DFS - Fantasy Football - FanDuel - NFL Week 1 - Main Slate (1:00 PM) - 9/8/19 - CONFIRMED LINEUP
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM (N/A)
Update (9/8/19) - Final Adjustments have been made! Going w/ extreme value with Vernon Davis who is starting as Jordan Reed is out. This allowed us to pay up to get Christian McCaffrey & Cooper Kupp as we wanted some exposure of that game. We also are now going with the Charges as our defense against the Colts. Good Luck!
Update (9/4/19) – Hi Everyone! I’ve made some updates to the lineup!
We’re sticking w/ our TB stack of Winston, Godwin, & Evans, while also sticking with Chris Carson & Dalvin Cook.
I still love Christian McCaffrey and his match-up against the Rams, however, I wanted to upgrade a bit at TE and our other WR spot, so I decided to replace him with Leonard Fournette. Fournette has a great match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs who ranked 27th in rushing yds/g allowed (132.1 yds/g) and 29th in rushing TD’s allowed (29 TD’s). Kansas City made some major changes to their defense, including adding the talented Frank Clark, however, I still think the Chiefs defense is going to continue to struggle. Fournette has been disappointing overall in his young career, however, has shown the huge upside at times and as he should be on the field for as many snaps as he can handle as the Jaguars top backfield in the running game is rookie Ryquell Armstead, I think Fournette is great value at $7,200.
I’ve also added Dede Westbrook who we also decided to take on our DK lineup. Westbrook had a respectable 717 receiving yards & 5 TD’s on 66 receptions last season, and I think those numbers will improve with Nick Foles throwing to him now. Kansas City ranked 30th in total passing yards allowed per game (309.7 yds/g) and I think Westbrook goes over 100 yards receiving this week.
I’ve updated at the TE spot as although I like Mark Edwards, I see Baltimore running away with that one early which will lead to less passing late, so I decided to go with the Giants Evan Engram. Engram was 2nd best TE over the last 5 games of the season (22 rec; 320 yards, TD). The Cowboys ranked just 22nd in terms of FanDuel points allowed/g (10.9 points) last season and as Engram should be seeing plenty of targets with Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland now, I think he has a solid opening game this season.
I’m not going to be able to roster my top defenses (Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle) as I only have $4,200 left and not willing to sacrifice anyone in my lineup. I’ve decided for right now that I’m going to go with the Jets, as although I’m overly confident of the match-up, I’m not that concerned about a Bills offense that doesn’t have many playmakers. I think the Jets will be more than ready for Josh Allen and do think they have some upside.
Check back later for additional updates!
It’s that time of season again as we’re a week away from the beginning of the NFL season! I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of year!
I’m pumped for the NFL DFS season and let’s take an initial look at our NFL FanDuel Lineup for the “Main Slate” that starts at 1:00pm (EST) on 9/8.
I’m not going to pay up for quarterback this week as I think we have some solid options in the $7,000 range in Jameis Winston (TB), Jimmy Garoppolo (SF), & Lamar Jackson (BAL).
I love the idea of having Lamar Jackson’s on the team due to his ability to do damage with his legs, however, I’m a bit afraid of a blow-out in this game as their taking on Miami who looks like they’ll be one of the worst teams in the league.
This leaves us with either Jameis Winston/Jimmy Garoppolo in a game in which I think could turn into a shootout as I don’t project either of these defenses to be much improved from last year, in which San Francisco ranked 28th in point allowed (27.2 ppg) while Tampa Bay ranked 31st (29.0 ppg).
In the end, I’m going to go with Jameis Winston as I’m excited to see what he does this year under Bruce Arians who could really help propel Winston into one of the top QB’s this season. Winston has flashed his potential at times, including a solid 31.1 FanDuel Point performance in Week 17 last season (345 passing yds; 4 TD, 1 INT) and as I like the weapons that he has in Mike Evans, Chris Conway, & O.J. Howard, I think Winston has huge upside in this match-up.
I’m spending up at the RB position and going with Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey & Seattle’s Chris Carson.
Christian McCaffrey comes into this season projected to be one of the top RB’s in the league this season and I think he has a good shot of being the top RB performer by the end of the year. McCaffrey finished last season with 1,098 rushing yards w/ 7 rushing TD’s, but what makes him so dangerous is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as he 107 receptions for 867 yards & 6 TD’s. McCaffrey saw over 300 touches last season and should be in line for at worse a similar workload this season. I think Carolina will be fighting from behind in this game, which will open McCaffrey even more in the passing game as I think Carolina will try to limit an already banged up Cam Newton on the ground, I think McCaffrey gets all he can handle in Week 1.
