Fantasy Baseball

DFS Players to Target Heading into Week 2

Week one showed us a lot. Among other things, we learned that Aaron Rodgers only needs one leg to mount an amazing comeback victory, that the Raiders organization must collectively have a sub-average IQ for letting Khalil Mack go, that Ryan Fitzpatrick is not messing around, that we should not have started Big Ben, and the list goes on.

You can find some key insight into fantasy markets through the player proposition betting odds that are listed at top outlets. But make sure you start by comparing sites, starting with this 5Dimes review.

Jared Cook

Jared Cook played inspired ball against a loaded Rams teams that have one of the best defenses in the League. He smashed his way to 180 yards on nine receptions and 30 fantasy points. He’ll be going into Mile High against a Broncos secondary that although tough, is not what it used to be. This is a rivalry game to the core, and you can bet that Gruden will be using Cook in a Gronk-like manner again to create mismatches and then soften up the defense for the run game, and vis a vis. Cook should be snagged off waivers immediately in league play to full TE2 spots, and he could have major upside at $3,600 at DK against the Broncos in Week 2.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Look out Jameis Winston; your starting role could be in jeopardy when you get back from suspension.  Who would have thought that Ryan Fitzpatrick would drop 417 yards and four touchdowns on just 28 attempts? Talk about a perfect touch. The Eagles will present a tougher task defensively, but if he continues with this type of play – well he might not have 400 and 4, but he could still easily have 300 and 2. He is another player that should be snatched off waivers, and at $5,500 on Draft Kings, he is still a viable option next week.

James Conner

LeVeon who? Conner pounded the rock for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and next Week he is squared up against the Chiefs who have an opponent ranking way back at No. 30. Bell has been officially removed from the active roster so you can count on Conner to play, and at $6,700 he is a steal.

Randall Cobb

Without Nelson in the mix, we might end up seeing a lot more of the Rodgers-Cobb connection that blasted the Bears. He could easily become Aaron Rodgers’s favorite target, and $4,600 he makes a great WR3 or Flex option. The Vikings are tough, but they are middle of the road when it comes to fantasy points against their passing defense. Look for Aaron Rodgers to target Cobb frequently against the Vikings

Tyreek Hill

Tyreek Hill picked up a whopping 45.3 Draft Kings points. His explosive return ability also makes a case for taking the Chiefs as your Special Teams/ Defense. The Steelers are currently ranked #6 against the pass, but it won’t matter as he will be targeted byPatrick Mahomes and is so fast and elusive that he is going to put up points in Week 2. At $7,600 he doesn’t come cheap, but he is just as valuable as an Antonio Brown or Beckham Jr. at this point, and he comes in at a grand less.

Brandon Cooks

Cooks only picked up 14.3 points in his showing against the Raiders, but Paul Guenther kept the Rams off-balance for the entire first half. Look for Brandon Cooks to grab a few passes as the Cardinals seemed to struggle against Alex Smith in Week 1. Patrick Peterson and Budda Baker had good games against the Redskins, but ultimately, as a defensive unit, they couldn’t stop Washington from moving the chains. The Rams are a loaded offensive unit, and Gurley’s presence will mean that they are going to have to come up and stack the box, which will open up room for Cooks to find space.

By James Thomas

Part-time writer, full-time sports fan, and lifetime fantasy sports fanatic.