DraftKings Week 2 Values

Last week's values piece included a Case Keenum (4.93x) & Emmanuel Sanders (6.91x) stack, Kenny Stills (6.3x) and the Ravens DST (4.47x). The pricing is much tighter in Week 2, so the value is hard to come by, but there are a few players still slipping through the cracks. If you're new to daily fantasy or don't have a DraftKings account yet, sign up here for a free contest entry. Full disclosure, we get a kickback from DraftKings if you follow that link and sign up, but it doesn't cost you anything extra, and it's a great way to support The Fantasy Takeaway.


Let's get down to brass tacks. DraftKings Week 2 Values:

Quarterbacks

Case Keenum vs. Oakland ($5,800)

Last week at $5,100 Keenum vs. Seattle was a great play (4.93x), and considering the situation in Oakland on the defensive side of the football, Keenum at home vs. the Raiders should be an equally good play. His 25.16 point performance was good enough for a QB7 finish in Week 1, and with three interceptions, Keenum hasn't yet shown off his ceiling. The weapons are there in Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and a solid young tight end stable of Jake Butt & Jeff Heuerman. Add shifty scat back Phillip Lindsay into the mix and this team is stacked with pass-catching playmakers. Keenum is a solid stack with Sanders or Thomas, but if you're looking for a value stack, Sutton's touchdown upside in this game is considerable, and his $3,500 price tag would allow ample room for pay-up options like Antonio Brown & Todd Gurley or even mid-tier options like Christian McCaffrey & James Conner.

Tyrod Taylor @ New Orleans ($5,900)

Taylor's $5,900 price tag this week is tough to steer clear of. The Saints defense allowed a slate-high 45.3 points to Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. Meanwhile, Taylor put up 24.6 in terrible conditions Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh. His volume in the running game alone gives Taylor a safe floor as a cash play, and with a 40 point over/under and +9.5 spread, he should be in a favorable game script for high passing volume. 23.6 points to reach 4x value? Yeah, I'll take that gamble in this matchup any day of the week and twice on Sunday (more like four times on Sunday if I'm being honest).

Running Backs

Jalen Richard @ Denver ($3,400)

This play is all about pricing vs. probable game script. Richard saw just five carries in the Raiders Week 1 blowout loss to the Rams, but he also saw 11 targets and hauled in nine of them. Vegas has Denver -6.5 in this matchup, so it's likely Oakland finds themselves playing catchup again in Week 2. If Denver can jump out to a big lead, Richard could destroy his 4x number of 13.6.

Nyheim Hines @ Washington ($4,100)

The Hines fumbles in the preseason had the fantasy community scrambling. He was the industry darling for PPR formats, but the hype train has slowed considerably. It's tough to call a guy a post-hype sleeper after just one game in the NFL, but Hines fits that bill. His draft position and DFS ownership plummeted after his four preseason fumbles. His usage, on the other hand, has not. Hines was targeted nine times in the Colts Week 1 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Any player capable of receiving nine targets at a $4,100 price tag is a player to consider on DraftKings. I like him as a value cash play better than I like him in GPP this week, but my Hines exposure will be strong across the board.

T.J. Yeldon vs. New England ($5,600)

Not a lot to say here. Leonard Fournette hasn't practiced this week despite the team indicating he'd be out there testing his injured hamstring on Friday. Considering Fournette's extensive injury history, Yeldon looks like an incredible value as the lead back in a run-first offense. Throw in Yeldon's prowess in the passing game, and at $5,600 this one's a no-brainer.

UPDATE: Yeldon was added to the injury report with an ankle injury. Something to keep an eye on. Corey Grant could be huge if Yeldon is limited.

Tevin Coleman vs. Carolina ($5,300)

Just more of the same here. Devonta Freeman has been downgraded to out for Sunday vs. Carolina. If Freeman is out, Coleman is a good play regardless of matchup or game script. This play is about as chalky as it gets, but all things considered, it's one I'll struggle to get away from this week.

