The first week of daily fantasy football was a mixed bag. I had some good NFL DFS picks, but value was hard to come by.
All of the top running back values – particularly the chalky ones – failed in week one, while some other chalky value plays like Marvin Jones, Terry McLaurin, and most of the cheap quarterbacks were middling, at best.
It wasn’t my finest hour in handing out daily fantasy football picks, but we did hit on Robby Anderson, Marquise Brown, and the three cheap defenses we suggested weren’t terrible.
I can do better, though, and week two gives me (and everyone else) a chance to do more. With that, here’s a look at my favorite NFL DFS sleepers for week 2.
Quarterback NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 2
Kyler Murray – Cardinals ($6.1k)
Philip Rivers – Colts ($5.9k)
Tyrod Taylor – Chargers ($5.3k)
Is Murray a sleeper in any regard? Not really, but he sure is a value pick. The Arizona star and 2020 NFL MVP candidate went ham on the 49ers in week one, putting up nearly 100 rushing yards and two scores.
Murray has a surprisingly daunting task against a Washington pass rush that harassed Carson Wentz (8 sacks!), but he has too much upside to ignore at this cheap price tag.
Rivers is an aging commodity that is probably on his last leg in the league. While true, he can still be fantasy gold. He proved useful in week one, when he put up 363 passing yards and a touchdown. He could shred a young Vikings secondary that just got worked by Aaron Rodgers.
I’ll go back to the well with Tyrod Taylor, too. He was oddly quiet in a tasty matchup against the Bengals last week, but his lack of production was at least partially due to a lack of necessity.
In a game where the Bolts need to try to put up points (BetOnline has their game vs. Kansas City coming in with a total of 49), I suspect we get a closer look at his ceiling.
Week 2 NFL DFS Running Back Value Picks
Kenyan Drake – Cardinals ($5.9k)
Jonathan Taylor – Colts ($5.7k)
James Robinson – Jaguars ($4.4k)
Drake is too cheap. He showed us his upside countless times last year, and we know what he’s capable of in Arizona’s system. Washington’s defense looked good in week one (and they did a fine job against the run), but Drake just has too big of a role to ignore at this price.
The Colts tried to slowly bleed rookie running back Jonathan Taylor into their offense, but that plan is off the table. Marlon Mack tore his Achilles in week one, thrusting Taylor into the spotlight.
It’s still possible that Nyheim Hines maintains a big role and carves into his upside, but Taylor is the superior talent. Even in a timeshare, Taylor should get plenty of touches and his explosive play gives him considerable upside at this price.
If you want to take a deep dive, consider James Robinson.
He flashed some nice ability in week one, when he carried the ball 16 times for 62 yards. He is the uncontested rusher for Jacksonville at the moment, so if you believe the Jags stay in their week two game with Tennessee, he’s worth a look.
Wide Receiver NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 2
CeeDee Lamb – Cowboys ($4.7k)
Parris Campbell – Colts ($4.5k)
Justin Jefferson – Vikings ($4.4k)
If you were wondering if the Cowboys were going to wait on integrating explosive rookie CeeDee Lamb into their offense, the answer is “no”. Lamb hauled in five of six targets for 59 yards, and his role may only grow from here.
Lamb’s speed makes him a fine GPP dart no matter what, but Dallas is 0-1 and needs to win as they host the Falcons in week two. That’s a mighty fine matchup, seeing as the Falcons gave up 46 fantasy points to wide receivers in week one.
I also am high on Campbell, who is probably too cheap for his huge role (nine targets in week one). He’s also rather explosive, and after seeing what the Packers did to the Vikings last week, stacking him with Philip Rivers is awfully tempting.
On the flip side of that game, I don’t mind the idea of buying into Justin Jefferson. Adam Thielen is among the best week two NFL DFS picks, but Jefferson could crush against a Colts secondary that got torched in week one.
Week 2 NFL DFS Values at Tight End
Tyler Higbee – Rams ($4.7k)
Hayden Hurst – Falcons ($4.5k)
Chris Herndon – Jets ($3.4k)
Tyler Higbee doesn’t have an amazing matchup by the numbers, but he’s too cheap. Gerald Everett is already banged up, and we know what Higbee is capable of after shredding down the stretch last year.
The Eagles were very stingy against tight ends in 2019, but they are a mess right now, and their pass defense as a whole isn’t very scary. They also allowed a Logan Thomas touchdown last week, so all bets are off.
You can also go back to the Hayden Hurst well. He disappointed in a brilliant spot in week one, but he could get more work in the face of another sweet matchup. He’s facing a Dallas defense that just lost stud inside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, after all.
The Cowboys ranked 29th against tight ends in 2019, and I can’t imagine they’ll get a lot better now.
Herndon isn’t a very safe play – and he busted last week – but he still caught six of seven targets. New York is going to be really bad, and I have to think they’ll be throwing a lot as they play from behind against the 49ers this week.
San Francisco is among the safest week two NFL bets, after all.
The matchup is brutal on paper, but targets are a heck of a thing when you get rewarded a point per reception. If you need a little extra salary space, he’s a punt worth considering.
Best Defense Sleepers for Week 2 NFL DFS
Los Angeles Rams ($2.8k)
New York Giants ($2.4k)
Miami Dolphins ($2.1k)
It pays to, well, not pay for your team defense. Not only does paying down at this position save you money for more important positions, but the best defenses – for whatever reason – often fail.
Defense is a bit of a crapshoot, so consider these values. The Rams are head and shoulders above the other defense value picks, of course, as they’re not even $3k despite looking quite stout against a talented Cowboys team last week.
L.A. will give up some yardage and scores, but Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey head a fantasy defense that should get some sacks and turnovers most weeks.
This week they face the Eagles, who coughed up eight sacks against Washington. Yes, please.
The G-Men look slightly better defensively, but I don’t exactly trust them. That said, they are very cheap for a defense that faces Mitch Trubisky. Yes, Trubisky came up big in the clutch last week, but he was horrid for three quarters.
New York has a nice opportunity to rack up some sacks and turnovers, and the downside isn’t that bad when you consider the price. The same goes for Miami, who are almost the bare minimum at DraftKings.
The Dolphins somewhat contained the Patriots in week one, and have a defensive guru in Brian Flores running the show. They could get absolutely worked by the Bills, but let’s not forget that Josh Allen can be pretty reckless.
Miami getting some sacks and a couple of turnovers could be enough to crush this price tag.
There is a good amount of value to be had in daily fantasy football in week two. I see all of the above week two NFL DFS sleepers as valid options, while putting extra emphasis on Murray, Taylor, Campbell, Higbee, and the Rams.
Those are probably my favorite daily fantasy football sleepers for the week, but keep in mind that it’s still early. Injuries and news can shake things up and open up even more value.
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Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.