NFL DFS Playbook: Week 1
**UPDATED** Howard Bender pores over the data and the match-ups to bring you his favorite plays for Week 1 NFL DFS contests.
Wow. We made it. For a really long time, many of us thought we wouldn't, but the NFL is here and we've got football. We've got fantasy football. And we've got NFL DFS.
We still have a number of hurdles to climb, but let's keep this a safe space and reserve it for all things football and DFS.
If you're a long-time member of the #FANation #FAmily, welcome back. We have tried to maintain some semblance of normalcy by leaving most of the tools the same -- maybe a bit of a visual makeover, but nothing that will confuse you. Changes we have made? Well, for one thing, we have fine-tuned our projections system. Numbers have been crunched, algorithms tweaked and we're pretty please with the results. We've also made some really big strides with our Lineup Generator, so a big shout-out to our tech team which has been hard at work ever since we all went "underground."
If you are new to the #FAmily, welcome! Please allow me to point out all the tools we have provided you throughout the week to enhance your DFS research and also shout-out our NFL DFS team --
In addition to the positional coaching pieces, you also have things like the DFS Watch List, where I provide you with a list of players I am looking at throughout the week. We have the NFL DFS Podcast with me and Jon Impemba (@jimpemba777), who also does the Contrarian Corner video and check out the DFS Bargains from Jen Piacenti (@jenpiacenti). Our Master of Tools, Matt Selz (@theselzman), supplies you data junkies with the Weekly Match-Up Report and everyone should also be reading the Weekly Game Previews and WR/CB Match-Up Report from Ryan Hallam (@fightingchance).
Yes, that's a lot of content and sure, it can be overwhelming, but these pieces come out throughout the week, so if you're seeing this all for the first time, just know that it all starts trickling out at the beginning of the week so you can attack the info steadily rather than get slammed all at once.
Once you've got all of that under your belt, it's time to look at the Playbook. It usually arrives in the early afternoon on Saturdays which gives you ample time to read through everything, make your notes and begin working on your lineups. On Sunday morning, I will provide you with Example Lineups for Draft Kings and Fan Duel so you have something to compare your own to before finalizing.
Pretty sure that sums up the basics. If you have any questions, we are all available via the Fantasy Alarm Chat, social media and even email, so please do not ever hesitate to ask for help. That's what we are here for.
And don't worry -- these introductions will be a whole lot shorter moving forwrd. I just wanted to welcome you all personally as we plan to have a ton of fun this season and keep you all in the green!
Now let's get to the Week 1 Playbook.
Important Week 1 Notes:
The game betwen the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals is very much in danger of being postponed due to poor air quality in the Bay Area. Fires are raging throughout California and Southern Oregon which has left the sky orange most of the time and the air filled with smoke and ash. No clue why the NFL hasn't mandated a move of this game to Arizona, but we will keep you updated as news unfolds. If this game is played, there are still a number of players who could opt to sit out. For example, Tevin Coleman carries the sickle cell trait and his health is at risk in these conditions. Kyle Shanahan left the decision to play up to his running back. Again, we will keep you as up to date as possible.
Travel this season will also be something very closely monitored. Due to COVID-19, teams are not allowed to travel to their destinations until Saturday. So while this Playbook is being worked on and published, we are still waiting to hear if anyone important is not on their scheduled flight. We will update you here in this section and we will also make sure all notes are repeated in the top section of the Example Lineups.