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Week 1 FanDuel DFS Lineups are here!

It’s finally DFS season for the NFL and The Daily Fantasy Stadium is here to help you make bank. FanDuel was a steady site for Cash Game ROI. We won 82 percent of all head-to-head contests played in 2015. We expect 2016 to be even better and for the GPPs to pick up as well.

Week 1 FanDuelCash Lineup

The Week 1 cash lineup features a rookie QB with a minimum-priced salary who can run, throw, and improvise. If he doesn’t return 15 points, we’ll be flabbergasted. Everyone will likely have a Chiefs RB in their cash lineup, but we rostered the starter at a lower cost. With the loose pricing this week, we were able to fit in Todd Gurley to pair with our Los Angeles DST. We honestly couldn’t be happier with how this turned out.

Our superstars are at the WR position. This will be a common roster construction across all sites; cheap at QB and RB, pay up at WR/DST. However, we pivoted from Dak Prescott and picked our spots for WRs. Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Mike Evans all  have the potential to finish as WR1 this weekend. It’s unlikely any of them will end with fewer than double-digit points. We targeted Coby Fleener at TE as he’s in a prime spot at home for his first game against the spotty Raiders cover linebackers. Catanzaro rounds out the lineup as an accurate kicker on a high-scoring offense.

Position Player Opponent Salary Rating
QB Carson Wentz vs. CLE Browns 5000 5
RB Todd Gurley @ SF 49ers 8900 5
RB Charcandrick West vs. SD Chargers 5100 4
WR Antonio Brown vs. Washington 9300 5
WR Julio Jones vs. TB Buccanneers 9000 5
WR Mike Evans @ ATL Falcons 7900 5
TE Coby Fleener vs. OAK Raiders 5400 4
PK Chandler Catanzaro vs. NE Patriots 4900 5
DST Los Angeles Rams @ SF 49ers 5400 4

Carson Wentz | QB | $5,000 | 5

Carson Wentz is a very interesting play because he is a pivot off of the most popular QB, Dak Prescott. Both rookie QBs are priced at minimum salaries across the industry, but Wentz—the second overall pick—is being forgotten about. Just like Prescott, Carson Wentz is playing against a porous defense. While the Dallas Cowboys may have a stronger supporting cast around Prescott, this could also lead to Ezekiel Elliot having such an incredible game that Prescott isn’t forced to do much at all. Philadelphia opens at home and will want to showcase their franchise QB. Wentz is one of our must-plays this week.

Todd Gurley | RB | $8,900 | 5

Todd Gurley is one of the most talented running backs in the NFL and he is facing off against the San Francisco 49ers. This is a great matchup for the reigning Rookie of the Year. The Niners are going to attempt to run their Chip Kelly, fast-paced offense which will result in an increase in pace of play for the Rams. This increased pace of play benefits Gurley. Last season, the Gurleyman was 2nd among all RBs in points per opportunity (PPO) with .56 and 1st among all RBs in points per snap (PPS). Simply put, Gurley is highly efficient. Since Chip Kelly’s defenses were consistently toward the top of the NFL in snaps against, expect Gurley to rack up the fantasy points.

Charcandrick West | RB | $5,100 | 4

Charcandrick West was the least efficient of the 3 Kansas City Chiefs running backs. That hasn’t stopped Andy Reid from throwing a wrench into everyone’s plans this week by moving West ahead of Ware on the depth chart. One area where West has excelled is in the passing game. Last year he caught 26 balls for 259 yards with a run after catch (RAC) of 11.4. This shows that West, while inefficient, has the explosion to turn in big plays in the passing game. Factor in his high floor due to his involvement in the passing game; West is a solid cash play.

Antonio Brown | WR |$9,300 | 5

Last season Antonio Brown was targeted 190 times. In those 190 targets he was able to pull in 136 catches and 10 touchdowns while only dropping 5 passes. In 2014, Brown was targeted 178 times for 129 catches and 13 touchdowns. The 2016 season could be even more prolific because of the offseason suspensions of Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell; along with the injury to newly acquired Ladarius Green; have placed an even larger onus on Brown. Some might be scared off from using Brown against Josh Norman but Brown can win against any cornerback in the league. He is also one of the most versatile WRs in the league and moves all over the field so he will see significant time lined up across from Bashaud Breeland rather than Norman. In a game that could quickly turn into a shoot-out, Brown is a must use WR because of his outrageous talent and monstrous usage rate.

