NFL WEEK 2 FANTASY IMPACT
BACK ROW SHOW BANDITS!!!
Week 1 of the NFL season came and did not disappoint, and if you think it did disappoint then please go back to March and discover what a world without sport was like and come back to me and say it again. Go on, I dare you!
Kansas looked the money, Bill O’Brien still cannot coach, the Eagles got rocked by a ‘Football Team’ and the #TankForTrevor campaign by the Jaguars may be on hold after an electric win over the Colts. There were soft tissue injuries, season-ending injuries, sprains and pains, highs and lows, disappointment and adulation.
It was great. The good and the bad - it was all great. And I cannot wait to tuck into Week 2 with you!
Start: Ronald Jones looked decent in what could have been a bigger split with Tampa newbie Leonard Fournette. This week Tampa meets Carolina, who allowed Josh Jacobs nearly 140 combined yards and three touchdowns. Both are worth a flex spot consideration this week.
Sit: Speaking of Tampa, if you don’t have to start Rob Gronkowski, then don’t. He looked rusty, he looked a step too slow, he looked (dare I say it) disconnected from Tom Brady which was likely the one major narrative for drafting him this offseason. Stream someone else if you can until he shows you otherwise.
Add: If the word about Michael Thomas’ injury is worse than suspected, then Tre’Quan Smith is a non-negotiable must add. Also, throw some coins at Benny Snell, regardless of James Conner’s injury status. The number one concern coming into the season was the latter‘s health and after week one he has shown that this fragility is unfortunately real.
Trade For: If Allen Robinson and Odell Beckham are on the way out, then attaining Anthony Miller and/or Jarvis Landry is an absolute must.
Trade Away: Nyheim Hines just had his role further cemented as Marlon Mack succumbed to an Achilles tear. And if that's the case you may want to sell high, because Jonathan Taylor may be the larger benefactor of the two. Hines had a solid week, but volume is king and I feel like Taylor will shine brighter moving forward.
LINE AND SPREAD -
(Via our friends at mybookie.ag, of course. Odds taken on Tuesday so expect variance by Sunday)
Take The Overs: We saw how bad Carolina’s defense is, and they have the artillery to score points from any one of their skilled players, The see Tampa who will probably want to put last week behind them. Currently, the line is at 48.5 and pending weather (I hear the east coast could be in trouble this week), I could see this one smashing already.
Take The Unders: Washington put on a defensive clinic last week against the Eagles and visits the electric Arizona Cardinals at the NFC West’s home, and while the line at 46.5 seems generous considering what they both did last week, I don’t think either will have their way as freely in this matchup.
Hold: I’m intrigued by the -4 start the Seahawks have been given, as they welcome Cam Newton and the Patriots to Seattle this weekend. I want to see which way that moves before I make a call on that one.
Parlay: the Eagles at home (+1), the Giants on the road (+5.5), the Raiders at home (+6) and the Ravens on the road (-7) give you a +1173, a $10 outlay returns $117.39.
(Via our friends at Draft Kings, but you knew that!)
Value: Darius Slayton plugged a 100-odd yard, 2 touchdown game against a stout Steelers secondary, and at $5000 against the unpredictable Bears I’m willing to get on board with that as Daniel Jones continues to funnel the passing game through him.
Overpriced: Nick Chubb at $6200 against the Bengals on Thursday night. I absolutely cannot believe I just said that either. $6200 for Chubb against the Bengals is bad? We must be in bizarro world!
Underpriced: If you feel like Darius Slayton maybe chalk after his Monday night effort, then Parris Campbell could be a shiftier play at $4600. Campbell had a decent day with Philip Rivers under center and had a solid 14.0 points. He sees the Vikings this week who gave it up to pretty much everyone on the Packers roster. Well… everyone but Robert Tonyan.
Contrarian Play: San Francisco travels to New York to face off against the hapless Jets. And there are two worlds where Jordan Reed at $2600 could be of screaming value:
1. If George Kittle isn’t good to go, or is more banged up than he appears, then Jordan Reed could see more time out there.
2. The 49ers receivers just aren’t that reliable, and he could work his way in with more chances.
Now I get it, he has burned your faith for the past 5 years straight and you have every right to be mad. But value is value and if you believe either of the two above statements could be true then you just got a super cheap alternative to a position that is somewhat fickle at the best of times.
T.E.L.I.A. every time.
And there you have it!
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