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Week 2 FanDuel Tournament Plays

Armando Marsal goes over some tournament plays to consider in Week 2

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FanDuel/SB Nation Fantasy Football League: Week 2


Stud: Drew Brees $8,900 vs. TB

The Bucs defense was crushed by Marcus Maiota, allowing him to throw 209 yards on just 16 attempts and four touchdowns. Brees started off his season with a mediocre performance, but was on the road versus a solid defense. Historically, Brees has always played better at home. In his career thus far, Brees has thrown 227 touchdowns in home games versus 170 touchdowns in road games. Mind you, he's played more road games. Another nugget, in the last three seasons, Brees has three four touchdown games against the Bucs. He should have no problem getting the 330+ passing yard bonus. The only knock on him is that he may be highly owned, but if you're firing a couple of lineups, he should definitely be in at least one.

Other Studs: Aaron Rodgers $9,300, Andrew Luck $8,900, and Russell Wilson $8,500

Value: Carson Palmer $7,800 at CHI

The Bears defense looked like the Bears defense of last year that allowed the third most passing yards and second most passing touchdowns. Last week, Aaron Rodgers completed 78 percent of his passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. He only had 23 passing attempts. Palmer kicked off the season with a 307 yards and three touchdown game against the Saints. He has played well under Bruce Arians. In fact, Palmer was averaging 271 yards and nearly two touchdowns per game last season prior to getting hurt. The Cardinals are favored on the road against the Bears with a 46 point O/U. It's worth noting it moved up from the O/U it opened at of 44.5. He has a good shot for another productive Sunday.

Other Values: Colin Kaepernick $7,800, Sam Bradford $7,500, and Tyrod Taylor $6,300

Running Backs

Stud: Matt Forte $8,900 vs. ARI

I usually avoid situations where the running back is an underdog, but not in this case. The Cardinals held the fort down against the Saints running backs last week as far as rushing yards is concerned, but they did allow 15 catches for 154 yards to the Saints running backs. Forte is capable of both running the football well and pass catching. Another bonus is that, game flow usually doesn't affect his game. He started off the season with 24 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 25 yards. Last week, he was in 90 percent of the team's offensive snaps, he received 70 percent of the carries, 75 percent of the red zone carries, 100 percent of the goal line carries, and was targeted three times in the red zone. He's clearly a big part of this offense. He offers a high ceiling and a relatively safe floor.

Other Studs: Marshawn Lynch $8,500 and Mark Ingram $8,000

Value: Ameer Abdullah $6,400 at MIN

The Vikings had no answer for the Niners run game in Week 1. Last week, Carlos Hyde ran wild against the Vikings averaging 6.5 yards per carry on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns. Abdullah displayed his big play ability against the Chargers last week. He was in for 45 percent of the team's offensive snaps, but managed to finish the day with 94 total yards and a touchdown. He carried the ball seven times and averaged 7.1 yards per carry and caught four passes for 44 yards. He led all Detroit backs in snap count, touches, and was the most productive. The Lions are a slight underdog in this game, but Abdullah's ability for a big play and his price, makes him a viable option for tournaments.

Other values: Lamar Miller $7,300, Tevin Coleman $6,500, and Danny Woodhead $6,200

Wide Receivers

Stud: Odell Beckham $8,700 vs. ATL

The Falcons surrendered the most receiving yards last season and kicked off the season by allowing the Eagles to gain 336 yards through the air. Beckham had a slow start to the season, but I wouldn't look to deep into that. The Cowboys did a good job controlling the clock and keeping the Giants offense off of the field, as they had possession of the ball for 63 percent of the game. The good news is that 22 percent of Eli Manning's passing attempts went Beckham's way. Vegas has this game at a 51 over/under, the second highest of this week. This is a great spot for a bounce back game for ODB.

Other Studs: Antonio Brown $9,200, Julio Jones $8,800, and Alshon Jeffery

Value: Eric Decker $6,000 at IND

Decker had an underwhelming start to the season, catching two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown did help, but he was only targeted three times during the game. This week, that may not an issue though. Game flow had a lot to do with the few targets as the Jets were able to run the football all over the Browns defense and didn't need to pass much. This week, they face the Colts who can put up points on the board, which means the Jets can be playing catchup. In fact, Vegas currently has the Jets as a seven point underdog. Vontae Davis will be on Marshall this week and he's become one of the best shutdown corners in the league, this could open up the door for more targets potentially heading Decker's way.

Other Values: John Brown $6,200, Donte Moncrief $6,000 (if Hilton is out), and Nelson Agholor $5,700, and

Tight Ends

Stud: Rob Gronkowski $8,300 at BUF

To Gronk or not to Gronk? This appears to be the tough decision that DFS players are having to make this week. I say Gronk! Yes this is a tough matchup, and yes the Bills have recently been one of the best defenses versus tight ends, but we are talking about a player who is essentially matchup proof. Gronk is the Patriots' best red zone option and Brady's go-to guy. Volume alone warrants Gronk to be a start just about every week. He offers a safe floor and a high ceiling. Another incentive is that on a week like this one, he could be less owned due to the matchup.

Other studs: Jimmy Graham $7,100, Martellus Bennett $6,100, and Jason Witten $6,000

Value: Vernon Davis $5,100 at PIT

The Steelers allowed four receiving touchdowns last week, all were to tight ends. Last season they also struggled against tight ends as they allowed the third most touchdowns (11). Davis didn't have a big Week 1, but this is because the Niners ran that ball effectively and got off to an early lead. However, there are some positive things to take from Davis' first game. Davis led the Niners in all receiving categories in Week 1. He got the most targets (6), receptions (3), and yards (47). Nearly 25 percent of Kaepernick's passes went to Davis.

Other values: Zach Ertz $5,200