Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams – $6,400 – Projection: 23.15
Stafford shined in his Rams’ debut throwing for 321 yards and three touchdowns against the Chicago Bears. He spread the ball around but seemed to settle in with Cooper Kupp, who was one yard short of having two touchdowns in the game. Kupp snagged seven receptions for 108 yards in the game and was the clear favorite of Stafford. This week, Stafford takes on the Indianapolis Colts defense, which looked highly underwhelming in their first game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Colts’ defense was projected to be in the top five or ten of every list before the season but has presumably dropped in all of those. Stafford should have no issues throwing for 300+ yards and several touchdowns again.
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – $6,800 – Projection: 22.25
After taking them down to the wire, the Dallas Cowboys barely lost to the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their first game. Dallas had an inspired defense in its first game but has lost several starters, including Randy Gregory to COVID-19 quarantine and Donovan Wilson and DeMarcus Lawrence to injuries. This should put the Cowboys into a negative game script, forcing Dak to throw nearly 60 passes again in this one. I would be shocked if Dak threw for less than 350 yards and three touchdowns, honestly. He is still undervalued at his current price, so consider working him into your lineups.
Javonte Williams- Denver Broncos – $4,400 – Projection: 9.79
Javonte Williams should get plenty of touches against the Jacksonville Jaguars as the Denver Broncos should them in short order. In Jacksonville’s Week 1 matchup against the Texans, they allowed 38 points. The Denver offense is much more of a threat than the Houston offense, so it should not take long to create a double-digit lead. Once that happens, Denver will go to the ground with Williams and Gordon every play. They will get plenty of touches, and the Denver O-Line should dominate the Jacksonville D-Line to create huge holes. Williams is an excellent value in this matchup.
Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – $4,700 – Projection: 10.03
Based on how efficient and well-oiled the Los Angeles Rams’ offense looked, the Colts will probably be playing from behind for most of the game. Nyheim Hines is technically the backup running back to Jonathan Taylor, but Taylor struggles pass-catching out of the backfield. In the Colts’ first game, Hines got eight targets and caught six for 48 yards. This will lead to many snaps for Hines, who has big-play capabilities and could break out for an extended play in this game. If he gets a touchdown and a similar amount of targets, he could finish as a Top 10 or Top 15 running back on the week.
Kenyan Drake – Las Vegas Raiders – $4,900 – Projection: 11.00
Kenyan Drake is a good flex play at this price if you have spent most of your budget on McCaffrey, Cook, or others. Drake caught five balls for 59 yards. His ground game was not great; he got six touches and only gained 11 yards. However, Josh Jacobs was injured last week, and he will not be playing in this game. Drake should split time with Peyton Barber, who the Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden are high on in the running game. Still, this injury to Jacobs will give Drake even more touches, and his value in PPR formats is significant for such cheap value.
Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – $6,800 – Projection: 17.42
Amari Cooper is probably the best DFS play at wide receiver. Cooper saw a monstrous 17 targets in Week 1 against one of the best defenses in the NFL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Now, the Cowboys’ defense is even more battered after suffering several huge impact players to injuries and COVID. This will put the Cowboys’ backs up against the wall, and Dak Prescott could throw 50 or 60 times again in this game. This stack of Cooper and Prescott is my personal favorite if you can afford it. Expect another 100+ yards and 10+ receptions game from Cooper with a possibility of a touchdown or two as well.
Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – $6,100 – Projection: 13.32
This week, Mike Williams and company will face the Dallas Cowboys, who are missing several key defensive players. Additionally, the Cowboys’ defense is not good even with those players, so Los Angeles should put up huge numbers. Williams was targeted 12 times, only one shy of Keenan Allen’s Week 1 target number. He brought down eight of those targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. It is clear that Herbert trusts Williams, and because of how this game will likely go, he should be treated as a mid-tier WR1.
Cole Kmet – Chicago Bears – $3,700 – Projection: 9.77
While Cole Kmet did not have a massive first week of the 2021 season, he still saw seven targets and brought down five of them. Kmet is the clear-cut TE1 for the Bears, and he should see a similar amount of targets on a week-to-week basis. If he gets a touchdown, then this will be a huge value.
Broncos Defense – $3,800 – Projection: 8.80
This is such a straightforward DFS play. We saw what the Houston Texans did to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, imagine what the best defense in the NFL will do to them. Trevor Lawrence will have a few bright moments, but the Jags should not be close this game. Lawrence is still a young player in the league, and he has to throw against the strongest secondary in the league. I don’t see it ending well. Additionally, Urban Meyer did not utilize James Robinson in Week 1, so if that happens again, the Jags will struggle to put double-digits on the board.