The opening weekend of the 100th NFL season was riddled with injuries and surprise performances that make the Week 2 Sunday slate on DraftKings contests even more interesting. Below are four low-dollar ballers you’ll want to get into you’re lineup.
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Deon Cain – WR – Colts ($3,000)
The broken collarbone to Indianapolis receiver Devin Funchess immediately elevates Cain to at least a joint WR2 role with rookie Parris Campbell ($3,700).
This sleeper possibility would’ve been more exciting for DraftKings players if Andrew Luck were under center instead of Jacoby Brissett ($5,000), but here we are. Regardless, Cain hauled in both targets for first downs in the loss to the Chargers and could be in line for the majority share of Funchess’s targets — he had five Sunday.
Cain’s large 6’2”, 202-pound frame is the perfect complement opposite the speedy T.Y. Hilton ($6,800). The 2018 sixth-round pick impressed this preseason coming off of a torn ACL injury last August. He’s appeared more polished overall than Campbell, who’s versatile skill set matches up more to that of Hilton.
Vance McDonald – TE – Steelers ($3,900)
A three-point stinker was all Pittsburgh could produce in its Week 1 thrashing by the Patriots. Like the rest of the offense, McDonald didn’t do much.
He was targeted only four times and didn’t make a catch until late in the fourth quarter. What I did like was his two receptions averaged 20 yards, which displayed the vertical seam-stretching ability so many pundits were bullish on in the preseason. That might have come in softer coverage garbage time, but it’s a start.
The reason I’m locking in the 29-year-old TE against an always stout Seahawks defense ($2,900) is because the Steelers need to find playmakers, and the wide receivers didn’t cut it in the opener. Ben Roethlisberger’s ($5,800) confidence must be somewhat shaken in Donte Moncrief ($4,000) and James Washington ($3,600), who combined for a gross five receptions on 16 targets.
The running game was underwhelming as well, which almost by default leaves McDonald with a great opportunity to be Big Ben’s high-volume secondary threat. There’s a real chance to cash in on the 6’4” veteran as a strong contrarian play here.
Derek Carr – QB – Raiders ($5,100)
As one of the lowest priced starting QBs, I love Carr against a still-porous Chiefs defense.
KC gave up a combined three touchdowns and 350- ards to the un-intimidating Jacksonville duo of Gardner Minshew II ($4,800) and Nick Foles (IR). I mean, the name “Minshew” sounds like a breed of adorable field mouse, doesn’t it?! If that late-draft flyer can heave 275 passing yards at an 88% completion rate, surely Carr can smack down some impressive fantasy stats.
The great thing about playing the Chiefs for DFS purposes is that opponents almost always are forced into a shootout. Carr looked sharp in spreading the ball around to seven different receiving options for a TD, 259 passing yards, a sweet 10.0 yards per completion average and no turnovers.
Not prolific numbers, but sprinkle in a little more production and all of a sudden you’re looking at a sweet 20-plus DKFP afternoon at a nice $5,100 salary. Roll with the Raider and spend more elsewhere.
Denver Broncos D/ST ($2,700)
Broncos defense a sleeper?! At a $2,700 price tag, this is the best value DST on the Sunday DraftKings slate of contests.
They battle a Bears group that only mustered three points in a dud NFL season kickoff loss to Green Bay on Thursday. Chicago’s offense obviously has the potential to be much more dynamic, but it won’t be this weekend.
Despite its Monday night defeat to the Raiders, Denver still kept the division rivals to less than 100 rushing yards and a respectable 259 yards through the air. The zero sacks is a bit of a concern; however, the pass-rush potential for Von Miller and Bradley Chubb versus the Bears is undeniable.
After all, a less-impressive Green Bay D recorded five sacks, six tackles for loss, an interception and 11 QB hits against Chicago.
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