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DFS VALUE PLAYS: Week 2

What a crazy start to the year. Who would of thought David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell would let us down in those match-ups? Who would have thought we’d have 3 rookies in the Top 5 among running backs at week’s end? Week one is always tough to predict but this year was something else completely! Before we dive into the Week 2 picks, lets take a look at how my picks fared last week:

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals – 11.96 points

This one was unavoidable. I’m pretty sure everyone in the industry got this wrong. Better days should be ahead if only by sheer volume. If Carson can’t carry the load the Cardinals are finished.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles – 22.88 points

He finished as a Top 5 QB and went over 300 yards passing. I’ll count this as a win.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns – 19.58 points

For the price, I think we nailed this one. Top 10 finish, at a bottom ten price!

Christian McCaffrey & Jonathan Stewart, RBs, Carolina Panthers – 12.5 & 16.20 points respectively

Didn’t nail this one but both were serviceable. Interesting that J-Stew outscored the higher priced McCaffrey – keep an eye on this split.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings – 19.70 points

Nice debut for this dynamic rookie! He didn’t score but he finished as a Top 10 running back and the Vikings fed him the ball as much as they could.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos – 9.8 points

This one was a let down. He performed as advertised at his low price point. Better days are ahead.

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams – 20.60 points

Abysmal YPC average but he made up for it with a rushing touchdown and 5 receptions for 56 yards. It worked out but it should have been better given the game-flow.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings – 27.70

Start your WR’s vs. the Saints. That is all.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers – 7.7 points

My semi-contrarian play was a let down last week, expect Adams to bounce back in Week 2 at ATL.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks – 10 points

The Seahawks looked awful out there only putting up 225 total yards while getting dominated on the time of possession. 10 points was disappointing but it could have been worse considering the overall outing.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders – 14.3 points

If only he had scored! Not bad from a yardage standpoint but it was disappointing to see Cooper dominating Red-zone targets. He dropped most of them but it is something to keep an eye on given how much Crabtree’s value was linked to his red-zone prowess. 

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles – 17.30 points

Ertz was the industry consensus pick so I won’t toot my horn too much on this one.  Toot! Toot!

Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers – 22.10 points

I’m damn proud of this pick. James finished the week as the top tight end in all of fantasy football. It was 100% based on the match-up so don’t expect this to be the norm but if you started him, good for you!

Onto Week 2..

About David Olivarez

David has been writing fantasy football content steadily since 2012 on the web and has been a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association since 2014. He focuses on Daily Fantasy Sports and Trade Analysis. Feel free to ask him questions on Twitter!