NFL DFS Rookie Recommendations For Week One
On paper, it can look like a lot of rookies could become valuable daily fantasy players right off the bat. They were studs in college, so when they get inserted into the game in the NFL, they will shine again—right?
Theoretically? Yes. Realistically? Of course not. Not every college superstar pans out at the next level. Some may, but they didn’t show their team enough during training camp and the preseason to earn significant playing time.
But some did and will be used enough to warrant use in daily fantasy leagues in Week One.
The Candidates (Sunday games)
From what has been said about them throughout the preseason and how they played during what action they saw, the following rookies could be worth starting on your daily fantasy team in Week One:
· Kyler Murray, quarterback, Arizona Cardinals: His price relative to other QBs is going to be low. The chances are good that when they unleash Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, he will be throwing a ton. If Murray lives up to the hype, that could make for an incredible DFS day.
· Miles Sanders, running back, Philadelphia Eagles: It is unclear if he will get enough snaps to be a great start, but he could get enough to be a good one (and he’s cheap; so grab a stud for your RB1 and take him for our RB2).
· Mecole Hardman, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs: Hardman flashed the talent you would hope to see in a first-round pick during what time he saw during the preseason. But he will be in a crowded field with the Chiefs going against one of the better defenses in the NFL in Week One (Jacksonville). But for the price ($5100 at FanDuel) he may be worth a spot.
· T.J. Hockenson, tight end, Detroit Lions: Good DFS tight ends are hard to find unless you want to pay the price for Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce. Hockenson will not produce numbers as they will, but it does appear as if the Lions plan on making use of him.
· Tony Pollard, running back, Dallas Cowboys: He could be a good start against a weak Giants defense if, and only if, Ezekiel Elliot sits out. If Elliot plays, forget about him.
Other Promising DFS Rookies
It wouldn’t be shocking if the following guys were to also be reliable daily fantasy starts in Week One: 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel, 49ers receiver Jalen Hurd, and Bills running back Devin Singletary.
Will any of these rookies be great starts? Probably not, but they are going to be relatively cheap which should allow you also to pick up a few stud DFS players.
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