Who doesn’t love fantasy football?
Well, I’m not one for joining a year-long league where my roster options are limited each week. That’s why I enjoy daily fantasy on DraftKings as I know many of you do as well.
Each week I will be posting my five “must have” players to insert into your lineup, with a couple sleeper options as well. Each player I select, I fully anticipate to have a breakout week.
You know how this works. When the majority of the public believes a player is going to crush it, usually the opposite occurs. But let’s stay positive and have fun with this because I want to help you out just as much as I want to help myself.
Here are my must haves for Week 2 of the NFL season:
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
In the red zone
Eli Manning: 5-of-7, 34 yds, 3 TD
Dak Prescott: 3-of-5, 16 yds, 0 TD pic.twitter.com/8TyPMliM9p
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 11, 2016
Manning had a strong Week 1 as he tallied 19.3 fantasy points. Against the Dallas Cowboys, Manning was able to throw for 207 yards for three touchdowns and I only anticipate that number to grow going into Week 2.
This week, Manning takes on the New Orleans Saints and history has shown when these two teams square off a lot of points are scored. Not to mention that Manning’s targets are some of the best in the league (Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard).
Manning has played the Saints three times in the last five seasons, every time resulting in huge statistical games. In those matchup’s, Manning is averaging 338 passing yards. I can’t forget to mention last years game where he posted 350 yards passing to go along with his six touchdowns. Manning will be a great pick this week.
The Saints defense is still a mess and will remain a mess.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
— Cowboys Nation (@CowboysNation) September 12, 2016
Last week, Jason Witten had a very solid outing. He had nine catches for 66 yards and 15.6 fantasy points. Yeah I know he didn’t find the end zone, but don’t blame that on him. The Cowboys offense threw up on themselves every time they entered the red zone. This week Witten and the Cowboys travel to take on the Washington Redskins.
Just like he’s been for Tony Romo, Witten seems to be Dak Prescott’s safety blanket. When ever the going gets tough, just find Witten, he’ll get you out of a mess.
The Redskins defense played horrible against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I understand that Big Ben and Antonio Brown have an incredible connection but either way the Redskins did nothing to slow the passing game down. Don’t expect that this week.
Will the Redskins take away Dez Bryant? Yeah probably, but that means more targets towards Witten. It’s hard to ignore 14 targets in Week 1.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) September 15, 2016
I absolutely love Danny Woodhead’s fantasy value, especially for daily fantasy leagues. In Week 1, Woodhead had 16 carries for 89 yards. He also had 5 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown, all combining for 23 fantasy points. Woodhead can do it all, run, catch and score.
This week, I anticipate to be another big one from the former New England Patriot. The Chargers No.1 wide receiver, Keenan Allen, is lost for the season and that means more opportunities will come Woodhead’s way.
He has a favorable matchup this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This young Jags team is getting better by the week but when Woodhead is getting matched up against linebackers, it’s a recipe for success.
Woodhead will score two touchdowns and have over 120 yards of total offense this week, mark it down!
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
— PFF (@PFF) September 14, 2016
Get him on your roster by any means necessary!
Fuller has an extremely high upside and his first regular season game only proved that. This week he faces a Kansas City Chiefs team that, in week one, looked nothing like they did last season.
Fuller had five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also averaged 21.4 yards per reception and with his breakaway speed the ability for him to rack up the YAC is there.
DeAndre “Nuke” Hopkins remains the Texans’ go-to target, but as teams continue to focus their attention on him the opportunities for Fuller will continue to grow. I fully expect him to have another 20+ point performance.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
The first touchdown of the first NFL Sunday of the year goes to…
Carson Wentz to Jordan Matthews! pic.twitter.com/QvPXRgSqE3
— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) September 11, 2016
The Vanderbilt product had an excellent week one and he proved to be the Eagles’ most reliable option. His 27.4 point week ranked among the top for wide receivers in all of fantasy. Going into his Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears, I fully anticipate to be a good one for Matthews.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz targeted Matthews 14 times against the Browns. He came away with seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers are only going to improve, especially since their starting tight end, Zack Ertz, is down with a rib injury. The Eagles are thin at receiver and since Matthews is the only real threat, the majority of the opportunities are going to be thrown his way.
The Bears defense is nothing to fear allowing Matthews to have a strong statistical week.
Sleeper picks for week two:
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans