Week 2 Daily Fantasy Football: Top DraftKings Value Picks
Week two in daily fantasy football offers another chance to win big cash, as well as lick our wounds and start over after a crazy first week of NFL action.
Several of our favorite week one DFS NFL value picks panned out beautifully (here’s to looking at you, Spencer Ware), but would-be studs like Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley, Russell Wilson and Odell Beckham Jr. (among others) left us hanging.
Hopefully you used the right value plays with the right studs and won big. Either way, we’re all back to the drawing board for week two, as we’ve got new salary cap pricing at DFS sites like DraftKings and brand new matchups to consider.
Keeping injuries, matchups, pricing and roles in mind, let’s dive into the week two value picks by looking at the pricing over at DK:
Note: In an effort to get you the best bang for your buck, we’re only plugging value plays listed below $7k for QBs, $5k for RBs, $6k for WRs, $5k for TEs and $3k for DEF.
- Carson Palmer – Cardinals ($6.9k)
- Matt Ryan – Falcons ($6.8k)
- Blake Bortles – Jaguars ($6.7k)
- Philip Rivers – Chargers ($6.4k)
- Jimmy Garoppolo – Patriots ($5.9k)
- Ryan Tannehill – Dolphins ($5.6k)
- Josh McCown – Browns ($5k)
Many will want to pay up for Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Eli Manning – the list goes on – but you can get some serious value at quarterback this week.
Palmer had a shaky debut in week one but is under $7k and gets a Buccaneers pass defense that Matt Ryan just tore up. I’m looking for a big game out of him and Arizona’s offense, as they simply can’t afford an 0-2 start
Ryan is up there in the mix, too, as he’s coming off a solid outing and gets a Raiders defense that got obliterated in week one. He can sack out on the road, but the matchup offers upside based on what we saw last week and he does have stellar weapons at his disposal.
Bortles was held mostly in check in a week one home loss to the Packers, so I think facing the Chargers in week two could unleash some of his DFS upside. He’s a pretty awesome price when you consider his weapons and potential.
Sticking in that same game, Rivers is disgustingly cheap despite being at home against a Jaguars defense that let Aaron Rodgers do as he pleased last week. Rivers did lose top weapon Keenan Allen, but he still has some weapons and seems to always be a threat. At this low price, he may be the top value at the quarterback position this week.
Jimmy G and Tannehill deserve at least cursory glances, just because they’re both under $6k and have the weapons and system to crush their perceived value. Jimmy G was surprisingly solid in week one and if he can get Rob Gronkowski back, the sky’s the limit for him. Tannehill wasn’t good in Seattle last week, but this is a positive matchup shift for him, so he could air it out a bit more.
The last guy to consider is McCown, who does have a seemingly tough matchup with the Ravens, but he is the bare minimum and will start with RG3 (shoulder) already done for the year. McCown turned in some daily fantasy football gems in 2015 and even torched this very Ravens defense. He won’t be sneaky at this low price, but he could pay off in a big way.
- Doug Martin – Buccaneers ($5.9k)
- Jonathan Stewart – Panthers ($5.4k)
- Carlos Hyde – 49ers ($5.1k)
- J. Yeldon – Jaguars ($4.7k)
- LeGarrette Blount – Patriots ($4k)
Several of last week’s best value running backs are no expensive (most notably Spencer Ware), while some just have bad matchups or increased in price a bit too much.
These are the remaining top value picks, with The Muscle Hamster topping the list. He’s got a less than ideal matchup with the Cardinals, but he’s an elite rusher and we did see LeGarrette Blount score on them last week. Martin isn’t a bad gamble at this low price.
The same goes for Stewart, who still has a solid role in Carolina and has the elusiveness, power and speed you look for. He’s pretty cheap despite facing a (on paper) weak Niners defense. They did shut down Todd Gurley in week one, but Stewart will draw less focus, so he could actually do quite well.
In that same game there is Carlos Hyde, who bossed out against a good Rams defense. Carolina got destroyed by C.J. Anderson last week and Hyde has proven to be quite a versatile runner. He’s probably too cheap to ignore completely in daily fantasy leagues this week.
Yeldon should once again benefit from Chris Ivory (medical issue) being out. Yeldon was the feature back in week one and put up solid yardage and a score. He’s not the best pure runner but he has the role and comes in under $5k. It’s hard to raise our nose at that.
The last guy to consider is the aforementioned Blount, who will get about 15 carries and usually sees goal-line work. A constant threat for 50+ total yards and a score, he feels like a steal again at just $4k.
