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NFL Best Lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings (Week 1)

Derek Carr

Derek Carr

The NFL has returned and with it so has fantasy football and daily fantasy football. Perhaps you played daily fantasy football (DFS) on FanDuel or DraftKings or on some other site regularly last year, or dabbled in it every now and again. Maybe you won a few weeks in a row, got cocky and decided to roll more money out each week. Only you will know if you won or lost, and unless you lost a lot of money the odds are that you enjoyed playing DFS.

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No matter which type of DFS player you were last year, or if you didn’t play at all, I am here to offer my assistance. What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a few value plays, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 1 lineups should work in both formats.

I personally love DFS, but do not invest much time or money in tournaments solely because they are riskier, they tend to lose more, and as much as I love building lineups I found I didn’t have adequate time to invest in the necessary research to routinely win. Nor did I have the money, which is kind of important. Cash games it is for me with a few random tourneys for novelty sake. Many of my lineups will have risk, and that could work well in tournaments as well.

Week 1 Top Plays

This will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can I will use all three in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. This week I am opting not to do this.

QB: Derek Carr, Oakland at New Orleans ($7,700 FanDuel/$7,300 DraftKings)

Carr fell off towards the end of last season, but he has the weapons to do some real damage against the uninspiring Saints defense this week. He comes relatively cheap too for those who won’t spend on Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton.

RB: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota at Tennessee ($8,200 FanDuel/$7,600 DraftKings)

Peterson remains elite, he is healthy and with a new quarterback you can expect a heavy workload from the All-Pro this week. He will produce and should meet value in Week 1

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WR: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Washington ($9,300 FanDuel/$9,800 DraftKings) (Monday Night Game)

Honestly if you are looking for a reason to not play Brown ever you are wasting your time. Week One and no Le’Veon Bell smells like 10-plus receptions and 100 yards easily. Toss in a TD too, why not?

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Chicago ($8,400 FanDuel/$8,800 DraftKings)

Hopkins is another high-end option who can be plugged in to main slate contests. His matchup against an injury-plagued Bears secondary should lead to good numbers.

TE: Coby Fleener, New Orleans vs. Oakland ($5,400 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings)

Fleener is with a new team and a productive quarterback who loves throwing to his tight end. Fleener may not be the second coming of Jimmy Graham in his prime, BUT he is capable of coming close and Week 1 we should see heavy usage.

The Lineup(s)

FanDuel (Cash or GPP)

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DraftKings (GPP)

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DraftKings (Cash)

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— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.