DraftKings Consensus Rankings Week 2

An overview of collaborative rankings that lists the top value-based picks of the week selected by various staff members

Ten members of the Footballguys DraftKings staff compiled value-based rankings for Week 2 of the NFL season. Those results are shown below with the highest ranking at the top. Each position is ranked as follows: (A dash indicates that player was not ranked). 

Quarterback - Top 6
Running Back - Top 12
Wide Receiver - Top 12
Tight End - Top 8
Defense - Top 5 

To determine the average ranking, any player not ranked received a value of the lowest rank for that position, plus 1 (LR+1). For example, the Top 6 quarterbacks are ranked by each staff member. If one staff member did not rank a particular quarterback, but others did, the ranking for that quarterback is 6+1 or 7. Instead of displaying a 7 in the table, a dash was used to show that player was not ranked, after average rank was obtained. 

The value-based, collaborative results provide a window into which players are the best options for this week's slate of games. I'll explain why certain players are ranked as they are and also provide additional commentary volunteered by various staff members.

 

QUARTERBACK

Quarterback Matchup Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Eli Manning NYG vs NO 7600 1 4 2 6 1 5 - 1 1 2 3.0
Cam Newton CAR vs SF 7900 2 - 1 1 3 3 1 - 5 3 3.3
Trevor Siemian DEN vs IND 5200 4 1 0 - - 1 2 6 - 1 3.5
Jimmy Garoppolo NE vs MIA 5900 3 3 - 3 - 6 - - - 4 5.5
Drew Brees NO at NYG 8200 5 - 6 - 2 - - 2 6 - 5.6
Marcus Mariota TEN at DET 6000 6 - 3 2 - - 4 - - - 5.7
Carson Palmer ARI vs TB 6900 - - - 5 - 2 6 - 2 - 5.7
Derek Carr OAK vs ATL 7200 - - 4 - - 4 - 5 4 5 5.7
Blake Bortles JAC at SD 6700 - - 5 - 4 - - 3 - - 6.1
Jameis Winston TB at ARI 6200 - - - - - - 5 - 3 - 6.4
Joe Flacco BAL vs CLE 6500 - 2 - - - - - - - - 6.5
Matthew Stafford DET vs TEN 7300 - - - - 5 - - 4 - - 6.5
Josh McCown CLE vs BAL 5000 - - - - - - 3 - - - 6.6
Philip Rivers SD vs JAC 6400 - - - 4 - - - - - - 6.7
Carson Wentz PHI at CHI 5500 - 5 - - - - - - - - 6.8
Matt Ryan ATL at OAK 6800 - - - - 6 - - - - - 6.9
Andy Dalton CIN at PIT 6400 - - - - - - - - - 6 6.9
Brock Osweiler HOU vs KC 6100 - 6 - - - - - - - - 6.9

The consensus rankings show Eli Manning as the top ranked value play. The angle here suggests that the staff believes we'll see a high scoring game, especially against the Saints defense who allowed 35 points to Oakland last week. New Orleans is also dealing with a crushing blow to the best player in their secondary, CB Delvin Breaux, who broke his fibula and will miss considerable time. The last time these two teams faced was Week 8, 2015 in New Orleans. The Saints won 52-49, but the big story was the combined total of 13 touchdown passes in the game (6 by Eli Manning and 7 by Drew Brees). Neither team could stop the other and the end result was a game highlighted with big plays and high yardage. Brees threw for over 500 yards, while Manning added 350 yards on his own. 

Eli Manning's price tag of $7,600 vs Drew Brees' price of $8,200 is enough to catapult his value-based rank to the top. The presence of Odell Beckham Jr and the fact that this is a home game for the Giants has people convinced that Manning is the better value choice this week. 

Looking further, Cam Newton is second on the list with a decent matchup against the 49ers in Carolina's home opener. Carolina looked promising on offense on the road against a stout Denver defense. If Carolina can put 20 points on the board in a tough environment against one of the best defenses in the league, one has to believe they will improve on that, at home against a 49ers team that allowed 387 points last year (24 per game). On the other hand, San Francisco shut out the hapless LA Rams in Week 1. How much of that was San Francisco's defense as opposed to the Rams poor attempt on offense? We'll find that out this week for sure, but I tend to believe it was a combination of the two. Could Cam Newton score the most points this week?  It's possible, but the value on Manning may be too good to pass up. 

