Bankroll Challenge – Week 2 – Suggested Plays

FanDuel Week 2

General Musings:

Last week, I took it on the chin.  One of the lineups reached the projected points goal of 120 and the other failed miserably. This week we will be looking to improve on both of these numbers.

Jeff Mans, of XM Radio/FantasyGuruElite, did a wonderful job of breaking the concept of cash games down positionally earlier this week.  As I was driving, I don’t have the exact breakdowns but it was essentially something like this:

Quarterback – needs roughly 250 yards passing and 2 touchdowns to get 18 points

Tight Ends – 6 receptions/60 yards – 9 points

Running Backs (2 of them) – need to combine for 180 yards and a touchdown, 6 receptions – 27 points

Wide Receivers (3 of them) – need to combine for 250 yards receiving, 20 receptions, 2 TDs – 47 points

Flex – 8 points (RB/WR/TE)

Defense – 10 points

Total: 120 points

These numbers may be slightly off from his suggestions. However, building a team this way allows you to identify where to “pay up” at a certain position and where you can pay down.  Obviously, we would like to score more than 120, but these targets allow us to find our floor.  With that in mind, here are my suggested plays for building cash lineups this week.


Jared Goff (7,400) – Goff has a lot of talent around him and Sean McVay isn’t afraid to allow him to keep the ball in the air.  He ended a trouncing of the Raiders last week with 233 and 2 TDs.  However, the game was never in doubt for the Rams.  There is risk of a blowout this week as well, as the Rams are 10.5 pt favorites.

Jimmy Garoppolo (7,300) – I think ownership could be depressed on Garoppolo this week.  He faced a really tough Minnesota defense in Week 1 and racked up 261 yards and a touchdown.  He was a Pierre Garcon drop away from having 2. This week there are no such concerns from a Detroit defense that was shredded by Sam Darnold week 1. Beware, Marquise Goodwin is questionable.  If Goodwin can not go look for an increase in targets to security blanket George Kittle.

Case Keenum (6,700)  – My favorite QB play this week.  I am not worried about the Raiders defense without Khalil Mack.  Keenum likes to chuck it around the field.  Last week he went for 329 and 3 TDs.  He has shown the ability to hook up with Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, and Courtland Sutton already.

Also consider: Cam Newton

Running Back

Alvin Kamara(9,000) – The top running back on the board.  He playing 81 percent of snaps week 1 and got into the box three times. Until Mark Ingram comes back, I think he is the number one fantasy back in the land.

Melvin Gordon (8,200) – Gordon saw 13 targets last week, couple that with 15 carries and he had 28 touches.  I would take my chances with anyone getting 28 touches against Buffalo. Especially someone with the skills of Melvin Gordon.

Christian McCaffrey (7,400) – Riverboat Ron Rivera keeps saying he wants to get CMC 25-30 touches a game. I’m not sure his body will hold up to that type of workload, but we are only worried about this week. The Falcons placed Deion Jones on IR earlier this week, this should help open things up even more for CMC underneath. I love him this week.

James Conner (7,000) – What if I told you, you can have Le’Veon Bell type production for 7,000? You would be all over it, right? I expect the touches to come down a tick (they won’t play 5 quarters most likely).  However, it appears the Steelers will make a concerted effort to use Conner in the Bell role.

James White ( 5,900) – Monitor the RB situation in NE closely. If Burkhead is out, look for White to be heavily involved in the offense.  White has great playmaking ability, and shedding some salary at RB2 allows you to pay up at some of the other positions.

Others to Consider: Chris Thompson, TJ Yeldon (if Fournette is out)

Edit: Adding Tevin Coleman – now that Devonta Freeman is out

Wide Receivers

TY Hilton (7,200) – Will continue to be Andrew Luck’s favorite WR target. He should see an elite workload this year.  Indianapolis is nearly a TD underdog.  If they get behind look for Andrew Luck to be in that 45-50 attempt range again.  Last week, Hilton saw 11 targets.

Emmanuel Sanders  (6,800) – Obviously, Sanders had a monster week 1. I don’t feel like we are chasing points here. Keenum likes to throw to the middle of the field, where Sanders does his best work. I think the targets are going to be consistent this year.  I’m hoping we don’t have to make the “is it a Demaryius Thomas week, or an Sanders week?” every week. I think it could be both, a lot of the time.

Josh Gordon (6,300) – Josh Gordon won’t be “accidentally” starting this week, it’ll be on purpose! Did you see what the Bucs did to that New Orleans offense?  Give me the most talented Browns receiver at a discount.

Cooper Kupp  (6,300)– He could be the best Cooper in the league.  Still not priced with the top tier of receivers. He has great rapport with Goff.

Others to Consider: Kenny Stills, Phillip Dorsett, Randall Cobb (if Rodgers plays) , Pierre Garcon, Antonio Brown, Courtland Sutton

Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski (8,100) – Gronk has the ability to smash every time he steps on the field. Brady looks for him near the goal line and across the middle of the field consistently. At a position that is very thin, paying up for him makes a lot of sense.

Jordan Reed (6,200) – Alex Smith loves to throw to the tight end.  Jordan Reed is a good tight end. As long as he is healthy, it’s a match made in heaven.

David Njoku (5,300) – Played on 88 percent of the snaps for the Browns Week 1.  He is an athletic tight end, hopefully he can overcome the drops that plagued him week 1.

Others to consider: George Kittle


Los Angeles Chargers (4,400) –  They are a little beat up on defense. However, they are playing Josh Allen and the Bills.  Sometimes there are deep analytical reasons for plays, other times it is: “They are playing Josh Allen and the Bills”

Denver Broncos (4,500) – I think the Broncos should have their way with the Raiders, turning the Raiders into a 1-dimensional team.  This will allow them to rush the QB with impunity and force Derek Carr into poor throws/turnovers.

Others to Consider: Jets, Houston

Good luck and Happy DFSing!

Bankroll Starting: $80

In Play: $20

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