Week 2 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Value Buys at DraftKings
There’s nothing better than a sleeper in daily fantasy sports. There were plenty of them in the first week of daily fantasy football action, as guys like Stevie Johnson, Danny Woodhead, Lance Dunbar and Alex Smith ended up having strong outings and possibly helped you win some serious cash.
No one really saw Smith busting out for three scores or Dunbar catching 8 passes. Some did have the early lead on the likes of Johnson and Woodhead, however, among other sleepers.
It’s time to get ahead of the curve. Each week we’ll gather up some solid sleepers you can exploit in daily fantasy football games, whether they’re dirt cheap (like the $3k minimum at DraftKings) or just too good of a price or value to pass up.
There’s plenty heading into week two, but to narrow our value picks down, let’s keep the price below $6k:
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals ($5.8k)
Dalton is usually just super steady and he showed that in week one with over 200 passing yards and two scores. He’s at home against a beatable Chargers defense this week, so we can probably expect production similar to that, if not much better.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns ($5.2k)
There’s no denying the downside of Johnny Football, but Johnny Manziel also flashed some brilliance in three quarters of play in week one. He had some nice plays wiped out due to penalties, too, so it’s possible he could have had a better day if things would have gone a bit better for him and the Browns.
Josh McCown could sit out this week, and if he does Manziel will draw the start against a Titans defense that before last week didn’t look overly strong. He’s tentatively a high-end sleeper.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers ($5.1k)
Hyde may have been the value buy of week one, as no one saw him coming en route to a 168-yard and two-touchdown rushing day. He won’t repeat that feat but he’s clearly the man in San Francisco’s backfield. What’s really crazy is he’s actually cheaper this week than he was in week one, and now he gets a worse defense in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hyde shall feast.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets ($4.7k)
Ivory had a dream matchup in week one and was shaping up as a dream sleeper pick. He didn’t disappoint, as he racked up over 90 yards rushing and scored twice. This week he has another mouth-watering matchup against a Colts defense that simply can’t stop the run. Another score and 75+ total yards are in order, while this price is to die for.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons ($5.8k)
Everyone is worried about Julio Jones, so White should be freed up to do as he pleases in week two. He wasn’t amazing in week one, but still was involved in the offense enough to put up 80+ yards. Look for even better production with a touchdown this week.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals ($5.1k)
Brown paid off last week with a quick touchdown but there’s a chance he’s even more active this week. The Bears allowed the Packers to score three times through the air last week and all three touchdowns came by smaller wide receivers. The shifty Brown could be a terrific play at this price.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks ($5.8k)
Graham is a top pick for the week, but he’s also a considerable value. He’s far less than the top-priced tight end (Rob Gronkowski at $7.3k) and he might carry similar upside this week. Graham caught a touchdown last week and could be in for a big night when he faces the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers ($3.5k)
Green already impressed last week with a nice role and a touchdown, so it’s not crazy to think he’ll be heavily involved again in week two, if not more so. The Bengals aren’t the best matchup, but his price is as good as it gets for a talented tight end with a nice role.
Baltimore Ravens Defense ($2.9k)
Baltimore was very strong on defense in week one, as they shut down the Broncos’ rushing attack and made Peyton Manning look like a total spare. Just imagine what they’ll be capable of against the Oakland Raiders.
Arizona Cardinals Defense ($2.8k)
Arizona lived up to pretty lofty expectations in week one, as they contained Drew Brees and the Saints, holding them to just 19 points. Arizona’s run defense is especially tough, which could put a lot of pressure on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler this week. That could mean a big turnover day and a strong overall performance for the Cards’ defense.
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