Happy Friday. I'm participating weekly in FanDuel's Daily Fantasy Accuracy Cup (DFAC) along with other fantasy football thinkers. Here are five plays I like and plan on using for Week 2.
Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Titans vs. Browns, $7,600 -- Tennessee's passing game isn't exactly reliable, but teams lighting up Cleveland's is. The Browns have allowed three touchdown passes in three straight games and at least 300 passing yards in four of the last five. Mariota scored a season-high 30.52 points last week against the Dolphins and has at least 17 points in three of five games. At that cost, against that opponent and at home makes for a strong play. Use tight end Delanie Walker ($6,700) for stacking purposes.
Other quarterbacks: Drew Brees ($8,500), Brian Hoyer ($7,000)
LeSean McCoy, Running back, Bills vs. 49ers, $8,200 -- Don't look now but the Bills have won three straight and likely extended the streak against San Francisco. That should mean Buffalo plays with the lead in the second half, which means a chance to feed McCoy against a defense that has allowed 174 yards in two straight weeks and five rushing scores over the previous three games.
Jonathan Stewart, Running back, Panthers at Saints, $6,300 -- "Daily Show" returns after missing a month with a hamstring injury and right into a glorious matchup. New Orleans is allowing a league-high 28 points to fantasy runners this season. There's always a fear that Cam Newton could steal a goal line score, but Stewart and really every viable player in this game should be strongly considered.
Other running backs: LeVeon Bell ($9,300), Ryan Mathews ($6,500)
Antonio Brown, Wide receiver, Steelers at Dolphins, $9,700 -- Rostering at least one of the elite receivers is almost always a viable DFS strategy. The price is high for Brown, but typically so is the production. Expect another big day for Brown against a Miami defense allowing the sixth most points to fantasy receivers. Don't overthink this.
Michael Thomas, Wide receiver, Saints vs. Panthers, $5,400 -- If we spend big on Brown and McCoy then we need cheaper options elsewhere. Brandin Cooks ($7,500) is the top option for New Orleans and worth considering against a Panthers defense that struggles in the air without Josh Norman. Yet Thomas provides value and upside; the rookie from Ohio State has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks.
Other wide receivers: Jeremy Maclin ($6,900), Cameron Meredith ($5,400)
Other tight ends not named Delanie Walker: Greg Olsen ($8,100), Jesse James ($5,400)