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Week 1 DFS Building Blocks

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Week 1 DFS Building Blocks

DegeNation Fam (and others who are reading this but aren’t necessarily a part of the DegeNation family…yet) – what’s up, what’s happening! We are back and ready for the DFS season and wanted to get you some content for your lineups tomorrow. I’m usually the guy that gives you the contrarian plays, and I’ll still work on getting you that content as the season progresses. But for Week 1, I wanted you to know what I’m doing on my builds across the major DFS sites. Enter the Week 1 DFS Building Blocks! Each week I’ll let you know my favorite plays that I’m building my lineups around on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Enough with the jibber-jabber, you want the PLAYS! So let’s get right into it with my quarterback play of the week…


Matt Ryan ($6700 on DraftKings, $7800 FanDuel)

My fiance will hate me for writing up Matt Ryan yet again in another DFS article, but how is Matt Ryan not a good play this week? The Falcons-Seahawks has the highest over/under on the slate at 49, and not that it will finish at the highest-scoring matchup, but there will be fireworks in this game. I love everyone tied to him from a pass-catching standpoint – Julio, Ridley, and Hurst. All three should make big plays here, and instead of trying to guess which guy is the main beneficiary, I’ll just take the guy that can make it all happen.

People make the reference to how good Drew Brees is at home. The same could be said for Matt Ryan playing indoors. He went for 300-plus yards in every game indoors last year, except for the game at the Superdome. Plus, the Seattle defense, even adding Jamal Adams, doesn’t scare me all that much versus a quarterback in Ryan who even when he makes mistakes comes right back to sling it on ya. And if the Seahawks can’t get pressure on him, well just look at this tweet earlier this week from DegeNation Pod co-host Matty D –


MattyDFS twitter



Running Back

Austin Ekeler ($7000 on DraftKings, $7700 on FanDuel)

The Cincinnati Bengals allowed the ninth-most DraftKings points to the running back position a year ago. Now, most of that was on the ground, giving up a whopping 1781 rushing yards to opposing backs – good for fifth-worst. I think where many people could get tripped up is that Cincinnati was pretty stout against pass-catching backs (middle of the pack in yards allowed, but tenth-best in receptions allowed). That may not matter when playing against Ekeler this week.

When Melvin Gordon missed the first four games last year, Ekeler saw double-digit rushing attempts in three of those. He scored three rushing touchdowns to go along with at least five receptions in every game. He does not have the luxury of playing with dump-off king Philip Rivers, but Tyrod knows the best chance they have to win games is to get the ball to their stud player. On DraftKings with a point for every reception, at only $7000, Ekeler should be a staple of your lineups and your own DFS Building Blocks.

Have a hard time getting to Ekeler on FanDuel, but PPR sites I absolutely love Ekeler to start builds with.


Wide Receiver

Davante Adams ($7300 on Draftkings, $8000 on FanDuel)

It’s not often that I get to write up Davante Adams, but here we are. Adams comes in at number four in my DFS building blocks. I think a majority of people playing tomorrow will look to pay down at running back and pay up for a wide receiver. It’s just where Adams falls, especially on DraftKings ($400 less than Julio in a great matchup and $200 more than Godwin without Mike Evans to compete for targets), people will be less inclined to play him.

Yet, this Packers offense is really a shell of themselves…some might say washed. Outside of Adams, Rodgers will have Aaron Jones, and then a bunch of unproven talent that will need to step up if Rodgers is going to anywhere close to fantasy relevant this year. I don’t see anyway Adams doesn’t see double-digit targets tomorrow, and if Aaron Jones’s red zone numbers regress, Adams could produce a had-to-have-it score in tournaments.

Love Adams on both DraftKings and FanDuel considering where he’s priced.


Allen Robinson ($6500 on DraftKings, $7200 on FanDuel)

It seems as if no one wants to play Allen Robinson this week, but yet, people want to play Mitchell Trubisky…? Look, I get it, paying down at QB in DFS is something we preach on the DegeNation Pod and Trubisky has SMASHED in his matchups versus the Detroit Lions. So, how does he get to a usable score this week? By feeding his No.1 WR, that’s how! Robinson was money against the Lions in 2019, going for 14-172-1 on 21 total targets. The depth chart after ARob consists of a solid Anthony Miller, an aging Ted Ginn Jr., gadget player (and maybe third-string running back) Cordarrelle Patterson, and then 7th-round rookie pick, Darnell Mooney. Robinson is looking to become a core in my DFS building blocks for  Sunday, with a Detroit secondary that will have three new starters. Sign me up for having Robinson as a DFS building block.


Tight End

Mark Andrews (Price: $6000 on DraftKings, $7400 on FanDuel)

There’s enough salary to go around this week that paying up to get a stud tight end just makes a ton of sense. I will look to pay down on some builds, but with Antonio Gibson looking like a lock for me (especially on DraftKings), I’m finding Andrews to be one of my favorite DFS building blocks for Week 1. For one, it gets me exposure to the Ravens offense that was bananas a year ago, and I don’t see much regression coming their way. Andrews was a beast last year on the field and garnered the most receiving touchdowns at the position while playing less than half the time!

There is no Hayden Hurst there to spell him. Cleveland’s Denzel Ward will be tasked with containing Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown. Targets should be plentiful tomorrow for Andrews. Don’t regret not having a piece of this Ravens offense tomorrow. Get your exposure to the offense and Lamar by locking in Andrews at your TE position.

Looking at builds with Andrews on both DraftKings and FanDuel.


Thanks for reading and don’t forget to subscribe to the TFA YouTube channel where you can catch us live each week breaking down the DFS main slate!

Senior writer, editor, and contributor of TFA since 2016. Co-founder and co-host of the DFS DegeNation Podcast. Ryan is a current resident of Chicago, IL and roots for all of their sports teams. Although, he's somehow a Steelers fan... A sometimes guest host of the TFA Podcast, he also writes redraft content for the site. His main focus for us is daily fantasy content for both Draftkings and Fanduel. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanAlexander_W.

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