FanDueling Week 2: FanDuel Strikes Back

For an explanation of the FanDueling series, click here.


Before we move on to the Week 2 games, let’s take a look at the results from Week 1:


My total of 109.8 was not enough to crack the top half, so my winning streak came to an unceremonious end. Not a huge surprise, seeing as my picks last week were the worst I’ve ever done, and three of my five fantasy teams lost, and my fantasy baseball team is getting crushed in the semifinals. It’s been a great week for Norton futility. But we soldier on!

I decided to go with the combo of Beckham and Adams over Julio Jones and Stevie Johnson, which turned out to be the difference. Dez Bryant’s injury certainly didn’t help. The team MVP actually turned out to be Tyrod Taylor. He scored 15.9 (more than triple his value) while Beckham, Bryant, and Greg Olsen combined to score 15.8. Ouch.

On to Week 2! Here’s the team I’m rolling with this week:

QB – Andrew Luck (NYJ@IND) – $8,900

Strange week, with not a lot of matchups I love. As such, I’m going with Luck this week. I don’t trust most of the expensive guys, like Rodgers and Brees. I also don’t trust Tyrod Taylor against the Patriots. I think Luck bounces back at home.

Also considered: Drew Brees ($8,900), Carson Palmer ($7,800)

RB – Marshawn Lynch (SEA@GB) – $8,500

Marshawn has done very well against the Packers over the last few years. They also got gashed by Matt Forte last week. I think Lynch will be heavily featured as the Seahawks try to avoid 0-2.

At least, that’s what I would do. I can’t speak for “Bubble Screen” Bevell.

RB – Ameer Abdullah (DET@MIN) – $6,400

If the Vikings’ rush defense is as bad as it looked last week, this could be a steal. Abdullah is behind Joique Bell (for now) but he’s a big play threat. FanDuel’s half point per reception works in his favor as well.

Also considered – Carlos Hyde ($7,000), Chris Johnson ($5,700)

WR – Julio Jones (ATL@NYG) – $8,800

I passed over Julio last week. I shan’t make that mistake this week. Of course, Julio’s already banged up, so I’m sure this will be the week he crumples to the ground with a non-contact injury.

WR – Jordan Matthews (DAL@PHI) – $7,000

Matthews got tons of targets last week, and the price is good enough for me to bank on that happening again.

WR – Larry Fitzgerald (ARI@CHI) – $5,900

Fitz lives! He quietly had a decent game last week. It appears the Bears can be thrown on, so I like the cheaper Cardinals receiver.

Also considered: Antonio Brown ($9,200), Kendall Wright ($6,100), Pierre Garcon (5,400)

TE – Jordan Reed (STL@WAS) – $5,000

Reed is the kind of guy who isn’t worth the headache in a season-long fantasy leagues, but his frailty isn’t a risk in daily leagues. He should be worth the price if Cousins can get the ball off.

Also considered: Jordan Cameron ($5,500), Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($4,500)

K – Dan Bailey (DAL@PHI) – $5,000

Perhaps Dez Bryant’s injury will lead to red zone futility. That’s great news for Bailey.

Also considered: None

D/ST – New Orleans Saints (TB@NO) – $4,500

I don’t feel good about the Saints. But the price is low, and the Saints have the Bucs at home. I couldn’t help myself.

Also considered: Carolina Panthers ($4,700)


TOTAL – $60,000

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