Top Draftster Plays- Week 2
September 12, 2014 | adam cook
I had a few hits and misses in my picks last week. My QB top play of Matt Ryan worked out pretty well I would say as he threw for over 400 yards. My top TE play of Julius Thomas finished with only 3 touchdowns, not too shabby. My running back picks of Jamaal Charles and Frank Gore didn’t pan out like I thought they would, but at least my reasoning was there. That is the beauty of fantasy football; no one can predict the future. All you can do is play the odds to the best of your knowledge. Join me for this week’s free roll over at Draftster.com and let me know if you like the site. If you like playing daily fantasy football, go check out www.draftster.com!
Andrew Luck- Indianapolis Colts- $8200
Luck faired fairly well in a losing effort against Denver and he gets another shootout matchup versus Philadelphia on Monday night. He totaled 3 total touchdowns last week and now gets to face a secondary that boasts Cary Williams as a starter. He has weapons at his disposal in Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, and Dwayne Allen. I am banking on Luck to produce multiple scores in the bright lights on Monday Night Football.
Top Value Play
Carson Palmer- Arizona Cardinals- $5800
Palmer is starting to look very comfortable in Bruce Arians offense and threw for a couple scores against San Diego. He now gets to matchup against a Giants defense that got shredded by a similar pass heavy team in the Detroit Lions. I see no way the Giants secondary can physically matchup with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Carson is an ideal play for such a cheap salary. Draftster.com’s salary cap can allow for you to load up on studs and save big at the QB position.
Arian Foster- Houston Texans- $5800
Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory made the Raiders look absolutely pathetic last week and now they get to face an even better back in Arian Foster. Foster carried the full workload for the Texans last week and is a near lock for 20 plus touches this upcoming Sunday. Oakland gave up 212 rush yards last week exactly and Foster’s eyes are very big hoping to get a piece of that pie. 100 total yards and one touchdown are a near lock. Start Foster with confidence.
Top Value Play
Terrance West- Cleveland Browns- $3700
Week 1 starter Ben Tate is now ruled out for week 2 making Terrance West the starting running back. The fact that he ran for 100 yards on only 16 carries last week in relief bodes well for West’s role this week against New Orleans. His vision and jump cuts are exceptional and he proved at Towson University that he can handle a heavy workload. I expect West to excel as the starting running back this week for a Browns team that ran for 183 yards versus the vaunted Steelers defense. He should rumble behind that strong Browns offensive line versus a vulnerable Saints defense this week.
Jordy Nelson- Green Bay Packers- $6800
It is no secret that the Jets cornerbacks are struggling to stay healthy and the Packers are hosting them in week 2. If Jordy can post 9 receptions against Seattle, the potential is there for a monster game against the Jets. The Jets front 7 is legit and the way to attack their defense is through the air. I expect Jordy to “eat” this week and for him to post at least one touchdown. Play Jordy with a bunch of confidence.
Top Value Play
Reggie Wayne- Indianapolis Colts- $4400
I already talked about how much I like Luck this week, so why not double dip with his top wide out. He looked like good old Reggie Wayne last week posting 9 receptions and 98 yards against Denver. I like the shootout potential of the Eagles and Colts game and for Reggie to find his way into the end zone. I could see him getting another double digit target total and having a high floor, which is crucial in 50/50 matcups.
Julius Thomas- Denver Broncos- $5400
Thomas made me look good last week posting 3 touchdowns versus Kansas City, so I naturally have to go with him again. His price is at the same $5400 mark that it was last week. Thomas posted a touchdown in his one contest against the Chiefs last year. The Chiefs just lost their best linebacker in Derrick Johnson to an Achilles injury as well. The week 2 outlook for Thomas is looking very bright!
Top Value Play
Delanie Walker- Tennessee Titans- $3300
Who doesn’t like tight ends against a very weak Dallas Cowboys defense? Especially, after America witnessed Vernon Davis post two scores against them. With Walker’s cheap price tag, you would be gaining value if he repeats his 37 yards and 1 touchdown performance from week 1. That was against an average defense in Kansas City on the road, now he gets a below average defense in Dallas at home. Play with confidence!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- $3000
Playing defenses in daily fantasy football is all about targeting bad offenses in my opinion. Well the Bucs get a tasty home matchup against the struggling Rams who don’t even know who their starting quarterback will be yet. Whether it is Shaun Hill or Austin Davis, the Rams shouldn’t be able to move the ball very effectively. I like the Bucs to provide great value in your D/ST slot and for one of their young safeties to potentially take one to the house. The Rams skill position players of Zac Stacy, Kenny Britt, and Brian Quick scare no one.
Washington Redskins- $3000
The Redskins defense is very average once you get passed their outside linebacker duo of Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. They get to open up their home schedule by hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars who showed no offensive life last week versus Philadelphia. Blake Bortles starting would change my pick, but Chad Henne is under center this week. I like the Redskins as a sleeper defense to get a couple sacks along with a few turnovers.