We’re still a few days away from locking in our main-slate DFS lineups for Week 4, but it’s always an advantage to get a head start on roster construction for Sunday. Each week this NFL season, I will be penning this mid-week article to point out some of the standouts plays on SuperDraft as we work our way through hump-day.
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NFL Week 2 plays
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (1.2x score multiplier)
Any questions about the Bills offense from a fantasy standpoint were answered last week against the Washington Football Team. Allen slung four scores through the air and added another garbage-time score on the ground to finish with five total touchdowns. Season-long managers breathed a sigh of relief that the Buffalo offense seems to be who we thought they were. With the lowly Texans defense on tap this week, the Bills have the highest implied team total on the slate. I think the Bills’ first two weeks were an anomaly and that going forward the majority of the touchdowns will be scored with the arm or legs of the franchise QB like we saw in his breakout season in 2020. I love rostering Allen at this multiplier. Additionally, I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see him at this number again in 2021.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers (1.6x)
The former Jets first-round pick has looked comfortable in his new home. The Panthers are off to a sizzling 3-0 start, thanks in large part to the success of their new signal caller. Darnold has completed almost 70% of his passes through three weeks and is averaging nearly 300 yards passing per game. Now he faces a Dallas defense that is second worst in the NFL through three games in passing yards allowed at 331 per game. If Darnold keeps up his early-season fantasy success, and he should against a weak Cowboys defense, he’s a steal at this multiplier.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (1.4x)
I’m running it back with Barkley after a successful outing last week. He got an 86% snap share against the Falcons in Week 3 and finally saw a pleasing number of targets in the passing game with seven. The Saints pose a much tougher matchup this week for the Giants, but I’m not very worried. As Saquon continues to work his way back toward a similar workload he enjoyed before the devastating injury last year, I still want to take advantage of his elevated multiplier before it likely shrinks going forward. Barkley saw 23 opportunities in Week 3 after only seeing 29 combined in the first two games.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (1.5x)
A lot was made of the 2020 first-round pick’s struggles over the first two games, and an early fumble had CEH believer’s shook to start Week 3. Luckily for those managers (and Edwards-Helaire himself), Andy Reid stuck with his second-year back to the tune of 19 opportunities against the Chargers. He scored on a short screen pass which really drove home the point that he’s the man in this Chiefs backfield. The going should get a bit easier against Philadelphia this week. They are allowing 133 yards per game on the ground through three weeks. As the Eagles sit two safeties deep for most of the game, CEH should be able to break off chunks of yards on the ground. Any increase in receiving work would just be a cherry on top of a talented back in a top offense. The multiplier is too high for me to ignore, especially running multiple GPP lineups this week.
Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (1.15x)
The offensive explosion the Bills exhibited in Week 3 implies Diggs would have been the main receiving benefactor. However, in this particular case, Allen spread the love around, doling out five or more targets to four different receivers. Diggs also didn’t find himself on the receiving end of any of Allen’s four touchdown passes. This is something that I think will right itself this week against the Texans. I think he goes a bit underused in GPPs this week, and while we haven’t seen the massive ceiling for Diggs just yet in the young season, this week is as good as any with the high implied team total and great matchup against Houston. I love pairing him with Allen in an attempt to catch that monster multiple touchdown game that’s on the horizon.
DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers (1.4x)
Moore is another wideout I’m interested in stacking with his QB in GPPs. We discussed the benefits of a matchup with Dallas in the QB section, and that certainly boosts all the receiving options for the Panthers. This isn’t the smash play that I think some of the other guys mentioned in this article are. Moore will likely be covered by CB Trevon Diggs, who has done a great job on opponent’s top receivers through three games. That tempers my expectations just a bit for Moore. It also raises the profile of Terrace Marshall (1.85x) and Robby Anderson (1.45x). There’s no denying the fantasy upside that Moore brings to the table even with the tough individual matchup. He’s tied for sixth in the NFL in targets per game at 10.3. He remains the Panthers receiver I prefer the most to pair with Darnold if stacking this game. I will absolutely be doing this in my MME builds come Sunday.
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (1.4x)
This is essentially a rinse and repeat of my thoughts on Darren Waller last week. Kittle had a slow fantasy start to the season but got back on track last week. He saw nine targets against Green Bay, matching his combined target total from the first two games. His multiplier being so high is an overreaction to his early-season woes (if we can even call it that). I am strongly considering locking him into a majority of my lineups this week against a Seattle defense that just gave up a huge game to relative no-name TE Tyler Conklin in Week 3. However, keep an eye on his status leading up to Sunday. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he was a bit sore after the Packers game and Kittle didn’t practice Wednesday. If the expectation ends up that he will be limited, it’s an easy pivot to either Mark Andrews or T.J. Hockenson, both of whom are at the same 1.4x multiplier with very similar fantasy upside. I would prefer Hockenson to Andrews if forced to choose between the two in a single lineup.
This article expresses the personal views of the writer and does not reflect the view(s) of SuperDraft in any way.