DraftKings Recommended Lineup Week 1
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, you best option in daily fantasy sports gaming. Lineups consist of a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end,, one FLEX one kicker and one team defense.
QB: Andrew Luck (IND) vs. OAK--$8,700--If you have been reading my posts the last few days then you already know that I am all-in on the Colts this week. The Raiders are a terrible team, and quite frankly are probably the worst it the league. The Colts are sporting a new West Coast offense which will feature more passing compared to Luck's first year with the team, so an increase in his overall production is on the horizon. I usually don't go with the top options at quarterback, rather rely on value picks, but this one is truly a no-brainer, considering the Raiders provide little to no pass rush, which will allow Luck to pick apart their anemic defense.
RB: Doug Martin
(TB) @ NYJ--$8,300--Surprisingly, Martin is priced below both Jamaal Charles and Arian Foster this week despite being matched up against a team that allowed 10 100-yard rushers a season ago. The one bright spot in the Jets defense is their secondary, which means the Buccaneers will likely have to rely on the ground game more than normal in this contest. Martin is a beast, and outside of Adrian Peterson (8,700) there isn't a better option on the board for Week 1.
RB: Steven Jackson
(ATL) @ NO--$7,200--For the first time in his career, Jackson will be part of a team that has both an established quarterback and receiving core to take some of the pressure off of his aging legs. In his first game with the Falcons, Jackson is matched up against the leagues worst run defense from a year ago, who only held opposing running backs under the 100-yard mark five times. The Saints failed to make any significant improvements on the defensive side of the ball, so expect the Falcons to take full advantage of what may be the best matchup to exploit this week.
WR: T.Y. Hilton
(IND) vs. OAK--$5,400--As mentioned in this week's Start'em/Sit'em
column, Hilton may be listed as the No. 3 option for the Colts, but he will be on the field enough to make him a solid option for Week 1. Hilton and quarterback Andrew Luck had great chemistry a year ago, and now in a new offensive scheme, both should take another step forward in their careers. The only downside to this pick is the potential for a blowout, but anything can happen Week 1, so don't let that be your determining factor when setting your lineup.
WR: Emmanuel Sanders
(PIT) vs. TEN--$4,800--With question marks in the Steelers backfield for Sunday's game, the team is likely to rely heavily on the arm of Ben Roethlisberger against the Titans. With the departure of Mike Wallace this offseason, Sanders will now step in as the No. 2 option behind Antonio Brown in the Steelers receiving core, moving his from a slot receiver to the outside of the field. This week, Sanders will likely be matched up against Alterraun Verner, who has been know for taking too many gambles since entering the league. Sanders speed should earn him a few extra targets in this game, leading to a lot of upside in his PPR format.
TE: Brandon Myers
(NYG) @ DAL--$4,400--We all know Eli Manning loves to pass to his tight ends, but last season was an epic failure, as Martellus Bennett was too unreliable for Manning's liking. Myers was one of the most productive tight ends in all of football last season, catching the highest percentage of passes thrown to him. The Cowboys defense failed to stop the Giants passing attack the last few years, so tomorrow night we could see a repeat, with Myers getting in on the action.
FLEX: Sidney Rice
(SEA) @ CAR--$4,200--After being limited the majority of the preseason, Rice is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. His price has taken a hit due to both injuries and a lackluster first year with the Seahawks, making him a solid value pick out the gates. This contest is going to be closer than the public thinks, and with the way the Panthers should be able to stop the run, the game will come down the the arms of both Russell Wilson and am Newton. Expect Rice to get muster enough targets to make him worth a FLEX play in this PPR format.
K: Matt Bryant
(ATL) @ NO--$3,800--This contest should be the highest scoring game on the card this weekend, which is a great reason for starting Bryant (or Garrett Hartley). There may not be too many field goal attempts, but the Falcons should find the end zone enough to gamble on the lack of shortcomings in their offensive game. The Saints defense was one of the worst groups in the league last season and it isn't looking much better as the season approaches, so take advantage of this while you can.
DEF: Indianapolis Colts
vs. OAK--$3,200--Surprise, Surprise. I took the Colts defense. This one is pretty simple. Outside of Darren McFadden, the Raiders have no real threats on the offensive side of the ball, and are starting a quarterback that has yet to start a game in the NFL. Not to mention the Raiders offensive line is in shambles. If the Colts defense gets picked apart I would truly be stunned, as this should be a walk in the park for this group come Sunday.
Total Salary: $50,000
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