Trevor Siemian, Jimmy Garoppolo and later in the ranks, Carson Wentz, provide some interesting value at a much lower price. Siemian was better than advertised against Carolina in Week 1 and now he has a juicy matchup against the Colts, who like the Saints, are a team to exploit. Jimmy Garoppolo orchestrated a big road win for the Patriots against Arizona and he did it without some key members of the offensive line, not to mention the biggest loss, Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots host Miami this week, but the key word there is "host". A home game and Garoppolo's ability to move the ball well may be enough to consider him as a low priced option at $500 more than Siemian, but arguably in a better offense. 

Josh McCown at $5,000 is an intriguing player, but the matchup against the Ravens isn't a great one. Baltimore held the Bills in check in Week 1 and we don't have enough clarity to know if it was mostly the Ravens playing well on defense or whether the Bills offense is weaker than we anticipated. The Bills reached 30 on the scoreboard against the Jets on Thursday night, so perhaps maybe the Ravens defense is legit. Another week of results and observation will help paint this picture. 
 

JAMES BRIMACOMBE

  • If there was ever a week to stack a QB/WR this would be it with Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr Jr. The price is sky high on both of them but this looks to be the best matchup of the season for Manning and Beckham Jr.

CHRIS FEERY

  • While there’s plenty of cheaper options available at quarterback, few provide the upside that Manning does with a game against the Saints on the docket.

Devin Knotts

JASON WOOD

  • Trevor Siemian - Siemian is no world beater, but the near minimum salary combined with a decimated Colts secondary makes him intriguing

  • Joe Flacco - Cleveland is on a fast train to the worst record in football, and Flacco should be set up for 2+ TDs in this matchup

  • Jimmy Garoppolo - A home game against Miami bodes well for value at his price

  • Eli Manning - Higher priced but arguably the top QB on the slate this week playing at home against a horrendous Saints defense

  • Carson Wentz - The rookie passed his first test against Cleveland and Chicago's defense isn't much better

  • Brock Osweiler - The Chiefs defense is not the same without Houston, this could be fortuitous for the young starter
    Spencer Ware - Ware will be one of the chalk plays this week after last week's dominant performance

Will Grant

  • I like Denver with the long rest this week. Siemian is priced right to reach value. Newton is more expensive, but I like him for the same reason. I think he scores a lot more points, but you have to pay up to get him.
     

Running Back

Running Back Matchup Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
C.J. Anderson DEN vs IND 6800 1 10 1 7 4 3 5 5 1 1 3.8
David Johnson ARI vs TB 7600 3 5 5 - 1 6 6 3 5 7 5.4
DeAngelo Williams PIT vs CIN 7100 2 3 - 8 3 2 9 2 8 4 5.4
Danny Woodhead SD vs JAC 5200 5 2 2 2 - 4 4 - 12 2 5.9
Spencer Ware KC at HOU 6100 10 1 12 - 6 8 - 1 11 6 8.1
Jeremy Langford CHI vs PHI 4600 6 9 - 1 - 1 - - - 3 8.5
T.J. Yeldon JAC at SD 4700 11 - 3 4 10 12 - - 2 5 8.6
Lamar Miller HOU vs KC 7200 4 - - - 5 9 10 4 6 9 8.6
Theo Riddick DET vs TEN 4300 - - - 3 - - 1 6 10 12 9.7
Mark Ingram II NO at NYG 6200 9 - 6 - 7 - 12 7 4 - 9.7
LeGarrette Blount NE vs MIA 4000 - 7 7 5 - 10 8 - - - 10.2
Ezekiel Elliott DAL at WAS 7300 - - 4 - 2 - - - 7 - 10.4
Terrance West BAL vs CLE 3300 - 6 - 9 - 11 3 - - 11 10.5
Shane Vereen NYG vs NO 3800 7 - - - - 7 2 - - - 10.7
Rashad Jennings NYG vs NO 5600 - 8 10 - - - 11 - 3 - 11
Ameer Abdullah DET vs TEN 4900 - 4 - - - 5 - - - 10 11
DeMarco Murray TEN at DET 5700 12 - - - - - 7 - - 7 11.7
Arian Foster MIA at NE 6000 8 - - - 9 - - - - - 12.1
Giovani Bernard CIN at PIT 4200 - 11 11 11 - - - 11 - - 12.2
James White NE vs MIA 4000 - - - 6 - - - - - - 12.3
Christine Michael SEA at LA 4600 - - - - - - - 8 - - 12.5
Adrian Peterson MIN vs GB 7000 - - - - 8 - - - - - 12.5
Chris Thompson WAS vs DAL 3700 - - 8 - - - - - - - 12.5
Latavius Murray OAK vs ATL 5700 - - - - 12 - - - 9 - 12.5
Travaris Cadet NO at NYG 3000 - - - - - - - 9 - - 12.6
Jeremy Hill CIN at PIT 4300 - - 9 - - - - - - - 12.6
Tevin Coleman ATL at OAK 4500 - - - - - - - 10 - - 12.7
Jonathan Stewart CAR vs SF 5400 - - - 10 - - - - - - 12.7
Eddie Lacy GB at MIN 6000 - - - - 11 - - - - - 12.8
Charles Sims TB at ARI 4400 - - - - - - - 12 - - 12.9
Duke Johnson Jr CLE vs BAL 4500 - 12 - - - - - - - - 12.9
Carlos Hyde SF at CAR 5100 - - - 12 - - - - - - 12.9

