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What started out as a simple tool to provide people with basic and advanced daily fantasy sports knowledge, has officially become a phenomenon. The DFS Playbook has spawned not one but two copycats from highly regarded DFS companies. I am not sure whether to be flattered or insulted. What I will say is that you can't have a Playbook without actual plays. The one difference between us and everybody else is that we are not afraid to open the vault and show the world our work. Here is who we are playing and this is why we are playing them. So until someone gets the courage to actually be honest about their lineups each and every day or week, our system will be forever safe.

For those of you who are new to daily fantasy sports I say WELCOME!! DFS is such a fun way to enjoy the games that you already love and now can win big prizes for doing well. Those of you who purchased the Fantasy Alarm Assistant G.M., you will be receiving special Playbook updates throughout the week. For the rest of you we will be posting Playbooks on Thursday and Saturday throughout the NFL season. Remember, you can get it for FREE when you open a new account on DraftKings. 

In the coming weeks we will be adding lineup optimization, full pricing pages, special contests and more to our DFS content. But for now, how about we all go out and kick some ass in Week 1? Sounds good to me.

I bring to you the first installment of the DFS NFL Playbook for Week 1:

Quarterbacks

It really doesn't make sense to pay up for Payton Manning this week. I don't like paying last years prices for a guy who set every passing record known to man. He just cannot duplicate that season and thus isn't quite worth the $10K plus right now. Drew Brees and Tom Brady seem like optimal cash game QB's to me while nobody is going to expect Eli Manning to do what he'll do to the Lions secondary this week. 

Player Team DraftKings Fanduel Comments
Peyton Manning Broncos 10,100 10,200 Safe play but hard to afford that price
Drew Brees Saints 9,700 9,700 Game will be a shootout
Colin Kaepernick 49ers 8,000 8,500 Great matchup, run/pass TD upside
Tom Brady Patriots 7,700 9,100 Always torches the Dolphins
Eli Manning Giants 7,400 6,600 Value play in great matchup

Running Backs 

When it comes to RB's these days you simply want guys who are going to touch the ball. Players that catch a lot of passes but also run the rock are very valuable in DFS especially on DraftKings where it is a full point PPR. As risky as it is to start C.J. Spiller I absolutely love his matchup this week agaisnt the Bears. Both he and Fred Jackson make great GPP plays this week. Ben Tate and Andre Ellington are both very undervalued right now and will likely be staples in the DFS Playbook early in the year until their price inflates.

Player Team DraftKings Fanduel Comments
Matt Forte Bears 8,300 9,300 All purpose threat worth every penny
Zac Stacy Rams 6,400 8,300 Rams will lean heavily on Stacy this week
Doug Martin Buccaneers 6,300 8,100 Had almost 2K total yards before injury
C.J. Spiller Bills 6,200 7,600 GPP play only, great matchup
Andre Ellington Cardinals 6,000 6,800 Must play on DK with full PPR
Ben Tate Browns 5,200 7,400 Undervalued steal here
Fred Jackson Bills 4,400 5,800 Superb value in this great matchup
Khiry Robinson Saints 3,000 4,800 Complete lottery ticket upside value play

Wide Receivers

Player Team DraftKings Fanduel Comments
Calvin Johnson Lions 8,800 9,200 Megatron will torch the Giants secondary
Julio Jones Falcons 7,700 8,000 We'll be paying CJ prices for him soon
Andre Johnson Texans 6,600 7,400 Tremendous upside for the value here
Victor Cruz Giants 6,300 6,900 Giants are going to score point this week
Julian Edelman Patriots 5,300 6,300 PPR machine, great on DK
Emmanuel Sanders Broncos 4,800 6,400 Very affordable piece of Denver offense
Brandin Cooks Saints 4,500 5,700 Could lead the league in Rec after week 1
Jordan Matthews Eagles 3,800 5,200 This kid will be 6K in two weeks
Mohamed Sanu Bengals 3,200 4,900 Value option, great size 
Markus Wheaton Steelers 3,300 4,500 Basement price for big play wideout

Tight Ends

Player Team DraftKings Fanduel Comments
Jimmy Graham Saints 7,200 8,100 How do you not pay up for Graham?
Vernon Davis 49ers 4,800 6,300 Terrific matchup
Kyle Rudolph Vikings 4,300 5,700 If you must save at TE, I love Rudolph this week
Antonio Gates Chargers 3,400 5,600 Surprising value for production

Defense/Special Teams

Player Team DraftKings Fanduel Comments
St. Louis Rams 3,400 5,400 Best defense of the week no question
Houston Texans 3,100 4,700 Underrated, major upside potential
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3,100 4,900 Steady D Vs banged up Cam Newton
Cleveland Browns 2,800 5,100 Great secondary, price

Kickers

Player Team DraftKings Fanduel Comments
Greg Zuerlein Rams NA 4,500 No reason to pay for a kicker
Nate Freese Lions NA 4,500 See above