NFL DFS Single Games: MNF Week 2

Spencer Limbach

Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 2. Tonight’s matchup is between the Browns and Jets, as Cleveland is listed as a 6.5 point favorite with an over/under of 45. 

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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TOP PICKS

Baker Mayfield - QB - Cleveland

The Browns’ offense was unsteady in last week’s 43-13 home defeat against Tennessee, and that might be too polite of a statement. Mayfield tossed three interceptions and the offensive line had trouble protecting him throughout the game. On the bright side, this is an appealing bounce-back spot for an offense bursting with potential. Mayfield will look to facilitate that, and I’m expecting a much better all-around effort from the Cleveland QB. Baker is a volume-driven MVP/Captain candidate in this slate. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - Cleveland

Beckham saw 11 targets while finishing with seven receptions for 71 yards last week. Those are pretty mild numbers for a superstar receiver, but they actually led the team in each category. If Mayfield lives up to the hype in this primetime showdown, then OBJ will likely follow. Of course, the Browns’ offensive line will need to give Mayfield enough time to look downfield, but we can consider last week’s performance the floor for Beckham. 

Nick Chubb - RB - Cleveland 

Chubb wasn’t terrible last week (17-75), but a four-yard rushing touchdown curiously went to Dontrell Hilliard, his only carry of the day. Well, Hilliard has been ruled out this week, which SHOULD help secure goal-line touches for Chubb with the potential for a little extra work in the passing game. It’s not like we need to justify those marginal benefits for Chubb, as the game flow sets up beautifully with Cleveland favored by 6.5 points here. The Browns should move the ball much better in this road contest, giving Chubb more opportunities for fantasy production. I’m not afraid to roll with the “big three” offensive players from Cleveland. 

BEST BARGAINS

Demaryius Thomas - WR - New York Jets

Thomas is listed as questionable, so you’ll need to double-check his status before clicking him into your lineup. Jets’ WR Quincy Enunwa is out, and Thomas would be in line to absorb his snaps, assuming the veteran receiver is cleared to play. His fantasy prospects don’t look great with Trevor Siemian at quarterback, but Thomas is dirt-cheap in this slate. The game flow could have New York throwing more than usual as well. 

Ryan Griffin - TE - New York Jets

Griffin is a bargain filler across multiple sites. Starting TE Chris Herndon will miss the first four games of the season, and Griffin came up with three catches for 10 yards last week. That’s not going to impress anybody, but it’s nice to see he’s getting looks (four targets) in this offense. As mentioned in the previous write-up, the Jets may be forced to the air tonight. 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

We’ve talked plenty about Trevor Siemian (QB - NYJ), so let’s go ahead and assess his DFS viability. I’m not confident in his fantasy prospects tonight, but we can’t ignore the fact that he’s a quarterback who will likely see substantial volume in this single game slate. In other words, I don’t mind giving him a look if he falls into my lap, but I’m not building a lineup around the Jets’ spot-starter. 

Siemian’s presence in the lineup likely serves as a downgrade to Robby Anderson (WR - NYJ), Jamison Crowder (WR - NYJ), and the other New York pass catchers. As noted in Ian Hartitz’s WR/CB Matchups column, this is a difficult matchup for Anderson despite who is throwing him the ball. That could continue to push volume towards Crowder from the slot, but his salary is much more cumbersome after a strong showing (14-99) in Week 1. 

Le’Veon Bell (RB - NYJ) is the true wild card of this single game slate. He’s listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, but all signs point to him playing. The Jets’ offense may have a tougher time moving the football with Siemian at quarterback, but Bell should see a truckload of volume - assuming he’s healthy. I’m more interested in the Browns’ big three, but Bell certainly enters the conversation when building multiple lineups. 

Let’s jump back into the bargain bin for a moment. Cleveland backup RB Dontrell Hilliard has been ruled out, as mentioned earlier. D’Ernest Johnson (RB - CLE) will serve as No. 2 in the Browns’ backfield, which should translate to a handful of carries and a few targets in the passing game. Johnson served in that role through the second half of last week’s game, taking one carry for 13 yards and catches two passes for 23 yards. He’s an interesting bargain filler at the minimum salary. 

Last, but not least: David Njoku (TE - CLE) is an interesting mid-range play who saw a 96% snap share last week. Assuming Mayfield posts a strong bounce-back performance, Njoku could benefit with realistic upside for a touchdown.