What’s up NFL DFS, fam? It’s time for the Week 2 edition of Daily Fantasy Football Value Plays for DraftKings and FanDuel, brought to you by RotoQL. If you followed our strategy advice for Week 1, congrats! You probably made more money than most! Carson Wentz smashed, Todd Gurley went just as planned, Michael Crabtree and Pierre Garcon did enough, Zach Ertz crushed, and the Rams D/ST brought it home nicely. This combo should have easily made you money in cash games, so I hope you were able to take advantage and start your NFL season off right.
There are just as many good values this week, but to help you even more, I’ve narrowed the scope of the article to avoid confusing you with too many picks. Below are the top of the top value plays, guys I’ll be rostering, and guys you should be, too.
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Week 2 Daily Fantasy Football Advice: Quarterback picks, values
Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Packers (DraftKings: $7,500; FanDuel: $8,200)
The value is at the top this weekend, as Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan go head to head in Atlanta and Tom Brady and Drew Brees face off in New Orleans. I don’t see how you look anywhere else, as these matchups are projected to produce some of the highest scoring totals we will see all season. Using the RotoQL “Quick Picks” tool, I can easily see that Ryan has the best value of this week’s “Big 4” based on his price and projection.
Surprisingly, Ryan is also coming up as the fifth overall value at quarterback, an impressive rank given his third-highest price tag at the position. And while these examples are using DraftKings pricing, you’ll be pleased to know Ryan has an even higher value rating on FanDuel. The Falcons passing attack has one of the easier matchups facing off against a Green Bay defense known for being a pass funnel — stopping the run and forcing teams to move the ball through the air. The Falcons are a two-point home favorite according to Vegas. Matty Ice has the offensive weapons and the matchup to have a huge game on Sunday night.
Other Options: Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Tyrod Taylor, Blake Bortles
Daily Fantasy Football Week 2 Picks: Running back
Ty Montgomery, Packers @ Falcons (DraftKings: $5,800; FanDuel: $6,500)
Montgomery is going to be the highest-owned RB on Sunday, and there’s absolutely no reason he shouldn’t be. After some speculation that the converted wide receiver would not get a full complement of snaps, Montgomery instead led RBs in Week 1 with 74 snaps. Montgomery finished the game with 19 carries and converted all four of his targets for 23 total touches. At this price tag, this type of involvement is a steal, and there’s no reason to think Montgomery won’t be a big part of the game plan in Week 2. Atlanta allowed the moss catches to opposing RBs in 2016 (14.5 receiving PPR points), and it seems that defending RBs out of the back field will continue to be a problem after the Bears rookie Tarik Cohen lit up the Falcons this past Sunday. Montgomery should have no problem meeting his price tag if he is properly deployed in the passing game. If Ty finds a way into the end zone, he’ll smash his value. He’s a lock for cash games.
Other Options: Melvin Gordon, Marshawn Lynch, Dalvin Cook, Jacquizz Rodgers
Daily Fantasy Football Week 2 Picks, Values: Wide receiver
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals @ Colts (DraftKings: $6,500; FanDuel: $6,600)
Carson Palmer looked bad — really bad — against a weak Detroit defense last week. Now, on top of that, the Cardinals lose David Johnson, and all of a sudden Arizona feels like a team sinking quick. Pump the brakes a little. While the loss of Johnson is significant, we shouldn’t completely dismiss Arizona for fantasy purposes. Palmer had grown to rely on those dump-off passes to Johnson, and those targets will need to be redistributed. I’m not sure they all go to Larry Legend, but I do expect Palmer to lean on his most trusted weapon in the early weeks of post-DJ play. This week against the Colts, Fitzgerald should be a lock for 10-plus targets (like he is every week), and now becomes one of the better red-zone options the Cardinals have, as those short, speedy WRs are limited when the field shrinks. We saw Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp tear up this Colts defense, I think the Palmer-Fitzgerald has every opportunity to do the same. This is a matchup where the Cards will look to bounce back, put up some points and show they aren’t dead. I expect a big win, and Fitzgerald should be the main offensive catalyst behind it.
Tyreek Hill, Chiefs vs. Eagles (DraftKings: $6,200; FanDuel: $7,200)
I don’t see who in the Eagles secondary could possibly matchup with Hill, it’s almost that simple. Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson aren’t the greatest corners to begin with, and they certainly aren’t the fastest. Sure, there is TD regression likely for Hill, especially when TDs are coming from the Chiefs side of the field, but I do believe the volume is going to be there regardless. At this price on PPR sites, Hill is almost guaranteed to meet value because we know the Chiefs are going to find ways to get the ball in his hands. I really like Hill’s floor this week — he should be heavily targeted, and he always has the speed to break the slate, so his ceiling is right there also. Hill will most likely make my cash lineup.
Other Options: Keenan Allen, Kelvin Benjamin, Corey Davis, Davante Adams
Week 2 NFL DFS Picks: Tight end values
Austin Hooper, Falcons vs. Packers (DraftKings: $3,500; FanDuel: $5,500)
Look, I get it – he only had two targets and that should scare you, but I’m buying Hooper at this price tag for as long as I can. You can tell from the way this article started, I want as much exposure to the Sunday Night Packers-Falcons game as I can get. This is one of the highest scoring offenses in football, with the reigning MVP at quarterback, and we are still trying to figure out who the number two passing option is going to be. There’s a chance it’s Hooper, who was on the field for 47 snaps this past Sunday and was running pass routes the majority of his time. Hooper has a lot of potential, and should see added work in the red zone, especially when defenders shift to deal with Julio Jones. This game is going to be a shootout, so I can see Hooper meeting value without a TD on receptions plus yards or smashing value by getting into the end zone. The bottom line, I truly believe Hooper is too cheap and is a great play to ride before he breaks out and the price increases.
Other Options: Coby Fleener, Cameron Brate
Daily Fantasy Football Week 2 Advice: Defense
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dolphins (DraftKings: $2,800; FanDuel: $4,300)
Are the Los Angeles defenses going to be the breakout values in 2017? The Rams crushed on Sunday, and the Chargers looked pretty good themselves on Monday night. People forget that before injuries crushed them last year, this secondary could play with the best in the league. Anyway, the Chargers are at a great price, which is common to find value in players who performed on Monday nights. Remember, Sunday salaries for the coming week are set before the Monday Night Football games, so there’s often underpriced talent if someone does break out. This is Jay Cutler’s first game for Miami, and while I think the Dolphins will be better with Cutler under center, he’s still a QB that loves to turn the ball over. This Chargers defense can legitimately put pressure on the quarterback, get sacks, and force turnovers. They are the top-rated value D/ST in the RotoQL Lineup Optimizer, and the top option if you need to step down at the position.
Other Options: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
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