DFS - Fantasy Football - NFL FanDuel Week 1 Picks - "Main Slate" - 9/9/18
NFL - Main Slate (1:00 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 9/9/18
DFS – Fantasy Football - NFL FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – Week 1 – 9/7/18
Football season is back and let’s start the season off right as we look at the Sunday “Main” slate that features 12 games and starts at 1:00 pm (EST)!
QB – Deshaun Watson (HOU) – Deshaun Watson took the NFL by storm last season before having his season cut short due to an ACL injury suffered at practice, however, now that he is back healthy, it would be a wise move to get him in your lineups against the Patriots in week 1. In just 7 games last season (6 starts), Watson completed 61.8% of his passes for 1699 yards and 19 TD’s last season and also got it done with his legs, rushing for 269 yards and 2 TD’s. Watson threw for at least three TD’s in each of his last 4 games and averaged 32.59 FanDuel points during that same time period. Watson has some nice weapons in Lamar Miller and DeAndre Hopkins and has a nice match-up against the Patriots who ranked 29th in total yards allowed per game (366.0 yds/g).
RB – Alvin Kamara (NO) – Similar to Deshaun Watson, Kamara was outstanding for the Saints in his rookie season as he won the NFL Rookie of the Year award as a dangerous two-way weapon out of the Saints backfield. Kamara finished with 728 rushing yards (6.1 yds/rush) & 8 TD and was even more dangerous as a receiver as he has 81 receptions for 826 yards and 5 TD’s. Kamara should be a work horse for the Saints early this season as New Orleans as they will be without their other RB, Mark Ingram, for the first four games of the season. Tampa Bay was the worst defense when it came to total yards per game last season (378.1 yds/g) and Kamara averaged 28.0 FD points per game
RB – David Johnson (ARZ) – David Johnson missed the majority of last season due to injury however, the Cardinals are expecting a big season from Johnson after he finished the 2016 season with 2,118 total yards (1239 rushing; 879 receiving) and 20 TD’s. Johnson is a three-down back which the Cardinals that was involved in almost half to the offensive plays in 2016 and is always a threat for a monster game as he is one of the best receiving backs in the NFL who averaged 5.0 receptions/game in his last full season. Johnson has a nice match-up at home against a Redskins team that ranked dead last in team defense agianst the rush as they allowed opponents to average 134.1 rushing yards per game.
WR – Chris Hogan (NE) – We are going with value at all three of our WR’s positions today, and our first choice will be with New England’s Chris Hogan. New England will be relying on Hogan to be their top receiver for the first four weeks with Julien Edelman being suspended for his first four games and Danny Amendola now suiting up in Miami. Hogan has been a solid contributor for the Patriots two seasons ago and has 72 receptions, 1119 yards, and 9 TD’s in his 21 games for New England. Houston wasn’t the greatest team agianst the pass last season as they ranked 24th in NFL last year in pass defense (237.4 yds/g; 30 TD) and as we’ve always seen Brady make his number one receivers into big time fantasy players, I like Hogan in week 1.
WR – Danny Amendola (MIA) – Speaking of Amendola, with Jarvis Landry now in Cleveland and DeVante Parker currently listed as doubtful, it’s a prime opportunity for Amendola to step right in for the Dolphins and be the type of receiver we saw him be last season for the Patriots. Amendola finished the regular season with 61 catches for 659 yards and 2 TD’s, however, showed us what he is still capable of doing in the playoffs as in his three playoff games, Amendola had 26 receptions for 348 yards and 2 TD. Amendola has a good matchup against a Tennessee pass defense that ranked just 25th in the NFL last season (239.2 passing yds allowed per game). Kenny Stills will most likely be the popular Dolphins receiver here, however, I think as Stills will help stretch out the Tennessee secondary with his speed, I see Amendola having a field day underneath and will easily hit his value at this price.
WR – Keelan Cole (JAC) – Cole has some exciting speed and although it is risky to go with a Jacksonville receiver, Cole is worth a long look on Sunday agianst the Giants, especially after finishing the last 4 games of the regular season last season with 20 receptions for 426 yards & 2 TD. Cole should be starting in the slot for the Jaguars and will have the best match-up against the Giants secondary who ranked 32nd in team passing defense. With Marqise Lee out for the season due to injury, I expect Cole to be the top receiver for the Jaguars this season and with his big-play ability, he could crush his value at this price on week 1.
TE – Jordon Reed (TE) – Jordan Reed comes into this season finally healthy and with Alex Smith now playing QB for the Redskins, Reed could be in for a big season. Reed has always flashed star potential however, injuries have really cost the talented TE over the past two seasons. Reed showed a knack for the end zone in 2015 when he had 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 TD’s. Reed’s match-up against the Cardinals isn’t the greatest, however, as Arizona is solid against the run, I see Reed getting a lot of action in the passing game. Alex Smith has been known to utilize his TE’s as he did with Travis Kelce in with KC and as I think he’ll make Reed one of his main targets in week 1, I think Reed is a great play at very reasonable price.
FLEX – Rob Gronkowski (NE) – With the money we saved at WR’s, we were able to pay up for Gronkowski who could be in for a big game agianst Houston in week 1. As we already mentioned with Chris Hogan, the Patriots are a bit thin at WR without Julien Edelman being available which only helps Gronkowski’s value. Gronkowski is the top TE in all of football when he is healthy and is coming off a solid 2017 season in which he finished the regular season with 69 receptions for 1084 yards and 8 TD. Gronkowski also had a solid playoff run with 16 receptions for 218 yards and 3 TD’s in three games. Gronkowski is a match-up nightmare and with his ability to haul in TD’s in the Red Zone, I think we see Brady target Gronkowski plenty in week 1.
DEF – Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings were the top statistical defense in the NLF season last year when it came to points allowed and I have no problem rolling with them in their week 1 match-up at home in a match-up against the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings will have to contend with Jimmy Garoppolo who ended last season on a tear, however, the Vikings were ranked 2nd against the pass last season and I don’t think Garoppolo really hasn’t had to face a tough defense on the road in his career. The Vikings should be able to focus a bit more agianst the passing attack of the 49ers after San Francisco lost their starting RB, former Viking Jerick McKinnon due to an ACL injury and if they can for a few turnovers, I think they’ll have a solid first week in terms of DFS.