Updated: Friday, Sept. 15 at 1pm ET
The only thing better than kicking off your fantasy football season with a bunch of wins is to add cashing across all your contests during your first week of NFL DFS. We opened the week up with our usual NFL DFS Watch List, made a few tweaks and adjustments along the way, delivered an incredibly strong Playbook and then offered Example Lineups that featured top plays like Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, Bijan Robinson, Brandon Aiyuk and Romeo Doubs. Our cash lineups crushed easily and we had some solid GPP tournament lineups that, if you used them as a springboard for your research, you did well and judging by the number of emails, messages and screenshots sent in to me and the Fantasy Alarm Discord, many of you did. It was a fantastic way to start the season and we are more than ready to carry that momentum into Week 2. The NFL DFS content is already starting to roll out, so be sure to stay on top of everything from DFS coaching pieces to tools that include our NFL Week 2 DFS projections. So without further ado, let's get ready to cash this week!
To start the NFL DFS Week 2 Watch List, please allow me to welcome all of the new members of the Fantasy Alarm #FAmily. There are a lot of you and we thank you for joining. Now it's up to us to help you cash consistently on your NFL DFS action and we are psyched to make that happen. Since you are new to the Watch List, allow me to share some thoughts real quick:
“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 which 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 throughout the week, based on the most recent news and injuries, which means you may see a name or two removed as we get closer to Sunday 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.
So what exactly did last week's Playbook deliver? As always, we like to check in to ensure we remain on the right path.
Scoring The Playbook Week 1
As I mentioned, Week 1 can always be tricky but we managed to come out on top in style. The optimal lineup for the Playbook scored 223.4 points on DraftKings and 195.1 points on FanDuel. To put that in perspective, the optimal lineup from the Playbook would have finished second in the DK Milli-Maker (good for $200,000) and would have won the Sunday Million on FanDuel.
For the Example Lineups I posted to the site, the DK Cash lineups both cashed easily – one with 164.74 and the other at 153.04 – and the FanDuel ones scored 147.74 and 131.94, both of which cashed easily as well. My GPP examples we ok, but none of them cashed. I did have one DK lineup with Justin Herbert as my QB and built it off only Playbook and Dart Board players, including Tyreek Hill, Aaron Jones, Nick Chubb and Zay Flowers, which cashed with 164 points, but again, GPP lineups are all about taking chances. IMPORTANT NOTE: You CANNOT expect to hit on every GPP tournament you play which is why we always load up on cash games to offset the GPP entry losses.
So are we ready to head into our NFL DFS Week 2 research? Let's get it!
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