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Scott Barrett’s daily fantasy focus: Top plays, strategy, and advice for Week 2

Dec 24, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against the New York Giants in the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This article is long, so I’ll spare you a lengthy intro. Here’s all the fantasy football information you should need to know in order to dominate your Week 2 DFS tournaments and cash games.

Note: All numbers in brackets refer to a player’s salary rank on FanDuel or DraftKings.

Quarterbacks

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (@ NYG)

(DK: QB16, FD: QB12)

In Week 1, New York’s defense ranked worst in pass rush grade and second-worst in pass coverage grade. They surrendered a perfect 158.3 passer rating to Dak Prescott and the Cowboys, while ranking second-worst in pressure rate over expectation and third-worst in fantasy points allowed per dropback. Meanwhile, against the Jets, Allen ran the ball 10 times, reaching 16.0 fantasy points for the sixth time in seven games. He’s averaging a whopping 23.0 fantasy points per game over this stretch (third-most).

Last season, Allen played in five games against bottom-10 defenses, averaging 0.73 fantasy points per dropback in those games. For perspective, Patrick Mahomes led the league in fantasy points per dropback last year (0.67). Needless to say, I’d bet on the Giants being a bottom-10 defense this year, and Allen posting a big game. As just the 16th-highest-priced quarterback on DraftKings this week, that’s a bet worth making.

If stacking (you don’t always need to with Allen), I like John Brown. Last week the Giants gave up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and, more importantly, the most fantasy points to opposing receivers on deep passes (Brown’s and Allen’s specialty).

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (@ MIA)

(DK: QB5, FD: QB6)

The only defense comparable to (actually, even worse than) New York’s was Miami’s. Game-script might not be ideal for Brady, as 19.0-point favorites, but that didn’t stop Lamar Jackson last week, and that hasn’t stopped Brady before. Brady averages 276 passing yards and 2.7 passing touchdowns across his last 10 double-digit wins against Miami. And now he has Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon to throw to. As just the sixth-highest-priced quarterback on FanDuel, and with a projected top-five ownership in our DFS ownership projections, he’s a top tournament option this week. If stacking, I prefer Julian Edelman and/or Gordon.

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