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DFS: DraftKings Picks & Values – Week 1

The regular season is finally upon us! For fantasy players, opening Sunday is better than Christmas morning. League match ups are underway, and the hope of becoming a fantasy millionaire has everyone excited. The chilly winter winds will be here before we know it. It’s time to officially dive in to some DFS picks and values. This column will cover the main slate on DraftKings. Most of these picks are both cash and GPP viable unless otherwise noted.

Unfortunately, some great fantasy offenses are absent from Sunday’s main slate. However, we still have some solid options available. There is some tremendous value at every position this week. Opening day can be highly unpredictable so don’t be afraid to take some shots with contrarian plays. Anything can happen in the NFL, especially Week 1! Be sure to check out the FantasySharks $DPP Rankings under the projections tab. It’s a great tool that I have been using for years. Now, let’s take a deeper look at some guys that really stand out.

Quarterbacks

Lots of quarterbacks are priced up this week. This isn’t a position I tend to pay up at, especially if the player is going to be popular. I am a fan of stacking a quarterback with a pass catcher, as more correlation in your lineup is a big edge. Some QB’s are viable to play without stacking if they have good rushing upside.

  1. Carson Wentz ($5700)

Wentz was one of the first names that jumped out. He’s less than six grand, and a big home favorite against a Redskins team that’s a complete mess. The Eagles have talent at every skill position, which makes stacking easy. Look for Wentz to cut it loose now that he’s fully healthy.

  1. Lamar Jackson ($6000)

One of the safest players in terms of floor, Jackson offers big upside against a bad Dolphins team. We all know about his rushing ability, but questions remain surrounding his passing skills. Regardless, that doesn’t matter for this fantasy match up. Jackson’s ability to break big runs is what you are paying for here. A good passing performance would be icing on the cake.

  1. Jared Goff ($6200)

The Rams offense is set to take the field fully healthy by all accounts. Todd Gurley hasn’t had any setbacks in the preseason, and Cooper Kupp has already seen game action. Carolina has a scary defensive front but shaky secondary. If Goff can stay composed under pressure, he has the upside to pick this unit apart. Any of the Rams receivers can be stacked along with him.

Other options: Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, Josh Allen

Running Backs

The value at RB this week is insane. DraftKings was very loose with their pricing at this position. In fact, this much value actually scares me. It’s almost like the site is begging us to pay down at running back, and pay up everywhere else. I will be taking multiple approaches to this position. A good mix of strategy is your best bet here.

  1. Saquon Barkley ($9000)

Paying up at RB could be a naturally contrarian move this week with so much value down the board. Saquon is the Giants entire offense. Everything goes through him, and he is capable of breaking off huge plays at any moment. The possibility of 10 targets is on the table, making Barkley a solid bet to finish as the top RB on the slate.

  1. Leonard Fournette ($6100)

Fournette is being completely written off this year, which doesn’t make sense. Granted, he has dealt with the injury bug, as well as off the field issues through 2 seasons. That could change this year, and Fournette is still the clear workhorse for the Jags. Kansas City has been vulnerable to opposing rushers for a few years now. Jacksonville will feature him heavily in this contest. They’ll want to slow the game down to keep Pat Mahomes off the field. He also makes a nice pivot from the Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb ownership, with similar upside.

  1. Chris Carson ($5700)

The Seahawks open their season at home as one of the biggest favorites of the weekend. Matching up against a poor Cincinnati stop unit couldn’t put Carson in a better spot. We all know Seattle loves to run the football. They should get ahead of the Bengals quickly, and Carson will receive plenty of work grinding out the clock. Also, he’s set to get most of the goal line work and to be used more in the passing game.  Carson may very well be the best cash RB play on the slate.

  1. Tevin Coleman ($5000)

Here’s another natural pivot you can make with some confidence. Coleman hasn’t generated as much interest as he should this preseason. That’s mainly because of his less than stellar performances in Atlanta last year. Also, Coleman is set to share a workload with Matt Breida. However, I fully expect Coleman to be the primary third down back, and get some goal line work. The Buccaneers have one of the worst defenses in the league, so the match up isn’t scary. San Fran could also want to lean on the running game while Garoppolo find his sea legs. Coleman makes a nice pivot off popular players Austin Ekeler and Mark Ingram.

Other options: Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, Dalvin Cook, Derrick Henry, Austin Ekeler

About Marshall Williams

I am one of the new staff writers for this upcoming season. Throughout the year, I'll be covering streaming defenses, DFS related content, and whatever else comes my way. Many thanks to the FantasySharks team for this opportunity!