Guys and gals…it’s finally here. Week one of the NFL regular season is officially, actually, really here. There’s no time to waste so I’ll be giving you my Week 1 FanDuel Cash Game Plays. Let’s get to it!
Jameis Winston, $7,500 – At the higher end of quarterback plays, I’m rolling with Winston. Going up against San Francisco’s lackluster secondary, with the highly-hyped weapons in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard, Winston should have no issue racking up production. Add in San Fran’s intriguing offense going up against Tampa Bay’s woeful defense, and we’ve got the perfect storm for fantasy goodness.
Nick Foles, $6,500 – There are just five starting quarterbacks with a lower FanDuel salary than Foles. The Jaguars will be at home going up against one of the most explosive offenses in the league in the Kansas City Chiefs. Like the Tampa/San Fran game above, this matchup also boasts one of the highest over/unders of the week at 51.5. Jacksonville brought in pass-happy offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and will need to pass often to keep up with Kansas City. While improved, the Chiefs defense is far from stout. With as much value that’s available, you may not need to spend down to Foles, but starting here gives you a lot of lineup flexibility.
Chris Carson, $6,600 – I’m starting all of my cash builds with Carson locked in at running back. Run-heavy offense? Yup. Home favorite? Yup. A matchup against a suspect defense? Yuuuup! The ‘Hawks will control this game and Carson’s hype has been growing while backfield-mate Rashaad Penny has been losing steam. Add in the talk of Carson being more involved in the passing game and I’m all in.
Kerryon Johnson, $7,000 – Johnson is someone I haven’t been able to get myself to fully buy into with dynasty and redraft leagues, but this spot is too good to pass up. The main factors? HC Matt Patricia and OC Darrell Bevell will undoubtedly want to play the clock-control game. Also, the Lions offensive line should be able to dominate Arizona’s front. Johnson is going to get fed, even with talks of a committee there.
Dalvin Cook, $7,400 – Speaking of getting fed the rock, Cook finds himself at the center of the Vikings offense. The aforementioned OC DeFilippo was literally fired for passing too much. Enter Kevin Stefanski and Gary Kubiak, and we’re looking at an offense that is going to feature Cook and the running game. Last year, the Falcons gave up the fourth-most FanDuel points against opposing running backs. Yes, Atlanta’s defense was banged up, but most of the injuries were to their secondary (outside of Deion Jones). Healthy and at home, Cook should have no issue paying off his $7,400 salary.
Mike Evans, $7,900 – With the amount of value and lower salary plays available for the Week 1 slate, Evans is someone I’ll be paying up for. Everyone loves Godwin this year (for good reason) but Evans is still the clear-cut WR1 for Tampa. As mentioned earlier, this game has the potential for a shootout and an abundance of fantasy goodness.
Dede Westbrook, $5,900 – Getting Jacksonville’s WR1 at this price with a game-script that favors passing? Sign me up. Westbrook has been getting praise literally all offseason, and while there are some intriguing options behind him, Westbrook is the guy.
Tyler Lockett, $6,800 – Lockett is the only receiving option we can depend on volume from amongst Seattle’s pass catchers. Hopefully, by this point we’ve learned to stop doubting Russell Wilson’s absurd efficiency. Even if Lockett only gets 6 or so targets, he’s still cash game viable. With a matchup against a lackluster defense, Lock-ett in! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself).
George Kittle, $7,300 – With the value you can get all over the board, I’m not going to mess around with the tight end position. I’ve mentioned this Tampa/San Fran game multiple times, and Kittle will do his part in this fantasy points fest.