- Willie Snead – Saints ($5.8k)
- Allen Hurns – Jaguars ($5.4k)
- Sterling Shepard – Giants ($5.2k)
- Travis Benjamin – Chargers ($4.4k)
- Steve Smith – Ravens ($4.3k)
- Tyrell Williams – Chargers ($3.7k)
- Terrelle Pryor – Browns ($3.5k)
There is always value to be had at wide receiver and that still rings true in week two, even with Snead costing $1k more than he did a week ago. He has another fun matchup with the Giants and while he probably won’t pour in 30+ fantasy points for the second week in a row, he should be a fine play.
Hurns was disappointing in week one and I think he and the Jags get back on track. He’s a little cheaper this week and has a winnable matchup against the Chargers. I can see 60-70 yards and a core on the horizon.
Shepard did score last week and he should once again have a chance to succeed in a tantalizing home date with an atrocious Saints defense. The Giants and Saints teamed up for one of the most explosive DFS games of the year in 2015 and it could be that way again this week.
With the loss of Keenan Allen (torn ACL), San Diego needs to look somewhere for help at wide receiver. The two top options figure to be Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams. Both guys can make plays down the field and are very cheap, so they’re in play against Jacksonville this week.
Starters who are cheap are always worth considering, so that puts Smith and Pryor on high alert for big week two outings. Smith was quiet in week one but he’s starting, getting targets and draws the Browns this week. Pryor is on the other side, wasn’t bad in his debut, gets a quarterback upgrade with Josh McCown and should be busy with Cleveland likely playing from behind.
- Delanie Walker – Titans ($4.5k)
- Antonio Gates – Chargers ($4.5k)
- Jason Witten – Cowboys ($4.3k)
- Gary Barnidge – Browns ($4k)
- Dwayne Allen – Colts ($3.6k)
- Eric Ebron – Lions ($3.5k)
- Kyle Rudolph – Vikings ($3.1k)
There are a lot of tight ends to like in week two, with the usually reliable Delanie Walker heading our list. He’s still a good price and remains a key piece of Tennessee’s passing game. They had a rough week one matchup, so he could be in for a better game against a Lions defense that got destroyed by tight ends in week one.
Gates is always worth a mention, but he remains a value play and with Keenan Allen out, he has to see more balls comes his way. He wasn’t good last week, but with a better matchup (Jaguars) and a likely expanded role, he could be big in week two.
Witten produced a solid 15 fantasy points off of a whopping 14 targets in week one, so we can tell Dak Prescott is going to trust in him. He may not see that many balls every week but he clearly has a big role and seems pretty safe at his cheap price.
Barnidge isn’t safe based on his 0 week one points, but the switch to Josh McCown could be huge for him. McCown loves his tight ends and specifically had awesome chemistry with Barnidge in 2015. Barnidge should be much more active this week, when he faces a Ravens defense he hung a 15-230-1 line on in two games last year.
Allen and Ebron both scored in week one and remain very cheap, so both could again be quality value plays at the tight end position. They’re both probably going to be quite TD dependent, but at these prices are worth a shot.
Kyle Rudolph should also continue to be busy as a safety net for either Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford. Either should look his way plenty, but if Bradford gets the starting nod, he could offer a high ceiling for Rudy. Bradford tends to love looking to his tight end. It also doesn’t hurt that week two brings a massive Sunday Night Football showdown with the rival Packers, who happened to have gotten shredded by tight ends in week one.
- Ravens ($3k)
- Patriots ($3k)
- Steelers ($2.9k)
- Lions ($2.8k)
- Dolphins ($2.5k)
- Jaguars (2.3k)
The Ravens and Patriots look like the best bets and top our list, seeing as New England faces a Miami offense that scored 10 points last week and can struggle with sacks and turnovers. Baltimore gets the lowly Browns and also destroyed the Bills in week one, so they look like a pretty safe play.
If you’re looking for more value, you can consider the Steelers and Lions. Pittsburgh can get sacks and turnovers and will be at home in a rivalry game against the Bengals. Andy Dalton has historically struggled against Pittsburgh, so they make good sense. Detroit has a good unit on paper and faces a middling Titans offense, but obviously it’s hard to ignore the fact that they gave up over 30 points in week one.
Miami and Jacksonville are probably the two best deep dives, seeing as Miami did shut down the Seahawks last week. Jimmy Garoppolo is still inexperienced and if Gronk is out again, the Fins aren’t the worst option out there. The same goes for the Jags, who face a Chargers team that will have to figure life out beyond Keenan Allen.
That does it for our look at the top week two daily fantasy football value buys at DraftKings. Hopefully some of these options work out for you and help you win some serious cash.
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