FanDuel Consensus Rankings Week 2

FanDuel Consensus Rankings

Welcome to Fanduel Value-Play Rankings!

Each week we ask 10 staff members to rank their top players at each Fanduel position. These rankings are based on what our DFS staff believe are the best players at each position with respect to total points they will receive compared to the dollars that they cost. These rankings can be used to help you round out your cash game and GPP lineups, or just provide a guideline for what the Footballguys.com staff believe are the best value-plays to target

If Staffers submitted Comments, they are included below the tables as well. 

Each Staffer was asked to rank 8 QBs, 12 RBs, 12 WRs, 8 TEs, 5 PKs, and 5 Defenses. For the purposes of calculating an average rank, if a player was not ranked by a particular staffer, they received a weight that was 1 point higher than the players they ranked. For example. if only 2 staffers ranked a paricular quarterback, the other 8 staffers were weighted as giving that quarterback a '9' for average calculation purposes. 

QUARTERBACKS

Quarterback Price Matchup Alexander Brimacombe Feery Garda Grant Haseley Hindery Howe Knotts Mamula Average
Eli Manning 8100 NO@NYG 3 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1.5
Cam Newton 9000 SF@CAR 1 2 3 7 2 2 3   2 8 3.9
Trevor Siemian 6400 IND@DEN 2   2   1 4   4 5   5.4
Derek Carr 8300 ATL@OAK   3 6 1 5 6   6   4 5.8
Drew Brees 9200 NO@NYG   5   4 7     2   3 6.6
Matthew Stafford 7800 TEN@DET 5   7   6 5 5 5 7   6.7
Blake Bortles 8100 JAX@SD   4   3 8     3 4   6.7
Josh McCown 6000 BAL@CLE 4         7 2   6   7.3
Carson Palmer 8200 TB@ARI   7         8   3 2 7.4
Marcus Mariota 7500 TEN@DET 6 8 5   4     7     7.5
Jimmy Garoppolo 7100 MIA@NE           3 7   8   8.1
Joe Flacco 7400 BAL@CLE 7     6   8 6       8.1
Matt Ryan 7900 ATL@OAK   6 4         8     8.1
Ryan Fitzpatrick 7100 NYJ@BUF             4       8.5
Jameis Winston 7600 TB@ARI 8                 5 8.5
Aaron Rodgers 8700 GB@MIN       5             8.6
Ben Roethlisberger 8300 CIN@PIT                   6 8.7
Kirk Cousins 7800 DAL@WAS                   7 8.8
Carson Wentz 6900 PHI@CHI       8             8.9
Philip Rivers 7700 JAX@SD     8               8.9

Eli and Cam were the clear top choices this week. Both were ranked very highly by the entire group, despite their high pricetag. This indicates that although they both have a high price tag, they are expected to score a lot of points. This makes sense given that the Giants face the weak passing defense of New Orleans, and the Panthers are a home against the 49ers. The schedule makers were unkind to San Francisco, because Carolina is playing on 3 extra days of rest because they played on Thursday for week 1 and the 49ers are playing on road on a short week after playing on Monday night. If you're looking for cheap QB value this week, Trevor Siemian is playing at home against Indy with an extra three days rest. 

Garda: 

Derek Carr - I didn’t love what I saw out of Atlanta against Jameis Winston and I am really excited about Carr, especially at this price. He’s going to produce and allow you to put money elsewhere in your lineup.

Carson Wentz - Chicago is not good. Wentz is decent and has weapons. He will produce good points, and his price will let you stack somewhere else.

Cam Newton - I love Cam each week but I am leery of the SF defense. Unfortunately, LA was a terrible test for them so we don;t know if they are really good. There are good, cheap options to use here.

Mamula: 

Eli Manning: Can I rank Eli Manning any higher than 1 this week? He is playing vs. one of the worst defenses in the history of the league and is the 9th highest FD QB. YES! YES! YES!

