Week 2 NFL DFS Playbook Watch List
**UPDATED** Howard Bender starts the NFL DFS Playbook research off each week with a watch list of players he is considering for use in daily lineups. This piece will be updated throughout the week based on recent news and injuries, leading up to the publishing of the final Playbook.
If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.
We take this adage to heart when it comes to playing NFL DFS. The Fantasy Alarm Playbook isn’t just about handing you a list of players and a lineup to use each week. It is designed to help you learn to be a better DFS player. It’s about teaching you the process used in selecting which players to scout and, eventually, which ones to use.
Therefore, we will begin each week with the Weekly NFL DFS Watch List. We’ll still have our Weekly DFS Rankings, but the Watch List is designed to keep tabs on marquee names, chalk plays and, of course, the weekly bargains who may not see the same coverage and exposure. This piece will be continuously updated based on the most recent news and injuries which means you may see a name or two removed as we get closer to kick-off. You may also see a few late-week additions who pique our interest for some reason too, and by the end of the week, this watch list will eventually become your Playbook. Again, it’s about teaching you the process.
With Week 1 data in the books, it's time to start looking ahead to Week 2 and see who looks good.
Thursday Night Game Update: Bengals at Ravens
I will be adding and subtracting players from the list below later this evening during tonight's game, but I wanted to make sure I gave you a proper update on DFS plays if you are playing in contests that include the Thursday night game. Again, I don't like to play the one-game Showdowns, but maybe you do. If so, then I highly recommend you check out the Game Preview from Justin Mason as well as the Weekly Match-up Report compiled by the always stats-centric Matthew Selz.
If you want my opinion on players I would use if this were like fantasy Deer Hunter, I'd say that A.J. Green is easily my favorite wide receiver to use as Brandon Carr is expected to shadow him for much of the night and that tips the scales in favor of Green. But both teams' secondaries are strong and the coverage is going to be incredibly tight. If I had to tab another wideout or two, it would be John Brown and Michael Crabtree . Now while all this should tilt us towards a more run-heavy game plan for both, each team's run defense is also quite strong. I actually like Alex Collins a little more than Joe Mixon in this match-up, especially if his blockers can get him past the defensive line. Once he hits the next level of the defense he is a nightmare to bring down and could be off to the races. Don't let Week 1 fool you. He was pulled for safety reasons. You think the Ravens would have been happy putting Collins on IR as opposed to Kenneth Dixon ? I think not. And finally, as for tight ends, Nick Boyle is the under-the-radar play here for the contrarian play, but I have him and Tyler Eifert as, pretty much, a toss-up.
Again, this is a very tight match-up with two strong defenses and quarterbacks who have the tendency to make mistakes when feeling the pressure. I'm thinking it's a low-scoring affair without much fantasy love to be doled out.
UPDATE 9/14 @ 8:30pm ET
Players Added (See below for breakdown):
Ben Roethlisberger , QB PIT
Case Keenum , QB DEN
Tevin Coleman , RB ATL
James White , RB NE
Dante Pettis , WR SF
Houston Texans, DEF
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