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Expert DRAFTing Week 2

 A how-to-guide to beating this week's snake drafts on DRAFT

 

DRAFT offers weekly fantasy contests with 5-man rosters (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR/TE) and 0.5-point PPR scoring (the same as FanDuel).  But instead of using a salary cap like other daily fantasy sites, teams are built through live snake drafts with 30-seconds per pick. The most common contest sizes are Head-to-Head, 3-Team, 6-Team and 10-Team.

This weekly article will feature positional breakdowns that rank and break down the top options at each of the three positions. In the positional rankings, we also list the value over replacement level at the position for each contest size. So for example, Tom Brady projects for 21 points. In a Head-to-Head contest his value over replacement is zero points because Aaron Rodgers also projects for 21 points. In a 10-Man contest, the replacement level quarterbacks are Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger and Kirk Cousins who each projects for 18 points, so Brady's value over replacement in a 10-Man contest is 3 points. 

In addition to the positional rankings and projections, we will rank every player for each of the four prime contest sizes in the following sections. In these sections, we will also go in-depth on Week 2 strategy for each of the four contest sizes. 

Note: Early in the week, DRAFT only has full-slate contests available. Thus, the rankings will be for the full slate and include Thursday and Monday night players. It will be noted in the article where the post-Thursday strategy changes. In Week 2, there are no elite options in the Thursday or Monday games, so strategy and player values/rankings are more or less unchanged on the Sunday slate compared to the full slate. 

 

Quarterback Breakdown

 

RANKNAMEPOSGAMEPTSH2H3 Team6 Team10 Team
1 Tom Brady QB NE@NO 21 0 0.5 2.5 3
2 Aaron Rodgers QB GB@ATL 21 0 0.5 2.5 3
3 Russell Wilson QB SF@SEA 20.5   0 2 2.5
4 Matt Ryan QB GB@ATL 20     1.5 2
5 Drew Brees QB NE@NO 19.5     1 1.5
6 Derek Carr QB NYJ@OAK 18.5     0 0.5
7 Jameis Winston QB CHI@TB 18.5       0.5
8 Carson Palmer QB ARI@IND 18.5       0.5
9 Kirk Cousins QB WAS@LAR 18       0
10 Cam Newton QB BUF@CAR 18       0
11 Ben Roethlisberger QB MIN@PIT 18        
12 Alex Smith QB PHI@KC 17.5        
13 Sam Bradford QB MIN@PIT 17.5        
14 Marcus Mariota QB TEN@JAX 17        
15 Philip Rivers QB MIA@LAC 17        


The quarterback spotlight is understandably on the Green Bay-Atlanta and New England-New Orleans games this weekend. Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Drew Brees each have huge upside in games that Las Vegas expects to be shootouts. Of the four, Brady probably has the best matchup against a young New Orleans secondary that Sam Bradford shredded on Monday night.

Russell Wilson and Derek Carr would be obvious top options this week but for blowout concerns. Both are double-digit home favorites. Can the 49ers or Jets put up enough offense that Wilson and Carr will still be airing it out in the second half?

With Jameis Winston, Carson Palmer, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer and Kirk Cousins each in relatively favorable spots, the quarterback position is very deep this week. It should be easy to wait until the final round in drafts of all sizes and still get an option you feel good about.

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