If you’re a hardcore grinder, these picks are probably not for you. If you dabble and you’re a tad behind on your research for this week, you’re probably in the right place. Here’s an overview of guys who are “buzzy” and/or who could be the cost-savers to help you pay up for that stud you want. I’ll weave in one stud that I like, too. All of this is in no particular order, so hold onto your hats.
RB Boston Scott (PHI) at WAS
Scott was likely already getting some touches even if Miles Sanders played. Now that Sanders is out, there’s 20+ touch potential here. For only $4,800 on DK, I don’t care how good you tell me the Washington Football Team’s front seven is…I’m taking the bargain. Fellow backup running back Corey Clement dealt with a quad injury last week, and while he practiced on Friday and is expected to suit up, his presence isn’t exactly a threatening one.
WR Davante Adams (GB) at MIN
Aaron Jones will get his touches, but aside from Jones and Adams this isn’t a potent offense. Adams should be a target-hog in 2020, and he’s a relative bargain on DK for only $7,300. He also offers some nice lineup symmetry with Dalvin Cook. What, you think A-Rod is going to pepper Allen Lazard, MVS, and Equanimeous St. Brown with targets? Or the young tight end Jace Sternberger? I don’t, especially given the inconsistency of those wideouts, and the fact that Rodgers has never really relied on a tight end, at least not in recent memory. It wouldn’t surprise me if Adams is over 8K in Week 2.
QB Tyrod Taylor (LAC) at CIN
“TyGod” is one of my favorite plays in 2020, and he’s dirt cheap on DK at only $5,600. You can go naked TyGod, you can pair him with the underrated Keenan Allen, you can pair him with an affordable Hunter Henry–heck, you can run him out there with his underrated running back, Austin Ekeler. Go nuts!
TE Jack Doyle (IND) at JAC
I keep landing on Doyle, if for no other reasons than his affordability ($3,600 on DK) and Rivers’ previous ability/affinity to make tight ends valuable in the fantasy football game. Outside of T.Y. Hilton, there isn’t another obvious pass-catcher, though Parris Campbell, Michael Pittman, and Zach Pascal could be solid group in 2020. This early in the season, it’s easy for me to take the veteran tight end attached to Rivers, especially given the strong implied 27-point total for the visiting Colts.
Detroit Lions D/ST vs. Chicago Bears
Low-hanging fruit, maybe. Perhaps I should be looking at a windy game for this. But I actually feel strongly about Sam Darnold being good in 2020, and I think that can start in Week 1. Anyway, the Lions draw the fickle Bears, who can’t decide if they want Mitchell Trubisky or Nick Foles to be their starting quarterback. They announced Trubisky as the Week 1 starter, and as soon as they did yours truly locked in the Lions defense for only $2,700. Maybe Tarik Cohen is a fun PPR play, but that’s not because we should fear him as a game-breaking player. That’s more due to his price and to David Montgomery’s questionable status ahead of this game. Whether Montgomery plays or not, the fact that his status is murky is only more reason for me to consider the Lions. Trubisky was terrible in 2019, there’s no getting around it. He was 32nd in yards per attempt (6.1), 28th in passer rating (83.0), and 28th in QBR (41.5). The fact that he’s starting again after how atrocious the Bears passing attack was last year…I’d be pretty upset if I were a Bears fan.
Anyway, the Lions’ pass defense was also bad in 2020. Unlike the Bears, though, Detroit actually took steps to improve their weakness, by revamping the secondary with the likes of Jamie Collins Sr., Desmond Trufant, Jeff Okudah, Duron Harmon…and adding Danny Shelton and Nick Williams to the defensive front. Maybe it’s not the ’85 Bears defense, but at least there’s some reason for optimism. For less than 3K on DraftKings, I’m going to find out if Trubisky is still bad.