C.J. Anderson, David Johnson and DeAngelo Williams make up the Top 3 rankings and this seems correct. All three showed well in Week 1 and all three have decent, if not plus matchups this week.

Danny Woodhead had a great game last week in what was expected to be a non-Woodhead game. The book on Woodhead is to expect a decent, if not strong game, if San Diego can score over 20 points. This week's matchup vs. Jacksonville looks favorable, but there's also concerns about the Chargers offense without Keenan Allen. We'll know more this week as we gain more clarity, but for now, the price is good for what looks like a decent value in return. 

Jeremy Langford appears to be one of the better bargains this week, due to his lower price and expected usage in the Bears offense. Langford had 17 carries for 57 yards in Week 1 against Houston. The results aren't necessarily the best, but the volume of carries is what has people excited. At $4,600, Langford has the highest value for all running backs based on price and projections this week. He may not have a super box score, but according to his price and his expected totals, he ranks highest from a value stand point. The rankings back this up (Langford was ranked 6th among the staff), but for the highest value, there seems to be some hesitation. It could be uncertainites surrounding the Bears offense in general. I would lean more toward Langford in a GPP as opposed to a cash lineup. 

James Brimacombe

  • Looking at game scripts alone it is going to be hard to avoid playing CJ Anderson and Danny Woodhead at running back this week as they should be major players in their team’s offensive game plans. The price is right on both also as you get Anderson at 6800 which is a nice discount from some of the higher priced options at RB. Woodhead is even cheaper at just $5,200 and with no clear cut receiving option now in San Diego, he looks to be a guy that will see 10+ targets. 
  • C.J. Anderson looks like a steal at a sub-7k price with the way he played in Week 1. Tremendous value to be had if he delivers a similar performance against the Colts.

Devin Knotts

  • Mark Ingram II - Mark Ingram II only had 12 carries last week, expect more this week as he wasn't happy with his usage in what should be a high scoring game

  • Ameer Abdullah - He shined in the passing game last week, as the Lions look to use him in many situations this week

Phil Alexander

  • Theo Riddick played on 38% of the Lions snaps last week, but still handled an identical 38% of their backfield workload, which tells me when Riddick is on the field, the Lions will look to get him the ball in the short passing game. On a full PPR site, Riddick should reach double digit scoring easily on catches and yards alone. With the Lions implied total sitting at a healthy 26.5, I like his chances at a third touchdown in two weeks. He’s the easiest way to a 4x salary multiple this week.

