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DraftKings NFL Picks Week 1

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DraftKings NFL Picks Week 1Your drafts have now come and gone. While you may be married to the roster you drafted in your home leagues, DraftKings is proof that there are plenty of fish in the sea. DFS allows you the chance to not only create a new team for yourself but an opportunity to play the best possible matchups on a week to week basis. The point of this weekly article is to suggest to you some players that you may want to start in a given week. Some of these options may eat into your balance while others will be bargains. Regardless of their price tag, these are players that can help you win some serious cash.

Quarterback

Russell Wilson

DraftKings Price: $6,900

In week 1, the Seattle Seahawks will head to Green Bay to do battle with the Packers. For Russell Wilson, the Seahawks signal caller will be looking for redemption. Last season when the Seahawks played in Green Bay, Wilson would throw for a career high 5 interceptions. While that game took place in week 13, Wilson would have a slow start in 2016 which was due in large part to nagging injuries. Don’t count on history repeating itself as Wilson is now injury free and will be facing a Packers defense that allowed the 7th most points to quarterbacks in DK formats. The Seahawks running game will be searching for an identity during the early part of 2017 and that will allow for Wilson owners to cash in on some big numbers in the first half of the year.

Carson Wentz

DraftKings Price: $5,300

In week 1, the sophomore signal caller in Philadelphia represents one of the better quarterback values. Wentz will kick off his 2017 season in Washington against a Redskins defense that allowed the 11th most points to quarterbacks in DK formats. While Wentz didn’t have eye popping numbers last season, one of his four 300 yard performances came against the Redskins. Washington routinely has had a hard time against the tight end so expect Wentz to take advantage of that on his way to a big week one.

Running back

Kareem Hunt

DraftKings Price: $5,800

With the excitement of a full slate of games this weekend, it is important to remember that we do have a game coming on Thursday. In just a couple of days, the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots will usher in the regular season. While most people will be consumed by the pomp and circumstance of the Patriots hanging another Super Bowl banner, Kareem Hunt will be ready to make a big first impression on national television. With the injury to Spencer Ware, Hunt has found himself thrust into the role of featured back in an Andy Reid offense. Hunt will be used on the ground and in the air and represents a way to surge up your Draft Kings leader board early.

 

 

Christian McCaffrey

DraftKings Price: $5,400

The talk is finally over! His biggest supporters are over the moon to finally see McCaffrey in regular season action. His critics can’t wait to say that they told you so. Well, those critics may need to hold off for an extra week as the Panthers have a nice matchup against the 49ers. While the 49ers front seven has looked good in the preseason, it is so difficult to forget just how abysmal their defense was in 2016. In Draft Kings formats, the 49ers defense would allow the most points to the running back position. The second worst team allowed 75 points less than the 49ers. They were also the only team in football to allow 20 or more rushing scores to running backs. Stewart could serve as a touchdown vulture but make no mistake, the Panthers will look to get the ball in McCaffrey’s hands.

Todd Gurley

DraftKings Price: $6,000

I spoke of redemption early on when talking about Russell Wilson. There may be no player looking for redemption this season more than Todd Gurley. He has a great opportunity to get this season off on the right foot with the Indianapolis Colts coming to town. It has already been announced that Andrew Luck will miss week 1 and that plays right into Gurley’s hands. No Andrew Luck means that in all likelihood, the Rams will not be in a position to play catch up. This will give the Rams and Gurley the ability to slow the game down and run the ball. Expect Gurley to get 20+ carries and to have his first 100-yard rushing performance since December 13 of 2015.

Wide Receiver

Pierre Garcon

DraftKings Price: $5,300

While they may not be Super Bowl contenders in 2017, optimism in the 49ers locker room is as high as it has been since the days of Jim Harbaugh. The Kyle Shanahan offense will be on full display against the visiting Panthers. While Carolina may have given up the 7th most points to wide receivers in DK formats, there was also a lot of negative vibes within their Super Bowl hangover. Expect their defense to be better this time around but also expect Hoyer to target Garcon early and often.

Hoyer and Garcon had quite the connection during the 49ers third preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Hoyer may not have much of a choice but to throw the ball as the 49ers secondary may force the 49ers offense to play catch up. Garcon will be looking to replicate his 2013 season under Shanahan when he hauled in 113 receptions and that starts this Sunday. You’re paying less than $5,500 for a wide receiver at the top of his team’s depth chart. What more do you need?

Danny Amendola

DraftKings Price: $4,300

The Patriots will have a hard time going over the top on the Chiefs defense this Thursday. They will need to scratch and claw for the yards and touchdowns that they do get. It is games such as this that Tom Brady loves to just slice and dice. When Brady looks to get the ball out quick, it won’t be the deeper threats of Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan that will be benefiting, it’ll be Amendola. His style of play is best suited for an Edelman role and Brady has already mentioned the trust that he has in Amendola. Trust goes a long way in games like this that have a big fight feel. The Patriots offense will always be a bit of an enigma for fantasy football enthusiasts but this week, trust in Amendola.

Tight End

Lock of the Week

Zach Ertz

DraftKings Price: $3,500

It would make sense that if I nominated the Eagles quarterback, I would nominate one of his targets. A lot of the tight ends above Ertz have some tough matchups. Ertz is almost like a hidden value as he costs less than even Jack Doyle. Last season, the Redskins stood as just one of three teams to allow 100 receptions and 1,000 yards to the tight end position. Feel free to look at the top tight ends on the board, you’ll keep coming back to Ertz.

Defense

Falcons DST

DraftKings Price: $3,300

Looking to save some cash on your defense? Take a look at last years NFC champions as they head to the windy city to take on the Bears. They may prove to have their hands full with Jordan Howard but the rest of Bears offense will be a complete liability in 2017. If the Falcons do end up with a Super Bowl hangover, you won’t be able to notice it in week 1. It is an easy way to avoid the top defense on the board and save $600 in the process.

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