Julio Jones | WR | $9,000 | 5

Julio Jones is the No. 1 play this week across all formats. Last season, Jones was targeted 197 times. He was able to haul in 140 catches for 1,932 yards, but he only got into the end zone 9 times. This year Jones will see just as many targets because OC Kyle Shanahan has a proven track record of feeding his X-receiver the ball. However, Jones will likely see some progression in the touchdown column. There is no better way for a WR to get in the end zone than be a big-bodied WR lined up against Brent Grimes. In fact, all three CBs for Tampa Bay, Grimes, Alteraun Verner, and Vernon Hargreaves III are under 5’11. No matter where Jones lines up, he will be able to physically dominate his opponent in Week 1.

Mike Evans | WR | $7,900 | 5

Mike Evans opens the season with the Atlanta Falcons in what could be a high-scoring affair. The Falcon secondary features one of the more underrated CBs in the NFL is Desmond Trufant but beyond him, there is a steep drop off. The Falcons also lack a pass rush; their defense was dead last in the NFL in sacks with a mere 20. Expect Mike Evans and Jameis Winston to use this time in the pocket to stretch the field and take multiple deep shots. Evans is clearly underpriced for the match up and will hit value this weekend.

Coby Fleener | TE | $5,400 | 4

Coby Fleener is lining up for the first time in a Saints uniform against the Oakland Raiders. This is a great matchup for Fleener because the Raiders were 30th against the TE. While things like defending the TE may change from year to year, one stat is a constant: Drew Brees targeting his TE. Last season, Ben Watson was targeted 101 times. In 2014, Brees targeted Jimmy Graham 121 times. In the previous 2 seasons the Saints TE as a position group has caught 28 touchdown passes. That averages out to be a TD in 87.5% of the Saints games in the past two seasons. So, at a position that is notoriously TD dependent why not invest in the Saints TE? At this moderate price point a touchdown would all but guarantee Fleener being a great cash game value.

Chandler Catanzaro | PK | $4,900 | 5

Whether the Patriots show up or not, we expect the Cardinals to put point on the board in their home opener. Catanzaro ranked among the top 10 in accuracy and fantasy points last season. It’s often a crap shoot with kickers, but a lot of people will be looking at lower priced options to fill their WR and RB spots. We saved enough to pay up for a quality place kicker and Catanzaro is our No. 1 option for the week.

Los Angeles Rams | DST | $5,400 | 4

In this cash game lineup, we are stacking our RB with our DST. This makes a ton of sense in this game. The Rams will look to take advantage of Blaine Gabbert being inept. Most teams do not have an answer for Aaron Donald and the 49ers are no different. He is going to be knifing into the backfield and blowing up slow developing run plays and putting the Niners consistently in 3rd and long situations. That is not the kind of game that Gabbert will thrive in and several turnovers are expected. All of this defensive success will ultimately lead to more opportunity for Gurley to feast on the Niners’ defense.

 

Week 1 FanDuel | GPP Lineup

FanDuel is all about touchdowns. Whether it’s a RB, WR, or TE, we look for players with multiple-TD upside and a better-than-average chance at racking up the yards. In early projections, Rodgers was less than 5 percent owned in GPPs. We’re stacking him with Randall Cobb as the most likely recipient of two TD throws. Robinson faces the Packers and will likely have some garbage time or be caught up in a shootout. Our final WR is our No. 1 play of the week, Julio.

Our cheap RBs allowed us to pay up at TE, PK, and DST. A lot of lineups will feature C-Mike and Ware, but we tried to choose unconventional stacks to really set us apart when it comes to those final top spots. Fleener could have two or even three touchdowns against the Raiders linebacking corps, and his ownership was in single digits even before the Martellus Bennett train had left the station. This roster features a lot of upside with talented players that appear to have been overlooked by the masses in Week 1.

Position Player Opponent Salary Rating
QB Aaron Rodgers @ JAX Jaguars 9000 5
RB Christine Michael vs. MIA Dolphins 4800 4
RB David Johnson vs. NE Patriots 8800 4
WR Sammy Watkins vs. TB Buccanneers 9000 4
WR Allen Robinson vs. GB Packers 8500 5
WR Randall Cobb @ JAX Jaguars 7200 5
TE Coby Fleener vs. OAK Raiders 5400 4
PK Chandler Catanzaro vs. NE Patriots 4900 5
DST Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings 4100 3

Aaron Rodgers | QB | $9,000 | 5

Aaron Rodgers is going to have moderate to low ownership this weekend. No, he is not playing the Broncos. Rodgers is playing against a Jaguars team that will be starting three or four rookie defenders (Dante Fowler missed last year due to injury essentially making him a rookie). This is a Jaguars defense that will get better as the year goes on. Unfortunately for them, this is Week 1 and Rodgers has a healthy Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson back. In 2014 when Rodgers had his full complement of weapons, he threw for 38 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. The disappointment of Rodgers’ 2015 season is fresh in player’s minds so take advantage of the recency bias and use Rodgers in all formats Week 1.