Jason Wood

  • Danny Woodhead - Woodhead could be the biggest beneficiary of Keenan Allen's injury

  • DeAngelo Williams is a elite play for the first month of the season, regardless of matchup

  • Ameer Abdullah - Love Abdullah at this price, he looked explosive in Week One

  • David Johnson - This game reads like a shoot out, and Johnson is fairly priced for a guy that could lead the position in points

  • Terrence West - I'm not wild about West as a player but the crazy low cost and the crazy bad opponent entice

  • LeGarrette Blount - The Patriots are unpredictable when it comes to RB roles, otherwise Blount would rank higher

  • Rashad Jennings - Jennings is the lead dog going against arguably the worst defense in the NFL

  • JeremyLangford - I'm not a Langford fan but his role is undeniable and the price is low enough to create value even against a tough front 7

  • C.J. Anderson - All Broncos are in play this week against the Colts, and Anderson can attack the secondary as a receiver

  • Giovani Bernard - Bernard is hit or miss, but the Steelers defense is soft and Bernard could rack up a handful of receptions

  • Duke Johnson Jr - Josh McCown should be more apt to dump off passes to Johnson than Griffin would have been

Will Grant

  • Langford gets the top spot because he plays on Monday, but his cost is pretty cheap so I’m not sure how much that buys you. He’s going to get good volume. Vereen and West are interesting options if you’re looking to go cheap on the RB side


Wide Receiver

Wide Receiver Matchup Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Will Fuller V HOU vs KC 4200 1 2 1 9 - 4 5 4 2 3 4.4
Travis Benjamin SD vs JAC 4400 2 1 - 1 - 1 3 - - 2 6.2
Antonio Brown PIT vs CIN 9900 - - 9 3 1 8 10 2 3 5 6.7
A.J. Green CIN at PIT 8900 3 6 10 - 3 - - 1 5 1 6.8
Tajae Sharpe TEN at DET 4100 4 - 5 5 - 2 2 5 - 6 6.8
Odell Beckham Jr NYG vs NO 9500 - 12 8 6 2 7 - 3 1 4 6.9
Tyrell Williams SD vs JAC 3700 10 8 - 2 - 3 - - - 7 9.5
Willie Snead IV NO at NYG 5800 6 - - 10 - 6 - 4 - 11 10.2
Eli Rogers PIT vs CIN 4100 - 7 - 4 - - 7 - 12 - 10.8
Jarvis Landry MIA at NE 6400 7 4 - - - 11 11 - - 10 10.8
Amari Cooper OAK vs ATL 7600 8 - 6 - 10 - - - 7 12 10.8
Jeremy Kerley SF at CAR 3000 12 - - - - 10 1 - - 8 10.9
Brandin Cooks NO at NYG 8000 - - - - 9 - - 7 4 - 11.1
Marvin Jones Jr DET vs TEN 5500 5 5 - - - - - - - - 11.4
Allen Robinson JAC at SD 7800 - - 7 - 7 - - 9 - - 11.4
Steve Smith Sr BAL vs CLE 4300 - - - 7 - 9 12 - - 9 11.5
Julio Jones ATL at OAK 9200 - - - - 4 - - - 8 - 11.6
Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs TB 6400 11 - - 8 12 - 8 12 - - 11.6
Jordan Matthews PHI at CHI 6900 9 9 - - - - - 8 - - 11.7
Michael Crabtree OAK vs ATL 6100 - - 2 - - - - - - - 11.9
Chris Hogan NE vs MIA 3500 - 11 - - - - 4 - - - 11.9
Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs IND 6000 - - 3 - - - - - - - 12
Mike Wallace BAL vs CLE 4700 - 3 - - - - - - - - 12
Michael Floyd ARI vs TB 5900 - 10 - - - - - - 6 - 12
Allen Hurns JAC at SD 5400 - - 4 - - - - - - - 12.1
Terrelle Pryor CLE vs BAL 3500 - - - 11 - - 6 - - - 12.1
Cole Beasley DAL at WAS 3200 - - - - - 5 - - - - 12.2
DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs KC 8700 - - - - 5 - - - - - 12.2
Stefon Diggs MIN vs GB 5100 - - 12 - - - 9 10 - - 12.2
Dez Bryant DAL at WAS 8400 - - - - 6 - - - - - 12.3
Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs SF 6500 - - - - 8 - - - - - 12.5
Sterling Shepard NYG vs NO 5200 - - - - - - - - 9 - 12.6
Mike Evans TB at ARI 7200 - - - - - - - - 10 - 12.7
Jordy Nelson GB at MIN 7500 - - - - 11 - - - - - 12.8
Mohamed Sanu ATL at OAK 5500 - - - - - - - 11 - - 12.8
Doug Baldwin SEA at LA 6600 - - - - - - - - 11 - 12.8
Julian Edelman NE vs MIA 6200 - - 11 - - - - - - - 12.8
Jamison Crowder WAS vs DAL 3600 - - - - - 12 - - - - 12.9
Michael Thomas NO at NYG 4000 - - - 12 - - - - - - 12.9

