what is to be expected? I’m thinking it’s somewhere in between, but due to Arizona’s upside and value here, they’re the defensive pick for me.
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