What going on NFL fans?!? With Week 1 of the Regular Season in the books, we have our sights set on Week 2, today I will give you my value plays to help you win all that sweet, sweet cash. Hit me up on twitter (@BleedPurpleDFS) if you ever want to talk DFS or football. For reference, I will using both FanDuel and DraftKings pricing for the players.
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Now lets get into the picks.
Alex Smith, Washington Redskins (FD $7,100 / DK $6,000): The new Redskins QB had a great debut for his new team against a solid defense. He was very efficient by completing 70% of his throws and putting up a solid 19.6 fantasy points. Now that I see that he can play in a new system, I’m all in on him. Like Andy Dalton, our value QB last week who put up 243 yards and 2 touchdowns, he is going against the Colts who have worst secondary in the league and we all know that Smith is the much superior QB. I also love a stack with him and his TE Jordan Reed (FD $7,100 / DK $6,200), who caught a touchdown pass last week. After a promising Week 1, this week’s matchup leaves Smith in a spot to once again drop a solid fantasy total.
James Connor, Pittsburgh Steelers (FD $7,000 / DK $6,700): I usually don’t like to repeat picks from the week before but this guy is a given. Last week, Conner was the ‘must have’ value play of the week and you should have no problem using him again.Conner negated any concerns about the offense without Bell, as he racked up a massive 36 touches which led to 192 total yards, with both numbers leading all running backs in Week 1. The matchup this week is also as good as it gets for Conner, as they return home to face a Chiefs defense with a struggling front seven that just gave up over 200 all-purpose yards to the Chargers RBs last week. I see this being another week that Connor can dominate.
James White, New England Patriots (FD $5,900 / DK $4,500): Typically, I don’t like to target Patriots running backs in DFS because they have many that they like to use. In week one, he shared snaps with Rex Burkhead and Jeremy Hill. But due Hill tearing his ACL, Burkhead being having a concussion and rookie Sony Michel still not ready to play, he is the only healthy option for the team. White was targeted on 25% of his Week 1 snaps, while rushing the ball on another 14%. As primarily a pass-catching back, he offers the most value in full point-per-reception (PPR) formats, but with FanDuel’s 0.5 PPR scoring, he still led Patriots running backs with 13.6 fantasy points. Although they go against an elite Jaguars defense, White provides a mismatch that the Patriots can take advantage of.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (FD $5,900 / DK $5,300): I only recommend this pick if starting RB, Devonta Freeman is out. Freeman missed Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury that he suffered on opening night. Coleman averaged 17.0 FanDuel points on 19.5 carries per game in two contests without Freeman last year, and that kind of usage would make him the week’s top value at running back if Freeman does sit.
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panther (FD $6,000 / DK $4,700): The injury to Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is a huge blow to the team, but it opens up a nice opportunity for us DFS players, Funchess makes for an excellent option this week in a matchup with a Falcons team who will enter Week 2 who have injuries in their secondary. In games that Olsen missed last season, Funchess saw his weekly target share rise from 6.3 targets per game to 7.8 targets per game, and averaged more than 4.0 more fantasy points per game. Also with Olsen out and Funchess’ height and jump ball ability, he will be Newton’s number one option to throw to in the redzone.
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FD $6,100 / DK $4,600): The Bucs were the surprise team of last week and I’m not going to say I called it, but I did. Godwin was a from the Fitzmagic, and posted a solid line of three receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown while only playing on just 41 percent of the teams offensive snaps. This week, Godwin is set to receive a nice bump in snaps and targets with starting WR DeSean Jackson likely to miss the game with a concussion. With the Eagles focusing on number one WR Mike Evans, Godwin can be a sneaky play that can find the endzone.
Thank you for reading and best of luck this week!
– Manick Thind (@BleedPurpleDFS)