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Fantasy Football: Best DFS plays for Week 6

Fantasy Football: Best DFS plays for Week 6

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)

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.