Week 2 of the NFL brought another chance from DraftKings to walk away with a big payday in the $4.5M Fantasy Football Millionaire contest. As you enjoy the massive 11-game main slate on Sunday, you can keep up with all the latest results and updates throughout the afternoon right here on DK Playbook. You can also find coverage throughout the day on The Dream Stream where Leaderboard Live will keep you up to speed and offer analysis for all the big plays and injuries throughout Sunday.
As the late games wound down the top of the leaderboard got very tight. The ‘mrcpuguru’ entry had the lead at the end of the early games and held on for a while, before his Cardinals D/ST ($3,000; 9.0 DKFP) gave up a long touchdown to Terry McLaurin ($5,900; 28.5 DKFP). Another touchdown later in the fourth quarter dropped that entry down to fifth place.
The ‘goners’ entry with Travis Kelce ($7,000; 24.0 DKFP) continued to get good production from their TE and moved into first place just ahead of ‘4Japan.’ It finished with 242.68 DKFP to take home the win in the big contest, built on monster early performances from Dak Prescott ($6,800; 43.8 DKFP) and Aaron Jones ($7,100; 48.6 DKFP). Calvin Ridley ($6,800; 32.9 DKFP) and Jordan Reed ($2,600; 24.0 DKFP) also chipped in multiple touchdowns while the Colts D/ST ($2,500; 15.0 DKFP) came up as a nice value.
McLaurin’s big touchdown catch vaulted a ‘khb33’ entry and a ‘crclngthdrn’ entry into the top 10, while ‘4Japan’ finished just three points off the lead and ‘schill26’ and ‘CragMackMB843’ also notched top five finishes.
Note: Leaderboard standings and results current as of 7:45 p.m. ET
Fantasy Football Highlights
4 p.m. ET games — Second Half
In the second half of the late games, young quarterbacks continued to shine in all three matchups. Kyler Murray ($6,100; 33.14 DKFP) continued his strong dual-threat play with his second rushing score of the game, highlighted below. Dwayne Haskins ($5,100; 12.72 DKFP) threw a long score to Terry McLaurin, but ultimately the Cardinals improved to 2-0 on the season with a 30-15 win
Justin Herbert ($5,100; 26.24 DKFP) looked great in surprise NFL debut, throwing for 311 yards and a touchdown while adding a second score and 18 yards on the ground. In the end, though, Patrick Mahomes ($7,700; 30.48 DKFP) did just enough to get the Chiefs the win with 302 yards, two passing touchdowns and 54 rushing yards, including the key third-and-20 conversion highlighted below.
In what was expected to be the best game of the late slate, but turned into a bit of a yawner, the Ravens cruised to a 33-16 win in Houston. Mark Ingram ($5,400; 15.7 DKFP) took the direct snap for a score in the highlight below, and the Ravens ran to a comfortable win against the Texans, who disappointed and fell to 0-2.
4 p.m. ET games — First Half
The late window featured three games, including a surprise start for Justin Herbert ($5,100) in place of an injured Tyrod Taylor (chest), who was hurt in pregame warmups. The Chargers kept the situation quiet so Herbert’s start was a surprise but he didn’t waste much time before announcing his presence with the touchdown below on his opening drive. A slow start for Patrick Mahomes ($7,000) against the Chargers’ defense, along with a throwing score from Herbert in the second quarter, led to a 14-6 halftime lead for Los Angeles.
Herbert wasn’t the only QB scrambling for touchdowns, as Kyler Murray ($6,100) threw for a score and ran for the touchdown below as the Cardinals built a 20-0 lead at halftime against the visiting Washington Football Team. On the other side, Dwayne Haskins ($5,100) struggled badly with a fumble and just 1.64 DKFP in the first half.
In the marquee matchup of the late afternoon, Lamar Jackson ($8,200) and the Ravens traveled to Houston to take on Deshaun Watson ($6,400) and the Texans. Jackson threw a touchdown pass to Patrick Ricard and ran for 28 yards including the highlight below. The Ravens’ DST ($3,600) also got a touchdown in the highlight below.
1 p.m. ET games — Second Half
At halftime, the injuries continued to pile up, especially for San Francisco, who lost both Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,700; ankle; 13.24 DKFP) and Raheem Mostert ($6,400; knee; 18.7 DKFP) at halftime. They were still able to hold on for a 31-13 win thanks to a touchdown from Jerrick McKinnon ($4,200; 13.7 DKFP).
In other injury news from the second half, Christian McCaffrey ($10,000; ankle), Davante Adams ($8,100; hamstring), Courtland Sutton ($6,000; leg/calf), Dawson Knox ($3,700; concussion) and Chris Hogan ($3,200; ribs) joined the numerous injuries to fantasy stars in the first half listed below.
