Playing daily fantasy can be a significant amount of fun, but it can also be an exercise in massive frustration for those that are not sure about what they’re doing. Just like traditional fantasy leagues, it helps to have a strategy going into selecting your team. Of course, figuring out what the right strategy is – can be easier said than done.
But it all depends on where you think you can cut costs and still pick up a good player.
Suggestions For Week One
Some positions naturally score more than others; be sure and keep that in mind when deciding where you want to spend your money (values will be from FanDuel):
Quarterback: Many of your better quarterbacks have tougher matchups this week making it an excellent time to go with one of the bargain-priced QBs—and 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo ($7200) could be a steal. He had the one game in the preseason where he was terrible; however, that seemed to get him to focus. If he brings that focus against the Buccaneers, he could have an astronomical day.
Running Backs: Like the QBs, most of the better running backs have tough matchups this week. However, if the Ravens run the ball like they did last year, then Mark Ingram ($6600) could have a big day against the Dolphins. The same can be said about Chris Carson ($6600) and the Seahawks facing the Bengals.
Wide Receivers: After going with bargain-priced guys at QB and RB, go ahead and splurge a little on your wide receivers. No one is going to be as motivated to have a big day as Odell Beckham Jr. ($8200). For the other two—few were as reliable as Adam Thielen ($7400) was last year.
If you believe in Nick Foles and don’t believe the hype surrounding the Chiefs defense, DeDe Westbrook ($5900) looks like a great pick up.
Tight End: If you play your cards right, you can afford one of the better tight ends—which is why I am picking George Kittle ($7300). He was the best weapon the 49ers had last year, and they are playing the lowly Buccaneers this week.
DEF: The Bills DEF ($4000) was great against the run last year and could be good enough to contain Le’Veon Bell in his return to action after a year off. Buffalo’s defense will get a boost the more the Jets try to lean on Sam Darnold to win.
Flex: At this point, it is a matter of getting the best player for the amount of money left– $6800. At that price, the best remaining player is Seahawks wide receiver, Tyler Lockett. He is the No. 1 option for Russell Wilson, so there is a good chance he will see a lot of balls thrown his way. Against a weak Cincinnati defense, he should be able to catch quite a few (do not play him and Carson in the same lineup).
Remember the playing field is even in week one, even the pros do not know what will happen. Play and have fun but do not go big this week – even as tempting as it will be! DKL for the win! Sign up with NFL2019 promo code for a one time 50% off!
The NFL season is here. That means it is time to start doing your homework so that you can pick a winning daily fantasy roster for Week One. Because it isn’t as simple as just picking the best players at any given position.
No, you will need to find a happy medium, a mixture of talent, potential, and risk. When it comes to choosing wide receivers in daily fantasy play, there is an element of risk with even the best players.
So—who should you choose?
How about some DFS WR recommendations?
You will have to pay the price for him, but Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is probably as close as you’ll get to a sure thing every week. He has proven himself to be an extremely talented player and he happens to have one of the best young QBs in the league to work within a pass-first offense.
What more could you ask for—but he will cost. The following guys, however, are more affordable options:
- Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns: He is one of the most explosive wide receivers in the game today with one of the most talented and promising young quarterbacks throwing to him. Oh—and he wants to prove the Giants made a mistake.
- Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Evans is one of the best in the game today. While his quarterback is questionable, he has the benefit of facing a weak 49ers defense this week.
- Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins likes possession-type receivers which is exactly what he has in Thielen. But he also happens to be good enough to do something with the ball after the catch making him valuable in daily fantasy play.
If you want to go with marquee guys at running back or quarterback, you will need to pick up a couple of receivers at a bargain price. The following guys are inexpensive and worth considering in Week One:
- Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
- Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
- Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
Tyreek Hill against the Jaguars defense is not a good option. But OBJ against the Titans? Oh, yeah! Go with Thielen as well and maybe roll the dice on Deebo or Westbrook for your third.
When the 2019 NFL season gets underway, DFS players are going to have some new players at their disposal when they set their lineups—the rookies. Some rookies will be coming in with high expectations; some, not so high.
Of course, the guys with higher expectations are going to cost more. But since they will be unproven until Week One, their price tags should be a lot better than established running backs.
Some will get the chance to prove themselves quicker than others—which could make them advisable options for daily fantasy players as early as Week One.
Several rookie running backs are going to get some playing time as early as Week One, but only a handful are likely going to get enough work to be worthy of a roster spot in daily fantasy play:
• Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders: He was a reliable running back for Alabama last season and will move right into the starting role for the Raiders as long as he doesn’t have a bad preseason.
• Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles: They may look to Jordan Howard more for carries in the run game early on. But Sanders will get enough action in the run and passing game to be worth considering (if the price is right).
• David Montgomery, Chicago Bears: Tarik Cohen is more of a change-of-pace guy which will leave the every-down duties to either Montgomery or Mike Davis. Davis may get the nod early on in the preseason but look for Montgomery to be the guy in Week One.
• Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams: With the mystery surrounding the health of Todd Gurley’s knee, Henderson could be in line for a decent number of carries early in the season. With his potential to break open plays, he could be fantasy worthy even as a back-up.
• Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy looked over the hill last season, and Frank Gore is right there with him. It would not be shocking if either of them is cut before Week One. Whoever is left will be backing up Singletary.
The Best of the Rest
There are going to be other players worth watching as the season begins but may not be worth starting in daily fantasy play until their roles become defined: Bryce Love, Washington Redskins; Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings; Trayveon Williams, Cincinnati Bengals; and Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions.