It’s one thing to go chalk – it can be an entirely different thing to simply go with the daily fantasy football options that is truly safe. That doesn’t necessarily always mean a player is expensive or even elite, but if you put the right pieces together, things can clear up rather quickly.
Going into week two, there are a lot of chalk plays and different sleepers to consider, while injuries and matchups are going to play a huge hand in how we perceive player value. All things considered, there is at least one obvious play at every major position over at DraftKings and we’ll be using them whenever it makes sense:
Quarterback: Eli Manning – New York Giants ($7.5k)
Manning certainly isn’t cheap, but he has to be the safest and chalkiest DFS quarterback play at the same time in week two. Not only is Manning at home with a great supporting cast of explosive weapons around him, but he welcomes a dreadful Saints defense into town.
This happens to be a matchup Manning shredded in 2015 in a game that produced over 100 total points. The price, matchup and upside all combine to make Manning the best overall play at quarterback, and quite arguably the safest.
Running Back: DeAngelo Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers ($7.1k)
D-Will is another guy you’ll have to spend a get to get, but he’s more than worth it. He’s over 30 and you’d think father time would catch up to him, but he looked even better than last year with a huge 38-point fantasy outing in week one.
Le’Veon Bell is still serving a three-game suspension, which means the talented and versatile Williams should continue to see a massive role with solid upside. It only helps that he’s at home against a Bengals defense that gave up a ton of yardage to Matt Forte in week one.
Cincy’s defense can be problematic, but they’ll likely be busy trying to stop Antonio Brown and all of Pittsburgh’s other weapons. Williams isn’t a lock for 30+ fantasy points for the second week in a row, but his role and talent should make him one of the safest plays in daily fantasy football this week.
Wide Receiver: Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants ($9.5k)
The list is long here, as this feels like a great week to pay up big at wide receiver. Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Antonio Brown are also easy picks. However, Green was a monster last week and could understandably mildly regress on the road against the Steelers, Jones is on the road and has a banged up ankle and Brown, well, Brown should still boss out, but he’s the most expensive WR at DraftKings.
ODB is not a difficult guy to get behind, but hey, these guys are safe for a reason, right? He’s pricey as heck, but he should be worth every cent this week, when he teams up with the aforementioned Manning to slay a truly terrible Saints defense. New Orleans gave up well over 100 receiving yards and a whopping three touchdowns to Odell last year and this week they’re on the road without their top corner.
It should be tough to beat 100+ yards and three scores, but ODB is ODB and he certainly could come close.
Tight End: Delanie Walker – Titans ($4.5k)
Walker was pretty quiet in week one, so we’re dropping down and seeking some value for our safest tight end play for week two. There are a lot of guys to consider here, but Jordan Reed ha a divisional matchup, Rob Gronkowski isn’t totally healthy and everyone else is just as hit or miss.
Delanie Walker only had 5 targets week 1. Expect that to double this week with Slay on Sharpe and Lions terrible vs TE $4500 DK $6600 FD.
Walker should rise to the challenge this week, especially since he gets a tasty matchup with a suspect Lions defense that allowed an insane three scores last week to tight ends. Walker was a very active guy in Tennessee’s passing game last year, too (over 90 catches), so he figures to get back on track in a tough road game.
Team Defense: Baltimore Ravens ($3k)
The Seattle Seahawks naturally make a ton of sense and are the easier call against a bad Rams team, but they’re also like $800 more at DraftKings. Who not save some cash and get a very good defense with a strong matchup?
That’s what Baltimore offers this week, as they stifled the Bills in week one and in week two get a bad Cleveland team. The Ravens are the strong favorite to win, while the Browns don’t have a very reliable offense. The switch to Josh McCown at quarterback is cause for a mild pause, but he’s been a human turnover machine in the past and the Browns shouldn’t threaten the Ravens on the ground.
Overall, you shouldn’t anticipate much scoring out of Cleveland and some sacks and turnovers should be in order for the Ravens. Considering Baltimore is a solid price and racked up a decent 6 fantasy points to start the year off, we think 10+ fantasy points could be in order this week.
That does it for week two’s safest DFS NFL plays. There are a litany of daily fantasy football options to consider, but if you start your lineup off with these options, we think you’re headed in a great direction. Good luck this week, no matter which DFS picks you choose!
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