Yes, Julio and Antonio Brown are always in play. They are studs. If you’re making me choose between the two, it’s probably Antonio Brown ($8,900) who’s getting the nod. Jones will have to take on the Cowboys defense that, through two games, has shut down top WRs in ODB and Jordan Matthews. I am sure Julio will be fine, but his upside is capped just a bit. Antonio Brown is in a much better matchup with STL and the Steelers have the added dimension of the two point conversion. They appear more willing than most teams to go for two, which could boost Brown’s value even higher.
Let’s talk Demaryius Thomas ($8,000). I am optimistic on the Broncos this week and that includes Thomas. He is averaging 17.8 DK points per game this season despite not finding the endzone yet. This matchup with Detroit is exciting. The Lions made Keenan Allen (34.6 DK Pts) look like Jerry Rice in Week 1 and then Teddy Bridgewater picked them apart (14/18) in Week 2. A long week of preparation for the Broncos could be a recipe for success.
Brandon Marshall ($6,200) is a very interesting option this week. Marshall and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick seem to have formed an outstanding rapport earning Marshall 18.2 and 26.1 DK points in the first two games. Marshall should see a big boost in targets if Eric Decker doesn’t play. The Cornerback matchup cannot be better assuming that he will square off with Byron Maxwell in this matchup. Maxwell has been dreadful and clearly has not blossomed in this PHI defensive scheme. Pro Football Focus has Maxwell graded as one of the worst CBs in the league right now. Add the additional boost of pace facing the Eagles, where the Jets might see some more offensive snaps and I am all over Marshall this week.
This James Jones ($4,800) situation continues to get more intriguing week by week. James is by no means a PPR monster with only 5 catches in the first two games, but he has monopolized all the redzone targets for the Packers and any receiver that is going to do that, immediately becomes interesting. Jones has 7 RZ targets already this season which is second in the league. The Chiefs have been stingy on the ground but horrid through the air, surrendering BY FAR the most DK points per game to opposing WRs.
I am bullish on Leonard Hankerson ($3,800) as a nice flier option. Hankerson may be taking over the WR2 role for the Falcons after a six catch, 77 yards and one TD performance last week against the Giants. Roddy White did not catch his one target. That might be a small sample or an outlier, but it also might be an indication of things to come for the Falcons. If the Cowboys expend a lot of energy and attention on stopping Julio Jones, that might open up some additional opportunity for Hankerson who wouldn’t need much production to pay for himself.
The Wide Receiver position is one of the most volatile week-to-week where you can find tremendous value. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.