The Cruncher List for Week 2: FanDuel & DraftKings NFL DFS Lineup Advice & Picks | Game-By-Game Analysis

The Cruncher List | Week 2 FanDuel & DraftKings NFL DFS Lineup Advice, Tips & Picks.

Here to help you build the best possible FanDuel & DraftKings NFL Week 2 Line-up

If you are new to the Cruncher List – thank you for reading our game by game breakdown of the Main Slate of action for the season’s first Main Slate! If you are returning, you know the drill.

I will be breaking down each of the upcoming NFL games, providing my thoughts on who makes for good cash game plays on FanDuel and DraftKings.

I will note good picks for the week, and the options I feel are the best of the best… the guys who make The Cruncher List.  

I will be updating this piece throughout the week – so please check back for updates as they become available!

Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens (-13), Total: 46.5

Arizona Cardinals – Projected total: 16.75

The Cardinals are massive road dogs this week, playing against a Baltimore team that looked amazing in Week 1, granted – they were also playing Miami, who looks destined for the #1 pick in April, 2020.  I’m a little surprised at the projected total here for the Cards, and am tempted to recommend a few options as contrarian plays in Week 2 – however, in the end I’ve opted against it, and will be fading Arizona this week.

If you want to go the contrarian approach, I like the trio of QB Kyler Murray, RB David Johnson and WR Christian Kirk.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • None

Baltimore Ravens – Projected total: 29.75

The Ravens made quick work, and put up a whopping 59 points in Week 1’s victory over Miami…and while it was impressive, I am not putting too much stock in what we saw.  Granted, Arizona’s defence is far from a juggernaut, so they are in a good position this week.

QB Lamar Jackson is an elite option at QB this week.  He’s a dual threat QB – giving him a high floor due to his rushing prowess, and his passing seems to have taken a large leap forward if Week 1 was any indication.  He’s priced up this week – but doesn’t break the bank at the position – and if you like many of the value plays on the board, he’s a great option.

RB Mark Ingram saw limited snaps in Week 1, but had a great game when he got the ball.  I wouldn’t read too much into the snap split we saw as the game got out of hand quickly.  He doesn’t quite make The Cruncher List as I do like some other options on the board more – but I wouldn’t blame you one bit if you fired him up in your line-up(s) this week.

WR Marquise Brown played 12 snaps.  He ran 8 routes.  He caught 4 balls on 5 targets for 147 yards and 2 TD’s.  He’s an electric talent and the Cards don’t have anyone that should be able to cover him in this one.  However, concerns about snaps are enough to keep him off of the Cruncher List for me in Week 2…but he’s a solid option at an affordable price.

TE Mark Andrews is a break-out candidate at the TE position, and he got his season off to a great start with a line of 8-101-1 on 8 targets.  He remains an affordable option at the position – and while I wouldn’t expect him to repeat his Week 1 line, he’s a very strong play at TE this week.

The Cards have a dismal OL, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see the Ravens get after Kyler Murray in this one.  On a week where I don’t love many of the DST options, they make the cut for The Cruncher List.

The Cruncher List

  • QB Lamar Jackson
  • Ravens DST

Good Plays

  • RB Mark Ingram
  • WR Marquise Brown
  • TE Mark Andrews

San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals (-2), Projected total: 46

San Francisco 49ers – Projected Total: 22 points

The 49ers check in this week as a road dog with a low point total.  They are playing a Bengals defence that did a solid job of limiting Seattle in Week 1 – but not a unit that I am fearful of overall.

With the injury to RB Tevin Coleman, expect RB Matt Breida to shoulder the bulk of the load on the ground with Raheem Mostert sprinkled in.  Kyle Shanahan tends to utilize a timeshare at RB – and while I expect Breida to outsnap and touch Mostert, I don’t envision either of them doing significant damage from a fantasy standpoint to the point where they are part of GPP winning line-ups.  With that said, I wouldn’t argue too much if you wanted to take a contrarian approach to line-up builds and roster either of them.

