FanDuel Week Two Value Plays
September 13, 2014 | Michael Valverde
Nick Foles (PHI @ IND)
Nick Foles will be heading to Lucas Oil to face the 21st ranked passing defense of the Indianapolis Colts. Is the Colts ranking inflated due to a Peyton Manning led offense on Sunday Night Football? Yes, it is, but Indianapolis is suffering without a pass-rush, and Foles has adequate feet to avoid being sacked each time he drops back. This fast pace offense will be fundamental in breaking down any coverage the Colts may want to use, and with ample time in the pocket, Nick Foles should find a host of wide receivers to throw to.
Ryan Tannehill (MIA @ BUF)
Ryan Tannehill will get better the more accustomed he gets with Bill Lazor system, and even though he could have done a better job in Week 1, he did have a solid game. He completed 18-32 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also spread the ball to seven different receivers. Even though the Bills have a strong pass rush, which could give the Dolphins offensive line difficulties, they only rank 28th against the pass, and gave up 341 yards and two touchdowns to Jay Cutler last week. Ryan Tannehill may struggle, but he should find himself finishing with 300 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Terrance West (NO @CLE)
Terrance West got the nod from head coach Mike Pettine last Sunday when Ben Tate went down with an injury. West did not disappoint as he went for over 100 yards rushing against the Steelers. Tate will not play this week, so the Browns will give the ball to West. He will be the main ball carrier, minus the breather here and there, and should have a good day against a Saints defense who allowed 123 yards on the ground to the Falcons running crew. New Orleans obviously struggles against the rush, which matches the Cleveland game plan. The Browns are going to run to control the clock and keep Drew Brees off the field.
Giovani Bernard (ATL @ CIN)
Giovani Bernard is a three down back, which means he can run and receive. He got 20 touches last week as he had 14 carries and six receptions. The Bengals will look to him to keep Matt Ryan and the high-flying Falcon offense off the field, and as good as Atlanta is on offense, they are just as gross on defense. They allowed a ton of Fantasy Duel Points last week to the Saints, and this should not change much against the Bengals. The Saints had 139 rushing yards and three touchdowns and showed up-the-middle weakness, which is great for those quick draws up-the-gut. Even though Jeremy Hill will be on the field more this week, it won’t make that much more of contrasting difference.
Carlos Hyde (CHI @ SFO)
Carlos Hyde was a preseason wonder, and now that he has one week under his belt, it looks like it didn’t just pertain to the off-season, as he had seven carries for 50 yards. The Chicago Bears are soft up the middle and that translates into a bunch of yards for this human bowling ball. As long as he is producing he will continue to get more and more carries, and considering that wreck that the Bears have on defense, it could be a long day for them trying to bring down Hyde. Yes, Frank Gore is still the starter, but the 49ers are not going to mind putting his legs at ease, and Chicago is prone to give up 100 yards rushing to two running backs.
Golden Tate (DET @ CAR)
Golden Tate looks like the ultimate compliment for Calvin Johnson, and going against Carolina means the Panthers are going to go for a lock-down against Megatron. There is no doubt that the Panthers will play better defense than the New York Giants, and with the focus on Johnson, it will allow Tate to get open, and Matthew Stafford will find him. The Lions don’t really use the tight end for looks, and dump-offs to Reggie Bush and Joique Bell won’t always be there. Golden Tate caught all six of his targets for 93 yards, look for at least 8-10 targets this Sunday.
Andrew Hawkins (NO @ CLE)
The Cleveland Browns will need to pass and pass and pass to keep up with the Saints high powered offense. The Saints gave up 445 yards on defense last week against Atlanta. No, Brian Hoyer is not Matt Ryan, but that doesn’t mean he can’t throw for 350 against this defense. The Browns are 20th in offensive passing, and Hawkins was targeted 10 times and he caught eight for 87 yards. This led the Browns in targets/receptions/yards. With Josh Gordon under suspension, and Jordan Cameron injured, Hawkins will most likely be the Browns leader in all above categories once again.
Michael Floyd (ARI @ NYG)
After Monday’s night win over the Chargers, it looks more like Floyd is now the number one wide receiver while Fitzgerald takes the two spot. Floyd finished with seven targets for five receptions and 119 yards. Even better, he will be facing the New York Giants, which absolutely got torched by the Detroit Lions. Even much better, Floyd plays the same position as Calvin Johnson who had 164 yards receiving and two touchdowns against the Giants. Look for the defensive backfield to struggle all day against Floyd, it will difficult to match those numbers that Megatron put up, but it should be close.
Travis Kelce (KC @ DEN)
Travis Kelce didn’t dominate like the hype he was showcased for, but catching three balls for 49 yards on five targets is not bad, especially with the yards per catch being at 16 yards. Andy Reid knows that Kelce is a big part of this offense, and next to Jamaal Charles, is the most talented offensive player, so getting him the ball is a top priority. The Chiefs are going to want to throw a lot to keep pace with that ferocious Denver Bronco offense. Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener finished with 13 targets for 7 receptions with 85 yards receiving and one touchdown against the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. This could be exact numbers for Kelce as he doesn’t have to compete with targets as do the Colts tight ends.