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DraftKings Fantasy Football Tournament Picks: NFL Week 2 Top High-Upside DFS Targets

Geoff Ulrich shares his top high-upside targets, stacks and contrarian options for this week’s main fantasy football slate on DraftKings.

Welcome to the weekly tournament plays article for Sunday’s main DraftKings fantasy football slate. I’m going to be focusing purely on high-upside plays and stacks that are likely to be lower-owned in the largest tournaments on the slate. There will be a lot of bust potential found here most weeks too, but big GPPs are generally not won by making the popular moves.

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Stacks

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants

Mitchell Trubisky ($5,500) – Allen Robinson ($6,400) – Saquon Barkley ($8,400)

The doors were closing quickly on the Trubisky era in Week 1, when the former second-overall draft pick suddenly emerged from hibernation and led the Bears to 21 unanswered points and a 27-23 comeback win. Trubisky started slow but posted a 143.3 passer rating in the fourth quarter of the game, connecting on numerous downfield passes. The Giants secondary is one of the weakest in the league and they lived up to that billing in Week 1 allowing Ben Roethlisberger ($6,300) to throw for three TDs and post a 117.0 passer rating, despite not playing competitive football for almost two years. Bears’ No. 1 WR Allen Robinson should be in a great spot to emulate what the Steelers’ WRs did to New York last week — three TDs and an 80% catch rate. Robinson has been clamouring for more respect from the Bears, even hinting that he wants a trade, so expect maximum effort from the beleaguered WR and for the Bears to try and sooth his ego with lots of targets against this weak unit.

On the other side, Saquon Barkley is projected for almost no ownership in this spot, after a terrible Week 1 saw him gain just six yards on the ground on 15 carries. Barkley led the Giants with nine targets, though, and will be going up against a Bears defense that allowed 35-year-old Adrian Peterson ($4,700) to rush for 6.6 yards per carry and 94 total yards. Barkley’s a great run-it-back play as part of Bears stack and seems likely to bring serious leverage in GPPs at his ownership.

Just Missed: Phillip Rivers ($5,900) – TY Hilton ($5,700) – Adam Thielen ($7,200)


Quarterback

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans ($5,800)

Minshew led the Jags to a massive Week 1 upset, throwing for three TDs and just one incompletion on 20 pass attempts. It was as close to perfection as you can get for the second-year QB in Week 1, but, despite the performance, he’s still projecting at well below 5% ownership in large GPPs for this coming Sunday. The Jaguars’ opponent may have something to do with that, as the slower-paced Titans make for a poor matchup on paper. Tennessee did allow the 11th-most DKFP per game to opposing QBs last season and Minshew projects to be throwing more than 20 times most weeks; so his 20.82 DKFP total from Week 1 was really just a small taste of his true upside. With Derrick Henry ($7,900) likely to make life miserable for the Jaguars defense, Minshew makes for a nice play on his own or as part of a game-stack. He and his receivers have a tougher matchup, but should see more volume in Week 2.

Just Missed: Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs ($5,300)


Running Back

David Johnson, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens, ($5,800)

Johnson’s first game with Houston netted a nice return for his fantasy owners, as the former Cardinal recorded 19.9 DKFP on just 14 touches. Johnson certainly looked more explosive than he has in years last week and he’s almost assured a much bigger workload in Week 2 with backup Duke Johnson ($4,000) banged up and questionable to even play. While Baltimore cruised past Cleveland in Week 1 its worth noting their defense surrendered 5.73 yards per carry to the Browns RBs last week and 137 yards total. Johnson’s price means he’s not likely to go completely overlooked, but the non-plus matchup should keep him from getting overly chalky. Given the workload he’s slated for, there’s few better upside plays at this range in Week 2.

Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys, (6,100)

Gurley’s Week 1 line was definitely skewed by the fact that Atlanta was down by multiple scores late in its game. Gurley still saw 16 touches in a negative game-script, though, and he would have seen more if Atlanta hadn’t smartly taken him off the field for the last couple of meaningless drives. The good news for Week 2 is that his light usage means he’s available against the Cowboys — in a game with the highest projected point total for the week — at the same price as last week and should be lower owned than many other skill players in this game. The Cowboys also allowed 118 yards and two TDs on the ground on Sunday, showcasing a fairly underwhelming rush defense, so the matchup looks extremely promising for more production. Gurley’s a nice GPP target and a great way to get lower ownership on any Dallas-Atlanta game stack.

Just Missed: Frank Gore, New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers, ($4,500)


Wide Receiver

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers, ($6,400)

Evans played 64 snaps in Week 1 but only saw four targets. The good news is that Evans reportedly did not suffer a setback with his injured hamstring and looks set for a bigger role in Week 2. Head Coach Bruce Arians even came out early in the week and stated quite specifically that he wants to Evans the ball more, saying “I never want to come out of a game without 10 targets to Mike, at least.” Evans will most certainly be closer to 100% and will also be going up against a Carolina secondary that is incredibly thin after they sent Eli Apple to IR in the preseason. With a weaker team to beat up on and their home opener on tap, expect the Bucs to do everything they can to get Evans on track with his new QB in Week 2.

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos, ($4,500)

Johnson led all Pittsburgh players in targets last week with 10, ultimately catching six passes for 57 yards. Johnson had a tough start to the game — as he muffed a punt early and also recorded a drop — but he excelled at getting open in the second half and showed why the Steelers and Roethlisberger are so eager to pepper him with targets this year. Denver is now down one of their best corners with AJ Bouye getting sent to injured reserve early this week and Johnson comes in remarkably cheap given how many targets he saw on Monday. He’s a nice pay down candidate and brings plenty of PPR upside that will hopefully be married with his first TD of the year.

Just Missed: Breshad Perriman, New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers, ($3,800)


Tight End

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals, ($3,600)

Thomas was deemed the starter at TE for Washington out of camp and he lived up to that billing in Week 1, playing on 74% of the snaps while seeing a team high eight targets. Thomas was also one of three Washington receivers to see a red zone target last week, which he promptly converted into a TD. There’s also a bit of narrative with Thomas this week, as the former QB was originally drafted by the Cardinals franchise way back in 2014. His price has risen, but it’s still not equal to the opportunity he seems likely to see on a week-to-week basis, given Washington’s thin receiver corps. Also, even if they did improve a bit in the draft, Arizona’s weak set of LBs are always a good matchup for opposing TEs, so take the savings and load up on Thomas in GPPs for Week 2.

Just Missed: Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons @ Dallas Cowboys, ($4,600)


D/ST

Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, ($2,800)

Los Angeles’ D/ST came through with a solid Week 1 performance. They held a stacked Dallas offense to under 250 total yards, sacked mobile QB Dak Prescott ($6,800) three times and allowed just 17 points overall. It wasn’t great from a fantasy production standpoint, but with the stars the Rams have on defense, bigger weeks are likely coming. On the other side, Philly’s offensive line got absolutely thrashed in Week 1, with Washington recording seven sacks, two INTs and a fumble. With Aaron Donald and crew bringing pressure, expect opportunities to arise for Jalen Ramsey to potentially return a rushed pass for a pick-six. For the sack potential alone, the Eagles look like a good target to pick on early and a big scoring event or two seems very possible given the talent of the Rams.

Just Missed: New York Jets ($2,000)

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