Top StarStreet Daily Fantasy Football Values - Week 2
Week 2 of fantasy football in underway, and the lineup setting for Sunday is starting to form. Like every week, I recommend that you head over to StarStreet.com for your daily fantasy games.
At StarStreet for this week, there’s a great free-roll that I’m going to play in. The best part about free-rolls is there’s no risk, but a high reward. Here are the details:
1. $1,000 prize pool
2. Start time: Sunday (9/15) at 1:00 est
3. Salary cap style draft.
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Now let’s get into my picks for Week 2.
Each week there will be a column of the players who have the most value at each tier for the given week. There are arguably three tiers of players in Daily Fantasy Football: Top Tier, Second Tier, and the Value Tier. The Value tier consists of the players you would not normally consider, but for a given week the specific player is considered a good play. So each week there will be a list of three players at each tier. Obviously you want the top-tier players each week, but the salary cap prevents that. They key in Daily Fantasy Football is to get the best value at each position. Specifically, this could mean paying less on the salary cap for a better player. A good strategy is to get “average” fantasy players (Second or Value Tier) who have great matchups and mix in a few stars with favorable matchups as well.
Each respective position has a specific breakdown of what a “tier” is. At quarterback, the top tier for a given week are guys that could easily put up 350 yards and three or four touchdowns. The only players that could be in that top tier each week are guys like Drew Brees or Peyton Manning. But for a given week, a Matt Ryan could be a top tier quarterback based on his matchup. For the second tier, these are quarterbacks that may not get 300 yards and four touchdowns, but they have to potential to get to that level. A perfect example of a tier two quarterback is Matthew Stafford. Since the Lions throw the ball so much, he has the potential to get to even 400 yards for a given week. The last tier, but certainly not least is the value tier. This is based on the fact that the quarterbacks cost is much to low for what the likely production for a given week is. This could be a Michael Vick. While Vick is not likely to put up top quarterback numbers every week, and he doesn’t have the potential to do so each week, he does possess a great possibility of accruing a lot of fantasy points for a low price.
The same scale works for running backs. The top tier players are the Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin type guys. Every week they should have around 100 yards and a touchdown or two. These are the guys who win fantasy leagues for people. But as aforementioned, there are some players who can get to the top tier based on matchups. The same goes for the second tier as well. The perfect second tier running back is Demarco Murray. He could have 75 yards and a touchdown, but has the potential to get to over 100 yards and a touchdown or two. The value tier is based on matchups mostly as well, like the quarterbacks. This is for the backs that may get second half carries when a team is winning by a large margin, or the backup that gets a lot of carries. Ben Tate is a perfect value tier running back.
For wide receivers and tight ends, the tiers work a little bit differently. A top tier wide out or tight end has to be a guy who is going to get 10 targets almost every game. These are the Calvin Johnson’s and Jimmy Grahams. It is tough to break into this tier, but once a player is in it, he will likely stay there. Johnson and Dez Bryant are two bonafide tier one receivers. Tier two is for the fantasy players that will get between six and 10 targets, but could get a touchdown or a big play that could push them over the top. A perfect tier two player is Marques Colston. He consistently will put up six catches for 70 yards, but could get a touchdown or a big play to boost his value. The value tier is where it gets interesting for receivers and tight ends. This is the tier for the players that are usually the third or fourth options on the team, but will get enough looks based on matchups. For this week, Fred Davis is a perfect value tier tight end. The Eagles always struggle to cover tight ends, and Davis has proven to be a cushion for RG3 when he gets into trouble. Another value tier player is Jason Avant for the Eagles, who against the Redskins could see a relatively big game for his value.
Without further ado, here are my choices for Daily Fantasy Football for the first second week of the season. Each player’s value is from StarStreet.com, the choice of PFF Writers and fans alike! StarStreet.com is based on a $100,000 salary cap.
1. Peyton Manning vs. the Giants ($15,700)
2. Aaron Rodgers vs. the Redskins ($15,500)
3. Cam Newton vs. the Bills ($13,200)
1. Tony Romo vs. the Chiefs ($12,200)
2. Robert Griffin III vs. the Packers ($12,500)
3. Eli Manning vs. the Broncos ($12,300)
1. Terrelle Pryor vs. the Jaguars ($11,500)
2. Matt Schaub vs. the Titans ($11,100)
3. Philip Rivers vs. the Eagles ($10,800)
1. LeSean McCoy vs. the Chargers ($13,100)
2. Jamaal Charles vs. the Cowboys ($12,800)
3. Doug Martin vs. the Saints ($13,000)
1. Matt Forte vs. the Vikings ($11,800)
2. Alfred Morris vs. the Packers ($11,200)
3. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. the Raiders ($10,600)
1. Ben Tate vs. the Titans ($9,200)
2. David Wilson vs. the Broncos ($9,600)
3. Bryce Brown vs. the Chargers ($6,700)
1. Demaryius Thomas vs. the Giants ($13,100)
2. Brandon Marshall vs. the Vikings ($13,000)
3. A.J. Green vs. the Steelers ($13,200)
1. Vincent Jackson vs. the Saints ($12,200)
2. Reggie Wayne vs. the Dolphins ($11,400)
3. DeSean Jackson vs. the Chargers ($11,400)
1. Pierre Garcon vs. the Packers ($10,200)
2. Steve Smith vs. the Bills ($10,000)
3. Kenny Britt vs. the Texans ($8,8oo)
1. Jimmy Graham vs. the Buccaneers ($11,800)
2. Jordan Cameron vs. the Ravens ($9,800)
3. Jason Witten vs. the Chiefs ($10,200)
1. Greg Olsen vs. the Bills ($9,100)
2. Antonio Gates vs. the Eagles ($9,000)
3. Julius Thomas vs. the Giants ($8,400)
1. Fred Davis vs. the Packers ($6,400)
2. Jermaine Gresham vs. the Steelers ($7,200)
3. Brent Celek vs. the Chargers ($6,300)
Here are some affordable teams on StarStreet.com for this week. As you can see, there are some good combinations that could be had:
Good luck and if you have any questions, ask me on Twitter @PFF_JCollacchi before Sunday at 12:45 EST!