As for the passing game, it’s a bit of a muddled mess – outside of TE George Kittle, who I think remains an elite option.  I have no problem fading the likes of QB Jimmy Garropolo, WR Dante Pettis (who only played 2 snaps in Week 1), WR Deebo Samuel and WR Marquise Goodwin until we have more clarity with respect to who will be seeing snaps and targets.

The Cruncher List

  • TE George Kittle

Good Plays

  • RB Matt Breida

Cincinnati Bengals – Projected Total: 24 points

I was extremely impressed with what I saw from the passing game for the Bengals – who went into Seattle and moved the ball at will in a tough environment.  The running game has question marks with the injury to Joe Mixon.  If he sits out, RB Gio Bernard is a great option at his price point as he should take over as a 3-down back in this one.  If Mixon suits up, I have no problem fading the RB’s here.

QB Andy Dalton was able to find WR John Ross 7 times for 158 yards and two scores, making Ross a key contributor to some big GPP wins in Week 1.  He will see a major spike in ownership levels this week as he remains cheap – and he’s a very viable option if you think he’ll continue to see significant looks with AJ Green out.  WR Tyler Boyd is a rock solid option at WR, though he just misses the cut for making The Cruncher List at his price point.  Either way, I am bullish on the Bengals passing attack after what I saw from Zac Taylor’s offence in Week 1, and I have no problem stacking this trio (and Gio if Mixon sits).

The Cruncher List

  • QB Andy Dalton
  • Bengals (QB-WR-WR) stack, add RB Gio Bernard if Mixon is out

Good Plays

  • WR John Ross
  • WR Tyler Boyd

Los Angeles Chargers (-2) @ Detroit Lions, Projected Total: 47.5

Los Angeles Chargers, Projected Total: 24.75

The Chargers are getting ravaged by injuries, losing TE Hunter Henry for 4-6 weeks and WR Mike Williams, who at this point in time doesn’t look like he will suit up for this one.  The Lions have a stout defence, but due to volume – I expect QB Philip Rivers to look the way of RB Austin Ekeler and WR Keenan Allen a ton in this one, especially with the OL woes that the Chargers have right now.  As for Rivers himself, I do prefer other QB’s on the board – however, it would not shock me to see his pass volume be extremely high in this one due to the OL concerns.

The Chargers have some DST appeal in this one, though not worthy of The Cruncher List.

The Cruncher List

  • RB Austin Ekeler
  • WR Keenan Allen

Good Plays

  • QB Philip Rivers
  • Chargers DST

Detroit Lions, Projected Total: 22.75

The Lions are going into this one coming off a productive week for many of their fantasy options.  A couple things to keep in mind:

  1. Arizona played week 1 with the quickest pace in the league.
  2. Due to the fact that the game went to overtime and for point number 1, there was a significant increase in snaps

With that said, and due to the fact that the Chargers have a great defence – I have no problem fading the Lions offence in this one…I prefer other options on the board this week.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • None

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers (-2), Projected Total: 44

Minnesota Vikings, Projected Total: 21

The Vikings didn’t have to pass much in Week 1, turning to the air for a whopping…10 attempts in their lopsided win over the Falcons.  The Packers defence looked much improved, granted – they played in a sloppy Week 1 win over the Bears on the season’s opening game – and I would not be surprised to see this one have more efficient offence from both teams.

Look for the Vikings to continue to give Dalvin Cook plenty of touches in the backfield.  He doesn’t quite make the cut for The Cruncher List going up against a front 7 that played excellent for GB in Week 1 – however, he’s a suitable option at RB this week.

As for the passing game, I have no problem fading it in this one.  The usual suspects at WR should garner a fair amount of interest, but I have no problem making a call in fading them to focus exposure to match-ups I feel are more attractive this week.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • RB Dalvin Cook

Green Bay Packers, Projected Total: 23

I expect the Packers to have a better showing on the offensive side of the ball in this one….however, from a DFS standpoint, I don’t envision a high probability of players from GB being a part of GPP winning line-ups this week.

