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DRAFTKINGS ROSTER ANALYSIS: Week 1

Each week this season, fantasy analyst Nick Pagliuca will list what players he is targeting at each position. He will also mention one player at each position that should be avoided. Price and projected stats will be considered into analysis. The key to daily fantasy is fitting players into your lineup based on price/production.

Week 1 will be focusing on DraftKings…

QB

Brock Osweiler – $6,300 – Brock should not be highly owned in Week 1 and gets a nice matchup with the Bears who could be missing some key defensive backs. He can be paired up with DeAndre Hopkins.

Dak Prescott – $5,000 – After his solid preseason, Prescott will not be flying under the radar in Week 1. He provides a huge salary relief, but could be one of the most popular plays. The Giants defense should be improved from their 2015 campaign, but at this cost he is well worth a shot.

AVOID: Carson Palmer – $7,100 – I want to see him rebound from the disappointing 2015 finish. Pats will not roll over without Tom Brady.

RB

Doug Martin – $6,200 – Another route you could go to grab a piece of the Bucs offense would be through Martin on the ground. His price is very affordable and Atlanta struggled against the run in 2015.

Latavius Murray – $5,600 – Another game that should have points will be in New Orleans. You may want to grab as many players from this game as you can on the Oakland side.

Salary relief: Spencer Ware – $4,400 – Risk/reward based on the status of Jamaal Charles.

AVOID: Jeremy Hill – $4,600 – I like Jeremy Hill to have a bounceback season in 2015, but this is a tough matchup.

WR

DeAndre Hopkins – $8,800 – I like having the QB-WR combo and it does not come at too steep of a price.

Michael Crabtree – $5,500 – Cheap receiver in a game that could feature plenty of points.

Sterling Shepard – $4,900 – Have no problem throwing out the rookie for Week 1.

Marvin Jones – $4,600 – Another cheap option who many believe will lead the team in receiving this year. It could be a high-paced game in Indy.

AVOID: Jeremy Maclin – $6,500 – The same goes on my outlook with RB Jeremy Hill. I like him for 2016, but limit Week 1 expectations vs SD.

TE

Coby Fleener – $4,900 – His preseason was not what you would have hoped, but the potential and opportunity is there for the Saints tight end. His price is very affordable for the ceiling that he brings.

Jason Witten – $4,100 – Always a Giant killer (39 fantasy points in 2 games last year).

Jared Cook – $2,900 – A clear hit or miss Week 1 target. Could score 2 TDs or put up 0 points

AVOID: No specific mentions here, but would not pay up for Gronk’s $7,400 price tag this week.

DEF

Texans – $3,200 – Home matchup with the Bears should provide some sacks and picks on Jay Cutler.

Week 1 DraftKings lineup:

QB: Brock Osweiler
RB: Latavius Murray
RB: Spencer Ware
WR: Michael Crabtree
WR: DeAndre Hopkins
WR: Sterling Shepard
TE: Coby Fleener
FLEX: Doug Martin
DEF: Texans

About Nick Pagliuca

Nick has been competitively playing fantasy sports for over ten years and has recently become very active in daily fantasy in the last three years. Nick participates mainly in fantasy football followed by fantasy baseball and basketball.