Player props are becoming more and more popular for NFL fans, and Monkey Knife Fight takes that one step further. Their innovative format allows you to get creative selecting NFL player props, as we will examine the Week 2 slate of games and see which contests players should target.
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NFL player props Week 2 | More or Less
With the NFL back, which Monkey Knife Fight contests should fantasy football players target for Week 2 in the More or Less contest?
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars
Melvin Gordon, DEN – 54.5 rushing yards
James Robinson, JAX – 42.5 rushing yards
I have been rather vocal all week saying Broncos players were must-starts this week with Gordon sitting atop that list. While he will split carries with Javonte Williams, Gordon will have no issue finding success. He is coming off a 100-yard game in Week 1 and was even the fastest ball carrier of the week (21.52 mph), according to NFL NextGen Stats. I love both Gordon and Williams against the Jaguars, who just allowed 120 yards and 2 TDs on the ground to Mark Ingram and the Houston Texans.
Robinson was a must-start last week. He was a top-five play. And what happened? The Jags stunk and were waxed by the Texans while Carlos Hyde out carried Robinson 9 to 5. I’m giving Urban Meyer the benefit of the doubt (a rare thing for someone clad in Maize and Blue). Furthermore, I believe that Robinson will have a better game in Week 2.
I am taking both Gordon and Robinson to have more than their projected totals for a 3.6x prize on my buy-in.
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
DJ Moore, CAR – 13.5 fantasy points
Marquez Callaway, NO – 10.5 fantasy points
Moore could be in line for a big day in Week 2. He looked incredible on the field last week, recording 6 receptions on 8 targets for 80 yards. Not only was he the most targeted WR, but he recorded those targets on just 34 routes. They even tried to manufacture touches for the speedster as he recorded 1 carry for 14 yards and saw work in punt return. Marshon Lattimore is a game-time decision, and Moore will be the team’s WR1. He is a solid WR2 who will clear 13.5 points with relative ease.
After a spectacular preseason, Callaway was quiet in Week 1, catching just 1 ball for 14 yards. But he should have been a fade for most people anyway as he saw shadow coverage from Jaire Alexander most of the day. He was by far the leader in WR snaps for the Saints at 52 of 62. The next closest (Deonte Harris) had just 27. Jameis Winston showed us that he can give us Tampa Bay-type numbers even with a different mental approach. Callaway is primed for a rebound this week.
I like both Moore and Callaway to clear their Monkey Knife Fight projection. I’ll take the more for both on a 3.6x prize.
NFL player props Week 2 | Rapid Fire
With the potential for larger prizes by pitting multiple positions against each other, which Rapid Fire contests could be worth looking at in Week 2 on Monkey Knife Fight?
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts, PHI vs. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (+4.5 fantasy points)
George Kittle, SF vs. Miles Sanders, PHI (+1.5 fantasy points)
Hurts was my breakout QB for the year, and he is looking the part through one game. He passed for 264 yards while adding 62 on the ground in Week 1. Hurts was the QB6 last week with 28.8 fantasy points.
Garoppolo threw for over 300 yards but registered only 14.8 fantasy points (QB25) despite the team hanging 41 points on Detroit. Add in the red-zone substitutions with Trey Lance, and Hurts should take this half of the Rapid Fire contest.
For the other half, I am leaning towards Miles Sanders. The assumption is Aiyuk will be active this week, and it would not surprise me if Garoppolo helps him silence the doubters after one of the more head-scratching things to come out of Week 1.
Do you know which team allowed more fantasy points to RBs than anyone in Week 1? The San Francisco 49ers. Both Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift were top-four RBs, and the 49ers allowed a combined 49.4 fantasy points to the position, with 69% of that coming via the air (34.1 points).
While Sanders is splitting some reps with Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott, I like his involvement and 16-plus-touch upside. Throw in the bonus 1.5 points, and I think he comes out on top.
In Week 2, I’m taking Hurts and Sanders (+1.5 points) for a 3x prize on my buy-in.
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Mac Jones, NE vs. Zach Wilson, NYJ (+19.5 passing yards)
Corey Davis, NYJ vs. Jakobi Meyers, NE (+1.5 yards)
Rookie QBs vs. Bill Belichick never fare well. Since taking over the Patriots, they are 6-21 against him. What else is he known for? Taking away your best option and making you beat him with whoever is left.
Davis is the top option for the Jets and will likely struggle. In turn, so will Wilson in his second career game. Meyers was the No. 1 WR for the Pats last week, recording 6 receptions for 44 yards on 9 targets. I think he will even find the end zone this week.
I am taking Jones and Meyers (+1.5 yards) for a 3x prize in this Rapid Fire contest on Monkey Knife Fight.
Reception Connection contest
In a Reception Connection prop contest, the concept is to pick three players who will exceed the set reception goal. Much like Touchdown Dance, this also has a scaling goal and prize threshold to choose from that varies based on the game.
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
Darren Waller might set the target record in 2021. On Monday Night Football, likely the game of the year, Waller had an absurd 19 targets (36.5% share), recording 10 receptions for 105 yards and a score. Assuming he is done icing his hands, he is virtually matchup-proof.
The rest will be coming from the Steelers with Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Johnson was one of the highest-targeted players last year (144) and is coming off a 31.3% share in Week 1 (10). Smith-Schuster will operate underneath as Ben Roethlisberger’s safety blanket.
Based on your confidence, the options are 20.5 receptions (2x), 22.5 receptions (3x) and 24.5 receptions (4x).
Touchdown Dance contest
If you want a simple contest to enter when you redeem your Monkey Knife Fight promo code PFN, this is the one for you. If you can identify three players who can combine for 2 or more touchdowns, you have a chance to win money. You will not find a much simpler process for NFL player prop picks in Week 2.
Also, if all three of your players score a touchdown, you win a share of the $5,000 prize pool.
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Find games with good players. That’s the key to the touchdown dance. It’s even better if they are used in the passing game.
Who fits this description more than Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara? For my third pick, I’ll take a swing with DJ Moore for the $5,000 split, but McCaffrey and Kamara should win this contest on their own.
In Touchdown Dance contests on Monkey Knife Fight, you can choose your own goal with scaling prizes. For single-game contests, the options are 1.5 TDs (2x prize), 2.5 TDs (4x prize), and 3.5 TDs (6x prize). It all depends on how confident you are. I typically shoot for the middle, setting my goal at 2.5 TDs for a 4x prize on my buy-in.
Early Slate Touchdown Dance
This feels like cheating. You can choose a combination of three players from all of the 1:00 PM ET games. I could go in a multitude of ways, but I’m keeping it simple and targeting Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb, and Cooper Kupp.
McCaffrey is a volume monster, and Chubb is taking on the Houston Texans after finding the end zone twice last week. Based on one game (which is not a lot), Kupp looks to be Matthew Stafford’s top target after recording 7 receptions, 10 targets, 108 yards, and 1 TD last week.
With multi-game contests, the goals and prizes change due to the increased player pool. It starts at 2.5 TDs (1.5x prize), rises to 3.5 TDs (3x prize), and tops out at 4.5 TDs (5x prize). I have zero hesitation going for either the 3x or 5x prize in this Early Slate Touchdown Dance for Week 2.
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