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DraftKings Fantasy Football: Week 1 Picks

Benjamin Slocum

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Are you ready for some football? Here are my DraftKings picks for Week 1 based on players that I feel will outperform their salary.


Andrew Luck Ind@Den ($8,300) Luck is the seventh most expensive quarterback in Week 1, but I have him ranked in the top three with Brees and Manning. Luck is a great value in a matchup that should turn into a shootout.

Other QB Options: Matt Ryan NO@Atl ($7,900), Russell Wilson GB@Sea ($7,700)

Running Backs

Montee Ball Ind@Den ($7,000) Ball is an unknown this year. He takes over a very important position, Peyton Mannings running back. Ball should get a lot of action in the first week and should score one or maybe two touchdowns.

Shane Vereen NE@Mia ($6,100) Vereen is a point-per-reception (ppr) machine, and DraftKings awards a full point per reception. The Patriots should use Vereen early and often in the passing game. He should be a lock for five receptions. If he can add a score, his points start adding up very quickly.

Other RB Options: Toby Gerhart Jax@Phi ($5,600), Andre Ellington SD@Ari ($6,000), Marshawn Lynch - $6,800 ($6,800)

Wide Receivers

Julio Jones NO@Atl ($7,700) Jones is my No. 1 receiver in Week 1 and he is the fifth most expensive wideout on DraftKings. Expect a huge Week 1 from Jones.

Jeremy Maclin Jax@Phi ($5,700) Maclin is in for a huge season. Get Maclin on your roster in Week 1. His price as a mid-tier wideout will not last long.

Cordarrelle Patterson Min@Stl ($5,800) I like Patterson much more in guaranteed prize pool (GPP) contests than head-to-heads or 50/50s. Patterson is the ultimate big play guy. It will be very interesting to see how Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner uses Patterson this year. If he blows up Week 1, make sure you have him on a few of your GPP rosters.

WR Alternates: Michael Crabtree SF@Dal ($6,100), Michael Floyd SD@Ari ($6,000), DeAndre Hopkins Was@Ari ($4,500)

Tight End

Jordan Reed Was@Hou ($4,600) Reed is one of the most talented tight ends in football. He does have major health concerns, though. This is daily fantasy football, so we just need him to stay healthy for one game. Reed has the ability to go off for a huge game. Make sure that you roster him.

TE Alternate: Dennis Pitta Cin@Bal ($4,400)

Defense/Special Teams

New York Jets Oak@NYJ ($3,900) The most important factor when deciding on your defense should be their opponent. Oakland should be one of the worst offenses this year. The Jets already have a solid defense and they are playing Oakland at home. The Jets should be able to shut down the Raiders.

DST Alternate: Eagles Jax@Phi ($3,200)

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