Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 2. Tonight’s matchup is between the Saints and Raiders with New Orleans listed as a 5.5 point road favorite with an over/under of 48.5.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Alvin Kamara - RB - New Orleans (DK: $11,400 FD: $14,000)
WR Michael Thomas will not play for the Saints tonight. That inevitably boosts the remaining skill position players, but Kamara arguably benefits the most. New Orleans will likely run the ball more, and Kamara should see a few more targets in the passing game with one of the most well-fed receivers in the NFL sidelined. In other words, a positive game script combined with increased volume should help Kamara rack up fantasy production on Monday Night Football. The matchup looks great against a subpar Las Vegas defense as well.
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Josh Jacobs - RB - Las Vegas (DK: $9,600 FD: $13,500)
This is an interesting spot for Josh Jacobs. He’s coming off a massive three-touchdown game last week, but that came against a generous Carolina defense. Now he’ll face a New Orleans’ D that ranked sixth against fantasy RBs last season. However, Jacobs should get plenty of volume, and that could even include looks in the passing game. The one knock on Jacobs was surrounded by limited usage when his team was trailing. However, the second-year back saw six targets last week, translating to a 4-46 line through the air. We know Jacobs will handle three-down work and goal-line carries behind a top ten offensive line (according to Pro Football Focus), so adding volume in the passing game makes him an undeniable fantasy asset no matter the matchup - especially in single-game slates.
Latavius Murray - RB - New Orleans (DK: $3,400 FD: $7,500)
I believe you can roster Kamara and Murray in the same lineup tonight. As mentioned earlier, the Saints should be running more given the game flow, matchup, and absence of WR Michael Thomas. Murray saw 15 carries in a runaway victory against Tampa Bay last week, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if he recorded similar usage on Monday. Stacking both running backs from New Orleans isn’t a bad idea, as the Raiders allowed 134 yards and two scores to Christian McCaffrey last week. It’s entirely plausible that Murray and Kamara both “pay off” their respective salaries.
Taysom Hill - QB/TE - New Orleans (DK: 2,200 FD: $7,000)
This is more of a tournament choice on DraftKings, as Hill is dirt-cheap over there (and the salary cap is tighter). Hill is a gadget player who will only see a handful of opportunities. That was the case last week, as he completed a pass (1/1 for 38 yds), hauled in a reception (1-14), and ran the ball three times (3-13). Keep in mind that Hill scored seven touchdowns in 2019, so finding paydirt isn’t out of the equation - especially against a soft Las Vegas defense.
The biggest injury news to consider in this slate (outside of Thomas) revolves around Henry Ruggs III (WR - LV), who is questionable. If Ruggs plays, he’s a strong choice as the Raiders’ top receiving threat in a game script that has them throwing more than usual (assuming he’s fully healthy). If Ruggs is out, Darren Waller (TE - OAK) and Bryan Edwards (WR - LV) should see more volume. Waller would become a more intriguing target through all formats, while Edwards would turn heads in large-field GPPs.
Drew Brees (QB - NO) makes plenty of sense as an MVP on FanDuel, as his projection is neck-and-neck with Kamara. However, you could argue that Brees has a lower floor than usual with his top receiver sidelined. That’s where Emmanuel Sanders (WR - NO) steps in as a great play through all formats on both sites. The Panthers’ receiving corps looked good against Las Vegas last week, and Sanders steps in as the top receiving option for this high-octane Saints’ passing attack … Jared Cook (TE - NO) is next on the list, earning cash game consideration against a Raiders team that allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends last season. Tre’Quan Smith (WR - NO) pops as a tournament choice with an outside chance of more targets given the absence of Thomas.
We already talked about his pass catchers, but Derek Carr (QB - LV) himself is a fickle play in this single-game format. He’s better on FanDuel - where the salary cap isn’t as tight - but nowhere near a 100% necessity over there. Carr is a better game manager than a fantasy quarterback, as Josh Jacobs seems to be the preferred red-zone option of this team. The only thing saving Carr is potential volume with Monday’s game script signifying a pass-heavy approach down the stretch.