NFL DFS Top Plays for Fanduel Lineups Week 1
Week 1 of NFL Fantasy Football is here, and it’s time to dive into the world of NFL DFS on Fanduel. With a 13-game slate, the excitement is palpable. As any seasoned DFS player knows, Week 1 is a wild ride. New coaches, new players, and no historical stats to lean on make it a volatile affair. In this article, we’ll explore some top plays to consider for your Fanduel NFL DFS lineup.
Lamar Jackson BAL vs. HOU ($8,900)
Lamar Jackson is a solid building block for your Week 1 lineup. With revamped offensive weapons and his dual-threat capabilities, Jackson has the potential for a massive game. While he might not have been considered an elite quarterback throughout the draft season, he has shown flashes of elite performances in the past. Moreover, the absence of Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes from the main slate bodes well for Jackson’s matchup against the Texans. With a high floor and significant upside, Jackson is in the same tier as the elite QBs.
Joe Burrow (QB – CIN): $7,900 at CLE
Joe Burrow presents an interesting GPP option for Week 1. Despite some injury concerns, Burrow’s price tag below $8,000 is a steal. He averaged over 21 FanDuel points per game last season and consistently threw over 28 passes per game. His role as a passer makes him an enticing option, and if he suits up, he could outperform his price.
Brock Purdy (QB – SF): $6,900 at PIT
Don’t sleep on Brock Purdy. He closed out last season impressively, with a streak of six games where he scored at least 15 FanDuel points. In the Wild Card game, he even dropped a career-high 35 FD points. Surrounded by top offensive weapons, Purdy is a fantastic GPP play below $7,000.
Justin Fields (QB – CHI): $8,300 vs. GB
Justin Fields offers GPP potential as well. If he performs as he did in the second half of last season, he’ll be a strong cash-game play. Fields consistently scored over 21 FanDuel points in seven straight games and added significant value with his rushing abilities. Facing a Green Bay defense that struggled against rushing quarterbacks, Fields could shine.
Tua Tagovailoa (QB – MIA): $7,700 at LAC
For those looking to save at the quarterback position, Tua Tagovailoa is an attractive option below $8,000. Before his concussions last year, Tua was a consistent performer, averaging at least 15 FD points in nine of the 13 games he played. He averaged 22 FanDuel points per game in those outings. Facing a Chargers team that allowed the third-most passing yards last season, Tua could exceed expectations.
Running Backs (RB)
Kenneth Walker (RB – SEA): $7,100 vs. LAR
Kenneth Walker is set to be the workhorse in Seattle now that Rashaad Penny is no longer in town. His performance last season, averaging nearly 15 FanDuel points per game over the final 13 games, demonstrates his potential. Seattle’s favorable matchup against the Rams further boosts his appeal.
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC): $9,000
Austin Ekeler was a force to be reckoned with in 2022, leading all running backs in receiving targets and finishing as RB1 in DraftKings scoring. In Week 1, facing the Dolphins in a game with a high total, Ekeler is a priority running back to consider. His high floor and ceiling make him an excellent choice.
Deon Jackson (RB – IND): $5,600 vs. JAX
With Jonathan Taylor out for the first four weeks and Zack Moss injured, Deon Jackson is expected to see significant work in the Colts’ backfield. In the two games where Jackson played at least 40 snaps last season, he averaged an impressive 17.1 FanDuel points per game. Facing a Jaguars defense, there’s room for Jackson to shine.
J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL): $6,500 vs. HOU
J.K. Dobbins ended the 2022 season on a high note, accumulating 397 yards and one touchdown in his last four games. While there were concerns about his health at the start of camp, he’s since shown no reported health issues. Dobbins may not be a prolific pass-catcher, but his ability to find the end zone makes him a strong consideration, especially in a matchup against the Texans.
Alexander Mattison (RB – MIN): $7,300
The Vikings’ decision to let Dalvin Cook go and roll with Alexander Mattison as their feature back makes him an intriguing cash game option. In a game where the Vikings are favored at home against the Bucs, Mattison could see significant work and deliver value.
Raheem Mostert (RB – MIA): $5,400 at LAC
If you’re looking for a value play at running back, consider Raheem Mostert. Facing the Chargers and their weak rushing defense, Mostert could potentially carry the ball 20 times or more. With a price below $6K, he offers significant upside, and his speed could be a difference-maker in this matchup.
