DFS Plays: Week 2

Last week I introduced my DFS plays feature for daily fantasy football on Draft Kings. Now that you know why you’re here and how to play, I won’t waste your time. Let’s get to this weeks plays!


Favorite Play: Aaron Rodgers vs NYJ ($7,900)

I was incredibly shocked to see Rodgers set at such a low price. He’s $900 less than Peyton Manning with a terrific matchup against the secondary-strapped Jets. Take advantage of his reduced price after a rough game in week 1 and make him the focal point of your cash game lineups this week. In tournaments, Rodgers should still be a solid play, though I could see a scenario where many competitors have him in the same event.

Other Plays:

Colin Kaepernick vs CHI ($7,900) – Going as the same price as Rodgers, I’m probably only playing him in tournaments. San Fran should not struggle for points against the Bears, and they may need them to win as their defense should give some up as well.

Jake Locker vs DAL ($7,100) – Probably my favorite tournament play this week going up against a horrid Cowboy defense. Dallas gave up 201 yards passing to Colin Kaepernick last weekend on just 23 attempts. If Tony Romo can keep from turning the ball over as much, this game should require more passing.

Tom Brady at MIN ($7,000) – The Vikings defense abused the Rams last week, but I still do not believe they have an upper-echelon group. Tom Brady off a loss as the 16th highest quarterback? Yes please.

Ryan Fitzpatrick at OAK ($5,000) – If you’re looking for a minimum salary quarterback, I like Fitzmagic again this week. The Raider defense has been positively horrid and Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins should be able to capitalize.

Running Back

Favorite Play: Montee Ball vs KC ($6,800)

Montee Ball was not overly efficient against the Colts, but received 25 total touches and scored a touchdown. This week the Broncos are favored to win by 11 or 12 points depending on where the line is from and should be running the ball plenty. Perhaps I’m missing something, but that makes Ball an absolute steal as the 8th most expensive running back and a far cry from the elite in terms of price.

Other Plays:

Adrian Peterson vs NE ($7,400) – For my money, if you’re playing an elite RB this weekend it should be Peterson. The Patriots were a bottom 10 run defense last season and gave up 191 yards on 5 yards a carry last week against the Dolphins. Play with confidence.

Arian Foster at OAK ($7,000) – Another great matchup against a poor run defense as the Raiders allowed over 6 yards a carry last week against the Jets. Foster is a true workhorse (29 touches last week), and that volume should yield fantasy goodness.

Carlos Hyde vs CHI ($3,300) – Cheap option with a good bet for a touchdown. Based on his performance last week, one could argue Hyde is already their best runner. At the least, he looks to be the preferred option on the goal line.

Jeremy Hill vs ATL ($3,000) – Hill received just 4 carries last week, but I expect that to go up after Hue Jackson told him he would play more in the future. In a game the Bengals should be able to move the ball, I like Hill to at least punch in a short touchdown, making him a nice tournament play.

Wide Receiver

Favorite Play: Justin Hunter vs DAL ($4,300)

After a week in which Hunter received 8 targets, I expected him to be valued higher going against the inferior Cowboys. However, Draft Kings has made what I consider to be a major pricing error, and fantasy players need to take advantage. This is a game where Jake Locker should have a field day, and Hunter is his most talented option, especially in the red zone. If you want an idea of just how ridiculously cheap he is, his $4,300 price is the same as Devin Hester’s.

Other Plays:

Demaryius Thomas vs KC ($7,000) – Another undervalued Bronco, DT is priced $1,000 dollars less than the number 3 receiver (Brandon Marshall), whom I like him much better than. Peyton didn’t look his way much last week, so I am expecting a big game in week 2.

Michael Floyd at NYG ($6,000) – If you watched the first Monday night game this week, then you know that Calvin Johnson destroyed the Giants. Floyd is obviously not as good as Megatron, but is a physical specimen in his own right, and has a chance to dominate the same secondary.

Vincent Jackson vs STL ($5,000) – Overreact much? Jackson is the 35th ranked receiver after a week in which he received 9 targets. Expect him to convert on more deep balls this week and have a great week at a bargain price.

DeAndre Hopkins at OAK ($4,800) – Did I mention that Oakland’s secondary was bad? A week after he scored a 76 yard touchdown, Hopkins looks like a good bet for another big week.

Tight End

Favorite Play: Rob Gronkowski at MIN ($6,000)

Gronk is still rounding into form, but managed to score a touchdown last week and received a team high 11 targets. His workload and touchdown ability make him a great bet at $1,000 less than Jimmy Graham and $1,100 less than Julius Thomas. There are enough cheap options this week for you to get Gronkowski into your lineup.

Other Plays:

Zach Ertz at IND ($4,800) – The Colts were cut up by Julius Thomas last week to the tune of 104 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ertz is a favorite target of Nick Foles, and is still fairly priced.

Kyle Rudolph vs NE ($3,900) – With Darrell Revis locking up either Cordarrelle Patterson or Greg Jennings every play, Kyle Rudolph should see a ton of work this week.

Travis Kelce at DEN ($3,000) – Perhaps I’m just a glutton for punishment, but Kelce has a chance to be a steal this week in a contest that should have the Chiefs throwing early and often.

Larry Donnell vs ARZ ($3,000) – A week after leading the Giants in targets with 8 and scoring a touchdown, Donnell is shaping up as a nice tournament play going up against a Cardinal defense that has been brutal at covering tight ends.

Defense/Special Teams

Favorite Play: Titans vs DAL ($2,900)

After watching Tony Romo and the Cowboys play last week, it is difficult to not want a piece of the defense going against them in week 2. The Titans also looked great against the Chiefs, holding them to 10 points and forcing 3 turnovers. They are fairly priced and worth playing.

Other Plays:

Rams at TB ($3,300) – I’m doubling down on my Rams selection. Their defensive line should have great success against a depleted Tampa offensive line, even without Chris Long.

Redskins vs JAC ($2,900) – Chad Henne did not look very good last week and the Redskin defense could force a couple of turnovers.

Jaguars at WAS ($2,500) – I know it’s a little strange to recommend opposing defenses in the same week, but if you’re looking for a minimum salary defense, Gus Bradley’s crew could find success against a struggling Washington offense.


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