Week 2 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Picks at Each Position
The first week of the 2015 NFL season officially ended last night, and the last two games of the week were much like the first 14: unpredictable.
That’s fantasy football in a nutshell, and it never gets all that much more predictable when you dabble in daily fantasy football, either. That doesn’t mean you can’t land on some picks. Travis Kelce, Matt Forte and Aaron Rodgers were easy calls going into week one, and they all paid off in a big way.
Of course, some guys can come out of nowhere like Stevie Johnson, Alex Smith and Carlos Hyde, while top shelf talent can tank like Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson and C.J. Anderson.
It’s all about who you pick and when. For week two, we’re back at that guessing game, giving you our two favorite picks at each major position in daily fantasy football leagues. Let’s get to it:
Quarterback: Drew Brees (Saints) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
Brees was fairly limited last week on the road against a good Arizona Cardinals defense, yet he still put up over 300 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for being “shut down”. This week he draws a Buccaneers defense that he knows and also gave up 42 points in week one. If Brees isn’t a must-play in week two, he never will be.
Russell Wilson kind of owns the Packers in a certain way and Seattle enters Lambeau Field this week badly needing a win. If they don’t get it they’ll fall to 0-2 and that’s just not likely for a team this good. On top of that, Green Bay always struggles against mobile quarterbacks and they can’t stop the run in general. Wilson could be in for quite the night on Sunday Night Football this week.
Running Back: Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) and Justin Forsett (Ravens)
Stemming from Russell Wilson’s argument, Beast Mode is in for a great day against the Packers, who just got absolutely shredded by Matt Forte on the ground. Lynch is always good against them, anyways, and this is a massive game for Seattle. Lynch won’t disappoint.
Forsett is a little less reliable. Actually a lot less. But he’s facing the Raiders and Oakland just gave up a boat load of fantasy points to Cincy’s running backs. Giovani Bernard racked up a ton of yardage and Jeremy Hill scored twice. After being contained in week one, look for Forsett and the Baltimore offense to act out on the Raiders this week.
Wide Receiver: Julio Jones (Falcons) and Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants)
Let’s not get cute at wide receiver. There are always going to be nice cheap plays at the position, but two things are very true: Julio Jones can’t be stopped and ODB probably isn’t going to stink up the joint two weeks in a row.
These two stud wide receivers actually face off when the Falcons and Giants go to war in week two, and this game has the makings of a total shootout. Atlanta and New York both got burned by the pass in week one, and that’s likely to happen again via these two beasts.
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) and Jason Witten (Cowboys)
The Gronk can’t be stopped. Well, the Bills might slow him down, but he’s far and away the top tight end, so going against him is a risk I’m not very much into taking.
Witten is a harder buy but with Dez Bryant breaking his foot, he’s suddenly in for a very concrete role. Witten even scored twice in week one, so we already saw the benefits of Tony Romo targeting him a ton. The Gronk is more expensive and has way more upside, but Witten is a solid value with a nice role. Take your pick.
Team Defense: Baltimore Ravens and St. Louis Rams
Pick your matchup, folks. Baltimore is going up against an Oakland Raiders team that couldn’t even score 13 points against the Cincinnati Bengals until the final quarter in week one. Baltimore did lose pass rusher Terrell Suggs to a torn Achilles, but they are well rounded from top to bottom and really looked excellent in week one. Derek Carr could be out this week, too, which could have the Ravens doing work against Matt McGloin. It could be chops licking time for Baltimore.
The Rams are no one to scoff at, either, as they were quite good against Seattle in week one. They still gave up 31 points, but only one of the touchdowns allowed was truly on the defense. The Rams sacked Russell Wilson six times and got a pick, showing they can get to the quarterback and force turnovers. Enter Kirk Cousins and the hapless Redskins. Yeah, St. Louis is going to be a fun team defense to use this week.
There are certainly more daily fantasy football plays to consider, but few will be as good as these top shelf picks. Be sure to keep coming back for sleeper picks and lineup advice throughout the week.
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