An exciting and eventful week one is in the books and that excitement was no different for our fantasy lineup which racked up a solid 132.42 fantasy points. Unfortunately, that number had us falling just short of the money in this mega week one contest where nearly 1.2 million players took part with us falling 2 points short of that top 20% and making some profit.
Let’s see where we hit and where we missed.
QB Jameis Winston was a big hit ending the weekend as the 4th highest scoring fantasy quarterback with 29.62 points. Great value for money with only Goff, Murray and Mahomes ahead of him, with the last 2 costing significantly more.
Our two big stars out of the backfield also justified their large salaries with Kamara scoring 18.10, being the more disappointing of the two but still putting up a score to keep us in contention. CMC finished up as the RB2 of the weekend with a score of 27.70.
Now we get to our budget receivers, and we’ll start with the hit.
Corey Davis did exactly what we expected, fighting the Panthers from behind and grabbed us a very nice 26.70 from a $4.9k salary.
The misses were significant though. Callaway and Pittman Jr totalled 8.30 fantasy points together! The former hitting a lowly 2.40 despite Jameis and the Saints running riot. We ended up with the wrong receiver in Indianapolis as we got a score of 5.90 from Michael Pittman, while teammate Zach Pascal put up 20.30. Those extra points would have made a big difference in how we ended in the standings.
The tight end pick was the same old story, with the risk of Pat Freiermuth not coming off. He caught just one pass for 3.40 points but the biggest disappointment was Davante Adams. He never justified the $8.3k we spent on him and he only just hit double figures with 10.60 for the lacklustre Packers.
Denver did what was asked, unfortunately for me as a Giants fan, holding them to 13 and grabbing us a tasty 8 points, meaning we ended on a high but just fell short where it mattered.
So that’s week one over and this is where life hopefully gets easier.
From week two onwards we tend to have fewer players in these tournaments now the initial week one ‘play Draft Kings’ drive is over. We can start to find what role certain players have in teams and hopefully hit on those value plays in week two, which cost us last weekend.
So, seeing as we are only -$5 so far this weekend let’s play the $20 – $4.5 Fantasy Football Millionaire against 270 thousand others.
QB – Justin Herbert ($6,700)
With a 300+ yard passing bonus last weekend against the highly talented Washington Football Team under his belt, this weekend Herbert and the Chargers host the Dallas Cowboys. A team who cannot stop anyone from scoring, yet no one can stop them either. In a matchup that has a strong chance of being the highest-scoring game over the Sunday slate, this is the perfect place to start our stack.
RB – Austin Ekeler ($7,300)
We continue the stack with Ekeler who is usually the pass-catching back for the Chargers although in week one he wasn’t targeted once by QB Herbert. I’m calling this an anomaly and if he can get back to his pass-catching game from last season along with the TD and 15 carries he had last weekend, it should be a good day at the office for no.30.
RB – Nick Chubb ($7,800)
Chubb will have a solid floor this Sunday in a game the Browns should dictate from the start against the Texans. He’ll get close to 20 touches along with the ‘inside the five’ carries which led to him scoring two TD’s last week. In a match up as home favourites, the selection of Chubb won’t do us any damage.
WR – Amari Cooper ($6,800)
On the bring back of the Herbert and Ekeler selections, we are going with the number one wideout in Dallas in Amari Cooper. I’m predicting him to outscore teammate Ceedee Lamb in a game where his targets could go up with Michael Gallup missing from the team.
WR – Mike Williams ($6,100)
If this game fails to live up to expectations, we are in big trouble as 4 of our 5 selections so far are in it. With Keenan Allen costing too much, we go with the WR2 in LA and that’s Mike Williams who went for 82 yards on 12 targets last Sunday with a touchdown to boot. If he can get close to the score Allen will put up it’ll be a nice value pick at the price.
WR – Cedrick Wilson ($3,100)
Ideally, you’d want to stay away from the DAL – LAC game with this pick but it’s all eggs in one basket time. With Gallup missing you’d do well to find another receiver this Sunday who will see as much action on the field as Wilson for just over $3k. In a potent offence, I’d hope he’ll go close to going over 9 points and 3-Xing his salary.
TE – Noah Fant ($4,200)
With no Jerry Jeudy for the Broncos, Fant will see more targets than the eight he saw last weekend against the Giants. Up against the Jags who rank 22nd against tight ends, I’m finally confident we will hit on this position and it could be a big hit at that.
FLEX – Eli Mitchell ($5,000)
He’ll be a highly popular play this weekend after the injury to Raheem Mostert but he’s too cheap to leave out. For $5k you’re getting a back who had 19 carries last week and ran for 104 yards including a touchdown. Despite Trey Sermon likely being active in week two it’s Mitchell’s job to lose in what is likely to be a close contest in Philly.
DEF – Cardinals ($2,900)
The Arizona Cardinals ended last week as the highest-scoring fantasy defence with a score of 16 points, despite them only costing $2.1k. Up against the Minnesota Vikings, who never exactly set the world alight against the Bengals, they are our selection to end week two.