Wide Receivers (WR)
Chris Olave (WR – NO): $7,300 vs. TEN
Chris Olave presents an interesting option in Week 1. While Derek Carr may not be considered an elite quarterback, he brings stability to the Saints’ offense. Michael Thomas is returning, but Olave should see plenty of targets, especially against a weaker secondary. He’s a solid mid-range pick.
Mike Evans (WR – TB): $6,500 vs MIN
Mike Evans, one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL, is often overlooked in DFS. With a history of at least 67 catches and 1,000 receiving yards every season, Evans is a reliable option. Priced around other WR2s, he has the potential to exceed his value, especially against a Detroit defense that struggled against the pass.
Marvin Mims (WR – DEN): $4,700
Marvin Mims could step into a significant role in the Broncos’ passing game, especially if Jerry Jeudy is sidelined. Priced near the minimum on Fanduel, Mims offers roster flexibility and a favorable matchup against the Raiders’ secondary. With speed and potential opportunities, he’s a low-cost GPP option worth considering.
Juju Smith Schuster (WR -NE): $5,800
Juju Smith Schuster may be facing some knee concerns, but he should still be a top target in the New England offense. Priced below $6K, he offers value considering his past performances, averaging over 10 FanDuel points per game before a concussion disrupted his last season. In a game where the Patriots will likely need to throw, Juju could see double-digit targets.
Tyreek Hill (WR – MIA): $8,800
If you’re looking to stack the Miami-LA game, Tyreek Hill is a premier cash game option. Often seen as a boom-or-bust receiver, Hill was remarkably consistent last season, scoring at least 11 FanDuel points in 14 of 17 games. He was also among the league leaders in targets, making him a reliable choice for your lineup.
Jayden Reed (WR – GB): $5,000
Relying on a rookie in his debut is a risk, but Jayden Reed has a promising opportunity. With injuries to other pass-catchers in Green Bay, Reed should see significant playing time and targets. In a matchup against Seattle, there’s room for him to make an impact.
Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): $5,900
Courtland Sutton, priced below $6K, is a compelling option in a favorable matchup against the Raiders. Sutton has shown his ability to perform well with an uptick in targets, averaging 11 FanDuel points per game when targeted at least seven times last season. With Jerry Jeudy‘s status uncertain, Sutton could be the focal point of the Broncos’ passing game.
Tight Ends (TE)
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): $8,000
Mark Andrews might come with a questionable tag and a high price, but he’s an intriguing GPP play. When Lamar Jackson is healthy, Andrews ranks among the top tight ends in fantasy. Facing a Houston defense expected to struggle, Andrews could provide significant value.
Juwan Johnson (TE – NO): $5,800
Keep an eye on Juwan Johnson, who is expected to have a breakout season with Derek Carr under center. Carr has a history of supporting tight end production, and Johnson’s early gains in preseason bode well. While he’s somewhat of a flyer, tight end options are limited, making Johnson a consideration.
Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR): $5,300
With Cooper Kupp expected to miss the game, Tyler Higbee could become a key target for the Rams. When Kupp was out last season, Higbee received double-digit targets multiple times. Finding such a reliable option at an affordable price is a rare opportunity, and he faces a Seattle defense that struggled against tight ends last year.
Defense/Special Teams (D/ST)
Washington Commanders D/ST: $4,900 vs. ARI
The Washington Commanders’ defense is an excellent option for Week 1. Priced as the second-highest D/ST, they’re worth the investment. Washington enters the matchup as a 7.5-point favorite against Arizona, who hasn’t even named their starting quarterback. Any defense facing Arizona is a strong play.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST: $5,000 vs. HOU
Baltimore Ravens’ defense is the highest-priced D/ST on the slate, and for good reason. They’re the largest favorite in Week 1 and have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Facing a Houston team that struggled offensively last season, the Ravens are in an excellent spot to deliver a strong defensive performance.
In conclusion, Week 1 of NFL DFS on Fanduel promises excitement and the chance for substantial winnings. The key is to embrace the uncertainty, make informed picks, and construct a lineup that balances chalk plays with contrarian choices. Whether you prefer the thrill of tournaments or the safety of cash games, there’s a path to success for everyone. Good luck, and may your Week 1 lineup bring you glory in NFL Fantasy Football!
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