Welcome to the DFS Watch List for NFL Week 2!

I'm not sure if I say this every year or every week, but THAT was a great weekend of football. Maybe not having meaningful games since the Super Bowl gets you extra charged or maybe it was the revelation of watching Peyton and Eli Manning call a game together on Monday night, but I woke up Tuesday morning and couldn't wait to start crunching the numbers, studying the match-ups and looking ahead to Week 2. The folks playing seasonal fantasy are going to spend the day sweating their FAAB bids on guys like Elijah Mitchell and Christian Kirk. We get everyone back on the table once again and it's a brand new week!

If you played alongside us last week, there were some ups and downs, but definitely more ups. Almost everyone in the DFS space got tagged playing James Robinson, Kyle Pitts and Marquez Callaway, but if you used them in cash games, it didn't hurt so much as they were all highly-owned players. If you also used them in GPP tournaments, well, that's another story as low scores like that keep you out of the top money. We cashed all over this past week. Well, we crushed on FanDuel and Yahoo, but Draft Kings left us wanting more. Only one of my example lineups – the GPP one with Kyler Murray at QB – cashed over at Draft Kings, largely due to not enough exposure to Travis Kelce. Damn that bargain price on Pitts! But, overall, it was a profitable week and the Playbook helped numerous members of #FANation bring home the bacon. 

So what exactly did last week's Playbook deliver? As always, we like to check in to ensure we remain on the right path.

Scoring The Playbook Week 1

A story of dominating performances at wide receiver in garbage time.  Many of the best performances came during the comebacks we saw in the NFL yesterday.  Garbage-time counts.  Here are the highlights:

  • 20 players in the Playbook returned a 2X Value in Draft Kings scoring with half of those returning 3X Value.
  • 10 of the 14 Quarterbacks & Running Backs returned 2X Value
  • Top scoring Running Back Joe Mixon in the Playbook
  • Chase Edmonds & Gabriel Davis produced 3X+ Value from the Dart Board.
  • The highest scoring lineup with Playbook & Dart Board was 194.50
QBKyler Murray7600    34.6 
RBJoe Mixon6200    28.0 
RBChase Edmonds4600    14.6 
WRDeAndre Hopkins7800    26.3 
WRCorey Davis4900    26.7 
WRMarvin Jones3600    18.7 
TETravis Kelce8300    25.6 
FLXGabriel Davis3400    12.0 
DSTDenver Broncos3300      8.0 
  $49,700   194.50 

For any newcomers this week:

“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 which 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 throughout the week, 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.

Also remember, the DFS Watch List focuses on the Sunday Main Slate. We cover Thursday, Monday and Sunday Night Football via Showdown slate coverage.

Now let's get to work…

PLAYERS REMOVED (9/16): Odell Beckham Jr. (knee – out)

PLAYERS ADDED (9/17): Justin Herbert, QB LAC, Kenyan Drake, RB LV, Marquez Callaway, WR NO, Darren Waller, TE LV