Top Daily Fantasy Football Picks For Week 1
Fantasy football returned on Thursday night, as Tom Brady unleashed his wrath on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 28-21 New England Patriots win. Not everyone partook in Thursday’s game when it came to DFS fantasy football, though, as many of the big games on the major sites only were running from Sunday through Monday, when 15 of week one’s 16 NFL games will be played.
There were still games featuring Thursday night’s contest, however, as many DFS gamers were more than happy to use the likes of Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and of course, Antonio Brown.
Those were some of the top guys going into last night, and that stayed the same coming out. But what about the rest of the top plays for week one? We’ve got you covered, as we hit up every major position and give you our favorite play for the first week of the 2015 NFL season:
QB: Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) @ Bears
A-Rod lost Jordy Nelson for the season but he should be fine, as he’s 11-3 against the hapless Bears in his career with a ridiculous 31:8 TD to interception ratio. He still has loads of weapons, a strong offensive line and a stud running back to lean on. Plus Chicago’s defense is atrocious.
Rodgers isn’t the best value, as he’s the most expensive fantasy quarterback on most DFS sites, but he’s the best option.
RB: Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals) @ Raiders
Jeremy Hill is a bit of a beast, as he ran all over teams last year and wasn’t even the full-fledged starter for the entire year. Going into 2015, he’s one of the top true breakout candidates as the backfield is largely his and Cincy plans on running the ball a ton. He’s a good play against any team, but Oakland gave up the most points to fantasy running backs in 2014.
Eddie Lacy is the popular pick to be the #1 running back for week one, and maybe he will be. But Hill could be too, and he’s more of a contrarian pick than Lacy is. Consider us sold.
WR: Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) VS. Eagles
Jones is our favorite wide receiver this week for several reasons: he’s an exceptional talent, he’s the top weapon for the Falcons, he’s at home and he’s going up against a weak Eagles defense. Byron Maxwell draping him could end up being a problem, but he’s not Richard Sherman. Philly ranked dead last against fantasy receivers in 2014 and they don’t figure to suddenly be elite.
TE: Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers) @ Jaguars
After Rob Gronkowski, it’s just a big group of “everyone else”. But one guy that could rise above the rest is Olsen, who is as steady as they come and will definitely be needed with Carolina’s top receiver (Kelvin Benjamin) lost for the year due to a torn ACL. The Panthers literally have no other passing weapons that come off as remotely threatening, so Olsen figures to be in for a buys day against the Jags.
K: Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers) @ Bears
Kickers are a dime a dozen. Stephen Gostkowski is supposedly the top rated fantasy kicker in all the land, yet last night he would have gotten you four points. See? A total crap shoot. Even so, there should be a good amount of points going down at Soldier Field this weekend, so Crosby should pay off enough in DFS leagues that carry the kicker position.
DEF: New York Jets VS. Browns
Defense can be very key in DFS fantasy leagues, as bad performance can get you almost no points, and a gem effort can get you 20-30. A lot of people will be targeting a more proven bunch like the Seahawks or Texans, but the Jets look like the best bet this week. New York is at home and they get to pit Darrelle Revis against Josh McCown and a Browns passing game that looks all kinds of terrible.
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