The first slate of the season brought some exciting games, and some monster performances from guys like Tyreek Hill, Michael Thomas, and James Conner. There were so many good options to choose from when making your lineups and there were not many places you could go wrong in terms of DFS value. With one week factored into the industry’s pricing models, we can expect to see the salaries become a little tighter. Let’s see who is offering the best deals.
QUARTERBACK – Matthew Stafford
5th Priced Quarterback on Fanduel ($7,700 out of $60,000)
13th Priced Quarterback on Draftkings ($6,100 out of $50,000)
The Lions started their season by getting their doors blown off at home. It was a terrible all-around performance from a team standpoint, and Stafford was just as guilty as he tossed four interceptions. The Lions offensive attack did not look much different from a play-calling standpoint as they relied heavily on the pass. Although they were behind for a good portion of the game and were forced to throw, I don’t think the Lions attack will differ much when they travel to San Francisco in week two. The 49ers secondary is not something to shy away from, especially given the amount of talent the Lions have at receiver. After seeing that awful Monday night performance on national television, I would expect almost no one to roster Stafford here even given the bargain and the plus matchup. The Lions’ signal caller could make for an interesting tournament play on Draftkings.
RUNNING BACK – Dalvin Cook
17th Priced Running Back on Fanduel ($6,500 out of $60,000)
9th Priced Running Back on Draftkings ($6,500 out of $50,000)
In Dalvin Cook’s return to regular season action, we saw him dominate the Vikings backfield touches. Before Cook went down last year with an ACL tear, he was a usage monster in both the running and passing games. Although Latavius Murray bested Cook’s rushing total on five fewer carries against San Francisco, Cook out-targeted Murray 7-0. The second-year back was able to turn that into 6 catches for 55 yards. It is encouraging to see Cook have his feet back under him, and that the Vikings trust in him to shoulder the load out of the backfield. Firing him up on Fanduel this week might be a good idea, as Draftkings was quick to readjust his salary accordingly. It might not be long until we see Cook priced in the upper echelon and this could be a nice buying opportunity.
WIDE RECEIVER – Randall Cobb
34th Priced Wide Receiver on Fanduel ($6,200 out of $60,000)
46th Priced Wide Receiver on Draftkings ($4,600 out of $50,000)
This past Sunday it looked as if Randall Cobb and Aaron Rodgers reignited the chemistry that has made them so dangerous over the past years.. With Rodgers back on the field, and technically “healthy”, we can expect Cobb to be heavily involved going forward. Cobb racked up 9 catches on 10 total targets. Sure Cobb’s final fantasy score was a bit inflated following that 75-yard touchdown he had, but the volume he saw is really encouraging. This $4600 price for Cobb on Draftkings is heavily influenced by the matchup he will see. Minnesota is one of the most stout units in the league defensively, but I may be willing to plug Cobb into my lineups given the discount.
TIGHT END – Benjamin Watson
13th Priced Wide Receiver on Draftkings ($3,400 out of $50,000)
15th Priced Wide Receiver on Fanduel ($5,100 out of $60,000)
This play here is a little bit off the board, but any tight end going against the Cleveland Browns is worth a look. In last week’s track meet against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Watson caught all four of his targets for 44 yards. In theory, the Saints shouldn’t have any issues handling the Browns, but we have seen stranger things happen (Week 1). If this game ends up being closer than expected than Watson could end up posting a fantasy-friendly score. I am even more encouraged about this situation given that Jesse James was able to put up a fantasy-friendly score against the Browns last Sunday as he caught three balls for 60 yards. He is a bargain on both sites this week.
DEFENSE – Jacksonville Jaguars
10th Priced Defense on Draftkings ($2,800 out of $50,000)
7th Priced Defense on Fanduel ($4,300 out of $60,000)
Not too much to say here. The Patriots and Jaguars will square up in a rematch of last year’s AFC divisional round. If you are forced to pay down and get contrarian with your defense this weekend instead of plugging in the Rams or Chargers, the Jags could be an intriguing option. Sure the matchup is far from ideal with Tom Brady on the other side of the line of scrimmage, but the Jaguars bring a wealth of defensive talent into every game they play. If you can stomach the risk, Jacksonville may be just for you.