Welcome to Roster Resource’s weekly fantasy article based on the best and worst values we find on FanDuel and DraftKings. Remember, we are not making season-long recommendations. These suggestions on who to start and who to scrap help you win each Sunday and get paid on Monday in your DFS leagues or tournaments.
Drew Brees: FanDuel $8,900 – DraftKings $7,800
The home opener should be fun for the Saints this year. We just saw Marcus Mariota treat the Tampa defense the way, well, the way Drew Brees normally would. With Rodgers going up against Seattle, Brady at Buffalo and Luck facing the Jets, Brees should be able to take high-score honors for all quarterbacks this week.
Colin Kaepernick: FanDuel $7,800 – DraftKings $6,900
There was major fear that all San Francisco fantasy assets had gone down the drain with the departure of so many keep pieces on the defense and offensive line. However, we saw Carlos Hyde put on an absolute show against the Vikings, and if you think that came out of nowhere, you didn’t watch him run last year. It’s a great matchup against Pittsburgh, who was horrible last week defensively. No, Kaepernick is not Tom Brady but with the Steelers focused on Hyde, a messy defensive backfield and Colin’s ability to run, he’s got a very high upside to low floor ratio this week.
Andy Dalton: FanDuel $6,900 – DraftKings $5,800
San Diego’s defense is solid but it’s nothing to write home about and Dalton continues to be underappreciated early this year. Jeremy Hill is an attention-grabbing back. AJ Green requires a double-team in most passing situations. This opens the field up for Gio Bernard, Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones. The Cincy offense has weapons everywhere and Dalton is into his fifth season. He won’t be this cheap come week 4.
Stay away from:
Tom Brady – If anyone knows the Patriots outside of Foxboro, it’s got to be Rex Ryan. We just saw the Bills shut Andrew Luck down, who was on our scrap list last week, so there is no reason to fool around with Brady.
Aaron Rodgers – This is a purely matchup-based decision. No, the Seahawks don’t look to be as potent a defense as they have been over the last two seasons, but do you really want to pay top dollar for a guy playing Seattle without his No. 1 receiver?
Lamar Miller: FanDuel $7,300 – DraftKings $5,500
The Jacksonville defense is a great matchup for Miller, who is cheap this week after a poor week 1 showing. The Redskins’ defense contained Miller last week but the ‘Skins actually have a solid front seven. Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron will open things up down field, which should give Miller plenty of room to run against Jacksonville.
Carlos Hyde: FanDuel $7,000 – DraftKings $5,100
If you watched Monday night’s game against the Vikings, you probably have Hyde on your radar this week anyway. The answer is yes. Yes, you should like him again this week. Yes, he should be just fine on the road against the Steelers. San Francisco’s offense presents one of the best running back situations in the NFL, outside Dallas of course, and with Reggie Bush out or limited, he should get 20+ carries again this week.
Darren Sproles: FanDuel $5,500 – DraftKings $3,500
Get Sproles in your lineup if you’re a DraftKings player. Dallas isn’t a great defense and their weakness is their secondary. If you’re looking to exploit a weak secondary, it’s important to get receivers on the field and spread the defense thin. Sproles plays perfectly into that role. Look for Sproles to get between seven and nine targets and he’ll probably bring them all in. Sproles always has the ability to break a huge play and you’re getting points for all those receptions, even if they’re only five yards down field.
Stay away from:
Matt Forte – The Bears bruiser’s price went up after a big game in Week 1 but Arizona is a very strong defense and should be avoided in most situations.
Frank Gore – Cramps in the second quarter? Is Frank Gore actually showing signs of age? Who knows if that was the problem, but Gore didn’t look good and the Jets run defense shut down the Browns running game last week.
AJ Green: FanDuel $8,100 – DraftKings $7,500
If you’ve found your cost effective players in other spots, here is your chance to spend and lock in a solid outing. San Diego has a fast-paced offense, second only to Philadelphia, which should result in more snaps for both teams and the possible shootout. Also, you’d figure, after getting snubbed in the red zone last week, both touchdowns went to Tyler Eifert, Dalton would give his top-dog a little love in the home opener.
Jordan Matthews: FanDuel $7,000 – DraftKings $7,100
Matthews is significantly better deal on FanDuel than on DraftKings. For DraftKings, go with Jarvis Landry over Matthews. Having said that, Mathews has the potential to explode this week. Dallas has very little to offer in terms of pass protection and with all eyes on DeMarco Murray against his former team, look for Matthews to steal the show in what could be a shootout.
Brandon Coleman: FanDuel $5,000 – DraftKings $3,300
Coleman was established as the No. 3 receiver, behind Marques Colston, but proved two very important facts last week: Drew Brees trusts him in the red zone and he is capable of making tough plays to get the ball into the end zone. At this price Coleman allows you to load up at another position.
Stay away from:
Randall Cobb – This is a guy who is a great play most weeks but it is a bit unnerving to know that a week after getting only five targets, the guy we thought would be a target monster with Jordy Nelson out, will be facing a heavy dose of Richard Sherman and Co.
DeAndre Hopkins – Hopkins was a great play last week but his price has risen and his matchup, at Carolina, is much tougher. Also, it would be wise to watch him play with Ryan Mallett, who appears to be taking over for Brian Hoyer, before investing.
Jordan Cameron: FanDuel $5,500 – DraftKings $4,000
If you haven’t noticed by now, the matchup against Jacksonville is very enticing this week. Cameron was targeted seven times in his first game with the Dolphins, which is a very promising sign. This is a guy with top notch talent in a top notch matchup going for mid/low level tight end dollars.
Greg Olsen: FanDuel $6,000 – DraftKings $4,900
Similar to AJ Green, Olsen was left out of the opening week party and is headed into a Week 2 home opener. Olsen is loved by Cam Newton and all of Carolina. On the road at Miami is a much tougher matchup than home to Houston, especially for a tight end. JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney will be getting after Cam but that only increases Olsen’s chances of succeeding as Cam’s safety valve like he has for years.
Vernon Davis: FanDuel $5,100 – DraftKings $3,000
Davis received six targets in the season opener and proved to be one of the guys Kaepernick will rely on. The veteran tight end shouldn’t have trouble finding space against a Steelers secondary that was completely lost in Week 1. This is a bargain for a starting tight end who could easily find the end zone.
Stay away from:
Martellus Bennett – You can consider Bennett most weeks but he’s going up against one of the toughest defenses the Bears will see all year. Skip him this week.
Dwayne Allen – Allen isn’t among the higher priced tight ends but there are still at least five guys cheaper in both DraftKings and FanDuel that have better matchups and potential.
Rob Heinemann is an avid sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since 1998. Heinemann, a New Yorker, has covered high school, college and professional sports since 2010. Follow @NFLRosters and @RobMSGV on Twitter and feel free to shoot your fantasy-related questions our way. Be sure to check back each week for information on who to start and who to scrap in your DFS leagues.