When it comes to DFS, everyone looks for those slate-breaking players (and if you are not, then you should be!), players who can win you the big bucks if they have a day and lower ownership, even better! This especially matters in tournaments, where you are looking to differentiate from your competition and sometimes even yourself and your other lineups, as opposed to cash games, where you would be after more ‘safer’ lineups to secure a more likely pot of cash.
These articles will highlight those players who I feel can break the week’s slate and players you should be, at the very least, considering, going for position-by-position.
Week One Review
Week One always feels like the DFS version of ‘going commando’. You have no gauge of how teams will play and what teams/players are going to boom. Yet will write and speak thousands of words on it.
My Week One did not go too wrong. I had the stacks I needed to win big (Cousins and Theilen, Wilson and Lockett and Mahomes and Hill), but my lineup combinations did not match those stacks. So, in other words, I did the tricky bit. Not considering someone like Brandin Cooks was a massive oversight and something that won’t happen again. The tight end position, as usual, is terrible for any correlation. Finding low-budget plays will be more challenging than ever this season, but Conklin did okay in Week One, so my suggestions were not complete misses.
Anyway, on to Week Two…
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Studs (3x plus return): 2
Average Joes (2.1 – 2.9x return): 2
Scrubs (2x or lower return): 1
Justin Herbert ($6,700)
In Lombardi’s first game as offensive coordinator, Herbert looked very comfortable against a stout defense in Washington, a team who I was high on this campaign, which has cooled with the unfortunate injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick. The sophomore QB efficiently distributed the ball while keeping the defense guessing, particularly on third downs, which ultimately led to the W heading back to LA.
Herbert on third downs in Week One against Washington:
- 14/17 completions
- 127.0 passer rating
- 13 first downs
Next up for Herbert is the Hard Knock-featured Dallas, a team who looked like they have not changed one bit from that last season, and that includes their lacklustre defense. Los Angeles will have a lot of fun with this defense, and so will their pass-catchers, but we will get on to them later.
Matt Stafford ($6,400)
Another week in my DFS article where there is a QB apart of a new offense, but boy, did Stafford look good against Chicago.
27.34 points in primetime in Week One came at ease for the former Detroit man and only off of 26 passing attempts, which is very impressive, showing Stafford’s natural grasp of a McVay offense at such an early stage.
And the best part is that this seems far from Stafford’s ceiling too, which can be unleashed once more formidable opponents present themselves, and that could very well be the case with Indianapolis. Wentz and Co looked serviceable against Seattle but ultimately fell to a more formidable offense, but I like their chances more against this Los Angeles defense.
This, in turn, should allow Stafford to focus more on the aerial offense and more points for our lineups. With all the great stacking options, too, in Woods, Kupp, Higbee and even Jefferson as a dart throw, this Los Angeles offense is a great one to target in Week Two.
Other potential Slate-Breakers to Consider
- Ryan Tannehill ($6,300)
- Joe Burrow ($5,800)