FanDuel Week 2 Slate Breakdown with Cash and GPP Picks

FanDuel Week 2 Slate Breakdown with Cash and GPP Picks

By TJ Hernandez (Director of DFS), last update Sep 20, 2018

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In this space each week, I’ll give my overall FanDuel cash game and tournament strategy thoughts and discuss how players fit into these strategies. By offering a general approach to the week, along with a player pool to consider, you should walk away feeling well-equipped no matter your bankroll strategy or game selection process.

Note that FanDuel has replaced their kicker with a Flex position this season. Because running backs have a higher floor and smaller range of outcomes than wide receivers or tight ends, it’s often wise to fill the flex spot with a running back in cash games—of course, every week is unique and should be treated as such. Other sites that use a flex have seen a relatively even mix of tournament winners in terms of which position has filled the flex. Consistency scores suggest that receivers have a higher ceiling than running backs but with FanDuel’s half-PPR scoring system that gap is smaller than on full PPR sites.


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After a disappointing Week 1, Deshaun Watson ($7,400) saw his price drop $800, the biggest salary drop for any quarterback this week. That depressed salary puts Watson back atop the quarterback value report against a defense that should give Watson much less of a headache than New England did last week. Tennessee doesn’t have the scheme or personnel to shut down DeAndre Hopkins like Bill Belichick did, which greatly improves Watson’s floor.

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