Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 2

Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 2

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Daily Sleepers and Value Plays: Week 2


One of the most frustrating parts of DFS is not being able to fit all of your star players under the designated salary. Each week The Huddle will look at several value picks and sleepers at each position that could help you free up some valuable cap space for the studs you want to play. ”#1’s % of Cap” refers to the most expensive player at that position.


Cost Cap Percent #1’s Cap Percent
FanDuel $6000 10% 15.3%
DraftKings $5200 10.4% 16.4%

Right now Drew Brees will cost you over 15% of your roster; I know that Trevor Siemian leading any fantasy squad sounds like a joke, but saving 5% could be exactly what you need to field the team you want this week. Especially with the huge inflation of WR prices after Week 1. Indy’s defense looked awful last week against the Lions. Stafford is now slouch of a QB, but the Broncos easily have a better receiver corps and run game. Siemian will be tasked with simply controlling the clock using intermediate passing routes and screen plays, but we’ve seen enough of the Colts’ defense to know that it’s not a stretch for one of his big play receivers to break a few tackles and get in the endzone. The Huddle is predicting 230 passing, 2 TDs and 1 INT this week.


Cost Cap Percent #1’s Cap Percent
FanDuel $6800 11.3% 15.3%
DraftKings $5700 11.4% 16.4%

Cutler sits a little closer to the $7000/$6000 mark in FanDuel and DraftKings respectively, but that 4% savings gets you a proven wide receiver who has two scary deep threats in Jeffery and White. If you aren’t quite ready to roll the dice on Siemian, then cough up a little more change and put Cutler at the helm. Last week he threw for 216 and a TD, but this week we’re expecting another 40 yards and an additional touchdown out of him. Philly’s defense looked mediocre against the underwhelming Browns’ offense, but even RGIII was able to hang an easy 190 on them. Imagine what a real offense could do!

Other Quarterback Considerations

Josh McCown is back. The Browns’ QB checks-in at about the same price as Siemian in both DFS formats, but unlike Siemian, McCown has proven he knows how to toss the rock down the field. He isn’t a headliner because we have yet to see how he will do in Hue Jackson’s offense, but if it was anything like last season (2000 yards, 12 TDs, 4 INTs in 8 games) he could be a very sneaky play at QB. Oh, and did we mention that he threw for 450 and 2 TDs, and ran in a third TD IN Baltimore last season?


Cost Cap Percent #1’s Cap Percent
FanDuel $6500 10.8% 15%
DraftKings $4600 9.2% 15.2%

I try to avoid stacking too many players from one roster in our value picks, but there are a few teams this week that are undervalued and sitting in “buy low” territory. It was uncertain how the Bears would use Langford after Forte’s departure, but last week he had 95% of the teams carries, rushing the ball 17 times for 57 yards and a TD, AND the Bears were down for a decent portion of his production. This week he takes on a Philadelphia team that gave up decent yardage to the Browns’ running game.


Cost Cap Percent #1’s Cap Percent
FanDuel $5800 9.6% 15%
DraftKings $4400 8.8% 15.2%

The Browns have all kinds of problems on offense – but the Crowell/Duke Johnson tandem is not one of them. This week The Huddle gives Crowell a total 100 yards between the air and ground, with an added rushing touchdown for when the Browns get in the Red Zone. While McCown should be more than ready to throw the ball down field, Hue Jackson’s offense relies pretty readily on the running back position so Crowell will get his touches. Crowell got 12 touches last week against the Eagles – this week he could see closer to 18. Under 10% of your salary is a great price for an RB2 with some upside value.

Other Running Back Considerations

Danny Woodhead isn’t much of a sleeper – but with Keenan Allen going down, Woodhead’s value in PPR leagues is up. His price tag, which sits around 11%, hasn’t quite caught up with the potential he could have in the Chargers’ passing game. If you’re looking for a nice tandem to a “sure thing” RB, Woodhead could have some massive payoff this week.


Cost Cap Percent #1’s Cap Percent
FanDuel $6200 10.3% 15.6%
DraftKings $6100 12.2% 19.8%

As we start to look at WRs, it’s important to note the discrepancy in prices between FanDuel and DraftKings – while they have always been lightly different, in large part due to DraftKings offering a full point per reception, to FanDuel’s half point, the price difference this week is staggering: Antonio Brown will cost you almost 20% of your salary in DraftKings leagues, compared to FD’s 16%. The inflation is also seen in Crabtree’s value; love Crabtree as a WR1 with upside in FD leagues, but don’t like him at all in DK. The Raiders will be passing a lot again this week as they open to the Falcons at home – this time, Crabtree won’t be catching a 2-point conversion, he’ll be getting a TD.


Cost Cap Percent #1’s Cap Percent
FanDuel $5000 8.3% 15.6%
DraftKings $4000 8% 19.8%

The Saints are firing on all cylinders and while Thomas isn’t on most fantasy rosters, he’s a great value for a WR3 with upside. At just 8% of your roster, he hauled in 6 catches for 58 yards on Sunday against a struggling Oakland secondary. It’s apparent the Saints are going to have to throw for 400+ if they want to win games, and with that kind of yardage there is more than enough to go around. Thomas is the kind of low-investment, high upside player that does wonders in tournaments as his ownership percentage will be very low.


Cost Cap Percent #1’s Cap Percent
FanDuel $5000 8.3% 15.6%
DraftKings $3200 6.4% 19.8%

FD knows what DK doesn’t yet, and that’s that Beasley is a PPR machine. We wrote about him multiple times last season, but as the slot receiver in Dallas’ offense, he and Jason Witten are the struggling QBs best friends. Prescott was unable to look downfield the first week, and Beasley’s 12 targets were not a fluke. He hauled in 8 of them for 65 yards. The rookie QB knows he has a safety blanket in Beasley and will continue to use him as he progresses. Take advantage of the value now – by the time his price inflates, Prescott will have the training wheels off and should be throwing down the field more.


Cost Cap Percent #1’s Cap Percent
FanDuel $4500 7.5% 14.5%
DraftKings $3400 6.8% 13.8%

An early season sleeper to take advantage of, James sits at 6’7” and creates a huge weapon for Big Ben to target. He’s a stop gap until Ladarius Green returns to the starting lineup, but in the meantime don’t miss out. His chemistry with Roethlisberger came through mostly on 3rd downs Monday night, but with his speed and size, James will create a fantastic red zone target for the Steelers. This week with you can get him at half the cost of Gronkowski as he takes on the division rival Bengals.

Other Tight End Considerations

Virgil Green looks to create a great mismatch for Colts’ linebackers that gave up five catches for 42 yards and a TD against Ebron in Week 1. The price, like James’, is also fantastic for a value pick with tremendous upside.


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