WR Davante Adams has a track record of being able to put TD’s on the board against elite CB Xavier Rhodes – however, he isn’t someone that I want to target heavily…the match-up is a tough one for sure.  With that said, I think he posts a ‘solid’ line in Week 2.

The backfield saw more of a split than many would have liked between RB Aaron Jones and RB Jamaal Williams.  Going up against a tough front 7, I have no problem fading them this week.

The Packers DST is an underrated option this week IMO.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • Packers DST

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans (-8), Projected Total: 43.5

Jacksonville Jaguars, Projected Total: 17.75

The Jags are in tough this week, fresh off of the injury to QB Nick Foles.  Rookie sixth round pick Gardiner Minshew looked great in relief, posting a line of 22-25 for 280 yards and two scores…however, I want to see more from him before determining if he is a suitable DFS option, especially in a tough divisional road game.  With that said, he targeted slot WR Dede Westbrook on over 30% of his looks, and Houston was roasted in the slot in Week 1 by the Saints.  I like Westbrook as an underowned option this week with a high floor in a plus match-up.

Outside of him, they are a pretty easy fade in my books.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • WR Dede Westbrook

Houston Texans, Projected Total: 25.75

The ‘elite’ Jags defence was exposed in Week 1 by the Chiefs, though the Chiefs have the potential to do that to any defence in the league.  The Texans are another tough draw for the Jags defensive unit, and there are plenty of intriguing options here.

WR DeAndre Hopkins should see plenty of elite CB Jalen Ramsey in this one…enough to keep him off The Cruncher List for me, though if you want to fire him up for his high floor – I wouldn’t argue with it if you can afford his price point.  WR Will Fuller remains a boom/bust high ceiling play due to his limited number of targets that he sees at times – though he has big play ability that is rivaled by very few.

The backfield was a 2/3, 1/3 split between RB Duke Johnson and RB Carlos Hyde.  Both could be contrarian dart throws, with Duke having some appeal to me on DK due to the full PPR structure.

QB DeShaun Watson is a contrarian high spend QB option this week as many will fade him due to the match-up.  With that said, it’s in the range of outcomes that we see him post a similar line to that of Patrick Mahomes in Week 1.

The Texans DST is an elite option going up against a rookie sixth round QB who has a banged up LT and limited weapons in the passing game.

The Cruncher List

  • Texans DST

Good Plays

  • RB Duke Johnson (DK)
  • WR Will Fuller
  • Texans Stack (Watson, Duke, Hopkins, Fuller)

New England Patriots (-19) @ Miami Dolphins, Projected Total: 48.5

New England Patriots, Projected total: 33.75

With Antonio Brown set to play for the Patriots today, here are my thoughts:

  • I expect AB to play 20-30 snaps in this one as he gets acclimated with the Patriots offence, leaving him off my my recommendations for this week.
  • I think WR Julian Edelman remains just as strong of a play as he was before, and I think WR Josh Gordon takes a very slight hit.
  • As for the RB’s, I love both RB Sony Michel and RB Rex Burkhead this week in a game where the Pats should roll and lead by multiple scores.
  • QB Tom Brady is a great value play at his price point this week.
  • The Pats DST is an elite option.

The Cruncher List

  • QB Tom Brady
  • WR Julian Edelman
  • RB Sony Michel
  • Patriots DST

Good Plays

  • WR Josh Gordon
  • RB Rex Burkhead

Miami Dolphins, Projected Total: 14.75

Until further notice, the Dolphins are an easy fade for me…even in a game script where they will likely be playing from behind for most of the game.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • None

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans (-3), Projected Total: 44

Indianapolis Colts, Projected Total: 20.5

The Colts had a strong showing in Week 1, giving some more faith in the fantasy options that they have with QB Jacoby Brissett under center.  With that said, this is a tough draw for them, playing on the road in a game that should have a slow pace against a stout defence.  The Colts have a low projected total, and I have no problem fading them this week.  WR Deon Cain is intriuging at his price point if he ends up getting the start for the Colts in this one.  At $3k on DK, he’s a viable punt with upside.

