After an exciting opening week of the 2022 regular season, we have another outstanding NFL DFS main slate on tap for Sunday afternoon. With one week of action already in the books, daily fantasy football players have a better handle on which star players to fade or pay up for. Our Week 2 DraftKings lineup picks aim for a good mix of studs and value sleepers, including this week’s “free space,” Jeff Wilson Jr.
We’re building our lineup around a Raiders’ stack after watching Arizona’s defense get torched repeatedly by the Chiefs. We’re also jumping on some WRs who surprised in Week 1 and hoping for repeats to go along with possibly lower ownership.
Before we break down all of our picks, here are the most notable scoring rules for DraftKings contests: Full-point PPR, four-point passing TDs, three-point bonuses for 100 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards, and 300 passing yards.
WEEK 2 WAIVER WIRE: Top pickups
DraftKings Picks Week 2: NFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments
Sunday main slate, $50,000 budget
QB Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Cardinals ($6,200). Carr did not have a great Week 1 against the Chargers, completing 59 percent of his passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Even though he had three turnovers, Carr still scored 16.8 fantasy points. He should play better this week vs. the Cardinals, who got torched by Patrick Mahomes in Week 1. Arizona’s defense allowed 37.9 fantasy points, which is not an ideal way to start. We should look for Carr to keep Davante Adams and Darren Waller involved and reconnect with Hunter Renfrow, who had a quiet Week 1. He’s a good bet for the 300-yard bonus.
RB Nick Chubb, Browns vs. Jets ($7,100). The Jets’ run defense showed up in Week 1, but the Ravens’ running game was missing JK Dobbins (knee). However, Chubb is next up on the schedule, and he crushed it in Week 1 against the Panthers, totaling 22 carries for 141 yards. Kareem Hunt stole two touchdowns from him, but those will come soon enough. Despite not scoring, Chubb posted 18.3 fantasy points and has the fifth-highest salary at the running back position. Look for the veteran running back to find the end zone and flirt with another 100 yards against New York.
RB Antonio Gibson, Commanders @ Lions ($6,200). Gibson had an excellent Week 1 performance against the Jaguars, finishing with 21 touches for 130 yards. Gibson should be in line to have another good game in Week 2 against a Detroit defense that allowed 36.7 fantasy points to the Eagles’ running backs. At his salary, this is a good value for a lower-tier RB1 in DFS.
WR Michael Pittman Jr., Colts @ Jaguars ($6,700). Pittman Jr. saw the majority of targets (13) for the Colts’ receivers in Week 1, hauling in nine receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. The third-year wide receiver’s salary was under $6K last week and now he’s inching closer to the $7K range. Last season against the Jaguars, Pittman Jr. averaged 20.4 and 12.1 fantasy points in two games, respectively, so we like him to ball out again.
WR Jarvis Landry, Saints vs. Buccaneers ($5,000). Landry surprisingly led the Saints in targets (9), receptions (7), and yards (114) in the week, finishing with 21.4 fantasy points. The last time the veteran wide receiver had a 20-point fantasy game was Week 13 of 2020 (20.4 fantasy points vs. Titans). We should not expect Landry to have 20 fantasy points against a tough Buccaneers’ defense next week. However, he has a high floor and ceiling, especially relative to his salary and projected ownership.
WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | D/ST | Kicker
WR Jahan Dotson, Commanders @ Lions ($4,200). The rookie wide receiver made a nice statement in Week 1 against the Jaguars. Dotson had three receptions (five targets) for 40 yards and two touchdowns. He has another favorable matchup in Week 2 against a Lions’ defense that couldn’t cover AJ Brown at all last week. Dotson has a lot of competition for targets in Washington, but he’s as talented and explosive as any of the Commanders’ other receivers.
TE Darren Waller, Raiders vs. Cardinals ($5,600). Our stack for Week 2 will be Carr and Waller, who are due for a good game against the Cardinals’ awful pass defense. The Cards’ defense struggled to defend Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce, who had eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. Waller was the Raiders’ second-leading receiver in Week 1 (four receptions for 79 yards), proving he can co-exist with Davante Adams. With the attention that both Adams and Hunter Renfrow will receive, Waller will have beatable one-on-one matchups and might even hit the 100-yard bonus.
WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | D/ST | Kicker
FLEX Jeff Wilson Jr., 49ers vs. Seahawks ($5,100). At our FLEX spot, we’re rolling with the “value of the week,” who will take over the Niners’ backfield with Elijah Mitchell (knee) out. Wilson Jr. didn’t do much in San Francisco’s Week 1 loss to the Bears (11 touches for 30 yards), but 49ers’ starting RBs almost always have upside, especially against a mediocre defense like Seattle’s. In his four starts last year, Wilson Jr. averaged 16.8 carries per game and scored twice, so he’ll have opportunities.
DEF Browns vs. Jets ($3,700). The Browns’ defense performed well against the Panthers in Week 1, recording four sacks and an interception. Cleveland now gets to face a Jets’ offense with Joe Flacco that scored just three points until a garbage-time touchdown with a minute left in Week 1. We should expect the Browns to force a couple turnovers and have at least four sacks against a shorthanded Jets’ offensive line.