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Week 2 Draft Kings Advice

By Jared Smola 1:09pm EDT 9/15/16

You’ll see a lot of Panthers and Giants in this week’s picks.

The Panthers are at home for a 49ers defense that isn’t nearly as good as the Rams made them look on Monday night. San Francisco will also be traveling cross-country for a 1 pm game on short rest.

The Giants are playing the Saints. What else needs to be said?

Panthers and especially Giants players certainly aren’t sneaky Week 2 options. But remember that not every guy on your tournament roster needs to be low-owned. You can go with a few chalky picks and win by differentiating at 2 or 3 other spots.


Play of the Week: Eli Manning, Giants ($7,600)

Manning will be the highest-owned QB on Draft Kings — and deservedly so. He’s coming off a strong 3-TD outing in his 2016 debut and is the lucky QB to draw the Saints this week. New Orleans has allowed 300 passing yards and/or multiple TDs in 12 of its last 13 games dating back to last year.

Pay up for: Cam Newton, Panthers ($7,900)

Our top-ranked QB for Week 2 isn’t exorbitantly priced. He’s the 2nd most expensive QB, but by comparison, Andrew Luck cost $8,300 last week.

Newton just scored 22.16 Draft Kings points in Denver, the toughest matchup he’ll face all season. Now he draws the ‘Niners, 1 of the least talented defenses in the league. Newton is also at home, where he averaged 3.25 total TDs per game last year.

Value option: Josh McCown, Browns ($5,000)

McCown is minimum-priced, freeing up lots of cash to load up elsewhere.

In 7 full games last year, he averaged 294 passing yards and 1.7 TDs. McCown topped 19 Draft Kings points in 4 of those. And that was with lesser play-calling and weapons that he has this year.

Tournament target: Carson Palmer, Cardinals ($6,900)

I’ll roll with Manning and Newton in most of my tournament lineups, but Palmer is also worth a look.

He was just OK in the opener, finishing 15th among QBs in Draft Kings points. His stacked group of pass-catchers always gives him week-winning upside, though. He hit 24 DK points in 5 different games last year.

His Week 2 opponent, the Bucs, look much better against the run than the pass. They bottled up Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman on the ground in Week 1 but allowed Matt Ryan to complete 69% of his passes for 334 yards and 2 scores.


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