In DFS fantasy football, it’s important to have your lineup anchored by studs. But of course, in order to afford those studs, you have to go cheaper elsewhere. Here are some bargain options at every position that will let you afford the game-changing guys you so badly want in your lineup. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this thrift shop of cheap fantasy contributors for week 2.
Case Keenum ($5,800 DraftKings, $6,700 FanDuel) vs OAK
We saw in week 1 against the Seahawks that Case Keenum’s 2017 was no fluke. Despite the 3 interceptions, he carved up the hollow shell of the Legion of Boom for 329 yards and 3 TDs. This week he faces a Raiders defense that just got gashed by another mid-tier QB in Jared Goff. With the weapons Keenum has, he should have another solid day through the air that makes him well worth his bottom-of-the-barrel price.
Tyrod Taylor ($5,900 DraftKings, $6,600 FanDuel) vs NO
Taylor has always carried a solid fantasy floor thanks to his rushing ability, and he continued that trend in week 1. The Browns’ new toy had 8 carries for 77 yards and a TD against the Steelers to help compensate for a pedestrian 197 passing yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. His performance through the air might’ve been hurt by some brutal weather in Cleveland, but this week Taylor head to the Superdome to face a Saints defense that Ryan Fitzpatrick tore apart. The Saints D should take a step forward this week, but with Taylor’s rushing ability and a likely increase in targets for playmaker Josh Gordon, he should be a good DFS bargain play yet again.
Royce Freeman ($4,300 DraftKings, $6,000 FanDuel) and Phillip Lindsay ($4,400 DraftKings, $4,900 FanDuel) vs OAK
Phillip Lindsay stole all the headlines week 1 after he shockingly led the Broncos backfield in touches. But what may have been lost in the spectacle is he actually had an identical rushing line (15 carries, 71 yards) to starter Royce Freeman. While this could be a frustrating backfield moving forward, both players should be able to stay productive against a weak Raiders defense this week. You’re targeting the bargain, so on DraftKings go with Freeman who’s still the starter and is $100 cheaper than Lindsay. On FanDuel, go Lindsay, who will still get plenty of touches and is a whopping $1,100 cheaper than Freeman.
Alfred Morris ($3,600 DraftKings, $5,800 FanDuel) vs DET
Morris got 12 carries in week 1 and parlayed them into just 38 yards, losing a fumble in the process. Certainly not the production owners are looking for, but the volume was encouraging. And it should continue with Matt Breida as the only other RB touching the ball, since he managed just 46 yards on 11 carries himself. Morris is dirt cheap, particularly on DraftKings where he’s priced the same as Ameer Abdullah and is cheaper than the likes of Ronald Jones and Jonathan Williams. The Niners face the Lions this week, who looked utterly lost on defense against the Jets, so expect a better showing for Alf-Mo on the ground that more than justifies his price tag.
Austin Ekeler ($4,400 DraftKings, $5,600 FanDuel) vs BUF
Ekeler’s price may not be suppressed for much longer, especially given the PPR nature of DFS. The Chargers RB is still priced like a backup/change-of-pace back, when his role is so much more. The Chargers had planned to get Ekeler on the field alongside starter Melvin Gordon, not just in place of him. They did that, and it resulted in 5 catches for 87 yards and a TD through the air to go along with 5 carries for 39 yards. Ekeler is simply priced far too cheaply for a PPR-based game, and this week he faces a below average Buffalo Bills defense.
Kenny Golladay ($4,800 DraftKings, $5,700 FanDuel) vs SF
Maybe it’s because Golladay had a big week 1 last year and fizzled out, or maybe it’s because the Lions may not have another game script all season that’s as pass-happy as Monday night’s was. But Golladay sure isn’t priced like a guy who had 12 targets and turned them into 7 catches for 114 yards. A lot of people expected Golladay to take a step forward this year and if week 1 is any indication, he has. The Lions have always been a pass-happy team and while they may not attempt 52 passes again in a game for a while, there will be more than enough for Golladay to keep producing. Invest in the Lions’ most athletic receiver and biggest red zone threat while you still can.
Quincy Enunwa ($4,700 DraftKings, $5,000 FanDuel) vs MIA
Poised for a breakout last season before a neck injury brought things to a screeching halt, Enunwa showed what the hype was about on Monday. In a game in which QB Sam Darnold attempted just 21 passes, Enunwa was targeted on 10 of them, reeling in 6 catches for 63 yards and a TD. The 4th-year wideout is being lauded as a perfect fit in the Jets’ new offense. Even with the return of Jermaine Kearse, Enunwa should be well worth his price tag while he remains this cheap.
Dante Pettis ($4,000 DraftKings, $4,500 FanDuel) vs DET
Pettis’ value is contingent on Marquise Goodwin’s health, but Goodwin is looking firmly questionable for week 2 against the Lions. Pettis turned Goodwin’s partial absence from week 1 into 2 receptions for 61 yards including a 39-yard TD. A full game’s worth of snaps against a Lions defense that just got ripped apart by rookie Sam Darnold should result in a productive day for Pettis. Keep an eye on Goodwin’s status, because should he be out on Sunday, Pettis turns into one of the best overall value plays of the week.
David Njoku ($3,000 DraftKings, $5,300 FanDuel) vs NO
Njoku was a disappointment in week 1, reeling in just three of seven targets for 13 yards while committing two drops. Drops continue to be an issue for Njoku, but after such a strong preseason showing, you shouldn’t give up on him just yet. He played nearly 90% of his team’s snaps in week 1 and would’ve reached that mark if he hadn’t briefly left the game with an undisclosed injury. Assuming Njoku is good to go, he should have a better day in week 2 as he won’t have to worry about bad weather in the Superdome, and faces a defense that could be reeling.
Ian Thomas ($2,900 DraftKings, $4,000 FanDuel) vs ATL and Jonnu Smith ($3,100 DraftKings, $4,200 FanDuel) vs HOU
We’re grouping these two together because they’re in essentially the same situation. With Greg Olsen out for the Panthers and Delanie Walker out for the Titans, these two figure to be the next men up. They’re naturally risky as we don’t know what sort of target share either will have now that the starters are gone. But with their prices this low, it’s a calculated risk. If you’re choosing between these two, Thomas may be the better bet as Smith may have to compete with Luke Stocker a bit, and he’s cheaper. But they’re both perfectly fine dart throws as you go heavy at other positions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($2,200 DraftKings, $3,300 FanDuel) vs PHI
Priced in the bottom 5 on both DraftKings and FanDuel, the Bucs D/ST could be a sneaky play to save a few bucks. In last week’s Thursday night opener, the Falcons, whose defense was dismantled by injuries as the game went along, did a respectable job against the Eagles offense, posting 7 fantasy points. Now, the Bucs will get their shot against Nick Foles and company. As long as Foles is the starting QB, there will be some measure of upside for all the defenses that go up against Philly.
New York Jets ($2,500 DraftKings, $3,700 FanDuel) vs MIA
Don’t look now, but the Jets defense may be on the verge of a return to their glory days. They made the Lions offense look foolish in week 1, coming up with 5 interceptions and 2 TDs. Obviously we shouldn’t expect a performance like that every week, but New York isn’t exactly facing an offensive powerhouse on Sunday. The Dolphins did put up 27 points on the Titans last week, but after their showing on Monday night, the Jets look more up to the task containing Ryan Tannehill and Kenny Stills than Tennessee was.