Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em: Week 2In our Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em, Kevin Hanson discusses players to start (or sit):
Start - Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers (at ATL)
Getting a more favorable matchup this week, no team allowed more receptions to opposing running backs last season than the Falcons. To begin this season, Chicago rookie Tarik Cohen led all running backs with 12 targets as he had eight catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. Look for Aaron Rodgers to target Montgomery often on Sunday night, making him a top-five option in both PPR and standard-scoring formats for Week 2.
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DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 2Every week of the 2017 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.
In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.
Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 2?
Kevin Hanson: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders (vs. NYJ), $6,100
second-highest implied total of the week, Beast Mode is more likely than not to score a touchdown and has the upside to score multiple touchdowns. In a PPR format, more involvement in the passing game would be preferred, but there is massive TD upside with a secured role in what should be a blowout.
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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Options Heading into Week 2Every week, we examine some players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.
RB - Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears (owned in 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Granted, Cohen is unlikely to have twice as many targets (12) as the next closest Bears player like he had in Week 1. But given Kevin White's latest IR stint, the team's lack of depth/talent at wide receiver could lead to more targets for other position groups (tight ends and running backs). Running backs and tight ends combined for 26 of the team's 40 targets on Sunday. It's possible that he gets close to 10 touches per week.
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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 2Kevin Hanson has posted his Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings for both PPR and standard-scoring formats:
- Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks
- Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs
- Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers
- Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends
- Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: PPR Rankings
- Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Flex Rankings
2018 NFL Mock DraftIf anything in this mock is true, it's this statement: This mock will change often and significantly between now and the final version the night before the 2018 NFL Draft next April. As we move closer to the draft, I will continue to update this mock and eventually add all seven rounds.
Note: Draft order is determined by the inverse order of consensus 2017 NFL Power Rankings.
For now, here is an early look at how the 2018 NFL Draft could play out:
Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Sam Darnold, QB, USC Trojans
Of course, it takes time to accurately evaluate a draft class, but the widely-held view is that the Browns had a strong draft. Resisting any rumored temptation to draft a quarterback at No. 1 overall, the Browns instead opted for the most talented player in the 2017 draft class: Myles Garrett. They did use a high pick (No. 52 overall), however, on Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, a nice value at that spot.
It's certainly possible that Kizer gets a chance to start a game or two down the stretch especially if the Browns have a poor enough record to earn the top overall pick again, but there's no need to force him into action. In addition, the amount of draft capital used to draft Kizer doesn't necessarily rule out using this pick on a potential franchise-changing quarterback like Darnold.
The early favorite in Vegas to win the Heisman Trophy, Darnold could be the most coveted of this talented crop of signal-callers. With prototypical physical tools as well as outstanding poise and leadership, the redshirt freshman engineered an instant-classic come-from-behind victory over Penn State in Rose Bowl as he threw for 453 yards and five scores.
2. New York Jets (Draft History): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming Cowboys
It's unclear who will be the Week 1 starter for Gang Green, but Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg currently fill their quarterback room. In other words, there's a good chance that their Week 1 starter in 2018 is not currently on the roster.
Allen has great size (6-5, 222) and plays in a pro-style offense although he is a bit raw. As one AFC Exec told MMQB's Albert Breer, "He’s a big ol’ kid with a big arm, and he’s pretty athletic too. We gotta learn more about him, but the tools are there." Coincidentally, Allen plays at Wyoming for Craig Bohl, who recruited Carson Wentz to North Dakota State.
3. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History): Derwin James, S, Florida State Seminoles
If the 49ers make it three consecutive quarterbacks with UCLA's Josh Rosen here, it wouldn't be a surprise. That said, it's perhaps more likely that Kirk Cousins signs a free-agent deal with the 49ers next offseason.
Meanwhile, one ACC coach said of James before the start of last season: "Derwin James is flat scary good. He could probably start at all 11 positions. He’s one of those freaky guys who might be better than [Jalen] Ramsey when it’s all said and done."
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