Week 2 of the NFL season offers a lot of fascinating matchups, and there are some that DFS players can exploit with excellent DraftKings value plays.
Compiling a great DFS lineup always involves finding value players at the right spots, and we’ve got three at each position worth your consideration.
Here are the best DraftKings Week 2 picks that can offer nice value for their price point.
Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams, $5,900)
Goff’s numbers against the Carolina Panthers weren’t great, but he’s a much better quarterback at home versus on the road. And given that it’s a matchup against the New Orleans Saints, points are gonna be scored. This game has the third highest over/under of the week at 52, so Goff is a steal at this value.
Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers, $5,800)
Yes, Big Ben looked terrible in Week 1. And yes, so did his receivers for the most part. But the Seahawks allowed the Cincinnati Bengals to do pretty much anything they wanted in the passing game, making this a potential bounce-back spot for the Steelers’ offense.
Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders, $5,100)
Speaking of over/unders, the Raiders’ tilt against the Kansas City Chiefs is the highest at 53.5. The Chiefs are only touchdown favorite, and Carr has the playmakers (more on them a second) to put up some points against a secondary that allowed Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback Gardner Minshew to go 22 of 25 for 275 yards and two touchdowns after Nick Foles’s injury.
Kerryon Johnson (Detroit Lions, $5,700)
Marlon Mack reeled off 174 rushing yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1, so Johnson is an intriguing play in what should be a close game. There is concern due to the committee approach that includes CJ Anderson, but this may be the performance that gives Johnson owners in season-long leagues a little more confidence moving forward.
Josh Jacobs (Oakland Raiders, $4,700)
Jacobs looked great in the Week 1 win over the Denver Broncos. He had 23 carries for 85 yards, and even took advantage of his one reception by turning it into 28 yards. Jalen Richard will certainly be involved more in the passing game if the Raiders fall behind by a lot, but Jacobs is hard to ignore at this price range due to the Chiefs allowing 5.1 yards per carry against the Jaguars last week.
Chris Thompson (Washington Redskins, $3,900)
Derrius Guice is out for a while with a knee injury, and Adrian Peterson is getting the start after being a healthy scratch. However, Thompson should have more PPR value in a game that could require the Redskins to throw it a ton. He was targeted 10 times in the Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and had seven receptions for 68 yards.
Michael Gallup (Dallas Cowboys, $5,600)
Gallup had seven receptions for 158 yards in Week 1 against the New York Giants. The Redskins aren’t as bad in the secondary as the Giants, but they’re not exactly great either. With Amari Cooper likely seeing a lot of Josh Norman in this game, that could allow Gallup to have another huge performance.
Tyrell Williams (Oakland Raiders, $4,400)
The Raiders signed Williams in hopes of him being a solid No. 2 option behind Antonio Brown. Well, Brown is off to New England, yet Williams showcased his talent with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Broncos. He’s a great play against the Chiefs.
James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers, $3,600)
Washington is the ultimate high-risk, high-reward play this week. He had just two receptions for 51 yards in the blowout loss to the New England Patriots, but he has a few things going for him ahead of the matchup against the Seahawks. For starters, Donte Moncrief had a horrible game and isn’t likely to get as many targets. Also, Washington has breakaway speed, and that’s exactly what Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross used to carve up the Seattle secondary. Washington is a gamble, but it’s one that could really pay off due to low ownership.
Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens, $3,800)
The Ravens had a field day against the Miami Dolphins, and Andrews was one of the best performers. While he only played 42 percent of the offensive snaps, he caught all eight of his targets for 108 yards and a touchdown. The Arizona Cardinals couldn’t stop Detroit Lions rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson, so Andrews could put up big numbers once again.
Darren Waller (Oakland Raiders, $3,300)
If you play fantasy, you should be all-in on Waller. He was hyped up all offseason, and the hype was warranted after one week. Waller played every single offensive snap against the Broncos, leading the Raiders in targets and racking up seven receptions for 70 yards. At this cheap of a price against a vulnerable Chiefs’ defense, Waller is a must-play.
Vernon Davis (Washington Redskins, $3,200)
Jordan Reed is officially out again with a concussion, so Davis becomes a fascinating option against a Cowboys team that allowed Evan Engram to compile 11 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. Davis isn’t Engram at this stage of his career, but it’s a position Case Keenum could target against a solid Dallas secondary.
Houston Texans ($2,800)
Gardner Minshew didn’t look bad against the Chiefs following Nick Foles’ injury, but this is a more intimidating spot. While the Texans’ pass defense is far from great, the lack of consistent weapons in the Jaguars’ passing game may force a few mistakes from Minshew.
Cincinnati Bengals ($2,600)
The San Francisco 49ers may have scored 31 points in Week 1, but let’s not act like it was the result of some great offensive performance. The Niners scored two defensive touchdowns, and overall, the offense looked average. Jimmy Garoppolo is struggling, and there’s turnover upside for the Bengals in this one.
Denver Broncos ($2,700)
If you watched the Bears’ offense on opening night, no other explanation is really needed. Of course, there’s added value for the Broncos in this spot due to Vic Fangio’s familiarity with both Mitchell Trubisky and the entire offense. This could be the lowest-scoring game of the week, so the Broncos could be an excellent option at this price range.