Christine Michael | RB | $4,800 | 4

Christine Michael made a lot of noise in the preseason, thus resurrecting the great hope in the Unicorn, otherwise known as C-Mike. Now, Michael has passed Thomas Rawls on the depth chart for the opening game as Rawls works his way back from an ankle injury. This game is projected to be a blowout, so there will be no reason for Pete Carroll to risk any kind of Rawls injury by giving him too many touches—making C-Mike an ideal play. He might be the prime candidate for garbage time points as he will rack up carry after carry in the 4th quarter as the Seahawks milk their lead. Roster C-Mike and watch your team fly up the leaderboards as he decimates a disheartened Dolphins defense.

David Johnson | RB | $8,800 | 4

As I mentioned in the Freeman description, there is going to be a significant ownership (even in GPPs) on Ware, Michael, and Prescott that will push ownership on the high priced WRs. So why not roster the most dynamic RB in the NFL at a low ownership? Just as Freeman was the darling of the first half, David Johnson was a league winner once he took over as the lead back for the Cardinals. Expect DJ99 to get upwards of 20 touches this game which at .56 points per opportunity (PPO) could be a GPP winner for you.

Sammy Watkins | WR | $7,300 | 4

Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright have their hands full this weekend with Sammy Watkins. He is among the most physically gifted WRs in the NFL. What is great about Watkins in GPPs is that he is a threat for a touchdown with every touch. Last season he scored 1 touchdown for every 10 targets! He also had an incredible aDOT of 18.3 (4th in NFL) and yards per target (YPT) of 11.5 (3rd in NFL). So this week Watkins will look to establish himself as the league’s premier deep threat on the road against a weakened opponent. Cha-ching.

Allen Robinson | WR | $8,500 | 5

Allen Robinson is one of the most talented WRs in the NFL. Sunday he will do battle with Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall in what should be an offensive display. He will be able to routinely beat either defender because, at 6’3 215lbs, Robinson is a physical mismatch for the 5’11 CBs. Much of the aforementioned criticism about Bortles has been applied to Robinson this offseason, so Robinson has a good chance at going under-owned this weekend. He also has a good chance of catching multiple touchdowns.

Randall Cobb | WR | $7,200 | 5

Last season Randall Cobb disappointed many owners with a subpar season. There has been training camp talk of Cobb being much healthier than last year and there is also the excitement surrounding Jordy Nelson’s return to the offense. There will be some recency bias that will drive down Cobb’s ownership which makes him exploitable in GPPs. Cobb will likely line up across from rookie Jalen Ramsey when in the slot. Ramsey is a physical CB but was beaten deep on occasion in his final season at FSU. He is also prone to losing eye discipline in an effort to make a big play. Cobb has a two-touchdown performance well within his range of outcomes and should be a strong GPP play.

Coby Fleener | TE | $5,400 | 4

Coby Fleener is lining up for the first time in a Saints uniform against the Oakland Raiders. This is a great matchup for Fleener because the Raiders were 30th against the TE. While things like defending the TE may change from year to year, one stat is a constant: Drew Brees targeting his TE. Last season, Ben Watson was targeted 101 times. In 2014, Brees targeted Jimmy Graham 121 times. In the previous 2 seasons the Saints TE as a position group has caught 28 touchdown passes. That averages out to be a TD in 87.5% of the Saints games in the past two seasons. So, at a position that is notoriously TD dependent why not invest in the Saints TE? At this moderate price point a touchdown would all but guarantee Fleener being a great cash game value.

Chandler Catanzaro | PK | $4,900 | 5

Whether the Patriots show up or not, we expect the Cardinals to put point on the board in their home opener. Catanzaro ranked among the top 10 in accuracy and fantasy points last season. It’s often a crap shoot with kickers, but a lot of people will be looking at lower priced options to fill their WR and RB spots. We saved enough to pay up for a quality place kicker and Catanzaro is our No. 1 option for the week.

Arizona Cardinals | DST| $5,000 | 4

It will be fascinating to see what the ownership will be like on the Cardinals DST. It is a rarity that playing a DST against the Patriots is a sound plan but week 1 is a special occasion. With Tom Brady sitting out the first 4 games of the season, the most talented defense in football gets the Brady-less Pats offense. Jimmy Garappolo was good in the preseason, but his Alex Smithian aDOT of 7.0 would’ve ranked him in the bottom 3 at the QB position last season. Jimmy Checkdown won’t find the Cardinals DST to be as accommodating with the underneath routes. A defensive or special team’s touchdown for the Cards is well within the range of outcomes.

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