My week 2 value plays were highlighted by JJ Nelson's spectacular game (120 reception yards and 1 TD). His team target percentage rose from 12.8% to 19.4% in week 2 (something I hinted towards last week). The Kansas City Chiefs D/ST recorded 11 DK points; however Marlon Mack and Cameron Brate were non-factors. Overall, a big victory in the value department.
I'm here to help you win cash games and GPP tournaments on DraftKings. Each week of the NFL season, I'm going to publish value picks for the upcoming DK slates. I'm looking for a solid value pick each week at each position. This will help you make room on your team for the more expensive players without sacrificing points with your value picks. Without further ado, here are my week 3 value picks for DraftKings.
Carson Wentz (PHI) vs. NYG $5,900 DK
I will preface by saying that I'm not in love with reaching for a QB this week. If you are willing to dig for a bit of value, Wentz should draw some attention in your DK lineups. The Philadelphia Eagles QB has been impressive through two road games this season (26.4 FPPG average-2nd only to Sam Bradford who has only played one game). Now, the Eagles open up their home schedule against the division-rival New York Giants who are faltering after an 0-2 start.
Game script should indicate one of two scenario's:
- A 27-24 type game which should benefit both offenses (the over/under sitting at 43)
- A field positional game favoring the Eagles where the front-seven disrupts the Giants abysmal offensive line
The Giants coming off a short week should be challenged by Wentz and crew (39 pass attempts in week one followed by 46 pass attempts against an above average Chiefs defense). A potential top-tier D/ST, the Giants need to control time of possession more effectively (26:29 this year in contrast to 28:08 last season). If the Giants can't get a running game going along with some semblance of pass protection in place, Wentz has the opportunity to put up monster numbers.
Duke Johnson Jr (CLE) @ IND $4,200 DK
After a week one no-show (zero rush attempts, 2 receptions on 5 targets), Johnson produced 11 fantasy points versus a stout Baltimore Ravens defense. Furthermore, Johnson out snapped his backfield partner Isaiah Crowell (37 to 32) which should indicate Crowell's value coming into the season was a bit over-inflated while Johnson is showing his value especially in DFS formats. DraftKings themselves are having issues finding a price-point for the PPR RB threat:
- Week One: $4,600
- Week Two: $3,900
- Currently: $4,200
"The Duke" is a GPP consideration to sync up with a top six priced RB. If you are not in on him this week, consider the ever opportunistic Chris Thompson ($4,500) or a vulture-value RB in Legarrette Blount ($3,900).
Tyler Lockett (SEA) @ TEN $4,300 DK
JJ Nelson was the definitive value play at WR last week, where Lockett could be that player this week. 12.4 fantasy points in a week 2 matchup is useful, but the underlying numbers show Lockett could be a strong cash play moving forward:
- 6 receptions, 9 targets, 64 yards (week 2 vs SF)
- Percentage of team targets went from 11.5% in week 1 up to 24.3% last week
- Went from 21 snaps to 61 snaps last week (played in 74.4% of snaps in week 2)
Considering the Seahawks have scored just 21 total points so far this season, the urgency should be there to put up points versus a sub-par Titans secondary. The Titans vs pass DVOA are 21st ranked, and even further 29th vs WR2 (if you classify Lockett as a slot WR3, he should still be targeted early and often in this matchup). Also a threat in the kick return game, Lockett seemingly has put his leg injury behind him.
Tyler Lockett was cooking on Sunday. Consistently open, variety of routes and showed slippery quickness.
— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) September 20, 2017
Charles Clay (BUF) vs. DEN $3,400 DK
Clay has been limited in practice throughout the week, but is fully expected to play. The Denver defense has shown an intense pass rush with above average secondary play so the Bills have to produce offense somewhere on the field. Lean towards this being a low scoring game with a lot of check-down passes (Clay was targeted nine times in week 1).
I'm going to recommend Hunter Henry again this week in either cash/GPP lineups. He caught all seven of his targets last week. I mentioned last week why his target shares would bump up significantly which they did.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ MIN $3,200 DK
I'd rather pay less for a potential top tier D/ST on the road against a banged-up QB (see: Sam Bradford injury status) versus the other alternatives out there for more DK dollars. The Bucs' defense allowed a paltry 20 yards to a decent Bears backfield last week. Run with the Buccaneers this week.
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