DraftKings Week 1 Lineup
By Ben Rolfe
Who should feature in your lineup on DraftKings in Week 1?
It has been a long time coming but football is finally back! What better way to celebrate than by diving headfirst into Week 1 DFS with DraftKings!
This week we have 12 games on our main slate due to the double-header on Monday night. 24 teams still gives us plenty of chance to find value however. That is especially the case when you consider the way pricing works for Week 1. The prices are set weeks in advance and do not adjust as rosters change and situation move. That leaves plenty of chances for value and often leaves you scratching your head as to which expensive players you should pick over the cheaper value options.
In this article, you will find my Week 1 picks on DraftKings, which are based on matchups, situation, weather and betting lines. The focus of this piece will be looking at upside, and is, therefore, more suited for use in GPP formats. However, the names below can also double up as options in cash games, alongside some safer bets.
Dak PRescott, DAL vs. NYG | $5,900
The Ezekiel Elliott situation reached a point where it really did not matter what happened. At this late stage, Dallas were always going to be cautious with him and that should lead to more chances for Prescott to make plays. The Cowboys quarterback has demonstrated before he can shoulder the load and that should be no different here.
He has weapons such as Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb and Jason Witten at his disposal, and a solid if no longer spectacular offensive line. Additionally, the New York defensive line looks to be somewhat of a mess right now and they should struggle to get pressure on Prescott. It may not be a monster week from Prescott, but it should be enough to return a significant ROI on this price in Week 1.
Matt Stafford, DET @ ARI | $5,400
Pretty much everyone in the football world is hoping for this game to be a shootout. Arizona under Kliff Kingsbury have a real chance to be an electric offense if they get it right. However, the forgotten man this week is Stafford. Kyler Murray will likely get all the headlines, but Stafford could also be in line for a great day.
The Arizona defense has no Patrick Peterson to open the season, and lost Robert Alford as well. They have a complete lack of experience in their secondary, and their defense was not exactly scary last season. Detroit could march all over the Arizona in this one, and if it turns into a shootout then Stafford could have some eye-watering numbers come the end of Sunday.
Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. ATL | $6,000
Atlanta were as bad as it got last season against the running game when it came to fantasy football. Realistically, their whole defense was bad and they have not done a huge amount to improve those concerns. Their inexperience at the second and slot corner positions will put pressure on the safeties and take away from the run.
Meanwhile, Cook and Minnesota could cash in on a run-heavy offense being mentored by Gary Kubiak. Cook is fully healthy and should play a leading role in this Minnesota offense. With no sure-fire backup behind him he could see as many as 20-25 touches in this one.
Tevin Coleman, SF @ TB | $5,000
Chris Thompson, WSH @ PHI | $3,500
Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. ATL | $6,700
Have you seen Atlanta’s defensive backs? Yes, they have Desmond Trufant but then it gets very ugly, very fast. Isaiah Oliver is the other starting corner and there is nothing to be scared of if they need to bring a third corner on the field. That means that one of Diggs and Adam Thielen has a chance to go wild in this one. Against a defense that ranked 30th against opposing wide receivers last year either is a good play, but Diggs is $100 cheaper so why not take him and hope he gets the better matchup.
If Diggs is not good to go then pivot to Thielen at $6,800.
Chris Godwin, TB vs. SF | $6,200
I am not overly high on the Tampa Bay experience this year because of their offensive line. However, they got around it somewhat last year with short-sharp passes to the slot receiver. This year, Chris Godwin is expected to be the slot receiver, and the quote from the Buccaneers was that he was never going to be leaving the field.
Godwin should see plenty of targets this season, and I am expecting that to start early, as Tampa Bay look to lay down a marker. He is also a red-zone threat, having pulled in seven touchdowns last season
Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. KC | 4,800
Evan Engram, NYG @ DAL | $4,800
Delanie Walker, TEN @ CLE | $3,500
Buffalo Bills @ NYJ | $3,000
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