Digging In The Crates Daily 2017 week 2

By Justin Lonero
Justin Lonero Week 2 DraftKings


Sam Bradford @ Pittsburgh ($5,500)
Sam Bradford won the NFC offensive player of the week award Week 1 by putting on a clinic against the Saints at home. He'll get a Pittsburgh Steelers defense week 2 that allowed rookie Deshone Kizer to do a little bit of everything in his first career game. Bradford has talent all around him with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph and rookie Dalvin Cook. The Vikings offensive line kept Bradford upright and gave him a pocket with ample time. The Steelers are a favorite and this game could have a good amount of points scored.

Philip Rivers vs. Dolphins ($5,800)
Philip Rivers will face a middle of the road Dolphins secondary at home week 2. PFF ranked the Dolphins secondary 19th heading into the regular season and they are rested. Rivers has a full arsenal of weapons in Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry and a sound running game with Melvin Gordon. DraftKings has him priced as the 16th most expensive Quarterback this week, which is an absolute steal. He managed to throw three touchdowns against a stingy Broncos secondary a week ago he should feast at home against Miami.

Running back

Tarik Cohen @ Tampa Bay ($4,100)
Jordan Howard struggled in the passing game in 2016 which is why the Bears went and drafted Tarik Cohen for some stability. Cohen caught 8-of-12 targets week 1 and did not disappoint with 25.3 Fantasy points. He was used in the back field and out of the slot. It appears Mike Glennon is going to check down a ton leaving Cohen to be targeted heavily. He'll get the Buccaneers week 2 who ranked 26th in DVOA against pass catching running backs in 2016. He is one of the top crate plays of the week.

Jacquizz Rodgers vs. Bears ($4,400)
Jacquizz Rodgers has had atleast 17 carries in the last five games that he has been thrusted into the starting running back role for the Buccaneers. The Bears have a stout run defense which could limit his production, but based on volume he's worth using at his price point. There is also a narrative here that Rodgers used to play for the Bears. His floor seems safe and his salary allows us to pay up elsewhere.

Bonus: Javorius Allen

Wide receiver

Cooper Kupp vs. Redskins ($4,100)
First things first. Jared Goff is NOT Joe Montana. He exploited an atrocious Colts team week 1. He also has furthered his rapport with rookie wide out Cooper Kupp. I expect to see Josh Norman covering Sammy Watkins and that will free up Kupp for certain. Kupp has drawn Jarvis Landry comparison's. Kupp caught 4-of-6 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown week 1. I love his price and upside.

Adam Thielen @ Steelers ($5,000)
Breaking News: Adam Thielen is good. Not that he's in the slot it's a perfect fit with Sam Bradford. Thielen caught 9-of-10 targets for 157 yards week 1. He'll get a Steelers secondary that can be exploited. He doesn't have the upside of Stefon Diggs but he almost feels safer week to week. His price tag is a bit expensive for a crate play but not by much. He'll eat

Bonus: Corey Coleman

Tight End

Jesse James ($3,200)
For many years we saw a rapport with Ben Roethlisberger and Heath Miller. Off into the sunset goes Heath and in comes Jesse James. James caught 6-of-8 targets week 1 for 41 yards and two touchdowns. James may find himself being a red zone favorite for Ben Roethlisberger. Saints tight end Coby Fleener performed solid against the Vikings last Week. He'll be low owned making him a strong tournament play.

Coby Fleener vs. Patriots ($3,100)
Coby Fleener caught 5-of-6 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown week 1 against the Vikings. With Willie Sneak suspended and huge Vegas point total, Fleener will most likely be the benefiary. We never have to pay up for tight ends and Fleener is practically free. Fleener will not win a ton of one on one situations but he'll be a favorite of Drew Brees in the red zone.

Bonus:Charles Clay

Defense/Special Teams

Jaguars vs. Titans ($3,100)
The Jaguars had 10 sacks, 3 defensive fumble recoveries, and a touchdown week 1 against the Texans. They are an outstanding young defense with talent at every level. The Jaguars are at home and we love to play defenses at home.