There was plenty of value to choose from in Week 1 with stale prices that were weeks old. Finding value in Week 2 will be a little more challenging but I believe I have unearthed some solid value options to plug in, so you can pay up for the big boys in a few spots.
So onto the value plays for Week 2…
The DailyFantasyNerd FanDuel Value Plays for Week 2
DK | Alex Smith (WAS) $6,000 vs. IND
I really don’t want to go lower than $6,000 with my QB on DraftKings this week, since there is a trio of strong options right around that price point. Alex Smith was my favorite late round QB in season-long leagues and he didn’t disappoint in Week 1 throwing for 255 yards and two TDs in a game that the Redskins turned to the run in the second half of an easy victory. This week against the Colts and Andrew Luck, Smith should need to keep putting points on the board to outpace the Colts.
- Patrick Mahomes (KC) $6,100 @ PIT
- Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) $6,000 vs. DET
FD | Tyrod Taylor (CLE) $6,600 @ NO
On FanDuel, pricing is a little more spread out, so while QBs like Garoppolo and Smith are still good plays there is more value that can be had by rostering a guy like Tyrod Taylor. Taylor will face the Saints in New Orleans as a big road dog. The Saints just let Ryan Fitzpatrick light them up for 417 yards and four TDs last week. Don’t look for that kind of numbers from Taylor, but playing catchup he should still be forced to air it out and scramble for first downs giving him a high floor with some upside at a cheap salary.
- Case Keenum (DEN) $6,700 vs. OAK
DK | Dion Lewis (TEN) $5,000 vs. HOU
Lewis was the led back in the Titans backfield in Week 1 with 16 carries for 75 yards and a rushing score to go along with five catches on eight targets for 35 yards. Lewis should continue to have a big role in the offense in Week 2 against the Texans, especially if the Titans fall behind to Deshaun Watson and company. Lewis comes with a very reasonable price tag for his expected volume and could also benefit with more targets in the passing game due to their TE Delanie Walker going down with an injury. With news breaking that Devonta Freeman might not play this week as I type this, Tevin Coleman also becomes a very strong value option on both sites.
- Tevin Coleman (ATL) $5,300 vs. CAR
- Royce Freeman (DEN) $4,300 vs. OAK
FD | Dalvin Cook (MIN) $6,500 @ GB
I’m not really sure why Dalvin Cook is so affordable on FanDuel. He looked good in Week 1 totaling 95 yards against the Vikings and only ceded carries to Latavius Murray after the game was in hand late. He’ll face a Packers run defense that gave up 5.47 YPC to Jordan Howard in Week 1 and plenty of receptions to the backs. With the Vikings looking to take early control of the division look for them to lean on their start RB for at least 25 touches which is great volume for a $6,500 back.
- Tevin Coleman (ATL) $5,900 vs. CAR
- Phillip Lindsay (DEN) $4,900 vs. OAK
DK | Ryan Grant (IND) $4,300 @ WAS
We’re going to take a ride down Narrative Street with this recommendation of Ryan Grant. Grant played his first four seasons with the Redskins before joining the Colts this year. Grant saw nine targets go his way in Week 1, catching eight for a modest 59 yards against the Bengals. Andrew Luck seems to be continuing with the short passing game as he works his arm strength back up and with Josh Norman working against T.Y. Hilton on the outside it should funnel more targets into Grant. Finally, the Colts are a road dog which could force them to pass often to keep pace with the Redskins. Look for a good game from Grant in his return to the nation’s capital.
- Demaryius Thomas (DEN): $5,600 vs. OAK
- Pierre Garcon (SF) $5,000 vs. DET
FD | Pierre Garcon (SF) $5,600 vs. DET
Garcon was only able to pull down two catches for 21 yards against a good Vikings defense in Week 1. However, he was targeted six times and could see his target count increase this week with fellow WR Marquise Goodwin questionable to play due to a thigh bruise. The 49ers will face a Lions team coming off a short week traveling West after getting embarrassed by the Jets on Monday night. Also, give rookie wideout Dante Pettis ($4,500) consideration in GPPs if Goodwin is ruled out.
- Quincy Enunwa (NYJ) $5,000 vs. MIA
- Ryan Grant (IND) $4,900 @ WAS
DK | George Kittle (SF) $3,800 vs. DET
Kittle saw nine targets in Week 1 hauling in five of them for 90 yards against a good Vikings defense. Kittle and the 49ers will return home in Week 2 to face the Lions who just get shredded on Monday night by the Jets. The Lions allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing TEs last season. Kittle should already be locked into a high volume of targets but that number could go even higher if the aforementioned, Marquise Goodwin is unable to play on Sunday.
- David Njoku (CLE) $3,000 @ NO
- Ricky Seals-Jones (ARI) $2,900 @ LAR
FD | Jonnu Smith (TEN) $4,200 vs. HOU
As I mentioned in the Dion Lewis write up, Titans TE Delanie Walker will be out this week and for the rest of the season. This should lead to an increase in snaps and targets for second-year TE Jonnu Smith. Smith showed some flashes of potential in his rookie season in limited playing time. Smith had one grab for 13 yards on three targets in the opener while playing on 58% of the offensive snaps. Marcus Mariota has leaned on his TE over his career and Smith could be the next favorite target for the QB.
- George Kittle (SF) $5,600 vs. DET
- Jared Cook (OAK) $5,000 @ DEN
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