The first week of the NFL season has come to an end, providing us with the needed resources to accurately make better projections moving forward. Knocking the rust off for fantasy players and daily fantasy sports (DFS) players alike is a legitimate concern, to which we now move on from.
Analyzing the Week 2 slate of NFL matchups has painted a clearer picture of which players, teams and defenses to target, which will help us highlight the best potential stacks for grand guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments.
QB Dak Prescott ($6,800 DraftKings, $8,300 FanDuel)
WR Amari Cooper ($6,300 DraftKings, $7,000 FanDuel)
The Cowboys' matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 appears to be a potential goldmine and smash-spot for America’s team on the surface. The Falcons’ defense allowed the most points to opposing quarterbacks in Week 1, proving just how disastrous their pass defense is.
While Prescott’s Week 1 performance wasn’t lights-out, he still managed to put together a 17.6-point performance, and Cooper still managed to demand a team-high 13 targets — 10 of which were pulled in for 81 yards. Cooper’s primary defender is expected to be rookie A.J. Terrell, who did not perform well in Week 1; he allowed the 13th-most fantasy points per route (0.56) and the seventh-most yards per reception (2.56) among all cornerbacks on PFF’s WR and CB matchup chart. Ironically enough, teammate Isaiah Oliver did not fare well, either. He allowed the 15th-most and 16th-most in those same respective statistical categories.
Prescott could ideally be paired with any of his top three receiving options in Cooper, Michael Gallup or rookie CeeDee Lamb, but Cooper stands out as having the most solidified workload. If you elect to pay down at the wide receiver position, you could absolutely pair Prescott with either of the remaining two receiver options, both of which come with a reduced price tag.