Everyone flocks to daily fantasy football tournaments in Week 1, partly because of excitement for a new season but also because we’ve also been inundated with TV commercials and podcast ads telling us about “million dollar” contests for the season’s opening week. Let’s be honest, though — it’s highly unlikely you’re ever going to win one of those contests. Sorry, it’s true. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still try your luck with some smaller-scale GPPs on DraftKings, FanDuel, or Yahoo, particularly if they’re single-entry formats. That gives you a fair chance against everyone else, and if you hit on the right players, you could take home a nice little addition to your DFS bankroll and play on it the rest of the year.
WEEK 1 DFS TOURNAMENT LINEUPS:
DraftKings | FanDuel
Our Week 1 Yahoo DFS tournament lineup features a few calculated risks like any good GPP lineup does, but we’re playing it relatively safe with some of our other picks. This Week 1 is unlike any other, as we haven’t seen anyone in action since last season. It’s especially tough to count on players with new teams and players returning from injuries. Instead of playing the boom-or-bust game with the majority of our picks, we’re instead trying to target some key players who might have lower ownership, as well as players with relatively safe floors but also position-leading ceilings.
WEEK 1 DFS CASH LINEUPS:
Yahoo | DraftKings | FanDuel
Again, we have a few wild cards, including a rookie wideout that has received very little hype this summer, but we still like our chances with this veteran-laden lineup.
This lineup is for a Week 1 Yahoo DFS main slate tournament with a $200 budget (half-point PPR and four-point passing TDs)
In two games against Washington last year, Wentz threw for 579 yards and six TDs. Washington’s defense hasn’t gotten noticeably better, and while the Eagles enter Week 1 with a depleted receiving corps, they still have speedster DeSean Jackson, who torched Washington for 154 yards and two scores in Week 1 last season, and reliable TEs Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Throw in talented receiving backs (Boston Scott, Miles Sanders) and a little bit of scrambling ability from Wentz, and you have a great high-ceiling GPP quarterback. Wentz could also see low ownership because of a soft tissue injury that has had him listed as “Questionable” for the early part of the week on DFS sites.
Jacobs averaged 18.6 carries per game last year and is expected to see even more work in the receiving game this season. Given his high-volume role and a matchup against a Panthers defense that allowed the most fantasy points to RBs last season, he’s a great value at RB6 pricing. He provides a nice floor with a higher-than-you-think ceiling.
Scott became a key contributor for the Eagles down the stretch last year, and he wasn’t solely a third-down receiving back. In the final five games of the season (counting the playoffs), Scott ran 44 times for 176 yards and four TDs in addition to recording 23 receptions for 222 yards. Those averages (13.4 total touches, 4.6 receptions, 79.6 total yards, 0.8 TDs) make him an appealing option at his price, and when you factor in Miles Sanders’ mysterious “lower leg” injury, Scott could be in for an even bigger workload than usual. He makes for a solid, iforthodox, stacking partner with Wentz, and if those two connect for a TD, we like our odds of being in the money.
We know Jones is always a candidate to lead the league in targets in a given week, and we know he has one of the highest floors of any receiver. His only issue is touchdowns, and while he’s not the most consistent scorer, he tends to get his in bunches. Either way, we feel good about having one of the best receivers in the league in our lineup even in a mediocre-at-best matchup.
The Falcons were below average at covering receivers last year and appear to have gotten worse in the secondary over the offseason. Lockett caught all six of his targets for 100 yards against Atlanta last season, and he’s a prime candidate for a similar performance this week. At $20, he stands out as one of the best floor-ceiling values on the slate.
If you take Wentz, you almost have to take Jackson as his primary stacking partner. He played in just one full game last year, but what a game it was: Eight catches, 154 yards, and two scores against Washington. At 33, Jackson can’t be counted on to stay healthy for a full season, but he still has plenty of speed. As long as he can stay healthy for this game, he’ll pay off this week.
By avoiding the highest priced guys at other positions, we’re able to afford Kittle. He’s arguably the best TE in any given week regardless of matchup, but this week he faces a defense that was historically bad against tight ends last year. Kittle put up79 yards and a score on six catches in his lone game against Arizona last season, and when the 49ers faced off against the Cardinals later in the year when Kittle was hurt, backup TE Ross Dwelley managed two touchdowns. Even at his high price, Kittle worth paying up for.
Here’s a wild card. Pittman is a talented rookie who got some very early offseason buzz due to his impressive size(6-4, 223 pounds) and hands. Then…crickets. We’ve hard next to nothing about him over the past three weeks. Because of that, you can expect him to be sparsely owned, but that’s all the more reason to take a flier on him in tournaments. The Jaguars secondary is a shell of its former self, so ifPhilip Rivers has time to throw, you can bet Indy’s receivers will make plays downfield. T.Y. Hilton still figures to be No. 1 in the pecking order, but Pittman could be a close second. This is a total boom-or-bust play, but sometimes you need to take those chances in GPPs.
We originally weren’t planning to pay this much for a D/ST, but after settling on our other lineup picks, we had enough left over to get our No. 1 choice. The Bills boast one of the best defenses in the league, and while Sam Darnold should be better this year, we know he’s still prone to mistakes. The Jets offense is unlikely to light up the scoreboard, so Buffalo offers a nice floor while maintaining as high of a ceiling as just about any D/ST on the slate.
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