I go through my fantasy football player rankings each week with the idea that if I rank one guy ahead of the other, that’s generally how I’m going to suggest you play them in start/sit situations. Some guys carry more upside and I may waffle from time to time depending on health, matchups, player comparison, and the like.
No set of rankings or any spoon fed advice is ever fully spot on, so with everything I say, I always suggest each fantasy owner applies it to their specifics team, league or daily fantasy plight with a grain of salt. Of course, if you do rely fully on my words of wisdom and/or weekly player rankings, then you may want to take note how it translates to the DFS scene.
If you’re curious, look no further than this DraftKings Cheat Sheet for week two, which takes my week two player rankings and shows you which guys are the best values based off of their price and how I rate them. Let’s break down the top values so you don’t have to look at everything if you don’t want to:
An easy example is Drew Brees over Aaron Rodgers. I’m sure a lot of people can see Brees looks like the better play on paper, but when you go to pick your team at daily fantasy sites like DK, you might see Rodgers priced/ranked ahead of him and feel the need to use him. Brees is the better value, however. You can take it much deeper than that, of course, as Carson Palmer is my #4 fantasy quarterback this week and he goes up against a weak Bears defense. He’s a full $1.6k cheaper than A-Rod, so the value is through the roof there. There might not be a better value play at the position than Joe Flacco, though. He’s going up against the Raiders and is just $6.4k.
The RB feed does not show my actual rankings for some reason, but two easy values I can still point out are Chris Ivory and Carlos Hyde. They shouldn’t be getting by anyone after scoring twice each last week, but both have awesome roles and nice matchups again this week. More importantly, they’re both super cheap. Both inside my top-10 running back rankings for week two, they should be highly owned in DK games. If you’re looking for more of a contrarian play, try Baltimore’s Justin Forsett. I like him a good amount against the Ravens and have him ranked 9th this week. Ameer Abdullah is also a good play against a shaky Minnesota run defense.
Its easy to point out the elite wide receivers like Julio Jones, Antonio Brown and ODB. But ODB spared with the likes of Megatron and A.J. Green last week, so that could have some DFS gamers a little tentative to spend up at receiver. Rightfully so, since the top guys cost so much. Why waste your cash on guys who can bottom out randomly, when there are sweet value picks like Brandin Cooks (4th in my rankings this week), his teammate Brandon Coleman (just $3.3k at DraftKings) and Steve Smith ($6k and tends to bounce back after bad games, plus facing Raiders). I also think Golden Tate could bounce back and he’s a solid price and sits inside my top-20 for the week.
I’m not overly scared of the Bills when it comes to Rob Gronkowski this week, but his steep price and the matchup do combine to make me want to look elsewhere at tight end. Is Buffalo probably going to shut him down completely? I doubt it. I think 50 yards and a score is still going to happen, if not more. I still like him as the top tight end for week two, because you just don’t get against Gronk. However, he’s not scoring 32 fantasy points this week and he costs a pretty penny ($7.3k). Travis Kelce was weak and tight end thins out pretty quickly, but someone in that Tyler Eifert, Ladarius Green, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Jordan Cameron grouping are going to do plenty well enough. And they’re all $4.2k or cheaper this week. There is also Greg Olsen, who is a decent $4.9k and can’t possibly be as bad as he was last week. He’s all Carolina has. Only ASF is outside of my top-10 tight end rankings this week, while Richard Rodgers ($2.5k!) is a fun minimum play I might chase this week.
I won’t go much further beyond the Ravens, who are my favorite defense for week two. Oakland isn’t very good still, with or without Derek Carr, plus Baltimore made the Broncos look just silly last week. I like them a great deal, but it certainly helps that they’re a cool $400 cheaper than Miami, who is the most expensive team defense this week. I do like the Fins to be a top-five unit, though, for what it’s worth.
That’s a quick breakdown of my favorite values and where they rank and how they price out at DK. For the rest of the rankings and the value breakdown, check out this sweet tool from FantasyPros: