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DraftKings Fantasy Football: Week 2 Value Plays

Jerry Donabedian

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These are my favorite DraftKings tournament plays for Week 2, picking strictly from the main Sunday slate that starts with the 1 PM ET games and concludes with Packers-Falcons on SNF. The focus is on value more so than projected ownership, but itís still a nice bonus if a player doesnít figure to be a popular choice.


Ben Roethlisberger
, PIT (vs. MIN), $6,700 - With the elite group of quarterbacks likely to be popular options, we have a rare opportunity to get Roethlisberger at low ownership when heís playing in Pittsburgh. His oft-cited home/road splits are so drastic they canít be ignored, with the veteran QB somehow averaging 340 passing yards and 2.95 touchdowns in 20 regular-season games at Heinz Field since the start of 2014. The Minnesota defense may be impressive, but itís still no match for Roethlisberger at home, particularly if LB Anthony Barr (hamstring) is absent and top corner Xavier Rhodes (hip) isnít quite his usual self. Either way, Roethlisberger should continue his streak of 10 consecutive home games with at least two touchdowns and more than 250 yards. A Roethlisberger-Antonio Brown ($9,400) pairing doesnít leave much salary for the rest of the roster, but a stack featuring Big Ben, Martavis Bryant ($5,500) and Minnesotaís Adam Thielen ($5,000) also offers big upside and is far more affordable.

Philip Rivers, SD (vs. MIA), $5,800 - Priced at No. 14 among the 28 starting quarterbacks on the main slate, Rivers is the only sub-$6,000 option who inspires any confidence. Playing with the best supporting cast heís had in a long time, or possibly ever, the Chargersí QB figures to continue his streak of 10 consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes. He doesnít quite offer the same ceiling as the expensive quarterbacks, but he seems like the best bet to at least slightly outperform his price tag. Rivers also brings opportunity in the form of a cheap stack, as Keenan Allen ($5,800) and Tyrell Williams ($4,700) both are a bit underpriced. If you want to round out the game stack, Miamiís Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker ($5,400 apiece) are also affordable

Other options:Tom Brady, NE (at NO), $7,900; Drew Brees, NO (vs. NE), $7,700; Matt Ryan, ATL (vs. GB), $7,500; Aaron Rodgers, GB (at ATL), $7,400; Carson Palmer, ARI (at IND), $6,000; Sam Bradford, MIN (at PIT), $5,500; Trevor Siemian, DEN (vs. DAL), $4,900

Running Back

Ty Montgomery
, GB (at ATL), $5,800 - Montgomery somewhat surprisingly operated as an every-down back Week 1 against Seattle, playing 74 of 82 offensive snaps despite briefly leaving the game to be evaluated for an injury. Absent from the Week 2 injury report, Montgomery figures to handle another sizable workload in Atlanta, after seeing 19 carries and four targets last week. Given his role and his pass-catching skills, he might actually benefit from a fantasy perspective -- especially in PPR formats like DraftKings -- if the Packers are forced to play from behind and he only gets 12-15 carries. Itís also encouraging that he seems to be the preferred rushing option at the goal line in a prolific offense, though Green Bay will always rely on Aaron Rodgersí pinpoint accuracy in goal-to-go situations.

C.J. Anderson, DEN (vs. DAL), $4,700 - As seen last week, the Cowboys typically limit opposing run games by controlling the clock and forcing their opponent to go pass-heavy while playing from behind. Itís an excellent game plan to hide a shaky defense, but one that only works if the offense is humming, which probably wonít be the case this weekend in Denver. With the Broncos likely able to maintain balance on offense, Anderson should be good for 15-20 touches even with Jamaal Charles ($4,200) also involved. This pick is partially born of necessity, as itís hard to find strong plays at running back any cheaper than Montgomery.

Other options: Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (at DEN), $7,800; Melvin Gordon, SD (vs. MIA), $7,000; Kareem Hunt, KC (vs. PHI), $6,800; Todd Gurley, LAR (vs. WAS), $6,800; Marshawn Lynch, OAK (vs. NYJ), $6,000; Dalvin Cook, MIN (at PIT), $5,900; Jacquizz Rodgers, TB (vs. CHI), $4,400

Wide Receiver

Tyreek Hill
, KC (vs. PHI), $6,200 - While somewhat overshadowed by Kareem Hunt, the NFLís fastest wide receiver was nearly important to KCís Week 1 triumph, hauling in seven of eight targets for 133 yards and a score. Most of that production came as a result of a blown coverage that freed Hill up for a 75 -yard touchdown, but even if the pass hadnít connected I wouldíve been encouraged by his usage. The Chiefs feed him a steady diet of short targets and even rush attempts, which all but ensures heíll have a huge game if he does break off a long touchdown. Facing a Philly defense thatís scary up front but shaky on the perimeter, Hill should draw at least seven targets if the Eagles are able to keep it reasonably close.

