These are week 2 picks … Week 3 can be found here.
Top Bargain Players for DraftKings Week 2 Contests
We all know the names at the top, it doesn’t take a 25,000 word article from Matthew Berry to tell us that David Johnson and Julio Jones are solid week 3 plays. It is the value players you plug in around the studs in your lineup that make or break your fantasy week. Here are a few names from each position group to keep on your radar as you build your DraftKings lineups this week.
DraftKings Salary : $6,400
Rivers is vastly underpriced at $6,400. You just can’t miss playing him at home against an east coast team, especially at this price. Last season Rivers averaged 305 yards and 2 touchdowns per game at home. Not only was Jacksonville’s pass defense one of the 5 worst in the NFL last season, they were New Orleans level all time bad awful on the road. Their road averages last season were 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, and those were primarily favorable matchups in the same time zone.
DraftKings Salary : $5,200
Looking to even lower than Rivers? We love Trevor Siemian in his week 3 matchup with the Colts. We saw what Matthew Stafford was able to do against this beat up secondary in week 2, if you get just half that production out of Siemian this week he will reach 3x value. We have written this several times this week, but think it’s worth repeating… While CJ Anderson is the obvious play here, the best value may be Siemian. Kubiak could view this cushy matchup as a way to get his young QB rolling. We would stack him with Emmanuel Sanders and/or Virgil Green.
DraftKings Salary : $4,900
Fear Ameer. Abdullah had a monster week one performance, but it could have been all time great… He was part of two long drives that were capped off by touchdowns by other running backs. This isn’t a trend, just the way the game played out. Ameer will get his share of touchdowns in the uptempo Lions offense. The real number we should pay attention to here? He saw 66% of the snaps at tailback, and I don’t think we saw the full Lions playbook. We know they want to have Riddick and Abdullah on the field at the same time and that was never on display in week one. You can ignore RB matchup rankings with Abdullah because he is such a unique player.. he makes something out of nothing, and is a skilled pass catcher.
DraftKings Salary : $4,500
This is final time we warn you… A breakout week is coming for Matt Jones, get on board. He’s another week healthier, and ready to be tested with a full workload against our 30th ranked defense. The Giants have the most anemic running game in the NFL, and it’s not close… the Cowboys just let them run for 113 yards on 24 carries. That is almost 5 ypc to Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen running behind the worst run blocking offensive line in the NFL. Jones could go crazy this week, make sure you have him in a chunk of your lineups.
DraftKings Salary : $5,900
Floyd isn’t our typical $3,000-$4,500 value receiver, but it’s often that group of receivers in the $5,000-$6,000 range that fill out your roster and are the hardest to vet. We love Michael Floyd in this matchup… We get Palmer looked bad, Fitz looked like the number 1, but that was a Sunday night game against New England. You take what you can get. Throughout his career Floyd has absolutely destroyed bad defenses at home. Arians knows the weapon he is, and knows how to use him.
DraftKings Salary : $4,300
This is our boom or bust pick of the week… If you look at the receivers in the $3,500-$4,500 range, few were as quiet as Funchess in their opening week game. However, few have the upside that Funchess has as well. He can go out and get you a 2 touchdown game and make your week. Watching back the game film, he was open and missed on the majority of routes he ran, so until he gets targets it’s hard to trust him but also hard to write him off. If Funchess has a 9 target, 2 reception game in week 2 we can write him off, but given just how dominate he was this offseason, and the fact that Benjamin is supposedly on a snap count, I think he’s definitely worth a shot here. Again, ownership = low, upside = high, great GPP play.
DraftKings Salary : $3,700
Speaking of boom-or-bust… When asked about filling the void left after Allen’s injury, Rivers was quick to point out that Williams will have to step up. At 6’4″ 205 lbs, he’s built like a number one receiver. He played nearly every snap after Allen went down, so it’s clear the Chargers trust him. He will get a shot at playing a big role in this offense, we will see if he can make the most of it and become our first big sleeper of 2016.
We have been here all offseason. He’s easily a top 7 tight end… He was top 9 last year, missing 3 games and sharing targets with Calvin Johnson. Ebron will where many different hats in Jim Bob Cooter’s offense. He’s expected to be a downfield target, red zone target, have a role in the short passing and screen games, and given the pace and efficiency the Lions play with, should be one of the more consistent tight ends in the NFL. The Titans were burned by Shaun Hill and Kyle Rudolph for 4/64, and it could have been more if it weren’t for PI on another long target.
Here is another player that has tremendous upside, came into the season with a ton of hype, but hasn’t yet proved he’s worth targeting in your DraftKings lineups. Pitta played over 85% of the Ravens offensive snaps in his first game back after suffering that rough hip injury. He said he feels like he hasn’t missed a beat and instantly showed solid chemistry with Flacco who was also playing his first game post knee surgery. If you are looking for a tight end under $3,000, we think Pitta’s the best on the board.