Our Top Plays for the Week 2 Late Slate on Fan Picks
We held out as long as we could with the article for the late slate, but still don’t have a clear idea of what the status is of Fournette, Mack, and Perine. Given this slate doesn’t lock until 7:00 PM EST, you should know before kickoff and be able to adjust your lineups accordingly.
There is a ton of value all over this slate, particularly in the running back group. You almost have to ignore prices, pay up where you want to, and be okay with a completed lineup having $4,000+ left in salary. Below are the Vegas lines for this slate, clearly Oklahoma, Texas, LSU are routes, and I think UCLA, Missouri, and Auburn end up winning by more than three touchdowns as well.
Quarterback Plays for Week 2 Late Slate
Fan Picks Price: $8,300
You certainly can ignore prices and take the QB of your choice in this slate. For me, it came down to Flowers or Mayfield, and in the end I prefer the matchup and role Flowers will have in the USF offense. Particularly if Mack can’t go. This isn’t the NIU team that used to run all over everyone, they gave up 40 points and 243 rushing yards to Wyoming last week. I expect Flowers to have an even better game than his 30 point performance last week.
Running Back Plays for Week 2 Late Slate
Fan Picks Price: $6,800
Hurd went over 120 yards with a touchdown in week one, despite a complete dud from Tennessee’s offense in week one. Our guess is the game against App State serves as a wake up call for the Vols, and Hurd and co have a big bounce back game against Va Tech. Look for Hurd to be more involved as a pass catcher, and to have his first multi touchdown game of the season.
Fan Picks Price: $4,700
If Texas is going to give Foreman that large of a share of the RB workload, he may very well be the top fantasy RB in the Big 12. Notre Dame is a skilled, well coached defense and Foreman had 24/131/1. If Swoopes would have shared the ball inside of the 10 a little more, that touchdown number could have easily been 2 or 3. Even if his touches go down slightly, at 15+ touches against UTEP he is a safe bet to reach value for his $4,700 price tag.
Fan Picks Price: $3,400
The Arkansas run game didn’t look great last week, but that wasn’t on Rawleigh… He ran well in his first game back since breaking his back last season. He will be the workhorse in the Arkansas backfield, and should see a ton of carries against a TCU defense that gave up 159 yards on just 17 carries to the South Dakota State running backs.
Fan Picks Price: $2,400
If Eastern Michigan is on the slate, you start the opponents running back. They were dead last in opponent rushing yards and YPC last season, were 115th in 2014, and 3rd to last 2013. Ross is a lock and Witter will probably reach value as well.
Wide Receiver Plays for Week 2 Late Slate
Fan Picks Price: $7,600
Despite what the scoreboard said, Austin Allen looked serviceable last week which mean Keon Hatcher is still fantasy-relevant. Hatcher looked phenomenal and was really the bright spot for Arkansas’ offense. Keep in mind he had 13/198/2 in just two games last season. If TCU somehow manages to get up big in this game, Hatcher could go ham.
Fan Picks Price: $6,700
Northern Illinois won’t be able to run on USF’s defense, they will get down big early, and Golladay is going to see 15+ targets again this week. He will reach value as a receiver, and anything he gives you as a runner (6/82/1 last week) is just gravy.
Fan Picks Price: $5,200
My guess is that everyone will chase Taj Williams’ monster game, but we are rolling out Turpin again this week. Williams is a great player, and will be in plenty of our lineups, but we still believe Turpin is the #1 and go to receiver here.
Fan Picks Price: $4,700
Houston made a clear effort to take Westbrook away from Mayfield, and it worked. Louisiana Monroe won’t be able to do the same, and we are betting on some big plays and long touchdowns out of the speedy slot receiver. 8/70 wasn’t a terrible start, but we expect to see him close the gap between those numbers and Sterling Shepard’s numbers from last season.
Tight End Plays for Week 2 Late Slate
Fan Picks Price: $2,700
Bucky Hodges is the chalk play, and a good one. Virginia Tech will throw it a ton, but the Tennessee linebackers and safeties are legit and it may be tough sledding. We like Austin Roberts, a guy Jim Mora hyped all offseason. Roberts had a solid opening week against Texas A&M (5/61), but Mora clearly wants to get his tight ends even more involved and this matchup with UNLV may be the perfect time to do so.