Adam Thielen, MIN (at PIT), $5,000 - As has been the case for many years, cornerback is the biggest question mark on an otherwise excellent Pittsburgh roster. This has made the Steelers one of my favorite teams to target without wideouts and tight ends in recent seasons, as they often jump out to leads that force opponents to abandon the run, and yet arenít necessarily able to stop the pass even when they know itís coming. Coming off a 9-157-0 receiving line on 10 targets in the opener, Thielen could make another push for double-digit targets Week 2. Stefon Diggs ($6,100) is also a reasonable play and should have a nice game, but I donít think the gap between him and Thielen is as wide as their salaries suggest.

Marqise Lee, JAX (vs. TEN), $3,800 - With Allen Robinson (knee) out for the season and no real pass-catching threat at tight end or running back, the Jaguars seemingly have little choice but to direct a high volume of targets in Leeís direction. That should pay dividends even if the team is able to stick with its run-first game plan, but itíll really pay off big when Jacksonville is forced to play from behind. Robinsonís injury quietly leaves Lee as a legitimate candidate to draw 140-160 targets this season. Buffaloís Jordan Matthews ($3,900) is the only other player in this price range who can reasonably be projected for more than 5-6 targets this week.

Other options: Julio Jones, ATL (vs. GB), $9,200; Jordy Nelson, GB (at ATL), $7,900; Mike Evans, TB (vs. CHI), $7,700; Terrelle Pryor, WAS (at LAR), $6,000; Keenan Allen, LAC (vs. MIA), $5,800; Alshon Jeffery, PHI (at KC), $5,700; Davante Adams, GB (at ATL), $5,600; Chris Hogan, NE (at NO), $5,600; Martavis Bryant, PIT (vs. MIN), $5,500; DeVante Parker, MIA (at LAC), $5,400; Emmanuel Sanders, DEN (at DAL), $5,200; Jamison Crowder, WAS (at LAR), $4,900; Tyrell Williams, LAC (vs. MIA), $4,700; Corey Coleman, CLE (at BAL), $4,700; Rishard Matthews, TEN (at JAX), $4,600; Robby Anderson, NYJ (at OAK), $3,400; Chris Conley, KC (vs. PHI), $3,200

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski
, NE (at NO), $6,900 - Surprisingly quiet in the season opener, Gronkowski at least had no limitations from a workload perspective, playing 78 of 81 offensive snaps. He appeared to do a bit more pass blocking than usual as the Pats tried to limit a strong KC pass rush -- something that shouldnít be an issue against the pathetic New Orleans defense. While the excellent matchup typically would attract heavy ownership toward a name-brand player, this doesnít seem like a week when many DFSers will be able to fit a tight end with his own price tier. The ownership should be quite reasonable by Gronk standards, even though thereís clear potential for double-digit targets, a 100-yard bonus and multiple touchdowns. New England isnít expected to have Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) available for Sundayís game.

Other options: Travis Kelce, KC (vs. PHI), $5,100; Jimmy Graham, SEA (vs. SF), $4,900; Austin Hooper, ATL (vs. GB), $3,500; Jason Witten, DAL (at DEN), $3,400; Charles Clay, BUF (at CAR), $3,000; George Kittle, SF (at SEA), $2,500


(vs. MIA), $2,800 - Also one of my favorite streaming options for season-long leagues, the Chargers defense should pick up where it left off in the fourth quarter of a Week 1 loss in Denver, facing the turnover-prone Jay Cutler behind a sub-par Miami offensive line. Cutlerís skill-position weapons should be too good for the Chargers to shut him down completely, but we can reasonably expect 2-3 turnovers and at least three sacks along the way. Priced at No. 15 out of 28 options on the main slate, Joey Bosa and Co. make for a nice stack with Melvin Gordon ($7,000) if you think the Chargers have a good chance to annihilate the Dolphins. That scenario was the one thing that gave me pause about recommending Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen.

Other options: Ravens (vs. CLE), $3,700; Panthers (vs. BUF), $3,600; Raiders (vs. NYJ), $3,500; Bucs (vs. CHI), $3,200; Rams (vs. WAS), $3,000; Chiefs (vs. PHI), $2,900

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