Fantasy Football: FanDuel value plays for Week 1

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The 2016 NFL season is upon us, meaning it is time to start building your daily fantasy sports lineups for Week 1. To build a winner for the NFL season opening week, you will need to find a few value plays to fill out your lineup. Below you will find players for each position, who are priced too low on FanDuel that are sure to provide an excellent return on the investment in Week 1.


Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, $7,700 (Opponent: New Orleans Saints)

In Week 1 cash games, Carr should be the chalk play at the quarterback position. In 2015 the Saints’ allowed 45 passing touchdowns and they don’t appear to be improved this season. Any hopes that the New Orleans’ defense had at being better in 2016 has been devastated by injury. The Saints just lost defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to a broken fibula, so expect them to once give up a ton of points to quarterbacks. Last season, they allowed 24.0 FanDuel points per game to the quarterback position.

Eli Manning, New York Giants, $7,200 (Opponent: Dallas Cowboys)

A year after seeing his price peak at $8,300 getting Manning at this type of discount is a steal. Especially with him taking on the Dallas Cowboys. Something about America’s Team brings out the best in in the Giants’ signal caller. In 23 games against Dallas, the signal caller is averaging 253.5 passing yards and 1.9 touchdowns per contest.

Running Backs

Rashad Jennings, New York Giants, $6,000 (Opponent: Dallas Cowboys)

The Giants’ ball carrier is healthy and will look to carry the momentum he built to end 2015 into this season. Over the last four weeks of last season, Jennings averaged 21.5 touches per games. In that span, the New York ball carrier averaged 16.4 FanDuel points per game. If he can come close to that number again in Week 1, Jennings will return 2.7 times value at his current price tag.

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills, $6,900 (Opponent: Baltimore Ravens)

In 2015 no one rushed the ball more than the Bills’ offense. On 52.26 percent of their plays last season, they ran the football. After averaging 19.6 touches in 2015, McCoy is in line for more work this season with the release of Karlos Williams.

Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders, $6,600 (Opponent: New Orleans Saints)

The Saints’ defense allowed 22.8 FanDuel points per game to running backs in 2015, third most in the NFL. And while he is not the flashy type, Murray did finish third in the league in carries (266) and sixth in rushing yards (1,066). With the Raiders’ ball carrier coming in underpriced and overlooked, Murray is an excellent bargain buy for the first week of NFL action.

Wide Receivers

Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills, $7,300 (Opponent: Baltimore Ravens)

It took them way too long, but the Bills finally figured out how to use Watkins last season. Over the last six games of the 2015 season, the Buffalo pass catcher averaged 20.3 FanDuel points per game. With Baltimore allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers last season, Watkins should once again score in bunches in Week 1.

Golden Tate, Detroit Lions, $6,900 (Opponent: Indianapolis Colts)

The man expected to step into Calvin Johnson’s role in the Lions’ offense should put up big points in Detroit’s first game. Since joining Detroit, Tate has averaged 19.63 fantasy points per game when Johnson did not suit up. And in this first game after Johnson’s retirement, Tate faces a banged up Colts’ defensive backfield. Indianapolis just signed Antonio Cromartie, who Pro Football Focus rated as the 87th corner out of 111 last season.

Tight End

Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints, $5,400 (Opponent: Oakland Raiders)

The Saints’ newest tight end couldn’t ask for a better situation to walk into. Since Brees signed with New Orleans in 2006, the Saints rank second in the NFL in tight end targets. In 2015 Brees’ completed 101 of his passes to tight ends. With 74 of them being caught by number one tight end Benjamin Watson. Obviously in a tight end friendly environment, Fleener also faces a Raiders’ defense that allowed the third-most FanDuel points to tight ends in 2015. Look for Fleener to return close to 3 times value in Week 1.

Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers, $5,300 (Opponent:Jacksonville Jaguars) 

The athletic tight end gets to play for a legit quarterback for the first time in his career. He also gets to face a Jaguars’ defense that struggled with the tight end position in 2015. Jacksonville allowed the fifth-most FanDuel points to tight ends last season.

Fantasy Football: FanDuel value plays for Week 1

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