Whether Week 1 was profitable for you or not, there's little question that Week 2 should be better for those of us willing to do the research. One reason for that has to do with more data from Week 1 and people overreacting to that. Want proof? Let's take a look at ownership from Thursday's NFL Snap #3.
The top owned player by far? Carlos Hyde ($7,000) at more than 30 percent! Julio Jones ($8,800) and Antonio Brown ($9,200) are both above 20 percent ownership, while Odell Beckham Jr. sits below 10 percent. Why does this matter? If you start Beckham in a tournament and he does better than Jones or Brown, you'll have a lead on a majority of the field. Doing that at multiple positions is how you win tournaments.
With that in mind, here are my favorite players who were owned in less than 5 percent of Thursday lineups.
QB Tony Romo ($8,500) DAL @ PHI, 2.5 percent: People are overreacting to the loss of Dez Bryant here. That kills Romo's floor, but in a high volume game like this he still has a very high floor. Tom Brady was twice as owned against a very tough Bills defense.
RB Rashad Jennings ($6,400) NYG vs. ATL, 1.4 percent: The Falcons gave up more Fantasy points to running backs than any other team in Week 1, and Jennings nearly had two scores. Ameer Abdullah is the same price with a worse matchup and is owned in nearly 13 percent of lineups.
WR Brandon Coleman ($5,000) NO vs. TB, 3.3 percent: Coleman was my favorite cheap WR before I saw this number. Now I'm having a hard time building a tournament lineup without him. Brandin Cooks is $2,400 more and owned at 17.4 percent.
TE Greg Olsen ($6,000) CAR vs. HOU, 3.4 percent: It's funny, you generally think of Olsen as the reliable cash game play. When he's a $100 more than Tyler Eifert, who's 12 percent owned, that changes. The Texans defense that Olsen faces is the same one that gave up the monster game to Travis Kelce.
I think it's pretty clear that the Eagles and Saints are the two best stacks of the week and will probably be the most popular. In sticking with the contrarian theme of this article, here are my two favorite stacks that are barely owned:
Cincinnati vs. San Diego: The Bengals are still too cheap and Tyler Eifert is the only part of the passing game anyone is touching. This Chargers defense was not great against the Lions in Week 1. Andy Dalton ($6,900, 1.9 percent) and A.J. Green ($8,100, 4.8 percent) are my favorite contrarian plays, and I wouldn't mind pairing them with Eifert.
Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans: This entire team is a contrarian play with Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($4,500) being the team's highest owned player at around 5 percent. I am starting the Saints defense in cash (as you'll see below), but that doesn't mean I don't see potential for Jameis Winston ($6,600, 0.6 percent) and Vincent Jackson ($7,200, 0.9 percent). They could put up a ton of Fantasy points playing from behind.
Of course all of this speculation is likely fruitless if you don't have a good cash lineup to cover your tournaments. Here is my favorite cash lineup for Week 2.
FanDuel Cash Lineup
QB Carson Palmer $7,80-0 ARI @ CHI
RB Mark Ingram $8,000 NO vs. TB
RB Carlos Hyde $7,000 SF @ PIT
WR Antonio Brown $9,200 PIT vs. SF
WR Jordan Matthews $7,000 PHI vs. DAL
WR Larry Fitzgerald $5,900 ARI @ CHI
TE Martellus Bennett $6,100 CHI vs. ARI
K Zach Hocker $4,500 NO vs. TB
DEF New Orleans Saints $4,500 vs. TB