Wide Receivers

Josh Doctson vs. Indianapolis ($4,000)

The perennial disappointment that is Josh Doctson is back disappointing people again, but there is room for hope. Shut-down cornerback Patrick Peterson spent his Week 1 Sunday blanketing Doctson in the Redskins route of the Arizona Cardinals. In Week 2, Doctson will see a much more favorable matchup. Peterson is a bona fide stud; the names Nate Hairston, Kenny Moore II, and Quincy Wilson strike fear in the hearts of no one. Doctson saw targets on only 4.3% of his snaps in Week 1; that's not all that surprising with Patrick Peterson shadowing him. What is surprising is Doctson's Week 1 snap percentage of 88.6. He's the true number one in that offense, and nobody has noticed.

Dante Pettis vs. Detroit ($4,000)

Marquise Goodwin has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Lions. In Goodwin's absence Week 1 vs. Minnesota's borderline elite secondary, Pettis garnered five targets, bringing in two for 39 yards and a score. Outside of Darius Slay, the Detroit secondary leaves a lot to be desired. Whether Pettis lines up in the slot or on the edge, he should see a favorable matchup against Quandre Diggs or Nevin Lawson. Pettis should see relatively high ownership in the main slate, but at $4,000 he'll be tough to fade.

Demaryius Thomas vs. Oakland ($5,600)

I mentioned a potential Keenum stack in the quarterbacks section of this piece. Outside of the pay-down-flier option in Courtland Sutton, Demaryius Thomas is my favorite receiver to stack with him this week. Thomas should be lined up most of the game in a highly favorable matchup against Rashaan Melvin. Emmanuel Sanders stole the show in Week 1 with ten catches on 11 targets for 135 yards and a touchdown, but Thomas quietly put up 18.3 points and garnered ten targets of his own. The slate will be on Sanders, but Thomas will be the play this week.

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Tight Ends

Jonnu Smith vs. Houston ($3,100)

After a nasty ankle injury sent Delanie Walker to the IR in Week 1, Jonnu Smith is now the starting tight end for the Tennessee Titans. The Houston Texans have allowed nearly 15 points per game to the tight end position over their last 17 games. I'm not expecting anything close to the 27.3 points Gronk scored on DraftKings in Week 1, but at $3,100 Smith is an excellent pay-down option at the position.

O.J. Howard vs. Philadelphia ($3,200)

Howard's price point in Week 2 would suggest a split-usage situation in Tampa Bay, but Cameron Brate saw the field for just 36.4 percent of the Bucs offensive snaps to Howard's 65.2. The Philly defense is tough against tight ends, but with projected ownership of 1.3% or lower on multiple DFS analytics sites, Howard could be a great contrarian play if he can find the end zone.

George Kittle vs. Detroit ($3,800)

Kittle's price point does not reflect his production. Despite scoring the fifth most points of any tight end in this week's main slate, he's only the tenth highest priced player at the position. Marquise Goodwin is out, and while he does not play an analogous role in San Francisco's offense, that should mean more opportunity for Kittle. The 9ers young tight end posted back-to-back top ten performances to finish his 2017 campaign and scored the sixth most points in Week 1 of 2018. Kittle may be the highest owned tight end in Week 2, but at that price point, he's tough to leave out of cash and GPP lineups alike.

DST

Redskins vs. Indianapolis ($2,700)

The Redskins DST posted 13 points last week in their dominant performance in Arizona, holding the Cardinals to just 213 total yards in total offense and forcing two turnovers while giving up only 14 points. Upon further study of the tape, the Washington front-seven looks incredible. Dominant at the point of attack and fast to the edges. The Redskins player acquisition strategy of adding Alabama players in bulk up front was an interesting one, but it seems to be paying dividends.

Dolphins @ New York Jets ($3,100)

The Lions quarterbacks put the Jets in favorable field position five times via interception Monday night. Linebacker Darron Lee told reporters after the game, “We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line. We knew his signals. We knew everything. That’s just preparation as a defense… It just seemed like we were in his head as a defense.” The Lions DST still managed to put up eight points.

Adam Gase & Ryan Tannehill won't be using last year's signals this week in New York, so the field position battle will be much less in favor of Sam Darnold and that weaponless Jets offense. Expect Darnold to struggle even against a Dolphins defense that leaves much to be desired when it comes to talent.

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