NFL DFS Sleepers to Target for Week 2 (2021 Season)

| September 17, 2021 4:23 am PDT

The first week of the NFL season is always pretty volatile. Whether you’re betting on the NFL or trying to take down the Milly Maker, it’s easy to see how true this is.

Despite that, I delivered a couple solid value plays in Joe Burrow and Jaylen Waddle.

I aim for a full sweep with my NFL DFS sleepers, of course, so it’s back to the drawing board, I go! Let’s see which value plays stand out for week two, and why you may want to roster them wherever you play daily fantasy football.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Broncos ($5.4k)

Is Bridgewater normally one of the first quarterbacks I run toward when building daily fantasy football lineups? Of course not.

However, there aren’t many cheap fantasy passers I am drawn to in week two, and he gets a bad Jacksonville Jaguars team.

The Jags just gave up 23.6 fantasy points to Tyrod Taylor, so logic suggests Bridgewater has a real shot at a solid game here.

He did lose Jerry Jeudy to an injury, but this is a price + matchup play. Bridgewater himself has a solid 20.5 fantasy points against a far scarier Giants defense last week, too.

Believe it or not, Bridgewater could smash in this spot.

Elijah Mitchell, RB, 49ers ($5k)

Welcome to Elijah Mitchell chalk week.

I am all for considering a pivot here. Whether you just get cute and roll with one of his teammates like Trey Sermon, or you use Mark Ingram or Chase Edmunds at a similar price – fading Mitchell could be a fine move.

The problem is, he is in a run-heavy system and he crushed last week.

Mitchell clearly has some ability, and even if he’s not the 49ers running back, he’s probably going to get another crack at the majority of the touches.

I’m sure he garners a good amount of ownership at this price – and Philly historically has a strong run defense – but it’s hard to ignore his potential upside given the system he’s in and role he may have.

Cedrick Wilson, WR, Cowboys ($3.1k)

Okay, from probably pretty chalky, we go to, well, surely quite contrarian.

If CeeDee Lamb or Amari Cooper were also injured, Wilson would be a no-brainer, but he has faint fantasy value due to the absence of Michael Gallup.

That still isn’t nothing, of course, seeing as like Gallup, Wilson is a big-play threat. Dallas is also facing a talented Chargers defense that will look to take out at least one of the top Cowboys receivers, so opportunity knocks here.

Wilson is super risky. But he’s also basically the bare minimum at DraftKings, and he’d only need one big play to pay off his salary.

He gets me killer salary relief in a week where the previously soft wide receiver price tags are climbing, and he slides into a sometimes significant role in a pass-happy Dallas offense.

All of that sounds amazing to me in the main slate hammer game. Oh, and that game offers a disgusting 55 total at BetUS.

Pharaoh Brown, TE, Texans ($2.9k)

I will likely be playing a lot of Darren Waller and Kyle Pitts this week, but tight end is extremely top-heavy by nature, so if you can get away with a punt, it’s smart to try.

Rostering Brown doesn’t come without risk, but here are three things you need to consider.

  • Cleveland struggles to defend TEs
  • Houston will be playing from behind
  • He has been vocal about being motivated

Brown popped up last week with 10.7 fantasy points, so provided he can get past some nagging injuries, he feels like a solid punt at the position.

The Browns are not very good against tight ends, after all. Obviously getting smoked by Travis Kelce last week brings no shame on Ohio, but they still gave up a 73-745-8 line to tight ends in 2020.

More importantly, though, the Browns are big favorites in this game. Houston will almost surely be playing from behind, which means added chances for Brown and their other offensive weapons to do some damage.

Don’t take it from me that Brown would be a good play, though. The Cleveland native wants nothing more than to shut up his family of Browns backers this week.

“Mentally, I think I’m in the same place [as last year]. I want to go out there and I want to dominate them guys.”

Narratives can often be key in DFS, particularly when they align with opportunity, matchups, and game flow.

Brown isn’t some amazing talent or smash play, but he’s dirt cheap, in a better spot than many will recognize, and he’s going to be motivated.

Miami Dolphins Defense ($2.5k)

The Buffalo Bills could easily be out for blood in week two. They’re staring an 0-2 start in the face, and they’d obviously be in trouble if they lost to their 1-0 division rivals.

The tide could be turning in the AFC East, however.

Miami has a very strong defense that gave people fits last year. They picked up right where they left off, too, recovering two fumbles and registering a sack while holding the Patriots to 16 points in week one.

More sacks and turnovers will come, and after seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers slow Buffalo down, there is definitely hope for the Fins to do something similar.

It’s not without risk, but anytime you get a quality defense at a price like this, you need to consider the savings.

Daily Fantasy Football Advice for Week 2

The best piece of advice I can give no matter the week is to trust your gut. I think going into each week with a cemented core of players you love makes a lot of sense.

If those guys deliver and the ancillary pieces around them hit (provided you play numerous NFL DFS lineups), you can have a profitable week.

Contest selection is also key. We all want to win all the money, but sometimes max entering a smaller GPP or sending a bullet into a single entry tourney just makes too much sense.

On top of that, let the best NFL betting sites do some of the work for you. Game totals and point spreads don’t tell the whole story, but they should at least nudge you in the right direction.

Ideally, my week two NFL DFS sleepers can give you some salary relief, and maybe even help you build the perfect roster. For the other side of the coin, check out my top NFL DFS picks for week two, as well.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at 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.

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