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Fantasy Football Picks: Top DraftKings NFL DFS Targets, Values for Week 2

Steve Buchanan gives his top studs and values at each position for Sunday’s 13-game DraftKings NFL slate, which locks at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Hey, you’re back! Week 1 went quite well for this article so maybe we can continue that for Week 2? That would be cool. So yeah, let’s do it and dive into Week 2 of the NFL season on DraftKings.

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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, $6,900 – Last week, it was hard to pay up for quarterbacks because of the lack of value on the slate. That’s not the case here in Week 2, so feel free to pay up here. I love Rodgers going up against an extremely poor Lions secondary that just allowed Mitch Trubisky ($5,500) to throw for 242 yards and three touchdowns. On top of that, this Lions team got nearly no pressure on Trubisky last week, pressuring him on only 11 of his 40 dropbacks. Last season with a clean pocket, Rodgers had a 70% completion rate with an average of 7.6 yards per pass attempt and 23 of his total 30 touchdowns. At $6,900, this is a nice salary for Rodgers.

Other Option – Dak Prescott ($6,800)


Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets, $5,700 – Garoppolo likely won’t have to do much to put the 49ers in a position to win but his cheap salary in a good matchup will do it for me. I mean, Josh Allen ($6,700) just carved up this secondary for 312 passing yards while completing 33 of his 46 pass attempts. With a strong offensive line in front of him, Garoppolo should have plenty of time to hit his targets. Garoppolo, who hardly felt any pressure against the Cardinals as they pressured him on just nine of his 37 dropbacks, completed 57.1% of his pass attempts for 247 yards and 8.8 yards per attempt in Week 1 in the remaining 28 dropbacks.

Other Option – Dwayne Haskins Jr. ($5,100)

Running Back


Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons, $8,200 – This game is projected to be one of the highest scoring games on the slate, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The Cowboys, who are favored, are in a great spot against an extremely poor Falcons defense. When Russell Wilson wasn’t doing his thing through the air, the Falcons allowed a combined 35.2 DKFP to their running backs, including eight receptions for 49 yards and two touchdowns. While you don’t need to be told to play Elliott, his involvement in the passing game and heavy workload on the ground sets up so well in this spot.

Other Options – Derrick Henry ($7,900), Raheem Mostert ($6,400)


Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings, $5,300 – With Marlon Mack officially out for the season, Hines will be getting “snaps on all downs”, according to coach Frank Reich. He was already doing so in Week 1, getting 32 in the backfield and seven as a receiver. His 45 snaps played was more than any game he had in 2019, topping out at 44. With the Colts as 3-point favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook, a close game could mean plenty of targets for Hines. It doesn’t hurt that 36% of Philip Rivers’ ($6,000) pass attempts were to his running backs in Week 1 either.

Other Options – Cam Akers ($4,500), Benny Snell Jr ($4,500)

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Wide Receiver


Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, $8,100 – Adams was our guy in Week 1 and he’s going to be that once again in Week 2. I mean, can we discuss how Adams was targeted on 38% of Rodgers’ pass attempts? Or that he averaged 11.1 YPR? Or that he accounted for eight first downs? Adams primarily lined up on the left side, which would pit him against Lions CB Amani Oruwariye. He only played in seven games last season but when he was targeted against, he allowed an 81.8% catch rate, 11.8 YPR and was scored on three times. Paying $8,100 for Adams, while steep, is not something to mull over. Simply lock it in and move on.

Other Options – Adam Thielen ($7,200), D.J. Moore ($6,300)


CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons, $4,700 – Lamb got some solid attention from Dak Prescott ($6,800), pulling down five of his six targets for 59 yards and 10.9 DKFP. His elite route running and speed were on full display, with 42% of his yards coming after the catch. As mentioned, this Falcons secondary is going to be a fun team to pick on and Lamb should see plenty of CB Darqueze Dennard, who covers the slot for the Falcons. The Seahawks caught five of six targets against him in Week 1 after he allowed a 54.5% catch rate in 2019. In the high projected scoring game, Lamb is a very cheap way to get exposure.

Other Options – Jerry Jeudy ($4,900), Parris Campbell ($4,500)

Tight End


Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans, $6,300 – The Texans really struggled against the tight end position in 2019. They allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position at 15.3 through 18 games. In fact, in the final six games for the Texans, they allowed double-digit fantasy points in five of them with an average of 23.7. They already continued the trend in Week 1, giving up 17 to the Chiefs. Now comes Andrews, who saw six targets in Week 1, making five catches and scoring two touchdowns. This is a great spot for Andrews to capitalize on a very weak spot for the Texans.

Other Option – Travis Kelce ($7,000)


Dan Arnold, Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Football Team, $3,300 – I’m not crazy about paying down at tight end but if you want to do so, I like taking a shot with Arnold. He outsnapped Maxx Williams ($2,800) ever so slightly but Williams is also dealing with an ankle injury and missed practice on Thursday. Of his 46 snaps, 11 came out of the slot and seven were wide. It won’t take much for him to return value, so if you want to take a shot against a team that just allowed 11 receptions, 119 yards and two touchdowns to this position against the Eagles, Arnold is your guy.

Other Option – Eric Ebron ($4,300)

Defense/Special Teams


49ers, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Jets, $4,000 – I’ll be the first to admit, I absolutely HATE paying up for a DST, especially when they’re in the $4K range. But man, this matchup really is begging you to take it. Sam Darnold ($5,100) is looking as if he may be without Jamison Crowder ($5,400), who accounted for 37% of his pass attempts. Then you take into account that the Jets’ offensive line allowed Darnold to be under pressure on 38% of his dropbacks against the Bills and sacked him three times. Ugh. I don’t want to do it but I know it, I’m going to do it.

Other Option – Pittsburgh Steelers ($3,800)


Giants, New York Giants at Chicago Bears $2,400 – A late surge by Trubisky saved his Week 1 and sent everyone home happy. Before that, however, it wasn’t looking good. What if by chance we don’t get that efficient Trubisky in Week 2? The Giants at $2,400 could end up being a steal. Let’s not forget, this was someone who threw 10 interceptions and had a 63.2% completion percentage in 2019.

Other Option – Los Angeles Rams ($2,800)

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