LeSean McCoy Jax@Phi ($8,400)
When playing daily fantasy football on DraftKings, you have a limited budget or salary cap of $50,000. Because of the cap, you will be lucky if you can insert one or two of highest salary players into your lineup. In this article, I am ignoring the salary cap and will select my Dream Team for Week 1.
The Dream Team (Salary - $71,000/$50,000, +$21,000)
Peyton Manning Ind@Den ($10,100) Manning is already the best quarterback in fantasy. Combine that with a matchup against his former team in Denver, and we have a great opportunity for a big game from Manning. In Week 1 of the 2013 season, Peyton had 462 yards and seven touchdowns (49.28 FPTS). Enough said.
QB Alternate: Andrew Luck - Ind@Den ($8,300)
Jamaal Charles Ten@KC ($9,000) Like Manning, Charles is also the best fantasy player at his position. Also, Charles gets a pretty good matchup against the Titans in Kansas City. He should be in for a very nice game in Week 1.
McCoy gets a plum matchup in Week 1 against my second easiest run defense. There is some concern of a blowout in this game, though. If the Eagles get up big on the Jags, McCoy could find himself on the bench cheering on his second unit during the fourth (maybe even the third) quarter.
RB Alternates: Matt Forte
- Buf@Chi ($8,300), Marshawn Lynch
Calvin Johnson NYG@Det ($8,800)
Not a great matchup against the Giants pass defense (my 22nd easiest pass D), but this is Megatron we are talking about here. He is always a great option, when you dont consider his very high price tag.
Demaryius Thomas Ind@Den ($8,100)
Im not as bullish on Thomas as most other people this year, but I love the matchup in Week 1. If you can somehow get Manning and Thomas into your lineup, make it happen.
Julio Jones NO@Atl ($7,700)
If Jones stays healthy this year, I like him to finish first in fantasy points among receivers. The stay healthy part is a big if, but this is daily fantasy, so we just need him to stay healthy for one game. Julio will come out strong in Week 1.
WR Alternates: A.J. Green
Cin@Bal ($7,400), Alshon Jeffery
Buf@Chi ($7,100) , Michael Crabtree
Jimmy Graham - NO@Atl ($7,200)
This was the easiest pick. Graham is by far the best tight end going against one of the worst pass defenses in the league. I would be disappointed if Graham didnt put up two touchdowns in Week 1.
TE Alternate: Julius Thomas
Buf@Chi ($8,300) This was a very close call for me between Green and Forte, but I gave Forte the slight edge because he is playing at home.
Rams Min@StL ($3,400)
The Rams D gets a prime matchup in Week 1. They get to face either Matt Cassel
or a rookie quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater
) playing his first career NFL game. The Rams are very solid against the run. If they can slow down Adrian Peterson
and force Minnesota to throw, interceptions and sacks will surely follow.
Chiefs Ten@KC - $4,000