Will Fuller V is the Top ranked value play at wide receiver this week. His price tag of $4,200 has people salivating at the thought of another strong game. He scored twice in the preseason and once last week to begin the regular season. He's quickly becoming a receiver quarterback Brock Osweiler can trust. Remember, Osweiler did not have DeAndre Hopkins last year, so he doesn't specifically have an allegiance to him. Should Hopkins ultimately be his favorite target this season? That seems like a resounding yes, but we could also see a decent share of targets going to Fuller. Fuller was the fifth rookie since 2000 to have over 100 yards receiving in Week 1. Until he shows us that he can't be relied upon, people are going to lean on him, especially while his price is low. Contrary to Jeremy Langford, Fuller (also the top value play at his position, according to projections vs. price), ranks at the top. This suggests a much greater trust from the consensus. 

Travis Benjamin, who ranks 2nd is also someone who people tend to trust this week. The Chargers will have to turn to someone now that Keenan Allen is on the shelf. Benjamin is the frontrunner to be the main target for Philip Rivers. His price of $4,400 is a bargain considering how much he may be utilized. 

Antonio Brown, A.J. Green and Odell Beckham Jr with Tajae Sharpe mixed in, make up the rest of the Top 6. People feel comfortable spending up to roster Brown, Green or Beckham, as they should. All three have plus matchups and are capable of tripling their price in points. If Will Fuller V didn't have a big game last week, we'd all be talking about how impressive Tajae Sharpe is. He's Will Fuller V-lite at this point, but that could change quickly with another solid outing. Sharpe is the default WR1 on Tennessee, whereas Fuller has Hopkins ahead of him on the depth chart. There's a degree of rising potential with Sharpe, whereas Fuller may have shown us a fairly high point last week. That's not to say Fuller isn't capable of more, but right now, I wouldn't be surprised to see Sharpe join his level. 

Willie Snead IV had a big Week 1 and has a plus matchup this week against the Giants. For the price, I'm surprised he's not ranked higher, but in the same breath, people may be unwilling to commit until they see him put forth a second consecutive week of solid numbers. Tyrell Williams, who is one slot above Snead, is a much cheaper price who needs only 11-12 points to reach triple his price. Williams, by many is believed to be the receiver to see the most deep threat activity for the Chargers in Keenan Allen's absence. At $3,700, five catches for 70 yards would be enough to maximize value. 


James Brimacombe

  • Will Fuller V at only $4,200 seems like a steal as he clearly showed that he belongs as a week to week player to target. Fuller saw 11 targets for a 5/107/1 statline in his first NFL game. Play with confidence at that price and load up on studs elsewhere.

  • A.J. Green carries a healthy price tag, but he should receive more than enough opportunities to return value against the Steelers.

Devin Knotts

  • Kelvin Benjamin - 12 targets in Benjamin's return to the Panthers offense, should play a major role in an easier matchup this week.

  • Tajae Sharpe - Underpriced wide receiver who saw 11 targets last week

Jason Wood

  • Travis Benjamin - Benjamin was more of a possession receiver in Week One, but I see him exploding this week with K. Allen on IR

  • Will Fuller V - The rookie balled out in Week One, expect more of the same in Week Two

  • Mike Wallace - Flacco is going to hook up with Wallace for a long score this week, mark my words

  • Jarvis Landry - The Dolphins offense will be much better than we saw in Week One, and it starts this week

  • Marvin Jones Jr - Jones and Stafford appear to be legitimate

  • A.J. Green - Green looks like he belongs in the elite tier with Beckham, Brown and Jones. Yet he costs $1,000 less.