RUNNING BACKS

Running Back Price Matchup Alexander Brimacombe Feery Garda Grant Haseley Hindery Howe Knotts Mamula Average
C.J. Anderson 7800 IND@DEN 3 1 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 1.6
DeAngelo Williams 7600 CIN@PIT 1 4 2 3 1 4 1 1 3 6 2.6
David Johnson 9000 TB@ARI 2 5 4 2 4 2     2 3 5
Lamar Miller 7700 KC@HOU 4 8 6 6 9 5 5 2 4 5 5.4
Spencer Ware 6800 KC@HOU 5 3 8   3 3   4 6 10 6.8
Jeremy Langford 6500 PHI@CHI 8   5   5 7 3 6 7   8
Ezekiel Elliott 7900 DAL@WAS 12 2 12 8 7 9 11 12 5 8 8.6
Rashad Jennings 6300 NO@NYG 6 7 7   11 8 6 8     9.2
Danny Woodhead 6400 JAX@SD 7   3   6   4       9.8
Mark Ingram II 7000 NO@NYG 10 6     12   8     4 10.5
T.J. Yeldon 6500 JAX@SD   12       6     8 2 10.6
Latavius Murray 7100 ATL@OAK   11   5 10       9 7 10.7
LeGarrette Blount 6000 MIA@NE 11 10     8   7       11.4
Ryan Mathews 6300 PHI@CHI 9 9           5     11.4
Frank Gore 5700 IND@DEN     9         7 11   11.8
DeMarco Murray 7400 TEN@DET     10 7           11 11.9
Ameer Abdullah 6700 TEN@DET       4             12.1
Matt Forte 6800 NYJ@BUF       9   12     10   12.2
Adrian Peterson 8200 GB@MIN       11         12 9 12.3
Jonathan Stewart 6700 SF@CAR           11 9       12.4
Terrance West 5400 BAL@CLE               9     12.6
Charles Sims 5600 TB@ARI               10     12.7
Carlos Hyde 6100 SF@CAR             10       12.7
Thomas Rawls 6600 SEA@LA       10             12.7
Arian Foster 7100 MIA@NE           10         12.7
Charcandrick West 5800 KC@HOU               11     12.8
Doug Martin 7100 TB@ARI     11               12.8
Theo Riddick 5900 TEN@DET             12       12.9
Eddie Lacy 7000 GB@MIN       12             12.9
Todd Gurley 8400 SEA@LA                   12 12.9

C.J. Anderson and DeAngelo Williams are the top value backs to have this week. Both had big games last week, and both contributed both rushing and catching the ball. This week the face the Colts and Bengals, both of whom have weaker run defenses. At 7800 and 7600, they are not exactly 'cheap', but they are easier on your salary cap than David Johnson is at 9000. It's likely that Johnson was left off a few value list this week because of his super high price tag. Spencer Ware and Jeremy Langford are cheaper alternatives if you are looking for good value plays at a more reasonable price. Todd Gurley did make the board as Mamula's #12 value pick, but most of the staffers are fading him this week due to him facing a tough Seattle defense. 

Mamula: 

C.J. Anderson: C.J. Anderson is an easy RB1 due to the injury vs. an injury riddles Colts defense.

T.J. Yeldon: Yeldon is still severly underpriced based on the matchup and Ivory probably being out again.

Garda:

DeAngelo Williams - he might not put up the ton of points he did last weekend against Washington, but he’s going to be a great start even against a tougher Cincy team which actually allowed Matt Forte to run on them. 7600 for his production is a steal.

Matt Forte - The one Thursday night guy on the list, Forte almost cracked 100 yards on the ground alone. In Week 17 in 2015, the Jets lost because they missed the flexibility of Bilal Powell - in Forte they get Powell plus. I love his upside at this price.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Wide Receiver Price Matchup Alexander Brimacombe Feery Garda Grant Haseley Hindery Howe Knotts Mamula Average
Odell Beckham Jr Jr. 9400 NO@NYG 1 1 5 1 2 6 4 3 3 1 2.7
Antonio Brown 9200 CIN@PIT 2 7 2 2 1   1 2 1 4 3.5
A.J. Green 8900 CIN@PIT 3 6 1 4 5 1   1 5 9 4.8
Amari Cooper 7900 ATL@OAK 9 2 3 8 3 2   8 6   6.7
Alshon Jeffery 7800 PHI@CHI 5 4   10 4 3 2   8   7.5
Jordan Matthews 6900 PHI@CHI 6 5 8   12     6 2   9.1
Allen Robinson 8200 JAX@SD 7 3   5 9 11     4   9.1
Brandin Cooks 8400 NO@NYG   12 6 3 6     7   8 9.4
Julio Jones 9300 ATL@OAK 4   11 6 8       12 11 10.4
Travis Benjamin 6100 JAX@SD     4     9 11   11 7 10.7
Larry Fitzgerald 7400 TB@ARI 12   10   10 4 6       10.7
Will Fuller V 6200 KC@HOU   10 12   7 8   9     11.1
Mike Evans 8100 TB@ARI       7     8     5 11.1
Michael Crabtree 6200 ATL@OAK 8 9     11 10     9   11.2
Kelvin Benjamin 7500 SF@CAR       9       5 7   11.2
Willie Snead IV 7200 NO@NYG           5   4     11.3
Jarvis Landry 6500 MIA@NE     7     12 5       11.5
Eli Rogers 5500 CIN@PIT             10     2 11.6
Sterling Shepard 6200 NO@NYG             9     6 11.9
Marvin Jones Jr 6500 TEN@DET     9           10 10 12
Michael Floyd 7000 TB@ARI                   3 12
Brandon Marshall 7600 NYJ@BUF             3       12
Emmanuel Sanders 6700 IND@DEN   11       7         12.2
Chris Hogan 4700 MIA@NE             7       12.4
Tajae Sharpe 6000 TEN@DET 10             10     12.4
DeAndre Hopkins 8300 KC@HOU   8                 12.5
Mike Thomas 5000 NO@NYG               11     12.8
Jeremy Maclin 6900 KC@HOU 11                   12.8
Dez Bryant 7700 DAL@WAS       11             12.8
Terrelle Pryor 5700 BAL@CLE               12     12.9
Demaryius Thomas 7000 IND@DEN             12       12.9
Doug Baldwin 7000 SEA@LA                   12 12.9
Julian Edelman 7100 MIA@NE       12             12.9

