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DraftKings NFL Million Dollar Contest Week 2 Picks

Football is finally back, and with it comes the best fantasy experience of the DFS calendar year: The return of the DraftKings Fantasy Football Millionaire contest. For Week 2, DraftKings has returned its signature contest a $20 dollar entry. As always, identifying sleepers and under-owned plays is paramount. Each week, we will look to provide the best plays on DraftKings at QB, RB, WR and TE.

QUARTERBACK

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Football Team ($6,100): Washington’s young, aggressive defensive front four wreaked havoc on Carson Wentz and the Eagles last week, but Wentz was still able to shake off multiple sacks and throw for 270 yards and two scores. Arizona has a better offensive line and Murray is a much more mobile quarterback with DeAndre Hopkins to throw to. Murray toasted the 49ers defense last week and should have little trouble once he evades the initial Washington rush.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos ($6,300): Big Ben at home is always a smash scenario, and against a Denver secondary in tatters and with a full compliment of big-play wide receivers, this is a great stacking opportunity, especially with Dionte Johnson so cheap as the other half of a JuJu two-receiver stack. Expect Ben to go under-owned here, much the way Aaron Rodgers did last week on his way to anchoring the Milly Maker-winning lineup.

RUNNING BACK

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears ($8,400): The most popular running back plays on DraftKings this week are going to be Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliott. Barkley is just slightly more expensive than that duo, but will be considerably less owned, making Barkley an ideal tournament pivot.

The Mitch Trubisky-Allen Robinson combo needs to be considered in tournament builds, and bringing that back with Barkley, who was very active in the passing game last week and should have his way with the Bears defense, makes for a great sneaky correlation stack.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams ($6,000): Sanders returns to action this week after missing Week 1 with a hamstring issue. While Jonathan Taylor figures to be as chalky as Elliott and Henry, Sanders is in that Barkley pivot camp for tournaments. The Eagles need Sanders to be a workhorse back to protect Wentz against another brutal pass rush, so expect the volume to be there, even coming off the injury.

WIDE RECEIVER

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys ($7,400): We’re highlighting Jones here, but this is a full-on wide receiver game-stack situation where either Dak Prescott or Matt Ryan is your QB and all four of your wide receiver/flex spots are filled by Jones-Calvin Ridley-CeeDee Lamb and either Michael Gallup or Amari Cooper. We saw how Seattle and Atlanta lit it up last week and this game should be no different.

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers ($4,100): There are more legitimate sub-5K wide receiver plays on DraftKings this week than at any time in recent memory, thanks to a spate of injuries and recency bias pricings. Lamb, Johnson, Parris Campbell, Christian Kirk, Breshad Perriman, and our pick, Scotty Miller. With Chris Godwin likely to miss this game against Carolina, Miller should step in opposite Mike Evans, and it appears Miller and Tom Brady have a good chemistry. Think Welker. Think Edelman. Think Amendola. Think $$$.

TIGHT END

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans ($6,300): Because of all the cheap receivers, a Lamar Jackson-Andrews stack is very much in play and figures to pay off in another terrific game-script environment. We saw what Kansas City was able to do to this defense 10 days ago and it’s likely nothing has changed.

Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Jets ($2,600): With George Kittle out, this offense needs Reed to produce, and at this minimum price tag, he should be able to come through if he can stay on the field for the entire game. That’s no guarantee, as we all know, but he will be targeted and the Jets offer little resistance.

Jeff Goldberg is the former team reporter for the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football. Earlier in his career, Jeff covered the Boston Red Sox (2007-08) and UConn women’s basketball team (2001-06) for his hometown newspaper, The Hartford Courant. Jeff, who was also an editorial producer at MLB.com from 2012-14, wrote two books about the UConn women: “Bird at the Buzzer” (2011) and “Unrivaled” (2015). He lives in San Diego with his wife, Susan, and good boi doggo, Rocky.

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