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DraftKings Week 1 NFL Lineup

We will be bringing you our tournament lineups every week of the year! We hope to expand our DFS section as well so we can bring you plays, fades and all that other good stuff that can help you win. If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out our FanDuel lineup for Week 1! Check out our GPP DraftKings lineup.

QB: Matthew Stafford, Lions ($6,100)

Right away you are thinking, “Why Stafford? He is playing against the Cardinals.” Yes, the Cardinals have a very good defense. However, in GPP games you need to find the lower owned guys at times. I think Stafford will be one of those guys. The positives: He is at home, the Vegas total is high, the Lions are the underdogs and the Lions do not have much of a run game.

Runner Up: Kirk Cousins, Redskins ($6,400)

RB: Le’Veon Bell, Steelers ($9,800)

I do not think I really need to dive into why I am putting Bell into my lineup, but I will anyway. High point total, 9 point favorite and Big Ben does not play good on the road. I think the Steelers will rely heavily on the run game and they should be running often with the lead. Last time Bell faced the Browns: 28 carries, 146 rushing yards, 1 TD, 8 receptions, 55 yards. Oh, Myles Garrett will not be playing either. BELL IS A MUST.

Runner Up: David Johnson, Cardinals ($9,400)

RB: Devonta Freeman, Falcons ($7,000)

Another case of a team who is heavily favored and will most likely be playing with the lead most of the game. Freeman should see a lot of work in this game, while being a little underpriced in my opinion. Not only will he receive the bulk of the carries, but he will also be a factor in the passing game. At this price, you will not find many better options. Go plug him in.

Runner Up: Dalvin Cook, Vikings ($5,900)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals ($5,900)

Once again, we are attacking the Lions/Cardinals game. It should be a very close game, so I expect the Cardinals to be throwing the ball quite often. One thing you should target in GPP games is opposing pass catchers. This is the second highest trend, among winning lineups, behind stacking a WR with your QB. What do I mean? Whatever team your quarterback is on, draft a wide receiver on the opposite team. Fitzgerald is rather cheap and very reliable. His high target rate and chemistry with Palmer are also plusses.

Runner Up: Alshon Jeffery , Eagles ($5,800)

WR: Pierre Garcon, 49ers ($5,300)

People forget that Garcon surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the second time in his career last year. I know he is on a different team with a different QB this year, but he still has the talent to get it done. Brian Hoyer is also a serviceable quarterback who has proven he can get the ball to his receivers. The 49ers will most likely be playing from behind in this game and Vegas has the game total over 47 points. As the number one receiver with no many options, Garcon has the chance to have a big game.

Runner Up: Jamison Crowder, Redskins ($5,600)

WR: Marvin Jones Jr., Lions ($4,100)

This is where the stack comes into play. I can think that you are saying right now, “Why not stack Stafford with Golden Tate?” My response is, most people will do that. Once again, in GPP games you want to fade some players. I think Jones will be lowly owned due to the fact that Tate is the Lions number one and Jones fell off at the end of the year. Let’s add the fact that Patrick Peterson will most likely be covering Golden Tate. That leaves Justin Bethel covering Jones. I think I like the chances that Jones has a bigger game than Tate. He is also over $2,000 less than Tate.

Runner Up: Tyler Lockett, Seahawks ($4,400)

TE: Zach Ertz, Eagles ($3,500)

I am not a fan of paying up a tight end. I think you can save money at this position and pay up at another position that has a higher ceiling. When choosing a tight end you should look for a guy who is targeted often and  has 100 yard, 1 TD upside and is relatively cheap. Cue Zach Ertz. Ertz was the second most targeted tight end last season and had two games with over 100 yards. Who did one of those games come against? You guessed it. His week 1 opponent, the Redskins.

Runner Up: Jason Witten, Cowboys ($3,900)

Flex: RB Jonathan Stewart, Panthers ($5,000)

The Panthers did draft Christian McCaffrey in the first round this year, but Stewart is still listed as their number one running back. I think McCaffrey eventually takes over that role. However, this is week one and it is still Stewart’s position to lose. The Panthers are favored to win this game and they love to run the ball. I think Stewart will receive 15-20 carries in this game and at $5,000 he definitely has the chance to surpass his value.

Runner Up: RB Mike Gillislee, Patriots ($4,800)

DST: Los Angeles Rams, ($3,200)

I’m sure everyone has heard the news that Andrew Luck will not be playing for the Colts in week one. Andrew Luck missed one game last year. In the game that he did miss, do you know how many points the Colts scored? SEVEN. The Rams are a better defense than people give them and I think they are a great play for this week.

Runner Up: Carolina Panthers, ($3,500)

Photo Credits: Tim Fuller Photography
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Nicholas LoPrinzi View All

I'm a washed up D3 college baseball player who is pursuing their MBA in Accounting. I love baseball, basketball, and football; while rooting for the New York Mets, New York Knicks, and New York Giants. Most of the time it is full of misery. I have recently found a passion for writing about sports. I have posted a few articles for Last Word on Sports and I have now created my own website (the-sportstalk.com). You can check out my articles there and also follow the twitter account @_thesportstalk.

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