If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.

We take this adage to heart when it comes to playing NFL DFS. The Fantasy Alarm Playbook isn’t just about handing you a list of players and a lineup to use each week. It is designed to help you learn to be a better DFS player. It’s about teaching you the process used in selecting which players to scout and, eventually, which ones to use.

Therefore, we will begin each week with the Weekly NFL DFS Watch List. We’ll still have our Weekly DFS Rankings, but the Watch List is designed to keep tabs on marquee names, chalk plays and, of course, the weekly bargains who may not see the same coverage and exposure. This piece will be continuously updated based on the most recent news and injuries which means you may see a name or two removed as we get closer to kick-off. You may also see a few late-week additions who pique our interest for some reason too, and by the end of the week, this watch list will eventually become your Playbook. Again, it’s about teaching you the process.

The first week of the season is always the most difficult. While you can look back at last season’s numbers and see which teams struggled the most against the pass or the run, that data may be outdated and, in some cases, irrelevant as coaches, player personnel and schemes change so often from year-to-year. A team that struggled mightily against the run last year, for example, may have added some help on the defensive line, thus fortifying their weakness. The same can be said about a weak secondary from 2017 which changed from zone to man-to-man coverage. We’ll still be able to use some of the data, but as we’ve seen before, it takes a few weeks before we spot some of the more noticeable trends.

**Please Note: I am staying away from the Thursday night game altogether for DFS. Week 1 is difficult enough without having to limit yourself with players locked in for Thursday's game. During the season, we will explore the Monday-Thursday slate, but for Week 1 DFS, this one is only going to complicate matters. If you feel the need to play in the Showdown format, check out Justin Mason's game preview of ATL vs PHI for his thoughts.

Players Added 9/6 (See below for analysis):

Deshaun Watson , QB HOU

Case Keenum , QB DEN

Peyton Barber , RB TB

James Conner /Jaylen Samuels , RB PIT

James White , RB NE

Davante Adams , WR GB

Danny Amendola , WR MIA

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(Max 3)
                                                         
Pos Player MatchupOpponent Rank FanDuel*Own % DraftKings*Own % Y! DailyBreakDownWeather
QB D. BreesNO@CHI
Sun 4:25
7th $8400UPGRADE $6800UPGRADE $37UPGRADE
QB A. DaltonJAC@CIN
Sun 1:00
2nd $6800UPGRADE $5800UPGRADE $21UPGRADE
QB B. Roethlisbergerth $8000UPGRADE $6600UPGRADE $35UPGRADE
QB P. RiversLAC@TEN
Sun 4:05
6th $7500UPGRADE $6400UPGRADE $31UPGRADE
QB T. BradyNE@NYJ
Mon 8:15
24th $8600UPGRADE $7200UPGRADE $35UPGRADE
QB D. WatsonHOU@IND
Sun 1:00
12th $8200UPGRADE $6700UPGRADE $37UPGRADE
QB C. KeenumSF@WAS
Sun 1:00
10th $6300UPGRADE $5100UPGRADE $27UPGRADE
RB D. HenryLAC@TEN
Sun 4:05
8th $6800UPGRADE $5400UPGRADE $19UPGRADE
RB M. GordonLAC@TEN
Sun 4:05
18th $8100UPGRADE $6800UPGRADE $31UPGRADE
RB C. McCaffreyth $7500UPGRADE $6400UPGRADE $23UPGRADE
RB D. CookMIN@DET
Sun 1:00
10th $7300UPGRADE $6200UPGRADE $25UPGRADE
RB A. PetersonSF@WAS
Sun 1:00
14th $6300UPGRADE $4700UPGRADE $18UPGRADE
RB P. Barberth $5600UPGRADE $4100UPGRADE $14UPGRADE
RB J. Connerth $5000UPGRADE $4500UPGRADE $24UPGRADE
RB J. WhiteNE@NYJ
Mon 8:15
26th $5500UPGRADE $4000UPGRADE $14UPGRADE
WR A. BrownNE@NYJ
Mon 8:15
24th $9000UPGRADE $8600UPGRADE $40UPGRADE
WR A. GreenJAC@CIN
Sun 1:00
2nd $8400UPGRADE $7300UPGRADE $28UPGRADE
WR K. AllenLAC@TEN
Sun 4:05
6th $8000UPGRADE $7500UPGRADE $33UPGRADE
WR J. CrowderNE@NYJ
Mon 8:15
20th $6200UPGRADE $5000UPGRADE $16UPGRADE
WR G. TateARI@NYG
Sun 1:00
4th $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $25UPGRADE
WR M. ThomasNO@CHI
Sun 4:25
7th $8500UPGRADE $7800UPGRADE $30UPGRADE
WR D. HopkinsHOU@IND
Sun 1:00
12th $8800UPGRADE $8300UPGRADE $36UPGRADE
WR R. WoodsLA@ATL
Sun 1:00
27th $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $18UPGRADE
WR D. AmendolaMIN@DET
Sun 1:00
3rd $5100UPGRADE $4200UPGRADE $14UPGRADE
WR D. AdamsOAK@GB
Sun 1:00
9th $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $28UPGRADE
TE R. GronkowskiNE@NYJ
Mon 8:15
24th $7900UPGRADE $6900UPGRADE $30UPGRADE
TE T. BurtonNO@CHI
Sun 4:25
31st $UPGRADE $UPGRADE $16UPGRADE
TE J. DoyleHOU@IND
Sun 1:00
28th $5600UPGRADE $3600UPGRADE $17UPGRADE
TE G. Olsenth $6300UPGRADE $5400UPGRADE $10UPGRADE