I think the Colts DST is a strong, contrarian, value option that should have single digit ownership levels.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • Colts DST
  • WR Deon Cain

Tennessee Titans, Projected Total: 23.5

The Titans passing game will be something that I fade outside of TE Delanie Walker until it burns me.  This has been a stance that I took for the vast majority of 2018, and it worked out very well.

The Colts have an under-rated defence, and I think they will be able to contain RB Derek Henry enough to keep him from being a part of GPP winners this week.  I was impressed with what we saw from the workhorse back in Week 1, but I have no problem pivoting away from him this week in what I perceive to be a tough match-up.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • TE Delaine Walker

Dallas Cowboys (-5.5) @ Washington, Projected Total: 46

Dallas Cowboys, Projected Total: 25.25

The Cowboys come into this one with a mid-high projected total, travelling to Washington for a divisonal game.  Dallas looked great in Week 1 – and there’s a lot to like about the spot they are in for this one.  QB Dak Prescott, WR Amari Cooper and WR Michael Gallup connected early and often in the win.  Look for Dak to continue focusing on his pair of talented wide-outs in this one, building off of a strong showing that we saw.  Prescott makes The Cruncher List this week in another plus match-up, while Cooper and Gallup just miss the cut.

I think this is a game where the Cowboys feature Zeke, both on the ground and in the passing game.  His production was a little muted in Week 1, and I think that makes sense given when he joined the team…but in a match-up that I think Dallas should be able to control, I expect 20+ touches from Zeke in this one – with a good chance of a score or two.

The Cruncher List

  • QB Dak Prescott
  • RB Ezekiel Elliott

Good Plays

  • WR Amari Cooper
  • WR Michael Gallup
  • Cowboys DST

Washington, Projected Total: 19.75

I don’t think that WR Terry McLaurin is a case of chasing points…I think he’ll continue to see heavy targets, and put up numbers for Washington.  He’s a rock solid value play in a game where I expect Washington to be playing from behind in.

As for the running game, you could make a case that with the injury to Guice that rostering AP or Chris Thompson is wise.  I think both will see plenty of touches in this one, and if I was forced to pick, I would go with Thompson (only on DK though due to the full PPR).  I expect Washington to be playing from behind in this one from a game script angle, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him catch 5-6 balls.

The Cruncher List

  • None

Good Plays

  • WR Terry McLaurin
  • RB Chris Thompson (DK)

Buffalo Bills (-2) @ New York Giants, Projected Total: 43

Buffalo Bills, Projected Total: 22.5

I have no clue why Josh Allen is so cheap on DK.  He’s on the Cruncher List as a high floor, high ceiling option due to his rushing prowess.  I like him a lot in this match-up, and at his price on DK – it’s rather comical on that site.

RB Devin Singletary saw the majority of the snaps in Week 1’s win.  Throw a little water on the hype though, as keep in mind that Buffalo was trailing 16-0…I wouldn’t be shocked if Frank Gore sees a higher % of snaps this week.  With that said, I still do like Singletary at his price point…just not enough to put him on The Cruncher List.

WR John Brown is a viable option if you want a boom/bust compliment to Allen.  He looked solid in Week 1’s win.

The Cruncher List

  • QB Josh Allen

Good Plays

  • RB Devin Singletary
  • WR John Brown
  • Bills DST

New York Giants, Projected Total: 20.5

With WR Sterling Shepard out with a concussion, I expect a ton of volume for both TE Evan Engram and RB Saquon Barkley.  Due to the high floor nature and high ceiling of what should really be a funnel offence to these two, they are both on The Cruncher List, even though I don’t think that the Giants put up a ton of points in this one.

Outside of those two, it’s an easy pass unless you have the stomach to roster WR Cody Latimer, who should be the WR1 for the Giants on Sunday with Shepard out.

The Cruncher List

  • RB Saquon Barkley
  • TE Evan Engram

Good Plays

  • None

Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) @ Oakland Raiders, Projected Total: 52

Kansas City Chiefs, Projected Total: 29.75

This game you can fully stack, and I think will be the highest stacked game…it’s remarkably easy to do – especially on DK this week.

