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Creating Your FanDuel Core – Week 2

Michael Dubner highlights the players he’s considering for his core FanDuel lineup in Week 2.

Week 1 Recap

Week 1 was as crazy as we could have expected with a ton of fantasy points. In addition to the added flex increasing the normal score on FanDuel, a lot of the chalk went ham, which further inflated the cash line. Before we dive into Week 2, here are some of the lessons I learned in Week 1, and how I can improve my process moving forward.
  • Where my process was good:

    • I correctly pegged Emmanuel Sanders and Michael Thomas as target hogs in plus matchups.
    • James Conner further emphasizes to never fade near-minimum priced RBs who are projected to see a massive workload, especially in a good offense.
    • I avoided some bad chalk, such as Keelan Cole.
    • Although Andy Dalton wasn’t the optimal QB, he still hit 2.6x salary. I’m fine with the process of targeting the Colts’ secondary as they also have a bad pass rush.
    • We got unlucky with Leonard Fournette’s injury, but he was on his way to a voluminous game, as he already had nine carries and three targets when he left the game midway through the second quarter. If Fournette played the entire game, I don’t think there would’ve been a big difference between him and Melvin Gordon.
    • Baltimore predictably steamrolled the Bills, which should have led to a massive workload for Alex Collins. While Alex Collins only had seven rushing attempts and saved us with a touchdown, Collins was still the primary back when the game was still in reach, it just got out of hand so quickly. If we knew the Ravens would score 47 points, I’d play Collins every time.
    • Chris Hogan certainly saw the bottom of his range of his outcomes. I still don’t know how he only had one reception despite playing on a #nice 69 of 75 snaps (92 percent) and Tom Brady having 39 pass attempts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Where my process should improve:

    • Besides Conner, Alvin Kamara was the chalk at RB. He was clearly the best high-priced RB play, and with all of the value in Week 1, it was easy to pay up for him. Still, I should’ve mentioned him in last week’s article.
    • While Austin Seferian-Jenkins was in a plus-matchup against the Giants and he did have a touchdown nullified, it’s tough to have any confidence in a player who will see 3-5 targets per game.

Creating Your FanDuel Core – Week 2

I’m primarily a cash game and single-entry tournament player, and have the vast majority of my money (80 percent) on one lineup. Playing one team forces me to make the optimal lineup. Below are the primary players I’m considering for my core lineup on FanDuel in Week 2.

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By Michael Dubner | @Michael_Dubner | Archive