DFS Best Bets - Week 2
September 13, 2018
By Austin Chen
Week 1 was chalk city! Great lineups cashed in tournaments but you really needed the optimal lineup to win the big prizes. Speaking of optimal, you should go check out the RotoQL NFL Lineup Optimizer as it is a must when building your daily fantasy football teams.
Philip Rivers (DraftKings: 6,700, FanDuel: $7,400)
Rivers plays a defense that made Joe Flacco look like a superstar. He threw for 51 times and 424 yards in week 1 which is ideal fantasy usage. The Chargers are projected 24.8 points and only a touchdown favorite. The Bills defense are 28th in DVP. I like a stack for Rivers with Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, or Antonio Gates.
Nick Foles (DK: $5,700, FD: $7,300)
Nick Foles is the definition of a GPP quarterback. He has Super Bowl winning upside but can also look like Nathan Peterman at times. Ok maybe not that bad but you get the point. This is a DK play as he is much more expensive on FD. I would pair Foles up with Nelson Agholor.
Other QBs To Consider: Ben Roethlisberger, Patrick Mahomes, Case Keenum
Christian McCaffrey (DK: $8,800, FD: $7,400)
The Falcons were notorious last season for getting abused by passing catching running backs last season. I think that is why the Eagles started the Sproles in week 1. McCaffrey played on 85% of snaps in week 1 vs only 70% last season. He was the week 1 leader in missed tackles forced and avg 5 yards a carry. This all adds up to a player with GPP upside and a cash floor.
James White (DK: $4,500, FD: $5,900)
Running backs situations can change in an instant. One week in and White is the only man standing. With his pass catching ability and projected workload, White is worth playing even against the Jaguars. 24% of Jacksonville's receiving fantasy points went to running backs last season.
Other RBs To Consider: Melvin Gordon, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller
Emmanuel Sanders (DK: $6,200, FD: $6,800)
Emmanuel Sanders was my number 1 used player in week 1. Even with the price bump I think he is still underpriced. He reminds of Adam Thielen from last season where it took awhile for people to realize his value. Sanders played 51% of his snaps in the slot in week 1 compared to only 27% last season. The matchup vs Oakland is ideal vs Leon Hall who was in the bottom 15 among PFF graded qualifying cornerbacks in 2017.
Devin Funchess (DK: $4,700, FD: $6,000)
Funchess had a 25% target share when Greg Olsen went down last year and is always a red zone threat. We are back to that situation without any other playmakers worth mentioning outside of Christian McCaffrey. The Falcons were a promising defense but the loss of Neal and Jones is a big blow. The fact that his priced dropped this week makes Funchess an even better value.
Other WRs To Consider: Ryan Grant, Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon
George Kittle (DK: $3,800, FD: $5,600)
Few people remember that George Kittle had the best SPARQ numbers for a tight end for his draft class. He displayed the upside that Kittle backers have been seeking since he entered the draft in week 1. The price for him on DraftKings is crazy cheap. Marquise Goodwin looks unlikely to play again which will give him more opportunities. The Lions best corner will be locked on Pierre Garcon so Kittle should be able to run around a defense that allowed 48 points to the Jets.
Antonio Gates (DK: $5,000, FD: $4,800)
If you are looking to play touchdown tight end roulette than you can give Antonio Gates a shot at his low price. He played 40% of the snaps despite not attending training camp. The Buffalo Bills gave up an average of 12.5 fantasy points to tight ends last season.
Other TEs To Consider: Jared Cook, David Njoku, Zach Ertz
Jacksonville Jaguars (DK:$2,800, FD: $4,300)
You can find the obvious defenses in the others to consider section but it's time to live a little. How often do you see an elite defense priced $900 less than the week prior. You can argue that this Patriot offense is the weakest it has been in a long time. All the running back are questionable to play outside of James White and they just signed 2 guys off the street to shore up the WR position. Brady was able to narrowly beat the Jaguars last time at Foxboro but things could be different this time around. The WRs responsible for 216 of Tom Brady’s 290 passing yards that day are no longer here.
Washington Redskins (DK: $3,500, FD: $3,700)
The Redskins will be one of my favorite defenses to play this year. They are much better than the public thinks. Now they face a Colts offense with running game and OL questions. It will be interesting to see if Andrew Luck will continue to throw short and in the middle of the field. The Redskins are almost a touchdown home favorite which is a favorable game script especially with a run heavy and game manager approach from the Washington offense.
Other Defenses To Consider: L.A. Rams, Denver Broncos, New York Jets
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