Sunday Night gives us a critical early-season NFC matchup with the 2-0 Green Bay Packers traveling to New Orleans to take on the 1-1 Saints. Green Bay has been on cruise control early on offensively scoring 40-plus in each of their first two weeks while the Saints have looked inconsistent to start, most notably in Week 2 basically no-showing in Las Vegas against the Raiders. There are some storylines to follow here including two of the best receivers in the game likely missing in action with Michael Thomas and DaVante Adams nursing injuries. I'm excited to see how this game is going to play out and there are plenty of ways for everyone to share that excitement over at DraftKings.
- QB Aaron Rodgers, GB (DK $11,000)
- WR Allen Lazard, GB (DK $6,200)
- RB Alvin Kamara, NO (DK $11,800)
Rodgers and the passing game have been rock-solid thus far with six touchdown passes over the first two games. Last week against the Lions Rodgers was able to shut down the passing game somewhat prematurely as Green Bay was thoroughly in control of their game against the Lions. I expect this contest to be more competitive with New Orleans and expect Rodgers to have to throw the ball closer to 40 or so times as he did in Week 1 (44) in a game that was closer on the scoreboard. Allen Lazard, not Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the receiver I prefer to pair Rodgers up with this week for a couple of reasons. First, he's less expensive than MVS ($6,200 vs $6,800) and he's the type of receiver that could give New Orleans trouble in an overall pretty even matchup. While MVS is more of a speed threat than Lazard, the Saints have shown that they are tough to beat over the top. Therefore, Lazard, the bigger, stronger receiver working the short to intermediate routes could pose a bigger problem for them, especially if he's matchup up with the much smaller Janoris Jenkins in coverage. Alvin Kamara is the man in this offense, undoubtedly now with Michael Thomas absent. That was most evident in Week 2 as AK looked like the best player on the field and the only Saint really that showed up. Kamara was on the field for 41 of the Saints' 57 snaps and touched the ball more than half of the time (13 carries, nine receptions) for a total of 174 yards. Kamara is the must-play for me on DraftKings on Sunday Night.
RB Aaron Jones, GB (DK $17,100)
The price tag is hefty but the production has been out of this world through two weeks for the very underrated Aaron Jones. With Davante Adams likely OUT we could see an uptick in touches for Jones just as we've seen for Kamara with Michael Thomas out. Even with Adams on the field, Jones has been a workhorse in both the running and passing game. Over the first two weeks, he's seen eight and six targets respectively, and has hauled in four passes in each game. Pair that with the 16 and 18 carries he's had through two games and you get some serious volume and scoring upside as the fourth-year back has four touchdowns on the young season.
QB Drew Brees, NO (DK $14,700)
Brees has been rocky over the first two games, even with a 300-yard passing game against the Buccaneers he never looked quite sharp. At his captain's salary, he actually comes in at a bargain when you consider the upside he has and the discount you get compared to his counterpart Rodgers' price ($16,500). All week the Saints have been getting grief from every expert that covers the NFL and Brees has been at the forefront of that. I expect a bounceback performance from the Saints and especially Brees at home.
WR Emmanuel Sanders, NO (DK $5,500)
Sanders has been quiet early on with just four catches through two games for a total of 33 yards. Sanders' game over the years has been stretching the field and catching the deep ball. With that yet to be seen in a Saints uniform, I have to believe that there will be an effort to hit Sanders on some deep passes. The Packers allowed over 35 DraftKings points to receivers and in Week 1 and over 42 to the position in Week 2, so they are susceptible to the pass defensively.
K Mason Crosby, GB ($4,400)
With so much high-priced talent on both sides, both kickers are strongly in play on Sunday night. In a game where I could see the Saints defense being stingy in the red zone, Crosby will be very valuable is the Packers, who expect to be able to move the ball, have their drives stall out in the red zone a few times.
RB Latavius Murray, NO ($2,800)
Last week Murray was a non-factor only seeing the field 15 times against the Raiders, his former team. With the Saints down and Alvin Kamara looking so good running and catching the ball, game flow and situation just didn't work in Murray's favor. However, in a game that should be highly competitive and with Murray being just $2,800, he has a great chance of paying off as we should see him touch to ball closer to 15 times as he did in Week 1 with 15 carries.
Other FLEX Plays
QB/RB/TE Taysom Hill, NO (DK $1,800)
TE Jared Cook, NO (DK $7,600)
RB Jamaal Williams, GB (DK $2,000)
Sunday Night gives us a critical early-season NFC matchup with the 2-0 Green Bay Packers traveling to New Orleans to take on the 1-1 Saints. Green Bay has been on cruise control early on offensively scoring 40-plus in each of their first two weeks while the Saints have looked inconsistent to start, most notably in Week 2 basically no-showing in Las Vegas against the Raiders. There are some storylines to follow here including two of the best receivers in the game likely missing in action with Michael Thomas and DaVante Adams nursing injuries. I'm excited to see how this game is going to play out and there are plenty of ways for everyone to share that excitement over at DraftKings. Subscribe for full article
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