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DFS Bargain Hunting: Week 1

DJ Moore dfs bargain hunting week 1

Cutting coupons. It’s a tedious task. You sift through the online ads, or sit at the dining room table with your scissors and circular. You go to the store with your clippings or print outs and search for your items. It’s not fun by any means, but the work is justified by the money you save at the end of a trip. Some people will even go as far as to shop around at several stores in order to truly find the best deal. Some think it’s crazy. Why not fork over a little extra money in order to save some time? Trust me, I get it. However, I will never argue with anyone who is trying to save a little extra change, especially in DFS. And thankfully, we aren’t doing any actual grocery shopping this week. Let’s dive into DFS bargain hunting for week 1!

QUARTERBACK – Jameis Winston

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY

DraftKings

$6,600 $50,000 13.2%
FanDuel $7,500 $60,000 12.5%
FantasyDraft $11,100 $100,000

11.1%

The Buccaneers have been one of the most talked-about teams this offseason. Jameis Winston looks to be the main beneficiary of a pass-heavy attack under new head coach Bruce Arians. While frustrating, the tandem of Winston and Fitzpatrick last season put up some fantasy-friendly numbers. This was thanks in part to the playcalling style of now Browns OC Todd Monken combined with a nonexistent defense. Although Monken is no longer with the team, the defense should continue to be weak. Winston and the Bucs could see themselves in an early-season shootout here in week one with the 49ers on tap. The trio of Mike Evans, emerging star Chris Godwin and budding tight end O.J. Howard should be enough for Winston and Arians to give the 49ers fits this Sunday. It is also worth noting that the Bucs really have no handle on their running back situation coming into this season. While Dare Ogunbowale may turn into something soon, this team will by no means be leaning on running back production in the early going. Winston is the 3rd most expensive quarterback on DraftKings this week. You can find ways to get him in your lineup with the loose week one pricing, but he is most feasible on FantasyDraft

RUNNINGBACK – Dalvin Cook

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $6,000 $50,000 12%
FanDuel $7,400 $60,000 12.3%
FantasyDraft $12,500 $100,000 12.5%

All signs point to this being the Dalvin Cook year so many have hoped for. The Vikings made it a priority to upgrade their offensive line in the draft when they selected Garrett Bradbury, a center out of NC State. If you needed any more convincing, you can hear it right from the mouth of head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer insists that there is something to be said for controlling tempo with the running game, while adding that he hates seeing the offense hitting the field just to come back off again a mere “14 seconds later”. The pass-first mentality of former OC John DeFellipo now resides in Jacksonville. Welcome to the Kevin Stefanski era ladies and gents. While strictly adhering to coach-speak can land us in shaky waters most of the time, I am going to take the Vikings seriously in this case. Cook gets a home matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in week one. His rushing and receiving role is priced around the same across the industry, but there is a slight discount on DraftKings. 

WIDE RECEIVER – D.J. Moore

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $5,500 $50,000 11%
FanDuel $6,200 $60,000 10.3%
FantasyDraft $10,400 $100,000 10.4%

D.J. Moore is headed into his second season as a fixture in the Panthers passing attack. He has flown under the radar this summer as his teammate Curtis Samuel has generated quite a bit of buzz. I believe both he and Samuel can simultaneously make a leap this season with Cam Newton fresh off of shoulder surgery. Moore’s rookie season ended with 788 total receiving yards. Moore was also landed among elite company for rookie wide receivers with 14.3 yards per reception and 9.6 yards per target. Pretty damn good. The Panthers head into this season with a similar framework to the one they had last year. Moore and Samuel are the primary receivers with free-agent acquisition Chris Hogan pitching in. Greg Olsen is another year older and another injury away from giving up his spot to Ian Thomas. And once again the offense will run through Christian McCaffrey. Moore will be heavily involved. He has a chance to get off to a great start when the Rams come to town in week one. The Rams secondary was suspect last year and they could have their hands full right off the bat defending this multi-faceted Panthers attack. 

TIGHT END – Geoff Swaim 

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $2,900 $50,000 5.8%
FanDuel $4,500 $60,000 7.5%
FantasyDraft $5,200 $100,000 5.2%

With the loose pricing this week, paying up for tight end could be an affordable luxury. If you are still looking to pay down, Geoff Swaim should be in consideration. Formerly of Dallas, Swaim will now be the starting tight end in Jacksonville. He isn’t the most exciting of options, but my thinking is that he may see a slight increase in passing game usage with the Jaguars. Outside of Dede Westbrook and maybe Keelan Cole, the Jags receiving depth chart leaves a bit to be desired. Maybe Swaim can take advantage of a few extra targets in the early going, as Nick Foles builds his rapport with the receivers. Swaim is universally cheap, but he is discounted even further on DraftKings and FantasyDraft. This matchup against Kansas City could get him started off on the right foot. 

DEFENSE – Los Angeles Chargers 

SITE PRICE TOTAL % OF SALARY
DraftKings $3,000 $50,000 6%
FanDuel $4,000 $60,000 6.6%
FantasyDraft $6,300 $100,000 6.3%

Again, with the loose pricing this week, paying up at positions we aren’t accustomed to could become viable. If you are looking for a mid-range option for your defense though, the Chargers stand out to me. The Bolts get a (somewhat) home matchup against a Jacoby Brissett led Colts team in week one. While I believe Brissett can become a solid quarterback with this team and coaching staff, I would prefer to bet against him in the early going. It doesn’t help his case that he will be staring across the line at guys Joey Bosa either. No Derwin James, no problem. This team should have no issue getting some sacks and maybe even an interception or two.

 

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