Daily Fantasy Bargains: Week 2
Whether you are new to daily fantasy or a savvy veteran, most people know that Peyton Manning is a good QB week in and week out. The same could be said about the Seahawks defense or how Jimmy Graham is a dominant TE. Instead, I will be focusing on the hidden value plays that could not only be a contrarian play, but free up some salary cap to allow you to pay up for a stud or two. I will be focusing on Draftday pricing regarding these weekly plays. Don’t have a Draftday account yet? Sign up and make sure to use the promocode: ZBULLSMOKE
Jake Locker ($11,700) – Many people will be on Locker this week against what could be the league’s worst defense, the Dallas Cowboys. This is a primed match up for him and it will be hard to not use him in cash games.
Geno Smith ($10,300) – Geno was decent last week against the Raiders and although he didn’t kill anyone’s rosters, I think many expected a bit more. I’m willing to roll him out again this week against the Packers. He will need to throw a ton to keep up and also has some rushing ability.
Chad Henne ($9,300) – I had a good share of Chad Henne last week across the DFS industry and it paid off. This week he will face the Redskins’ awful defense. I truly feel that as a match up/punt play, Henne will be a low cost option you can use almost all year long.
Fred Jackson ($7,950) – Uncle Fred continues to get the job done when he is healthy. He is a more reliable option of points than C.J. Spiller and seems to be used more in general. Continue to play him if you need the salary relief.
Terrance West ($7,800) – He will be starting for the Browns this week and I think he will get more usage between the 20’s than Isaiah Crowell, who seems to be used more as a goal line back.
Chris Ivory ($5,750) – I’m not sure why he is so cheap since he was very productive last week. Not only that, but he received 10 carries last week. At that usage rate he should easily out perform his price.
Also Consider: Carlos Hyde ($6,100), Isaiah Crowell ($6,000) and Jeremy Hill ($6,000)
Allen Hurns ($8,450) – I’m probably one of the few that saw this kind of a performance coming, as I used Hurns in preseason daily leagues. However, I didn’t know he would be THAT good. he received nine targets, which means Chad Henne is looking for him. With the Jags receiving corps seemingly banged up all the time, Hurns is a great option.
Justin Hunter ($8,650)/Nate Washington ($6,300) – As I said before, the Titans will be popular plays this week. Hunter is a great play, but has an injury and is questionable. If he can’t go, Nate Washington is a must play at his price and given the match-up with the Cowboys.
Jarrett Boykin ($7,650) – Boykin was stuck on Richard Sherman’s side of the field in the season-opener against the Seahawks and did absolutely nothing. I think he bounces back this week to being one of Aaron Rodgers go-to options.
Also Consider: John Brown ($5,400), Mohamed Sanu ($5,800) and Brian Quick ($6,300),
Jermaine Gresham ($7,350) – Due to Tyler Eifert’s elbow injury last week, Jermaine Gresham will step in and start at TE for the Bengals. He has shown in the past that he can be fantasy relevant and did have five targets last week.
Travis Kelce ($6,750) – Kansas City looked putrid last week. For whatever reason, Andy Reid decided to not get his ball to his true play makers and that included Kelce. Look for him to almost be forced into the game plan. The Chiefs will be playing catch up with the Broncos this week.
Also Consider: Levine Toilolo ($6,200) and Larry Donnell ($4,950).
Titans ($5,050) – This may be a bit risky as the Cowboys offense has the ability to go off, but they sure looked awful last week. Even if Dallas scores some points, a few Tony Romo interceptions and sacks are almost a lock.
Lions ($4,950) – Detroit looked great last week against the Giants. I think they have a shot to continue that success against the Panthers this week. Cam Newton should be back, but is far from a model of consistency. If the Lions can get some pressure on Newton, it could be another productive fantasy performance.
Jaguars ($3,800) – This might seem crazy, but the Jaguars have improved their defense since last year and may actually be usable for fantasy. Now let’s not get crazy, the match-up isn’t fantastic as RG3 and company can light up the scoreboard. However, RG3 just hasn’t looked right, so we could see some sacks and interceptions. It might be a little risky, but it’s hard to argue the value at $3,800.
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