  • Eli Rogers - Is Rogers for real? At this price, it's worth putting him into some lineups to find out

  • Tyrell Williams - I like Williams, but not quite as much as Benjamin for just a few $100 more

  • Jordan Matthews - Rumors of Matthews' demise were greatly exaggerated

  • Michael Floyd - Most DFS owners will be on Fitzgerald, but Floyd is just as likely to be the stud in a given week and is a few $100 cheaper

  • Chris Hogan - Hogan showed what he's capable of in Week One. He'll be inconsistent but at $3,500 is an enticing GPP option

  • Odell Beckham Jr - If you're paying up for receiver, Beckham has the juiciest matchup of the week

Will Grant

  • Kelvin Benjamin looks like a great pick this week. Fuller and Beasley will get plenty of opportunities. Don’t discount OBJ and Brown because of their higher prices. They will have good games this week too


Tight End

Tight End Matchup Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Greg Olsen CAR vs SF 5600 3 6 5 3 1 3 3 1 1 8 3.4
Virgil Green DEN vs IND 2800 1 2 1 4 - 5 2 3 - 1 3.7
Delanie Walker TEN at DET 4500 8 - 7 1 2 8 - - 6 3 6.2
Eric Ebron DET vs TEN 3500 - 3 3 2 6 - 5 - - - 6.4
Kyle Rudolph MIN vs GB 3100 - 4 2 - - 1 - - - 6 6.7
Gary Barnidge CLE vs BAL 4000 4 1 - - 5 - - - 7 5 6.7
Travis Kelce KC at HOU 5000 6 - 4 - 4 6 - - 4 7 6.7
Jason Witten DAL at WAS 4300 2 - - - 8 2 - - - 2 6.8
Julius Thomas JAC at SD 4400 - - - - - 7 6 2 3 - 7.2
Jesse James PIT vs CIN 3400 5 - - - - - 8 - 2 4 7.3
Antonio Gates SD vs JAC 4500 - - 6 5 7 - 1 - - - 7.3
Jordan Reed WAS vs DAL 6800 - - - - - - - 6 5 - 8.3
Rob Gronkowski NE vs MIA 6900 - - - - 3 - - - - - 8.4
Clive Walford OAK vs ATL 2900 - 5 - - - - - 7 - - 8.4
Dwayne Allen IND at DEN 3600 7 - 8 - - - 7 - 8 - 8.4
Jared Cook GB at MIN 3000 - - - - - - - 4 - - 8.5
Vance McDonald SF at CAR 3000 - - - - - - 4 - - - 8.5
Jacob Tamme ATL at OAK 2900 - - - - - 4 - - - - 8.5
Jack Doyle IND at DEN 2500 - - - - - - - 5 - - 8.6
Dennis Pitta BAL vs CLE 2800 - - - 6 - - - - - - 8.7
Brent Celek PHI at CHI 2600 - - - 7 - - - - - - 8.8
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB at ARI 2900 - - - - - - - 8 - - 8.9
C.J. Uzomah CIN at PIT 2600 - - - 8 - - - - - - 8.9

Greg Olsen narrowly edged out Virgil Green in tight end value rankings this week. The consensus is more apt to lean on a proven veteran, at home, with a decent matchup over a lower priced flier with a great matchup. Green's price of $2,800 is hard to pass up, especially when the alternative is double the price at $5,600 for Olsen. Perhaps Olsen is a better play for cash games, while Green is more of a GPP play, but the money saved picking Green may make more sense for those looking to maximize their cash game lineup. The decision to play Green frees up $2800 to spend elsewhere, which can make all the difference if Green hits against a soft Colts pass defense. There's not a lot of good options at tight end this week, especially with the injury to Rob Gronkowski and the uncertainty in his replacement, Martellus Bennett. Delanie Walker and Eric Ebron rank 3rd and 4th in value ranking and both are capable of a big game. The likelihood of such isn't as well-known.

One player who didn't see a higher ranking who could absolutely shine this week is Gary Barnidge. The price point of $4,000 is relatively low, but he had zeroes across the board last week, which is probably why people are shying away. Barnidge was the 4th ranked fantasy tight end last year with Josh McCown under center for a large part of the year. McCown should utilize Barnidge, like he did in 2015. We should definitely see a rise in production this week, which has me thinking he is someone to consider if you want to spend low at tight end. 
 

