Are you ready NFL Fans?!? It is everyone’s favourite time of year, Week 1 of the Regular Season. To start off the year, I will give you my value plays to help you win all that sweet, sweet cash. Hit me up on twitter (@BleedPurpleDFS) if you ever want to talk DFS or football. For reference, I will using both FanDuel and DraftKings pricing for the players.
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Now lets get into the picks.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (FD $6,800 / DK $5,800):
Last year, the Colts probably had the worst secondary unit in football. Although they had an offseason to strengthen that part of the team, they did nothing. The only good player in that secondary is second-year player Malik Hooker but he is coming off a torn ACL last season. Yes I know, Dalton is average but he is capable of putting up big points when having the right matchup. In Week 8 last year against the Colts, he had nearly 20 fantasy points which is great value at the price you can get him at. You can get even more value if you stack him with his WR John Ross (FD $5,100 / DK $3,900), who was impressive this preseason and can burn this secondary with his speed.
James Connor, Pittsburgh Steelers (FD $5,000 / DK $4,500):
This year I made the mistake by choosing Le’Veon Bell in my season-long fantasy league with the boys here at FanCave. Although this is trouble for owners like me, it is a great opportunity to get a budget RB for this week. The beast from Pitt is next in line for touches behind Bell, and he doesn’t have much competition with rookie Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley. In the past, the Steelers have still been able to establish a run game without Bell with running backs like Deangelo Williams, but Connor is much more talented than Williams. I understand that “preseason doesn’t matter”, but Conner’s numbers were very efficient. He had 19 carries for 100 yards, along with 7 catches for 61 yards.
Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (FD $6,000 / DK $4,700): With DeVante Parker ruled out for Week 1, and Miami losing Jarvis Landry and Julius Thomas. Kenny Stills is a value play that see a lot of targets this week. Even though the Dolphins have added Danny Amendola, he lacks the big play ability that Stills has. Stills also has his a non-reality star at QB this season with Ryan Tannehill who had a great season before tearing his ACL a couple years ago. Also last season, the Tennessee Titans ranked 27th against the pass, Stills has the potential to convert a couple of deep targets into some huge fantasy points in this spot.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (FD $5,600 / DK $3,600): Doyle was the top fantasy asset on the Colts last season, despite having to deal with terrible quarterback play all year long. Now that Luck is back, he can recreate those big numbers as a nice redzone target. The matchup with the Bengals is great for Doyle, the Bengals ranked 24th in the league against the tight end position last season and have not made any additions that I can see change this.
Thank you for reading and best of luck this week!
– Manick Thind (@BleedPurpleDFS)