If you are looking for “expert advice” then a word of warning before you go much further, I am no fantasy football expert! That sentence alone though is one of the very reasons that I love playing DFS each and every NFL Sunday. No worries about injuries. No worries about players on bye weeks. No worrying to set reminders on your phone to submit any waiver claims. For me it’s what fantasy football should be all about, fun. With contests ranging all the way from free to a fortune to take part and cash prizes on offer it makes watching NFL redzone even more entertaining than normal. With that being said let’s look at my week 1 team, and why I think it could be a winner.
QB – Tyrod Taylor $5,600 / Tyrod has always possessed the ability to scramble and any QB that offers a rushing upside in DFS is always a positive. He draws a matchup against a Bengals team that gave up the 25th most points to opposing QB’s last season. An off season where all teams have not had the ability to build chemistry may well see more “off script” type plays developing and hopefully Tyrod will have a steady enough performance with his arm to see his production with his legs make him excellent value.
RB – Josh Jacobs $6,800 / The 2nd year man was having a monster rookie campaign before it was curtailed by injury. He is a sneaky dark horse to lead the league in rushing and with the extra speed the Raiders now have on the outside, hopefully he will see a few less situations against 8 men in the box. The Panthers D is in full rebuild and was ranked last against opposing RB’s last year in DFS, so minus Luke Keuchly I’ll take my chances.
RB – James White $6,000 / The PPR machine will arguably be Cam Newton’s new best friend in New England. White can be a big hit or huge miss in this format and often doesn’t fall anywhere in between. Again sticking to my theory of a lack of offensive chemistry, I see plenty of quick short passes to White out of the backfield to get the new look Patriots offence comfortable. He may not be Run CMC but look for White to be a player to thrive with Cam.
WR – Marvin Jones jr $5,500 / Quite simply here, I like the value. The Lions love to throw the ball with Matthew Stafford so I expect big things from Jones here. Add into the fact that Kenny Golladay is doubtful for this matchup and that should see even more targets heading in the direction of the man who ended up with 10 touchdowns last year. An underrated receiver in his own right, I would hope for over 100 yards receiving and fingers crossed a score.
WR – Davante Adams $7,300 / The only Packers receiver that is truly dependable is of course the favourite target of Aaron Rogers. In a matchup against a retooled Vikings offence this is a good opportunity for the dynamic duo to put up some big numbers. The price is on the higher side but I still think its reasonable value when you consider the other option is Allen Lazard and he would still set you back $4,900.
WR – DK Metcalf $5,800 / Another second year man to find my lineup after an encouraging rookie campaign. DK proved he is more than just a “go” route runner and his physical presence is often a mismatch against much smaller cornerbacks. I expect this game to be quite high scoring with Russell Wilson slinging it out with Matt Ryan so I am hopeful of plenty of targets heading in Metcalf’s direction.
TE – Mark Andrews $6,000 / Without a doubt the favourite target of Lamar Jackson gets a favourable matchup against a Browns team that were ranked in the bottom 10 against tight ends last year. 2 of those matchups were obviously against Andrews himself and he had 2 nice afternoons in 2019. Look for that to become 3 in a row as the Browns got weaker at the linebacker position in the off season.
FLEX – Kendrick Bourne $5,000 / A bit of a punt here as the flex position usually is for myself. One though that hopefully could pay off in a big way as Bourne is the defacto starter now Emmanuel Sanders has gone and Deebo Samuel has been ruled out. Rookie Brandon Aiyuk has also been battling injury so the fact I get a number 1 receiver for a powerhouse team for this price means I’m happy. Hopefully the Cardinals hype is real and points are flowing so San Francisco can’t lean too much on the run.
DST – Miami Dolphins £2,000 / We all need a bit of luck with a DST selection and you could do worse than selecting 1 of the 2 teams (Washington) with the lowest price tag this weekend. Brian Flores is an excellent coach and will hope to make the Patriots first gae in the post Brady era feel like a nightmare.
So that’s the chosen 9 for week 1. As I say I’m no expert but I did manage to deposit just £10 all of last season and have been playing with “winnings” ever since so maybe I’m actually more knowledgeable than I think? Have fun playing week 1 all, football is back!
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