Big price tags are no problem for the staffers looking for value at WR this week. Odell Beckham Jr Jr and Antonio Brown are two of the most expensive players to have on your rosters this week, but that didn't stop our staff from consider them the top value-based plays at WR this week. Amari Cooper and Alshon Jeffery are also ranked high, but are more reasonably priced at 7900 and 7800 respectively. If you're looking to go a little cheaper at WR this week, consider Jordan Matthews at 6900 on Monday night against the Bears. If you're still looking to save money, our team was pretty warm on Travis Benjamin at 6100, who steps into the void left by Keenan Allen in San Diego. 

Garda: 

I am sinking most of my money in WRs given their production. I give the nod to Beckham against a terrible Saints defense and I like Brandin Cooks a lot because the Saints can only hang here if they attack a questionable secondary of the Giants. 

I really like Amari Cooper and his price against an Atlanta defense I think will be a mess this week and both he and Derek Carr can produce. I put Dez Bryant on the list in the hopes that this week Dak Prescott uses him more. 

Mamula: 

Eli Rogers: Eli Rogers is still min-priced on FD due to the MNF game. He will be a reception monster this season.

TIGHT ENDS

Tight End Price Matchup Alexander Brimacombe Feery Garda Grant Haseley Hindery Howe Knotts Mamula Average
Jordan Reed 7400 DAL@WAS 4   4 3 6 2 1 3 1 1 3.4
Greg Olsen 7600 SF@CAR 2   7 2 1 4 5 2 3 2 3.7
Jesse James 4500 CIN@PIT 8 1 2   8 6     5 3 6
Travis Kelce 6300 KC@HOU 5 7 3 5 3       7 4 6.1
Jason Witten 5900 DAL@WAS     1   2 1     4   6.2
Virgil Green 4600 IND@DEN   2 6     5 3   2   6.3
Delanie Walker 6600 TEN@DET 6   5 6   3 4   8 5 6.4
Antonio Gates 5900 JAX@SD 1 4   8 7   2       6.7
Kyle Rudolph 5000 GB@MIN   3     4 8         7.8
Eric Ebron 5500 TEN@DET   5       7     6 6 7.8
Gary Barnidge 6000 BAL@CLE     8 4     7     7 8
Dwayne Allen 6200 IND@DEN   6   7 5         8 8
Julius Thomas 6400 JAX@SD 7             1     8
Rob Gronkowski 8700 MIA@NE       1             8.2
Brent Celek 4800 PHI@CHI 3                   8.4
Clive Walford 4700 ATL@OAK   8           5     8.5
Jared Cook 5100 GB@MIN               4     8.5
Cameron Brate 4700 TB@ARI               6     8.7
Coby Fleener 5600 NO@NYG             6       8.7
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 5200 TB@ARI               7     8.8
C.J. Uzomah 4500 CIN@PIT             8       8.9
Martellus Bennett 5500 MIA@NE               8     8.9

The Panthers are expected to roll this week against the 49ers, and Greg Olsen will be the key component to their passing game. Jordan Reed is a major part of the Washington offense as well, and he should see plenty of action against the division rival Cowboys. Both of these guys have a pretty high pricetag, but are still considered value-plays by our staffers. The real value though, is in how many people expect Jesse James to have a big week against the Bengals. At 4500, he doesn't need to have a huge game to reach cash game value. Jason Witten was a mixed bag, with several staffers ranking him very and some not ranking him at all. Witten is Dak Prescott's safety blanket and at 5900 price, he is a nice value pick as well. 

