DraftKings NFL Value Plays: Week 2 (2019)
Week 1 consisted of a lot of deep-threat wide receivers having great games. DeSean Jackson, John Brown, Sammy Watkins, Marquise Brown, and John Ross all went over 100 yards and had at least one touchdown. There were also some crucial injuries during Week 1. Tyreek Hill, Nick Foles, Hunter Henry, Tevin Coleman, and Derrius Guice all got hurt. I’m sure I missed a few others as well. Each week, I will provide a recap of the prior week’s picks. The goal is to get three-to-four times the price of each player. The higher the value, the better the play.
Quarterback: Carson Wentz – 28.02 points (4.92x), Matthew Stafford – 31.60 points (5.85x)
Running Back: Austin Ekeler – 39.40 points (7.16x), Matt Breida – 3.7 points (0.92x)
Wide Receiver: Dede Westbrook – 14.2 points (2.96x), Curtis Samuel – 6.2 points (1.48x)
Tight End: Hunter Henry – 10 points (2.56x)
The goal of this article is to provide daily fantasy football advice for DraftKings value plays. Implementing a few value plays in your lineups allows for the opportunity to play the top-tier studs. The key with a value play is to find a player with a high floor that also has the opportunity for a breakout game. These value plays will be for DraftKings’ main slate each Sunday. Non-tight ends under $6K and tight ends under $4.5K will be considered value plays.
Jared Goff (LAR): $5,900 vs. NO
The Los Angeles Rams’ offense continued their offensive success from last year by scoring 30 points in Week 1. However, Goff only threw for 186 yards and one touchdown. This week’s game is expected to be a shootout against the Saints. On Monday, we saw Deshaun Watson throw for 268 yards and three touchdowns in New Orleans. The Saints’ defense typically is worse on the road so I am expecting Goff to get things rolling this week at home.
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): $5,800 vs. SEA
Everybody got to see Roethlisberger and the Steelers struggle Sunday night versus the New England Patriots. The whole offense seemed out of sync from the opening kickoff. This week is a good bounce-back spot for them at home against the Seattle Seahawks. Andy Dalton threw for 418 yards against the Seahawks last week and we can all agree that Roethlisberger is a much better talent than Andy Dalton.
Josh Jacobs (OAK): $4,700 vs. KC
DraftKings puts out the salaries for the following week prior to the Monday night game(s), which leads to a few mistakes in pricing each week. This week happens to be the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders looked much better than expected following the Antonio Brown drama, and they get to face the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs this week. The Raiders clearly want to get Jacobs the ball, as he had 24 touches last week. I can’t expect 24.3 DraftKings points again, but I do expect him to easily pay off his $4,700 salary.
Devin Singletary (BUF): $4,200 @ NYG
Singletary had a very strange Week 1. He only had four carries, but saw six targets, catching five of them. The positive is that he managed 70 yards on those four carries. Singletary was on the field for 48 of the team’s 69 offensive snaps while Frank Gore was only on the field for 19 of them. I expect Singletary to see more carries this week against the New York Giants and continue his solid production from last week.
Michael Gallup (DAL): $5,600 @ WAS
How good did the Dallas Cowboys’ offense look last week? Dak Prescott likely guaranteed himself a new contract soon based on his Week 1 performance. One of the main beneficiaries of this performance was Michael Gallup, who ended up with seven catches for 158 yards. Hopefully, the Washington Redskins can keep this game close and allow Prescott to continue to throw the ball. After one week, Gallup is looking like a breakout candidate this year.
Tyrell Williams (OAK): $4,400 vs. KC
Another beneficiary of the early pricing is Tyrell Williams. Williams took advantage of no Antonio Brown by catching six of his seven targets for 105 yards and one touchdown. Vegas is projecting this game as the highest-scoring game of Week 2 and I couldn’t agree more. I expect both offenses to succeed because neither defense can stop anyone.
Darren Waller (OAK): $3,300 vs. KC
He’s my final Oakland Raiders player. Waller might have been the biggest beneficiary of Antonio Brown being released. He finished with 14 DK points against a stout Denver Broncos defense. These days, 14 points out of a tight end not named Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, or George Kittle is a great day. I expect similar production out of Waller this week against the Chiefs.
T.J. Hockenson (DET): $3,000 vs. LAC
Welcome to the NFL, T.J. In his debut, Hockenson had six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. The Detroit Lions will likely play much slower this week against the Los Angeles Chargers compared to last week against the Arizona Cardinals, but that shouldn’t slow down Hockenson. Historically, Stafford hasn’t featured the tight end, but it seems that he really likes Hockenson.
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