DFS is very much a value-based game. You want to get the best bang for your buck when considering the players you want in your lineup. One of the best ways to get value on the guys you like is to play across different sites. Sure many people may favor either one of Draftkings or Fanduel, but there is an edge to be had by playing on both of them as well as some of the less popular sites such as FantasyDraft or Yahoo. There are always times where a certain player is priced one way on one site and can be found for a cheaper price on a different one. For instance, when you go shopping at any regular grocery store you may do some research to see where certain items are “on sale” before deciding where to go shopping that week. This is basically the same practice we are trying to replicate when deciding where to use our bankroll in a given week. In this series, I will be going position by position breaking down who some of the values are in a given week, and most importantly, where to find them. For the beginning of the season, I will be focusing on Draftkings and Fanduel with the hopes of learning more about the other sites as the year progresses. So let’s jump into Week 1 value for the week.
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
Draftkings = 12th Priced QB
Fanduel = 15th Priced QB
Andy Dalton and his Bengals teammates seem to have picked up some steam in the offseason as candidates for a bounce-back year. He could have an opportunity to get it going early as he faces what is projected to be a weak Colts secondary this season. Dalton is looking like he could be a popular play this week and rightfully so. Not only is the matchup good on paper, but he also has known weapon A.J. Green and now a healthy John Ross and Tyler Eifert. Dalton is certainly on the cheaper end in the Week 1 quarterback salaries, but he is an even better value on Fanduel where he is their 15th priced quarterback. Don’t be afraid to use Dalton on either site with his soft price, but if you want the best bang for your buck Fanduel is the way to go.
Carlos Hyde – Cleveland Browns
Draftkings = 34th Priced RB
Fanduel = 29th Priced RB
After coming over from San Francisco in free agency, Carlos Hyde looks poised to be the clear-cut RB1 in the Cleveland Browns backfield. After dominating the first team reps in the preseason, we have a little bit more clarity on how the Browns want to use their newly acquired ball carrier. He is the 34th priced RB on Draftkings, 5 spots better than on Fanduel. Hyde could provide awesome value at $4500, and the matchup against the Steelers doesn’t quite scare me either as the Browns have a formidable offensive line and are also at home. Another factor that Hyde will have in his favor this year is the presence of a mobile QB in Tyrod Taylor. Taylor is always a threat to run which could, in turn, lead to some easier lanes for Hyde. $4500 for a clear-cut RB1 may be too hard to pass up on Draftkings.
Phillip Dorsett – England Patriots
Draftkings = 63h Priced WR
Fanduel = 37th Priced WR
This one here is a little off the board, but could be a diamond in the rough no less. Phillip Dorsett came over to the Patriots last year in the trade for Jacoby Brissett. He really had no role last year, but it is looking like that could be a whole lot different this season. With the Patriots dealing Brandin Cooks to the Rams, and all three of Kenny Britt, Eric Decker, and Jordan Matthews no longer on the team, Dorsett is looking like he could have an impact right away. This suggestion here is definitely more of a tournament play. He is priced at $3700 on Draftkings, which is only $100 less than super chalky Keelan Cole. If you can stomach the risk, or are looking to stack the New England/Houston game in hopes of a shootout, Dorsett is worth a look.
Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins
Draftkings = 8th Priced TE
Fanduel = 28th Priced TE
This is another off the board play here, and also depends on the status of the guy in front of him in Jordan Reed, who is currently on track to play this week. Vernon Davis is still kicking in this league and there is a chance he could have a decent role in the early going. My guess is the Redskins may be cautious with Jordan Reed in the first couple of weeks of the season. This could mean a few extra reps for the ageless wonder mentioned above. Of course, it would be wise to monitor this situation throughout the week leading up to the game against the Cardinals. If the Redskins do make it known that they want to be conservative with Reed to open the season, then Davis is intriguing. I am certainly speculating here, and if you didn’t catch my drift already this is strictly a tournament play.
Los Angeles Chargers
Draftkings = 11th Priced DEF
Fanduel = 8th Priced DEF
With the Ravens shaping up to possibly be the chalkiest play on the slate, and rightfully so, it’s still not a bad idea to take a look at an elite defense that has a friendly price this week. The Chargers will get the Chiefs in Week 1 at home. 2nd year QB Patrick Mahomes has generated a ton of buzz over this offseason as possibly the next budding star in this league. I don’t think anybody would be surprised if there were some growing pains to start the season though. The Chiefs offense is certainly dangerous, but the Chargers defense is menacing. With guys like Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram on the interior, and Casey Hayward on the back end, Mahomes may be in for some tough sledding in Week 1. $2800 on Draftkings for a defense that saw their price gradually increase as the season went on last year could be a really nice buying opportunity.