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FantasyAces Football: Week 2 Value Picks

Josh Collacchi

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Daily fantasy football is back, and FantasyAces is ready to continue the momentum from a huge Week 1. Head on over to Aces to check out their contests for Week 2, which includes over $100,000 in guaranteed contests!

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Not sure how to play at Fantasy Aces? We are here to help. Each week, RotoWire will offer advice on who to start in a given week, and give you that extra edge in your pursuit of real cash prizes.

Format

At Fantasy Aces, the starting lineup requires two quarterbacks, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, two FLEX (running back, wide receiver or tight end), a kicker and defense/special teams. You have a salary cap of $55,000 to create your team. Fantasy Aces understands that you may want to start Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, or Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, and now you can. That’s the beauty of playing daily fantasy football at Aces; you can start the players you want.

The full scoring system can be found here, but essentially it is a standard scoring system for regular fantasy football with the only difference being half-point PPR (point per reception).

Without further ado, here are some suggested plays for Week 2.

Rather than discuss the top options at each position, some deeper players are detailed for your convenience.

Quarterback

Sam Bradford, $6,400 vs. DAL


Bradford is priced as QB14 on FantasyAces for Week 2, making him one of the better bargains. In Week 1 against the Falcons, Bradford threw 52 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions (one of which bounced off the hands of Jordan Matthews). Bradford also could’ve had another touchdown, but the call was not reviewed and the Eagles ran it in on the next play.

While 52 passes won’t be the norm for the Eagles, their dink-and-dunk offense heavily benefits Bradford’s fantasy value. Rather than just running the ball, Eagles running backs caught 14 passes (mostly screens and quick wheel routes) Monday night.

Bradford faces a Cowboys’ secondary that performed well in Week 1, but the Giants’ passing offense struggled immensely without any other weapons to complement Odell Beckham Jr.

With his high volume, and the fact that the over/under is the highest of Week 2, Bradford makes for an excellent value play at quarterback.

Joe Flacco, $6,100 vs. OAK

Flacco struggled in the Ravens’ first contest against the Broncos, but he gets a matchup on the opposite end of the spectrum in Week 2 against the Raiders.

In Week 1, Oakland allowed Andy Dalton and the Bengals to pass for 269 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout loss. While Flacco does not have the targets that Dalton has in A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, Baltimore’s signal-caller has the matchup to perform well and will be a very low owned option after registering just 1.85 fantasy points last week.

The Raiders secondary is also likely to be without Charles Woodson, so their already weak group of defensive backs lost arguably its best player. Considering Flacco’s price as QB20 in a good matchup, he is a solid value play in Week 2.

Other Options: Colin Kaepernick vs. PIT, Johnny Manziel vs. TEN

Running Back

Bishop Sankey, $4,550 vs. CLE


Before Week 1, starting a running back against the Browns seemed like a bold decision. Then, the Jets ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a dominant win.

In Week 2, Sankey will get the honor of facing the same defense, and he’ll look to build on an impressive Week 1 in which he ran for 74 yards and a touchdown and caught a receiving touchdown from rookie Marcus Mariota.

Sankey is priced as RB18 on FantasyAces.

Carlos Hyde, $4,650 vs. PIT

Hyde was an absolute monster on Monday night against the Vikings. There is no other way to describe his performance in his first start for the Niners, as he put up 168 yards and two touchdowns en route to the top finish at running back for Week 1.

He now faces a Steelers defense that was gashed last week by Dion Lewis, even though the Patriots were focused on throwing the ball, which is the exact opposite of San Francisco’s approach.

Hyde’s price will surely rise after Week 2, as the prices were set before his Week 1 performance, so be sure to take advantage of the temporary bargain on FantasyAces. If Week 1 was any indication, Hyde will be the centerpiece of San Francisco’s offense in 2015.

Other Options: Tevin Coleman vs. NYG, Jonathan Stewart vs. HOU

Wide Receiver

Rashad Greene, $3,500 vs. MIA


Greene’s (back) price on FantasyAces is absurd, assuming he’s able to play. He received 13 targets in Week 1 and was able to catch seven passes including a touchdown. He is clearly a favorite of quarterback Blake Bortles, making him a solid option as a near-minimum-price play in Week 2 if he is able to suit up.

Greene faces the Dolphins in Week 2, which means he’ll likely see a lot of the very beatable Brice McCain in the slot.

Larry Fitzgerald, $4,500 vs. CHI

In Week 1, the Bears allowed three touchdowns to wide receivers, including two to James Jones. That bodes well for Fitzgerald, who has returned to fantasy relevance with Carson Palmer back in the saddle for the Cardinals.

In the last few seasons, Fitzgerald has averaged almost five more fantasy points per game when Palmer is at quarterback as opposed to any other starter, per RotoViz’ game splits app. His fantasy value is very dependent on quarterback play, and he seems to have it on his side again with Palmer healthy.

Fitzgerald caught six passes for 87 yards in Week 1 against the Saints, and sees a similar matchup against the Bears in Week 2. With the Cardinals likely to throw the ball a bunch, Fitzgerald’s targets should see plenty of targets again.

Other Options: John Brown vs. CHI and Stevie Johnson vs. CIN

Tight End

Darren Fells, $3,000 vs. CHI


Fellas is the absolute minimum on FantasyAces, costing just $3,000 against the cap. We have seen these players before, a “random” tight end scoring a touchdown. That normally does not make them fantasy-relevant, however.

In Fells’ case it does, because he saw five targets, caught four and played 52 of 62 snaps for the Cardinals.

Fells now faces a soft Chicago defense that was worst in the NFL at defending tight ends last season.

Other Options: Tyler Eifert vs. CIN and Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. NO

Don't forget to keep an eye on the NFL inactive list. With the injury report changing all the time, a lot could happen before Sunday.

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