Mamula:

Jesse James: Jesse James is still min-priced on FD due to the MNF game. James played every snap last week and is a reliable check down option in the Steelers passing game.

Garda:

If Gronkowski plays, you play him. Ditto Greg Olsen. I like Barnidge as a bounce back option with Josh McCown under center - the two had chemistry last year and 6000 is low for what I think he’ll produce now that they are together again.

KICKERS

Kicker Price Matchup Alexander Brimacombe Feery Garda Grant Haseley Hindery Howe Knotts Mamula Average
Brandon McManus 4700 IND@DEN 5 1 2   1     2   1 3.6
Graham Gano 4900 SF@CAR 1   3   5   2   4 3 4.2
Justin Tucker 4800 BAL@CLE 4     2 3 3 1       4.3
Chandler Catanzaro 4900 TB@ARI 3   1   2   5     4 4.5
Wil Lutz 4500 NO@NYG   2       2   1     4.7
Sebastian Janikowski 4600 ATL@OAK     4     1     1   4.8
Cairo Santos 4800 KC@HOU 2     3 4 4         4.9
Stephen Gostkowski 5200 MIA@NE       1   5       2 5
Mason Crosby 4700 GB@MIN             3 3     5.4
Steve Hauschka 4800 SEA@LA   3   4           5 5.4
Matt Prater 4600 TEN@DET     5 6         2   5.5
Josh Lambo 4500 JAX@SD             4   3   5.5
Dan Bailey 4700 DAL@WAS   4   5             5.7
Mike Nugent 4600 CIN@PIT               4     5.8
Jason Myers 4500 JAX@SD   5                 5.9
Roberto Aguayo 4500 TB@ARI               5     5.9
Matt Bryant 4800 ATL@OAK                 5   5.9

Kicker is a position where people really search for value. It is hard to determine might have a big week, but the Vegas money line is a good indicator. Brandon McManus, Graham Gano and Justin Tucker are all ranked pretty well and are expected to have big games, despite a price tag of less than 5000. Stephen Gostkowski is the only kicker with a price tag above 4900 in these rankings, with most staffers looking to cheaper alternatives. 

TEAM DEFENSES

Defense Price Matchup Alexander Brimacombe Feery Garda Grant Haseley Hindery Howe Knotts Mamula Average
Seattle Seahawks 5200 SEA@LA 2 3 4 1 2 3   2 1 3 2.7
Carolina Panthers 5300 SF@CAR 1 1 5   1 4 5   3 1 3.3
Baltimore Ravens 4500 BAL@CLE   2 2 3 4 2 1   5 2 3.3
New England Patriots 4500 MIA@NE   5 1     1     2 4 4.3
Denver Broncos 4700 IND@DEN 4   3 4 5   3       4.9
Arizona Cardinals 4800 TB@ARI 3 4           4     5.3
Green Bay Packers 4400 GB@MIN               1 4   5.3
Detroit Lions 4400 TEN@DET           5 2       5.5
Pittsburgh Steelers 4600 CIN@PIT 5       3           5.6
Philadelphia Eagles 4800 PHI@CHI       2             5.6
Washington Redskins 4400 DAL@WAS               3     5.7
San Diego Chargers 4000 JAX@SD             4       5.8
Oakland Raiders 4500 ATL@OAK       5             5.9
Jacksonville Jaguars 4300 JAX@SD               5     5.9
Houston Texans 4900 KC@HOU                   5 5.9

The Seahawks are one of the more expensive defenses to have this week, but after the Rams imploded against the 49ers on Monday night, you can see why people expect Seattle to handle them as well. Carolina is a heavy favorite over the 49ers this week, and their defense is expected to have a good game after a long rest. The Ravens and Patriots are cheaper alternatives, with Cleveland and Miami being weaker offenses that should be easy to handle. San Diego is a super cheap alternative, and Hindery thinks that they should have a decent game against the Jaguars this week. 

Good luck this weekend!