Hello and welcome back to my weekly bargains for DFS in DraftKings! After a year and one week away from this it’s great to be back in my comfort zone and give you guys those cheap, weekly plays that should 2X in your lineups at a discount price.
Last week we finally got to see all the offenses come together. We got to see Tom Brady pick up right where he left off. Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense proved they’ll once again be massive fantasy-point producers. Arizona’s fast-pace offense is clicking and Christian McCaffrey is just not human.
Will I make mistakes? Absolutely. I’ll also own up to them too. But let’s remember, these are known as bargain plays. Some are going to hit, others are going to miss. This is how DFS goes. You just can’t win them all.
Let’s get into that bargain bin and fill those gaps of your lineups!
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos ($5,400)
Many people were down on Bridgewater when he was named the starter over Drew Lock. I saw several analysts who thought this decision was bad for the offense and didn’t think they’d find much success going this route. Scratch that. Bridgewater was able to go 28/36 for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Don’t think he can throw it deep? He nailed K.J. Hamler perfectly in the end zone for a touchdown….. but it was dropped. Don’t think Bridgewater will just dink and dunk close to the line of scrimmage. He gets a Jacksonville defense who allowed Tyrod Taylor to put up over 300 yards of total offense along with two passing touchdowns. Teddy is looking to prove himself as the Broncos’ starter for the rest of the year and this game should continue to prove that as they did make the right decision.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals ($4,900)
How? How is Edmonds so cheap? This one is just too easy not to put into lineups. Sure, this backfield was evenly split between Edmonds and James Conner, but it was Edmonds who was the running back that was catching passes out of the backfield, and in DraftKings it’s a full PPR scoring system. With this offense running at its fast pace, it will continue to be Edmonds getting receptions out of the backfield and if you think I’m scared of this Minnesota defense, ha! Play him with confidence.
Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($4,800)
Just below Chase Edmonds you will find Ronald Jones. Last week is a week to forget as Bruce Arians has stated that this week Jones is “out of the doghouse” and will be starting. A lot of people may not go back to the well of Ronald Jones and may choose to go with Leonard Fournette ($5,100) because of the amount of touches he had in week one. I would go with Jones as he has the Atlanta Falcons and should get going early and often on the ground. Atlanta will do what they have to do to score, but the Buccaneers’ offense should be in sync with both the run and the pass. The Bucs will be controlling the clock and wearing out Atlanta’s defense. Zig when everyone is telling you to zag.
K.J. Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos ($3,800)
Hamler is a fun type of player to play this week, especially with Jerry Jeudy going down with a high ankle sprain. Hamler finished last week with three receptions for 41 yards, but like I said in the Bridgewater writeup, should have been four receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown…. if he didn’t drop it. This week in practice Hamler has been playing with the ones in the slot where Jeudy played last week and led the wide receivers in targets. Hamler has the wheels and can take it to the house at any point in time. Let everyone else use Tim Patrick ($4,600) while you save $800 and put in Hamler.
Anthony Schwartz, WR, Cleveland Browns ($3,300)
Last week Odell Beckham Jr. was inactive and Anthony Schwartz stepped right into the Odell role with three catches for 69 yards along with another 17 yards on the ground. This kid has speed and should do well once again against the Houston Texans whose secondary is one of the worst in the league. He’s been limited in practice with a knee injury, and if it’s too serious, contrarian play will be Donovan Peoples-Jones ($3,000) who also isn’t a bad play after being on the field for 80% of the offensive snaps last week.
Cedric Wilson, WR, Dallas Cowboys ($3,100)
Michael Gallup had a solid first half last week with four receptions for 36 yards. As we all know, Gallup went down with a calf injury and he’s now out 3-5 weeks, which moves Cedric Wilson from the #4 WR to the #3 WR. He filled in well and was able to put up three receptions for 24 yards. If week one is a sign of anything from the Cowboys, it’s going to be pass, pass and pass some more. They go up against another potentially high-scoring offense this week in the LA Chargers so I’m thinking this game should be similar to that of the game last week against Tampa Bay.
Adam Trautman, TE, New Orleans Saints ($3,000)
How is Troutman here when Juwan Johnson was the tight end that scored two touchdowns last week? Well, DraftKings lists Johnson as a wide receiver. Troutman led the Saints in targets with six but only caught three of them for 18 yards. Something we can forget, because that’s what’s fun about DFS is you can build your lineup any way you want. Targets lead to catches. Catches lead to yards. Yards lead to touchdowns. Book it!
Bonus Play Of The Week:
Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos ($4,400)
Okay, I really like the Broncos this week, but you can bit and piece them in multiple lineups. Last week Javonte Williams out carried Melvin Gordon 14-11, but it was Gordon who lit up the stat box thanks to a 70-yard touchdown. It will be great this week for Williams to stand out against Jacksonville who let the new Frank Gore in Mark Ingram rush the ball an astonishing 26 times for 85 yards. Don’t forget that all the running backs almost combined for 40 attempts. Gordon and Williams will split again, but it will be Williams who is going to shine.
Defense I’ll play with confidence:
Philadelphia Eagles ($2,400)
Either the Falcons are that bad or the Eagles are that good. They only allowed six points, had three sacks and were able to get 10 DK points. The San Francisco 49ers are coming to Philly and they were up 41-17 last week with two minutes left in the game only to go on to squeeze out a 41-33 victory. The 49ers fell apart. Going back-to-back road games will be hard, and compared to the Detroit Lions, the Eagles look like more of a complete team. This could be the pressure we as fans want to see as Jimmy Garoppolo could get benched for Trey Lance. This defense is cheap enough to build around, you could add it to a good stack!
Best of luck this week and be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we discuss our favorite against-the-spread picks for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL Season!