Week 1 of the NFL always provides plenty of bargains for the daily fantasy sports community. And the 2016 season opener is no different. Following this cash games blueprint, this FanDuel lineup will look to take advantage of these low-priced options and finish on the right side of the cash line.
QB – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, $5,000 (Opponent: New York Giants)
The rookie quarterback took the preseason by storm. The rookie signal-caller finished the preseason with a 78 percent completion percentage while throwing five interceptions and zero interceptions. Prescott also had 53 rushing yards and two scores via the ground on seven carries. With the Giants having allowed 20.2 fantasy points to quarterbacks last season, Prescott is in a position to add excellent value to your FanDuel lineup in Week 1.
RB – DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers, $7,100 (Opponent: Washington Redskins)
All signs are pointing to DeAngelo Williams being very busy on Sunday. First off, he will be the starting ball carrier with Le’Veon Bell suspended. He averaged 17 fantasy points in 10 starts for the Steelers last season when filling in for Bell. Also, the Steelers are without suspended Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Ladarius Green for Week 1.
RB – Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs, $5,400 (Opponent: San Diego Chargers)
The Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles is not ready to return to action, so Ware will slide into his role as lead back in the Kansas City offense. And what a role it is. Since 2007, the starting running back in Andy Reid’s offense has been featured heavily. They have averaged 15.6 rushed and five targets. These touches have led to 105.1 offensive yards and 0.84 touchdowns per game. At near bottom dollar price in FanDuel, Ware is a steal.
WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, $9,300 (Opponent: Washington Redskins)
Last season the league’s top pass catcher averaged 114.6 receiving yards, 0.6 receiving touchdowns and 8.5 receptions per game. Brown in a DFS cash game players dream. Not only did he average 12.1 targets per game last season, but the wide receiver also was just one of three pass catchers last season to rank in the top-10 in targets, red zone targets as well as deep targets.
WR – Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons, $9,000 (Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Jones led the league in targets last season with 203. In addition to the heavy workload in 2015, the Falcons’ number one wide receiver just loves to pick on the Bucs. In his last four games against the Buccaneers, Jones has had at least eight receptions in each contest. With Tampa allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to wide receivers last season, Jones is sure to equal those numbers again in Week 1 facing a rookie cornerback.
WR – DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans, $8,400 (Opponent: Chicago Bears)
Just like Antonio Brown, the Texans’ Hopkins ranked in the top-10 in targets, red zone targets as well as deep targets in 2015. Look for him to pick up right where he left off in Week 1. Especially considering that the Bears’ secondary allowed the fifth most passing touchdowns last season.
TE – Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints, $5,400 (Opponent: Oakland Raiders)
Last season, the Oakland Raiders allowed the third-most fantasy points to the tight end position. Opposing tight ends accumulated 80 receptions for 910 yards and 11 touchdowns against the black and silver defense. If the opposing defense wasn’t enough, the New Orleans’ style of play certainly is. Since quarterback Drew 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. With Fleener taking over that number one role, Brees should look his way early and often in Week 1.
DEF – Seattle Seahawks, $5,000 (Opponent: Miami Dolphins)
In what was likely to be an uphill battle to begin with, Miami has only made things tougher for themselves. The Dolphins’ offense will be missing Mike Pouncey, DeVante Parker and Jay Ajayi this weekend. The Seahawks are in a position to strike in this one, which makes them an ideal play for your FanDuel lineup.
K – Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks, $4,800 (Opponent: Miami Dolphins)
The Seahawks should do plenty of scoring in this one so Hauschka should be a very busy man on Sunday.