QB Patrick Mahomes is a great option…as is always the case if you can, and want to spend up on the QB position.  I expect him to heavily target the likes of WR Sammy Watkins and TE Travis Kelce in this one, making them both elite options despite the fact that they are both very pricey.

RB Damien Williams seems to be left for the dead in the fantasy community by many.  I prefer him to RB LeSean McCoy, especially with the buzz that many are expecting from Shady this week.  I’ll put this out there, I have no idea how the RB situation will end up shaking out in KC, but Damien Williams has done nothing but produce since Reid started giving him touches, and getting him low-moderately owned this week seems like an amazing opportunities.

The Cruncher List

  • RB Damien Williams
  • WR Sammy Watkins
  • TE Travis Kelce
  • Chiefs Stack
  • Game Stack

Good Plays

  • QB Patrick Mahomes
  • Chiefs DST

Oakland Raiders, Projected Total: 22.25

The Raiders, particularly on DK are priced way down.  In a game that I expect to be one of the highest, if not the highest of the week – there’s a lot of intrigue.

I expect the offence to run primarily through 3 skilled position players, RB Josh Jacobs, WR Tyrell Williams and TE Darren Waller.  QB Derek Carr is cheap too – as are all of the aforementioned options (Jacobs is a little more expensive than I care for on FD)…but I think all of the above options are elite plays this week.

The Cruncher List

  • QB Derek Carr
  • RB Josh Jacobs (DK)
  • WR Tyrell Williams
  • TE Darren Waller

Good Plays

  • RB Josh Jacobs (FD)

Chicago Bears (-2.5) @ Denver Broncos, Projected Total: 40.5

Chicago Bears, Projected Total: 21.5

This game is simple to me for DFS: fade.  I’m not going to over-think it.  It should be played at a slow pace, with two very talented defences.

The Cruncher List

  • Bears DST

Good Plays

  • None

Denver Broncos, Projected Total: 19

See above.

The Cruncher List

  • Broncos DST

Good Plays

  • None

New Orleans Saints @ Los Angeles Rams (-3), Projected Total: 54

New Orleans, Projected Total: 25

Last year’s NFC title game re-match, checks in with the highest total on the board.  I expect this one to be a high scoring affair, and there is plenty to like here:

  • QB Drew Brees
  • RB Alvin Kamara
  • WR Michael Thomas
  • TE Jared Cook

Kamara and Thomas are elite options to me this week.  I expect this game to be a shoot-out, and I expect their volume to be through the roof.

Cook is more of a secondary play, as is Brees for me.  Both are perfectly viable – however, I do prefer other options on the board to each of them at their respective positions.

I like the idea of a Game Stack here too, just keep in mind it is more difficult to accomplish than it is for KC/OAK.

The Cruncher List

  • RB Alvin Kamara
  • WR Michael Thomas

Good Plays

  • QB Drew Brees
  • TE Jared Cook

Los Angeles Rams, Projected Total: 28

I won’t be loading in on 2 TD Malcolm Brown.  I think you have a shot at getting Gurley at the lowest ownership levels of the season for him (if he breaks out)…and in a game where the Rams are projected for 28 points, getting him at low ownership levels while he’s getting ~70% of the snaps is awfully intriguing to me….though there is all kinds of risk here.

QB Jared Goff has drastic home/road splits, but in this game I think he moves the ball well through the air and puts points on the board.  I like Kupp and Woods a little more than Cooks, but all three are viable.  Kupp makes The Cruncher List due to his usual targets in the red-zone, and also due to the fact that I think he’ll be lower owned than he should until he has a game where he pops.

The Cruncher List

  • WR Cooper Kupp
  • RB Todd Gurley
  • QB Jared Goff

Good Plays

  • WR Robert Woods
  • WR Brandin Cooks

Best of luck in your Week 2 DFS action!  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to find me @bradsgotmoxy!

About Brad

Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

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