James Brimacombe

  • Delanie Walker is one of the more expensive tight ends this week, but he has to be licking his chops to face off against a Lions team that surrendered a boatload of points to tight ends in Week 1.

Devin Knotts

  • Gary Barnidge - McCown's number one target last year, expect a big game in his return

Jason Wood

  • Gary Barnidge - Call it a hunch but I see Barnidge roaring back from a two drop Week One

  • Virgil Green - Start your Broncos

  • Eric Ebron - Happy to see Ebron on the field in Week One, the bull case is back in play

  • Kyle Rudolph - The price is right, but the quarterback situation keeps him from being a top play

  • Clive Walford - The Raiders have the makings of a dynamic offense and Walford is going to have a handful of big weeks

  • Greg Olsen - It's hard to pay that premium price, but Olsen is worth it as Panthers look to avoid an 0-2 start

  • Jacob Tamme - I can't pretend to be excited by Tamme as a player but the price makes him a viable DFS punt option

  • Julius Thomas - If for some reason you have extra salary to spend at tight end, Thomas is a compelling mid-priced alternative


Defense/ST

Defense Matchup Price Haseley Wood Brimacombe Hindery Knotts Grant Alexander Howe Mamula Feery Avg
Baltimore BAL vs CLE 3000 2 1 2 1 4 1 - - 1 2 2.6
Seattle SEA at LA 3800 4 3 3 - 1 4 2 2 3 3 3.1
Carolina CAR vs SF 3900 3 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 4 3.7
New England NE vs MIA 3000 1 - - - 5 2 - - 4 1 4.3
Green Bay GB at MIN 3200 - - - - 3 - - 1 - - 5.2
Arizona ARI vs TB 3500 - - 4 - - - 3 4 - - 5.3
Denver DEN vs IND 3600 - - - 2 - - 4 - - - 5.4
NY Jets NYJ at BUF 3300 - 2 - - - - - - - - 5.6
Detroit DET vs TEN 2800 5 - - 3 - - - - - - 5.6
Washington WAS vs DAL 2800 - - - - - - - 3 - - 5.7
San Diego SD vs JAC 2500 - - - - - 3 - - - - 5.7
Oakland OAK vs ATL 2700 - 5 - 4 - - - - - - 5.7
Jacksonville JAC at SD 2300 - - 5 - - 5 - 5 - - 5.7
Chicago CHI vs PHI 2900 - - - - - - - - - 5 5.9
Houston HOU vs KC 3400 - - - - - - - - 5 - 5.9
NY Giants NYG vs NO 2600 - - - 5 - - - - - - 5.9
Pittsburgh PIT vs CIN 2900 - - - - - - 5 - - - 5.9

Baltimore, Seattle, Carolina and New England are the top 4 defenses based on value rankings. The interactive value chart has them ranked New England, Baltimore, San Diego, Jacksonville and Detroit. In my opinion, New England is the team that stands out the most. At $3,000, the value is strong and could pay dividends. Seattle and Carolina are good plays, but they are $800 and $900 more in price. Seattle is on the road, but they have a great matchup against a Rams team that is playing their first game in Los Angeles. It's a home game from the crowd perspective, but everything else may feel like a road game until they get used to their field, stadium and surroundings. The whole year could be a state of flux for the Rams. We've already seen a disaster in Week 1 against a 49ers team that they were favored to win. They will not be favored against Seattle at all. If you're looking to spend up on defense and secure those points, Seattle and Carolina are two team's I'd look at. It's hard to pass up New England at $3,000, which ultimately may be the best play of the week on defense. 
 

James Brimcombe

  • With a home date against a team making a cross country trek after a tough loss, the Patriots look like the week’s top value play at Defense.

Jason Wood

  • Baltimore - Cheap price versus an awful offense

  • NY Jets - If Sammy Watkins is out, the Jets are almost a must play

  • Seattle - Seattle is expensive, but with good reason. The Rams just lost 28-0 TO THE 49ers!

  • Oakland - Raiders defense wasn't dominant in Week One, but the talent is there and the Falcons have holes

  • Detroit - The Titans offense was held in check in Week One, so play the hot streak with Detroit until the Titans disprove the doubters

 

Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to haseley@footballguys.com


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