Special thanks to Alex Roberts at RotoBaller.com for this guest post.
Maximizing the value you get for every penny spent is essential in daily leagues. The less you pay for a player who performs well, the more bang for your buck, and the better chance you have at winning your matchups. Without further ado, here are our value picks for Week Two of FanDuel fantasy football. Let’s win some leagues!
FanDuel NFL Lineup Picks for Week 2
QB (Cheap Enough) – Michael Vick, PHI – $8,100
Chip Kelly was certainly showing off his favorite new shiny toy in Week One as The Wizard of Philly did a little of everything against the divisional opponent Redskins. Throwing for two touchdowns and 203 yards, to go along with nine carries for 54 yards and a TD, Vick put all of his doubters to shame and all of his supporters and fantasy owners on their high horses. Still, he’s an undervalued man coming into his Week Two matchup against the junky Chargers defense– fully 11 other quarterbacks are priced higher than Vick. With a chance to go bonkers again at home in Philly, we suggest that you set your lineup with the former Falcon great and splurge your dollars elsewhere.
QB (Dirt Cheap) – Eli Manning, NYG – $7,800
Don’t think for one second that the Manning brothers aren’t going to put on an air show on Sunday in the Dirty Jerz! The Vegas bookmakers have this game at 54.5 points on the over/under, because all Peyton and Eli do is throw, throw, throw the pigskin. Since both of them have a few very studly receiving options to turn to, we think it’s safe to say that the younger (and cheaper) of the two Mannings will score more points than at least a few of the 12 quarterbacks priced higher than him for Sunday’s action. With his three best receivers healthy, and a running game that is in shambles, it isn’t too hard to predict that Eli will probably be dropping back 40+ times, and opportunity is everything in fantasy sports.
RB (Cheap Enough) – Trent Richardson, CLE – $8,200
The Baltimore Ravens were the worst defensive team in the league in Week One. This week, the stout Cleveland offense gets to take their turn, and they will surely be looking to stuff Trent Richardson down Baltimore’s throats. As the number one fantasy option on the Browns, big Trent is projected to score the eighth-most fantasy points out of any RB, yet he’s priced at thirteenth overall, which exposes tremendous upside and potential return on investment for a very high-end and physical running and catching machine. Use him without flinching in Week Two if you want to earn some fantasy football swagger and cash out on your smart choices.
RB (Dirt Cheap) – Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC – $7,500
Don’t be scared at how bad the Jaguars offense is (in particular their offensive line), because the cure to any team’s ailing offense is a showdown with the Raiders’ defense. Giving up 127 yards to the Colts’ pedestrian running game last week, there is a very solid chance that MJD can do his best rendition of Redemption Song (Bob Marley) for fantasy owners who have the stones to sneak him into their lineups.
WR (Cheap Enough) – Wes Welker, DEN – $6,900
You already saw what a trigger-happy Peyton Manning can do to an ill-prepared defense, and the short-handed Giants’ secondary is not even a flake of a challenge for one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. We fully expect him to dismantle the G-Men using his various weapons, led by none other than Mr. Surehanded Wes Welker. Seeing his nine receptions last week (and even two statistical carries) parlayed into two touchdowns only made us more certain that he will have a magical year in Denver in 2013, so use him with confidence and save a few shekels for another monster who won’t come as inexpensively.
WR (Dirt Cheap) – Marques Colston, NO – $6,700
The Saints’ high-powered offense still revolves around the pass, and until further notice, Marques Colston is the beneficiary of a lot of Drew Brees’s targets and red-zone attention. He is finally healthy again, which was on display when he made a spectacular Week One catch which resulted in a TD. We have him ranked in the top five at WR for Week Two, with a projected six or more catches and almost a 75% chance of scoring, so it would certainly be wise to insert Colston into your lineup for a price that even the stingiest fantasy owners wouldn’t scoff at.