by Ryan Skolrud
Here are some of your value plays for week two of the NFL season. Money values are based off the DraftKings Salaries for the week.
Case Keenum ($5800)
Keenum had an up and down game last week against the Seahawks having 3 TDs and 3 INTs. That being said, he also threw for 329 yards and finished with 25.2 points on DraftKings. That’s a pretty good value for a guy that had only cost $5100. Keenum has a similar type of matchup this week against a young Oakland secondary that, although they showed some spunk against a tough Rams team in week one, crumbled toward the end of the game. Look for Keenum to at least return value from his lower cost at the QB position.
Dion Lewis ($5000)
Derrick Henry was supposed to be the guy in Tennessee once Demarco Murray retired. However, the Titans brought in the versatile Dion Lewis to help compliment the big power back. Last week, in a game that was delayed multiple times for lightning in Miami, Lewis out-touched Henry 21-11, rushing the ball 16 times and getting over 100 total yards. In a game where the Titans could find themselves down quickly to the Texans’ explosive offensive weapons in Watson, Hopkins, Miller and now Will Fuller who is healthy, look for Lewis to get a lot of work both running and catching the ball out of the backfield. The loss of Delanie Walker could also mean a little more work for Lewis as a safe dump off option for Mariota.
Chris Godwin ($4600)
Godwin has been emerging as a solid playmaker for the the Buccaneers since the end of his rookie season last year. His performance last week last week (3/41/1) was buried behind the big games of Evans (7/147/1) and Jackson (5/146/2). Godwin was expected to start this week in place of the ailing Jackson (concussion, shoulder), but Jackson is out of the concussion protocol and looks to still play against the Eagles defense. Even with Jackson back, I believe Godwin can return value coming out of the slot and in two WR sets when giving Jackson a break. The Buccaneers run game with Peyton Barber is nothing to write home about and so unless they jump out to a huge lead like in week one, Tampa Bay will be forced to pass the ball to to keep the chains moving, providing Godwin with a lot of opportunity.
George Kittle ($3800)
When Marquis Goodwin went out in week one, Kittle became Jimmy G’s favorite target. Finishing with 90 yards on 5 of 9 receiving, Kittle shows he has the trust of his starting QB. Goodwin has already been ruled out for week two and the Niners will be facing an historically bad defense against tight ends in the Lions. For years Detroit has been near the bottom of the league in fantasy points given up to the TE position. Look for that trend to continue this week as George Kittle continues to get looks from Garoppolo.