Top Picks & Targets for NFL Week 2

In this article, I will be breaking down some of my top NFL plays on FantasyDraft position by position. I will be giving my top ranked player at each position regardless and the reasons why I like them. I will also give you a FLEX player and this player will be my favorite player of the week at either of the skill positions minus quarterback. Now you may not be able to fit all five of these players in your lineup due to salary constrictions as while I am taking salary into account when making these plays I am not building an actual roster. This goal is with this article along with the value plays article that I will be writing later on in the week is meant to be a base to help you construct your winning lineups. 

Quarterback

Tom Brady-$14,900-NE

I know Brady let a lot of fantasy players down in week one against the Chiefs with no touchdowns and only 267 passing with a 44.4% completion percentage. While those numbers are bad they don’t tell the whole story as Brady was close to having a monster game. There were several plays that could have turned Brady’s zero touchdown day into three or more touchdowns as Gronk had a drop in the end zone and Cooks drew at least two pass interference calls in the end zone. If Gronk catches that pass and Cooks is not interfered with who knows the kind of game Brady would have. Besides those plays, the game against the Chiefs actually is a good thing as Brady should be angry this week and if we have learned anything over the past couple of season it is that Brady plays at his best when angry. The matchup is also a dream matchup for Brady as the Pats get to face the Saints. The Saints have by far the worst pass defense in the NFL. Over the past two seasons, the Saints have allowed the most passing yards and touchdowns to quarterbacks. This season they didn’t look they improved at all in that regard as Sam Bradford shredded them for 346 yards and three touchdowns. If the Saints can let Sam Bradford do that to them and make Bradford look like Tom Brady, just imagine what the actual Tom Brady is going to do them. Brady is going to cost you a pretty penny as the most expensive quarterback on this slate but he should be worth every dollar in this one.

Running Back

Ty Montgomery-$10,900-GB

Montgomery might be the easiest pick of the week for me as he has everything I look for in a running back. The first thing I look for in my running backs is if they are going to get the majority of the touches and snaps for their team. That is Montgomery to a tee as he received 23 touches and 73 snaps in week one. The next closest Packer running back received two touches and only seven snaps. The next thing I look for in a running back is talent. A running back can get all the touches in the world but if he is not good it is not going to matter. Montgomery has proven time and time again that he is a good player and in the nine career games where Montgomery has received at least 50% of snaps, he has produced at least 17 fantasy points six times. The third thing I look for in my running back is the matchup they are in and Montgomery is in a great matchup. The Falcons really struggle against running backs who can catch the ball as last season they allowed the most catches per game to the position. This season started off the same as the Bears backs to catch 11 passes the second most in the NFL. The Falcons also gave up over 41 fantasy points to the position in week one. Montgomery is better than any back on the Bears at this point of his career sorry Jordan Howard and should have even better success. The last thing I love about Montgomery this week is his salary as Montgomery is too cheap at just under $11,000 in salary.

Wide Receiver

Larry Fitzgerald-$12,300-ARI

There are a lot of great wide outs this week and I could have written up ten or 12 guys in this spot. With that being said I am going with Fitz as my favorite wide out this week. Fitzgerald is on the tail end of his career and while he is not the wide out he once was he is still a great player. Fitzgerald had a big season last year with over 100 catches and 1,000 yards receiving and picked up right where he left off. In week one against the Lions, Fitzgerald had six catches for 74 yards on 13 targets. Those numbers would put him on pace for 96 catches and 1,184 yards. Those are excellent numbers for any player let along a 34-year-old player. This week I expect Fitzgerald to have even better numbers as the Cardinals face the Colts. The Colts looked like the worst team in the league in week one and really struggled in stopping the Rams passing attack. Another thing working in Fitzgerald favor besides the matchup is the fact that David Johnson is going to be out for a long time. The loss of Johnson is going to make the Cardinals more of a passing team and that should lead to even more targets for their number one wide out. I like Fitzgerald to catch at least eight passes for over 100 yards this week. At his salary that would easily make him one of your top players on a points per dollar basis.

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski-$13,000-NE

I know Gronk was shut down against the Chiefs but like I mentioned earlier in this article he was close to having a big game as he dropped a touchdown pass. As I also mentioned earlier in this article with Tom Brady the Patriots passing attack should have a huge game against the Saints. I expect Gronk to be a big part of that attack as the Saints struggle the most against tight ends. Last season they ranked 24th in DVOA against the position and if Monday’s game was any indication they have not improved on that at all. Gronk is going to score his first touchdown in almost a year this week and he is easily going to be your top scoring tight end this week.

Flex

Kareem Hunt-$12,700-KC

Hunt was someone who I was very high on this season and I expected him to be the Chiefs starting running back at some point this season due to his talent. I didn’t expect it to be in week one but the injury to Spencer Ware gave Hunt his chance and man did he make the most of it. Hunt had one of the most impressive debuts for any player in league history with 246 total yard and three scores on his way to 49.6 fantasy points. Now Hunt is not going to have that kind of performance this week as it is hard for any player to have huge games like that in back-to-back weeks but Hunt should still have a big week. The Eagles struggled against the run last season as they ranked 24th in DVOA and didn’t look great in week one against the Redskins. While the Redskins didn’t rush for a lot of yards the Eagles did struggle in stopping Chris Thompson from catching the ball out of the backfield. That is something that Hunt, as he showed in week one, excels at. Hunt should be able to catch four to five passes again this week with at least 150 total yards and a score. If Hunt has that level of production this week like I expect he will easily be one of the top three producing running backs once again. This is going to be the last time to get Hunt at a discount and I think you need to take advantage of it while you still can.

Good luck with NFL this week!

Zach Qualtieri

Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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