This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
It's the opening night of the NFL season and the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers play host to the Cowboys. Tampa Bay is an 8.5-point favorite, and the game features a relatively high 52-point total. Two of the top quarterbacks in the league will square off as 44-year old Tom Brady showed no signs of slowing down last year while Dak Prescott will make his return from two ankle surgeries. The main GPPs on both DraftKings and FanDuel are massive and have a first place prize of $1 million. With so many entrants in these contests, it will be important to find ways to be different.
Tom Brady ($11,200 DK, $16,000 FD) is the most expensive player on the slate and rightly so. He threw 50 touchdown passes last season and has a current streak of 11 consecutive games with at least two. The Buccaneers return all of their top weapons and face a Dallas defense that ranked among the worst in the league last season. He will be a popular option in the captain spot on DraftKings and likely the most popular MVP choice on FanDuel. It's hard to envision him not on the winning lineup, but there are scenarios where that happens. For example, If Tampa take an early lead through a couple rushing touchdowns, Dallas would rely on a pass heavy attack to chase the game. If Dak and two of his receivers have big games, it's possible that Brady's salary would keep him out of the