Chris Carson has continued to impress in Seattle and I think he’ll continue to raise of the DFS RB rankings this season after finishing 14th overall last season in FanDuel with 181.4 total points. Carson has some competition in the backfield with Rashaad Penny, however, early reports look like Carson will be the lead back and see the majority of action. Carson finished last season with a 1,151 rushing yards (4.7 yds/att.) with 9 TD’s while finishing the last three games of the regular season averaging 119 yds/g & 1.33 TD/game. Carson had 20 receptions out of the backfield, but it looks like Seattle is going to make it a point to try and get him more involved in the passing game this season. Carson and the Seahawks have an easy match-up against Cincinnati, who ranked just 29th in total rushing yards allowed last season, and as I think Seattle will jump out to an early lead, I think Carson gets plenty of action in this one.
For our Wide Receivers, we’re going with both Mike Evans & Chris Godwin of Tampa Bay to stack with Jameis Winston and going with some extreme value in Paul Richardson Jr. of the Washington Redskins.
Mike Evans had one of his best years in the NFL last season, racking up 1524 receiving yards (3rd most in NFL) & 8 TD’s on 86 receptions and I think those numbers will actually improve this season under Bruce Arians. I love the match-up against the 49ers as although they’ve made some additions defensively up front, I think their secondary still has a lot of question marks and is coming off a 2018 season in which they ranked 31st in passing TD’s (35 TD’s).
Chris Godwin is on many people’s radars this season to have a break-out campaign and I’m buying in as I think he is set-up perfectly for a big season. Tampa Bay has a bunch of offensive weapons which should allow Godwin to exploit favorable match-ups and I’m confident he’ll see an uptick in attempts coming his way with Deshawn Jackson out of the picture. Godwin finished last season with a respectable 842 receiving yards w/ 7 TD’s on 59 receptions and showed his big-play potential during the last game of the regular season last year as he had 6 receptions (9 targets) for 114 yards & 2 TD’s.
I’m going to pay up for another RB at my FLEX position, so I decided go with a value play with Paul Richardson Jr. as my last WR. Richardson Jr. suffered and injury plagued season in his first year in Washington last season, suiting up for just 7 games while finishing the year with just 262 yards & 2 TD’s on 20 receptions. Richardson Jr. was banged up a bit early this pre-season, but was able to take the field in the Redskins last preseason game and with a very inexperienced WR group, looks like he’ll be a starter on Week 1. Richardson has solid speed and big-pay explosiveness in which he showed in his last season in Seattle in 2017 (44 rec, 703 yds, 6 TD) and as I think the Redskins will be playing from behind in their game at Philadelphia, Richardson will see a good number of targets in week 1.
I’m going with Mark Andrews of the Baltimore Ravens as I think he is primed for a big year with Baltimore. Andrews finished with 552 yards & 3 TD’s on 34 receptions and played well down the stretch as over the last three weeks of the season, was the 7th ranked TE for FanDuel. Andrews flashed his big play ability as he catches of 68 & 74 yards last season and I don’t hate the match-up against the Miami Dolphins who ranked 19th in FanDuel points allowed to TE’s last season (10.76/game).
With the money I’ve saved on with Paul Richardson Jr. & Mark Andrews, I’ve decided to pay up for Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Twins. Dalvin Cook looks like he’ll be a 3-down back and you have to love his ability to beat you in both the rushing and passing game. Cook has been banged up in his first couple of seasons, however, still averaged 4.6 yds/Att on the ground last season while adding 40 receptions for 305 yards & 2 TD in 11 games. Cook showed his explosiveness during this preseason after outrunning the Cardinals secondary on an 85-yard TD run and I love the match-up against the Falcons who allowed a league high 117 receptions to RB’s last year for 934 yards & 4 TD’s.
Seattle’s defense is going to be nowhere as strong as we saw during the days of the “Legion of Doom” however, I’m not going to pass up on them at home in a great match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati has a bunch of issues on their offensive line which should allow the Seahawks to put consistent pressure on AJ Dalton and as Cincinnati will be missing their top playmaker in AJ Green, I think the Seahawks have a great day piling up sacks & turnovers.
I’ll be posting my NFL lineups generally on Wednesday nights so please check back on Sunday’s as I might make changes depending on what news comes out and what the weather looks like!
I’m also hoping to get time to do some of the other NFL contests (Thursday Night – Single Game; 1:00pm Only; 4:00 PM Only, Sunday Night, Monday Night…etc)!
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