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.