Breaking Football’s Taylor Smith did his own rendition of Draft Kings fantasy football sleepers earlier in the week (it’s a good read), and I’ll be joining him with a take assisted by the wonderful folks at FantasyPros.com. While Taylor scours the entire pool of available fantasy options each week on DK, I’ll take the more laxed approach and let this cool FantasyPros auto ranker do the work for me.
Of course, these things don’t always work perfectly, so I’ll break down a few of the options at the bottom of this article. These work straight off of my actual week two fantasy player rankings, so you should get a pretty good idea as to who can be had at major value, or which guys I deem to be studs are going super cheaply. The tool both sorts out the best values, as well as shows you the pricing of my favorite (highest ranked) players for the week.
This really only works if you trust me and my rankings. So, do with this information what you will:
I’m not so much feeling Derek Carr this week (checkdown city and facing that disgusting Texans front line) but Tony Romo looks like a sick, sneaky fantasy sleeper at DK thanks to a salty $6.8k salary. He bombed last week, but let’s get real here: the Titans ain’t the damn 49ers.
Cincy says they’ll get rookie running back Jeremy Hill more involved, so I’m actually OK with that value play at $3k. I’m not enamored with him, but he should see the ball a tad more and has a great matchup against a Falcons run defense that allowed Mark Ingram to slap them around in week one.
The only other true value buy listed here I love is the Patriot defense. Minnesota’s offense is solid and is at home, but Bill Belichick’s speciality is D and I can’t see the Vikings scoring or the Patriots allowing 30+ points in back to back weeks.
Highest Ranked Players
Peyton Manning sticks as the #1 guy, but it’s certainly worth noting that he cost you $10.10k last week and now he’s just $8.8k. I’ll take that, THANKS. A-Rod should bounce back at home against a paltry Jets pass D, too.
My favorite value here is Giovani Bernard, as I actually have him ranked super high this week due to matchup and blow up ability. He got tons of touches and decent yardage even though he faced the Ravens last week. I like him for 100 total yards, 4-5 catches and at least one score against Atlanta.
Jordy Nelson is just as capable of a huge game as the other elite WRs, but he’s for some reason priced like a middle of the road guy. I love him at $6.6k against the Jets, who start a safety at cornerback. Yes, a safety.
Same deal with The Gronk. He could still be limited but his matchup is decent and he should only get better with each passing week. Considering he was targeted 11 damn times in week one, I expect improvement here.
Draft Kings certainly realized the Houston Texans can play defense and that the Oakland Raiders might suck on offense, as the Texans are the #2 priced defense this week. They’re worth the money.