On the first play of the second half in Green Bay, Aaron Jones ($7,100; 48.6 DKFP) ripped off a 75-yard touchdown to hit the 100-yard bonus on his second score of the day. Green Bay’s defense followed up this play with a pick-six from Chandon Sullivan to further put the game out of reach for Detroit, who led early. Jones would later add a third touchdown and finished with 168 rushing yards and 68 receiving yards in Green Bay’s 42-21 win.
Just after they returned for the second half, the Bills-Dolphins game was delayed by lightning, making it the final game in the early window to go final. Also in the third quarter, Ryan Tannehill ($5,900; 26.76 DKFP) threw his fourth touchdown of the day when he hit Adam Humphries ($3,400; 15.8 DKFP) for this score against the Jaguars below. Jacksonville didn’t give up, though, rallying behind a pair of touchdown passes from Gardner Minshew ($5,800; 28.46 DKFP) to tie the game at 30-30 before the Titans kicked a late FG to eke out a 33-30 win.
Dak Prescott ($6,800; 42.84 DKFP) led a huge comeback for Dallas despite taking a big hit in the third quarter and undergoing a concussion evaluation. He was cleared and able to return and score one of his three rushing touchdowns of the game. Earlier on that drive, Dak got a helping hand from star WR Amari Cooper ($6,300; 19.0 DKFP) on this highlight-reel grab. Ceedee Lamb ($4,700; 20.5 DKFP) had a big game for Dallas as well, while Ezekiel Elliott ($8,200; 23.2 DKFP) also had a touchdown.
The Colts got a nice game from rookie RB Jonathan Taylor ($5,700; 22.0 DKFP) as they cruised past the Vikings, who fell to 0-2. The Buccaneers held on for a 31-17 win despite a pair of touchdowns from Christian McCaffrey ($10,000; 24.8 DKFP). Leonard Fournette ($4,800; 30.6 DKFP) iced the game with his second rushing touchdown of the game while Tampa Bay was trying to run out the clock.
Early in the fourth quarter, Tyler Higbee ($4,700; 28.4 DKFP) hauled in his third touchdown of the day from Jared Goff ($5,800; 23.98 DKFP). Darrell Henderson Jr. ($4,600; 20.1 DKFP) finished off the game with a late touchdown run and looked strong stepping into a larger role.
1 p.m. ET games — First Half
The early window featured 10 different games kicking off at 1:05 pm. ET. The Titans and 49ers got off to fast starts in their games with Jonnu Smith ($4,200) ripping off a 63-yard catch and run and finishing off the drive with a touchdown a few plays later. Smith later added a second touchdown. The first touchdown of the day, though, went to Raheem Mostert ($6,400), who took the first play from scrimmage and went 80 yards for the score.
The Bears, Bills, Buccaneers, Rams and Bills got out to early leads as well. Tampa Bay looked much sharper against the Panthers and built a 21-0 lead at halftime, highlighted by Leonard Fournette ($4,800) scoring his first touchdown as a Buc. It has been a big day for TEs with multiple scores with Tyler Higbee ($4,700) hauling in a pair of touchdown catches from Jared Goff ($5,800) and Jordan Reed ($2,600) catching two scores from Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,700) including the one below.
Matt Ryan ($6,600) and the Falcons stayed red hot and Matty Ice connected with Calvin Ridley ($4,800) for two more scores. Ryan also hit Hayden Hurst ($4,600) for a first-half touchdown as Atlanta built a 26-7 lead over Dallas. Josh Allen ($6,700) also threw two scores, one of which went to Stefon Diggs ($6,500) as the Bills leaped out to a 17-7 lead at halftime. The Steelers also led at the half after Ben Roethlisberger ($6,300) hit Chase Claypool ($3,000) for an 84-yard touchdown.
Big Ben going DEEP… @steelers rookie WR @ChaseClaypool’s first career touchdown is an 84-yarder! #HereWeGo— NFL (@NFL) September 20, 2020
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The first half of the early games also contained a number of significant injuries for fantasy football players going forward. Saquon Barkley ($8,400; knee) went down with a knee injury against the Bears and the Broncos lost their starting QB Drew Lock ($5,400; shoulder) against the Steelers. Tough-luck, second-year WR Parris Campbell (knee) sustained another injury as well. David Montgomery ($5,600; neck), Breshad Perriman ($3,900; ankle), and Sterling Shepard ($5,500; foot) all went to the locker room as well dealing with a variety of issues. Perriman will not return.
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