Week 2 NFL DFS action begins with a Thursday night football clash between two NFC East enemies. The Washington Football Team is hosting the New York Giants as both teams try to bounce back from defeat to season opener. This may not be anyone’s idea of a sporting event to watch, but given the stakes, it’s pretty important in real life, so we’re bringing the same intensity to our FanDuel single-game lineup selection.
It’s no secret that this game is expected to be a low-scoring affair. Vegas sportsbooks opened this matchup with totals all the way down to 41 with Washington favored by a full four points. We do not mind calling some WFT skill players, but we will avoid trying to identify which Giant can have a great night.
A quick refresh of the rules for FanDuel singles matches: The points for “MVP” are multiplied by 1.5, but he has no additional money as “Captain” in DraftKings Showdown competitions. FanDuel’s default score is half-point PPR and four-point existing TDs, and it’s there none bonuses for 100/300-yard play as on DraftKings.
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FanDuel Single-Game DFS Picks: Giants Vs. Washington Football Team
$ 60,000 budget, needs at least one player from each team
MVP (1.5x points): RB Antonio Gibson, Washington ($ 12,500)
Gibson is locked inside our MVP slot, simply because he is best placed to lead the slate in points. If last week’s use (20 carries, 5 goals) continues — and there is little or no reason why it should not be — Gibson will be busy and productive.
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FLEX: QB Daniel Jones, Giants ($ 15,000)
The Giants have many weapons on paper, but this offense just hasn’t clicked with any degree of consistency. Saquon Barkley ($ 14,000) does not appear to be ready to resume his role as bell cow, so more responsibility will be in the hands – and on the legs – of Jones. We’ll bet he’s responsible for a good portion of the offense the Giants have to collect.
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FLEX: QB Taylor Heinicke, Washington ($ 14,500)
We certainly like more individual skill position players from the football team than the Giants, but we also like the idea of covering our bases with both quarterbacks. Heinicke, like his counterpart, can run a little bit and will be supported by a solid collection of weapons. With the score expected to be for a prize, we want to connect with those who will have the greatest opportunity to collect fantasy points.
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FLEX: WR Terry McLaurin, Washington ($ 12,000)
McLaurin received just four goals last week, but the football team attempted only 21 passes. We’re not going to see WFT adopt the air strike, but McLaurin totaled 14 catches, 189 yards and a 20-goal TD in two games against the Giants in 2020. He’s always a threat to get 10-plus looks and deliver a great fantasy show.
FLEX: WR Dyami Brown, Washington ($ 5,500)
Brown’s debut line is quite forgettable (a catch, negative two yards), but he served as the clear No. 2 behind McLaurin. Brown played 93 percent of the shots and tied up his teammate with four goals. We are not knocking on an excellent performance, but if he can take greater advantage of his opportunity, we could be in the green.