Welcome to the Week Two edition of the DraftKings Sneaky Plays. This weekly article will examine the pricing for the Saturday slate of games offered and try to identify some “sneaky” under the radar plays that could pay big dividends. The pricing for Week Two is once again very tight with average fantasy players being bumped up in price, so it will be imperative this week to hit on some cheaper priced guys that allow room for the high priced studs. The theme of this week is small school ballers with bad matchups. While many of these players will fall flat on their faces against the big boys, there will be a few that put up decent numbers and allow DFS players some salary relief. Without any further adieu, let’s get into some of the potential Week Two nuggets.
Justice Hansen Arkansas State QB vs. Alabama $5900: This is the ultimate example of a fantasy stud from a small school going against a giant and having a terrible matchup. Hansen is arguably the top fantasy QB this year and is fresh off a 423 yard and six touchdown performance against Southeast Missouri State in Week One. This week he has the worst matchup possible in college football as he travels to Tuscaloosa to face mighty Alabama. The Crimson Tide just destroyed Louisville and will do the same the the Red Wolves without question. Even in a blowout, Hansen still has the ability to hit 3 or 4X value with 20-25 DK points. Hansen may need to get his points in garbage time, but DFS players don’t care when they come as long as they do. This senior is worth a dart throw given his reduced price tag in Week Two.
Steven Montez Colorado QB vs. Nebraska $8500: This could be the year that Montez puts it all together and becomes a fantasy force. He accounted for 372 total yards and five total touchdowns last week against Colorado State and could post similar numbers this week versus Nebraska. While the Huskers defense should show some improvement this season under Scott Frost, they should still yield plenty of yards and points to opposing offenses. Montez has plenty of young weapons at his disposal and may shred this Huskers defense. A stat line of 300 total yards and four or five scores seems about right for Montez in this old school rivalry game.
Antonio Williams UNC RB vs. ECU $6400: The transfer from Ohio State led the Tar Heels in carries in Week One with 17 and is clearly the lead back heading into the second game of 2018. He should find it much easier going this week against a horrific East Carolina defense. The Pirates ranked 125th versus the run in 2017 and don’t seem to be any better this fall. The UNC ground game should be humming this week and Williams should be leading the way. Anything less than 100 yards and a score would be a major disappointment this week considering the matchup. Williams looks to be in a great position to post a big rushing total at a bargain price against the Pirates in Week Two.
Kirvonte Benson Georgia Tech RB vs. South Florida $6000: Benson ran for 75 yards and two scores last week in three quarters against Alcorn State after being suspended for the first quarter. He should see his carries rise significantly this week in a competitive game against South Florida. While Benson will face a step up in competition this week with a road trip to Raymond James Stadium, this bruiser looks to be a good bet to easily outperform his modest price tag. It would not be a shock to see Benson top the 100-yard mark and add a touchdown or two on the ground on the road against this AAC foe.
Josh Jacobs Alabama RB vs. Arkansas State $4800: Jacobs is a super talented junior that would start for most teams in college football. He scored two touchdowns last week against Louisville, including a 77-yard kickoff return. There could be plenty of fantasy goodness for Jacobs in garbage time this week versus Arkansas State. Jacobs looks like a solid bet to find the end zone this week and approach 100 total yards. Plug him in and pay up elsewhere.
Raheem Blackshear Rutgers RB vs. Ohio State $3900: This talented sophomore churned out 118 total yards and two touchdowns last week versus Texas State. Offensive coordinator John McNulty stated that Blackshear is the best player on this Rutgers team and his workload could increase. The rationale for playing Blackshear is pretty simple. While Ohio State blew out Oregon State last week and will likely blow out Rutgers this week, the Buckeyes gave up huge chunk plays in the ground game, including touchdown runs of 80 and 78 yards to Artavis Pierce. This Scarlet Knight could provide players with some major salary relief against the Buckeyes and carry a low ownership percentage.
Laviska Shenault Colorado WR vs. Nebraska $5900: Shenault is a rising sophomore that was the rage of fall camp and tore up Colorado State in the opening game. He hauled in 11 of his 12 targets and accounted for 48% of the targets for the team. It’s apparent that this electric playmaker will be heavily involved in the Buffaloes passing game this season and he has a nice matchup this week against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are still searching for an identity on defense and may have a difficult time slowing down Shenault this week in Lincoln. This game could see plenty of points and yards, with this playmaker being seeing plenty of opportunities.
Blake Proehl ECU WR vs. UNC $3600: The son of long time NFL receiver Ricky Proehl, Blake showed he can play a bit like his Dad last week. The redshirt freshman had 9 receptions and scored his first career touchdown in a disastrous loss to North Carolina A&T. The Pirates of ECU are a terrible team and will be throwing the ball all over the field in every game this season just to try to compete. Proehl looks to have developed a solid chemistry with QB Reid Herring and should see a bunch of targets each week. His near minimum price tag is very attractive for a team that will likely throw the ball 60 times against North Carolina. Take a stab with this Pirate in Week Two.
Jayden Reed Western Michigan WR vs. Michigan $3000: This freshman made quite an impression last week against Syracuse with 121 yards receiving and a score on ten targets. He is drawing rave reviews from his coaches for his route running and awareness on the field. Reed is expected to be a major contributor in the Western Michigan passing attack and could be an under the radar option against Michigan this week. The Wolverines pass defense was phenomenal last season and ranked #1 against the pass in all of college football. The Broncos passing game is much better than most Big 10 opponents that Michigan faces and could find some success through the air. Reed should see enough targets to easily pay off on his minimum price and will also carry a low ownership percentage, which is very helpful in tournament play.
Randall St. Felix South Florida WR vs. Georgia Tech $5000: This redshirt freshman had his coming out party in Week One with 7 catches for 143 yards and a score against Elon. St. Felix had a terrific spring and parlayed that momentum into the top receiving performance in USF history. He is a strong and physical wideout that can run both the short routes and stretch the field vertically. The Bulls may have to throw often this week and St. Felix should see plenty of targets. The price point seems right for this rising youngster to easily hit value even against stiffer competition in Week Two.