4 NFL FanDuel Value Plays to Target in Week 2
One of the crucial aspects of daily fantasy football is unearthing cheap production.
Our projections can help you do just that by allowing you to sort players by their point-per-dollar value. A lot of times, the top value plays come as a result of injury situations, meaning it's imperative to see inactives on Sunday morning before setting your lineups.
When looking for a salary-saving option, check out one of these main-slate players this week.
Week 2 of the NFL is here! We have a loaded 13-game slate, and there are plenty of options across the board. Let's take a look at some value plays to help you afford the top stars on the main slate.
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts ($5,800)
And we can get Taylor now before his salary gets any higher. In Week 1, Taylor played on a total of 26 offensive snaps, which accounted for 35% of the team's total offensive plays. Nyheim Hines led the team with 39 offensive snaps -- 52.7% of the total offensive snaps -- while Mack played 11 (14.9%) before leaving with the injury. Hopefully, some of the snaps Mack was taking go to Taylor, which would help boost his value this week.
Speaking of value, Taylor comes in as the second-best point-per-dollar value option at running back this week, according to our projections. This should point to Taylor being one of the most popular plays at running back outside of the top-tier. Ultimately, this shouldn't be a surprise since Taylor totaled 15 touches for 11.9 FanDuel points in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Taylor will still split touches with Hines, but siding with Taylor is the safer play thanks to his 15.6 rushing attempt projection, compared to only 9.4 carries for Hines.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys ($5,200)
Rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb ($5,200) had modest production in Week 1, but Week 2 is his spot to make a splash.
With only 8.4 FanDuel points in Week 1, Lamb didn't make much of an impact in the Dallas Cowboys' loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but we need to look past that and focus on his matchup versus the Atlanta Falcons. In Week 1, the Falcons allowed more than 300 yards and 4 touchdowns to Russell Wilson, who fed 215 of those yards to his wide receivers. Atlanta ranks as the league's second-worst pass D, per our schedule-adjusted metrics, after the opening week.
This should put all of the Cowboys' receivers in a great spot. With Dallas holding an implied team total of 28.50, the Cowboys are set to be scoring plenty of points. Lamb is projected as our fourth-best value at wide receiver this week and has the lowest salary among our top-10 point-per-dollar values at the position.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team ($4,900)
There aren't many players under $5K who saw the volume Logan Thomas ($4,900) had in Week 1.
The Washington tight end finished Week 1 with 4 catches on 8 targets for 37 yards and 1 touchdown. Those eight targets led the team, but we find Thomas as only the fifth-most expensive position player on Washington. The discrepancy between his role in the offense and his current salary on FanDuel -- $4,900 -- is something you want to attack this week.
After Week 1, Thomas is tied for the second-most targets among tight ends and will look to continue that versus the Arizona Cardinals, who allowed 16.1 FanDuel points per game to tight ends last season -- which was the most in the league. Thomas has a sweet matchup, a strong floor of targets, and has a great salary this week.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans ($7,000)
While he might not be the most exciting option at quarterback, Ryan Tannehill ($7,000) has a great matchup and is inexpensive.
Tannehill had a strong Week 1 performance with 249 yards and 2 touchdowns, which was good for 19.36 FanDuel points. But what's most interesting about his Week 1 performance was the fact he had 43 passing attempts -- more than he had in any game last season. Those 43 attempts were the fifth-most among all quarterbacks in Week 1. While the Tennessee Titans are known as a run-first offense, the volume Tannehill had is an encouraging sign. Also, Derrick Henry still had 31 rushing attempts, so it's not like this was some crazy outlier.
With the Titans holding a 25.50-point implied team total and being 8.5-point favorites over the Jacksonville Jaguars, we should see plenty of scoring from the Titans' offense. Tannehill is projected for 17.6 FanDuel points. He is the eighth-best value at quarterback, per our model, and is the cheapest among the top-10 best values at the position.