Welcome to week two of a daily fantasy football article I’m literally just now dubbing “The Fade”. That could be the beautiful touchdown Plaxico Burress once mastered, or it is the art of completely avoiding a team or player in fantasy sports. Guess which one.
Last week I told you to fade all of these guys. For the most part, it worked out pretty great. Brandon Marshall and Alfred Morris had some success, but Marshall is the only big winner. Morris got over 120 rushing yards but didn’t score. Still, 6 out of 8 isn’t bad.
I’ve got more fades for week two, so let’s not waste any more time re-hashing week one:
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Peyton hogged all of the ineptitude to himself in week one, as he truly looked like one of the least scary quarterbacks in the entire league last week. Let’s keep in mind a couple of things, of course. His pass protection sucked, his running game didn’t do jack and Baltimore is a pretty good defense. All that being said, he didn’t have a single touchdown, had less than 200 passing yards and really didn’t look good at any point in that game. It’s ENTIRELY possibly he reverts back to his awesome self on Thursday Night Football.
But he’s not playing the Raiders. It’s the Chiefs, who can rush the quarterback and stop the run. At a really high level. It could be a problem for ol’ Peyton. Also, TNF games in general leave me in a funk and I’m feeling a bunch of trash in this one. Manning is better left faded.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
McCoy got just 11.7 fantasy points last week and he was pulled out of Thursday’s practice with another hamstring issue. So the guy hasn’t gone off, isn’t 100% and now I’m supposed to love him with Bill Belichick game-planning the hell out of him? His price is nice and the matchup in theory is amaze balls, but I’m not gaga Jerry. I’m not gaga.
Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
Murray was weak in his 2015 debut and I don’t anticipate him blowing up against a Ravens defense that made Peyton Manning and C.J. Anderson it’s bitch. Murray certainly an spring big plays and should have a good role, but it won’t do him much good when the Ravens are up 31-0. But if Marcel Reese scores twice again…
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
D-Will looked terrific in the 2015 opener last week, but the Niners looked plenty stout against the run still this past weekend. I’m already a believer that they’re pissed off and not too excited about all the talk of their great demise. Pittsburgh seems lost without Le’Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey and Martavis Bryant, and it might show against a pretty underrated defense.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Sitting Green (or most of these guys) in a league where you drafted him for the year is just plain old Tom Foolery. But fading him in DFS isn’t that crazy. He was a total spare last week as Andy Dalton had eyes for no one but Tyler Eifert and this week he draws Jason Verrett. Our own Taylor Smith is pretty high on Verrett, as he should be, especially after he got down stifling Calvin Johnson in week one. Green could score or whatever, but I expect his day to be largely capped. There is so much value elsewhere at wide receiver, anyways.
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets
Mother F, Marshall better not destroy an elite cover man for the second week in a row. Something tells me he won’t this week, as Vontae Davis is arguably a tougher draw than Joe Haden. Plus, Vontae shut Sammy Watkins down big time last week (no freaking catches, yo), so there is PRECEDENCE for this ish. I’m not feeling Marshall this week.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
Jeffery doesn’t strike me as a guy that is still 100%, even though I’ll admit he also doesn’t need to be 100% to drop a bomb on any defense. That being said, Arizona is clearly still very good defensively and Patrick Patterson is pretty good. Brandin Cooks not erupting in week one has me convinced of that. Jeffery could be totally fine, but like Green, he costs too much for me to feel like chancing it.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
Olsen should have had a touchdown last week, as a bogus offensive PI call robbed him of such. But he only had one other target, which was just appalling. I’m sure the Panthers rectify that, but nothing is guaranteed against J.J. Watt and the Texans. They did just get totally creamed by Travis Kelce last week (two scores), but you gotta pay a bit for Olsen and there’s a ton of value elsewhere at the position.
Don’t forget to use our DFS fantasy football advice to win the millions in week two, as DraftKings is awarding the top winner $2 million yet again this week!