After just one week of the 2015 NFL regular season, daily fantasy studs are already emerging from every corner of the league and setting up a Week 2 slate flooded with sound sleeper picks.
DraftKings is chock-full of players who won't eat up their share of the $50,000 salary, thus leaving those critical extra dollars for more expensive can't-miss names. Finding that balance is imperative for anybody hoping to win DraftKings cash on a NFL weekend.
From injuries to strong matchup plays, many skill-position players find themselves taking on unexpected roles, and that has changed things in the daily fantasy world entering Week 2. Here is a glance at some of the top sleepers to target for the weekend.
Week 2 Sleepers and Top Value Plays
QB Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams ($5,500)
Nick Foles apparently wasn't good enough to run the Chip Kelly offense, so the Philadelphia Eagles shipped him to the St. Louis Rams. Months later, he's celebrating a season-opening win over the Seattle Seahawks. Funny how things work out.
One area in which Philadelphia's offense didn't match with Foles was going deep down the field, where Foles gashed the league's most vaunted secondary despite constant pressure. ESPN Stats & Info noted how Foles gashed a unit that led the NFL in deep balls in 2014:
Foles and the Rams go from facing one of the league's best defenses to perhaps the worst. Their Week 2 opponent, Washington, allowed the most DK points to opposing quarterbacks last season.
Spectacularly, the University of Arizona product comes in tied for 27th in quarterback salary for Week 2 despite the hot start and a cupcake matchup. He's worth every penny.
RB Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers ($4,000)
Think the Chargers' drafting of a first-round running back in early May had any impact on the team's role for Danny Woodhead? Think again.
Rookie Melvin Gordon Jr. got his carries (14 for 51 yards) Sunday, but Woodhead was the star of the offense, scoring two touchdowns. One even came on a goal-line look, which bodes well for Woodhead's future value.
Week 1 showed Woodhead doesn't have to expect much change in his role, as Sigmund Bloom of FootballGuys.com observed, which is a great thing for fantasy owners:
In Week 2, the Chargers face the Cincinnati Bengals, whose run defense is subpar following a 2014 year in which they allowed the fifth-most ESPN points to opposing backs. The versatility of Woodhead should be utilized to produce another strong outing.
RB Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons ($4,500)
Even as high as the third round, the Atlanta Falcons may have gotten the running back steal of the 2015 draft with Tevin Coleman.
The rookie out of Indiana didn't look like one in his NFL debut on Monday Night Football, rushing for 80 yards. But most impressive is the fact that the Falcons gave him 20 carries. He joined a strong group of players, including Jeremy Hill and Le'Veon Bell, who surpassed the 20-carry plateau as rookies, per Pro-Football-Reference.com.
That's solid company for Coleman, who appears well in front of Devonta Freeman in the Atlanta pecking order. His upcoming opponent, the New York Giants, allowed two touchdowns from DeMarco Murray last week and struggle to stop the run.
WR Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts ($4,600)
When one door closes, another one opens. That's especially true in this machine-like Indianapolis Colts offense, which needs a new playmaker for the time being.
Good news came out regarding Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton, as his left knee injury isn't serious, but he's day to day and could miss some time, per ESPN.com's Mike Wells. That leaves Donte Moncrief as the most likely suitor for his touches.
Moncrief immediately became one of Andrew Luck's top targets in Week 1, being thrown to 11 times and catching six for one touchdown on 46 yards. Luck is all but certain to get the passing game going against the New York Jets, which should create great value for the second-year wideout.
WR James Jones, Green Bay Packers ($4,700)
Reeling from a lack of receiver depth and the loss of Jordy Nelson, the Green Bay Packers dialed back the clock by bringing back James Jones—and it's working magnificently so far.
Jones immediately got recalibrated with his old pal Aaron Rodgers, who connected with the veteran twice for touchdowns in his only catches of the game. With extra attention going to Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, Jones is getting those one-on-one looks Rodgers thrives on.
A tough Week 2 matchup looms as the Seahawks come to visit, but Seattle is reeling after allowing 297 yards through the air to Foles and the Rams. If they can have that type of success, it's scary to think of what Rodgers and Jones might do.
TE Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins ($3,700)
With the way things are going, Jordan Reed is about to become quarterback Kirk Cousins' favorite target by default.
The Redskins passing game took a serious hit early in the season opener when DeSean Jackson left the game, and the diagnosis of a nearly month-long recovery time, per ESPN.com, means his impact will need to be replaced. Pierre Garcon hasn't got it done as a primary receiver, which makes Reed the go-to guy.
Reed was one of just three tight ends in Week 1 targeted more than nine times, and that number could be even higher in Week 2. The Rams allowed 51 yards on six catches and a score from Jimmy Graham last week, a total Reed could surpass as a primary target in Washington's offense.
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