Tuttle's Take: Week 2
Having qualified for countless live finals, Dan Gaspar (MrTuttle05) knows what it takes to win in DFS. In this space each week, he’ll guide you through the lineup building process for both cash games and tournaments by going in-depth and giving out his “Tuttle’s Take” for every game on the schedule.
Indianapolis Colts @ Washington Redskins (-5.5) 46
Week 1 Andrew Luck was mostly what we expected – effective, but not truly unleashed. Luck threw the ball 53 times, completed 73.6% of his attempts and his 5.7 aDOT was fourth lowest of the week. It’s likely that we see a similar approach to their Week 2 passing game – short targets with a lot of involvement out of the backfield. Tight ends and running backs accounted for 28 of Luck’s 53 attempts. Eric Ebron received the only Colts tight end touchdown but Doyle was Luck’s go-to target as he out-snapped Ebron 77-to-36 and doubled Ebron’s targets 10-to-5. T.Y. Hilton (11 targets) and Ryan Grant (9 targets) were also heavily involved whereas Chester Rogers (3 targets) was mostly an afterthought.
The Redskins dominated time of possession in their Week 1 matchup against the Cardinals as they held onto the ball for 38 minutes by riding veteran RB Adrian Peterson for 26 carries and 96 yards. Adrian Peterson’s 96 rushing yards were actually greater than Alex Smith’s 95 air yards. Smith saw Luck’s low 5.7 aDOT and raised him with a 3.2 aDOT – far and away the lowest of Week 1. Part of Smith’s low aDOT was due to game script whereas part was due to lack of strong outside wide receivers. Like the Colts, the Redskins focused on tight ends and running backs in the passing game and that’s likely to continue going forward. Jordan Reed converted five targets into four receptions, 48 yards, and a touchdown. Chris Thompson received the most targets (7) on the team and should continue to be a focal point of the passing game moving forward. Paul Richardson led Redskins’ WRs with six targets, whereas Jamison Crowder led the wide receiving corps with 32 yards.
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