QB Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons $5,700 (Draftkings) vs. Carolina
Ryan had a rough week 1 against a tough Eagles defenseand dealing with a raucous Philly crowd celebrating their first super bowl win in history. Ryan will look to bounce back in Atlanta’s home opener against Carolina. In home openers since 2014 Ryan has averaged 333 yards per game and has thrown 8 touchdowns against just 2 interceptions. Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last 3 home matchups against the Panthers. Look for the Falcons to lean heavily on Ryan and the passing game with Devonta Freeman set to miss the game.
RB Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay Bucaneers $4,000 (Draftkings) vs. Philadelphia
Look, I don’t love the matchup vs. the Eagles, but for such a low price you’re getting an RB1 that dominated his team in touches week 1. Barber out touched Jacquizz Rodgers 19 to 3 and I’d expect to see Barber get involved in the passing game as he averaged 2.4 catches a game over the final five games of 2017. Look for this game to be much less of a shootout than we saw in Tampa Bay’s opener vs. New Orleans, which could play into Barber’s favor.
WR Dante Pettis – San Francisco 49ers $4,000 (Draftkings) vs. Detroit
Pettis will be filling in for the injured Marquise Goodwin and is a big play waiting to happen. Pettis, a 2nd round draft pick by the 49ers in this April’s draft, showed up to play in week 1 hauling in 2 of his 5 targets for 61 yards including a gorgeous over the shoulder touchdown grab.
He’ll draw the start with Goodwin out against a Detroit secondary that just got torched by the Jets and are traveling on a short week. Look for an increase in targets and a big week 2 from Pettis.
TE – David Njoku – Cleveland Browns $3,000 (Draftkings) @ New Orleans
Njoku is a bit undervalued for a team that will be without Josh Gordon in week 2 and up against a New Orleans defense that just surrendered 48 points to the Buccaneers. He had 7 targets in week 1, but struggled with drops. Given Tyrod Taylor’s desire to dink and dunk the ball on offense and Njoku’s heavy usage, we should expect to see a better showing from David Njoku than in week 1. Vegas has the O/U set at 49 so we’re expecting this to be a high scoring ball game – look for Njoku to make the most of a high volume day.