NFL Week 1 – FanDuel GPP Plays


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NFL Week 1 – FanDuel GPP Plays

The Eagles won the Super Bowl. Okay, the Philly fan in me got that out of the way. Now lets go fandom-incognito and decipher this week 1 NFL slate for some GPP plays that’ll get you into the green. Remember, there’s 17 weeks, plus playoffs – are we have one goal only… win a million dollars. Anything shy of that is acceptable, but lets aim high – why not?

Keep in mind that FanDuel scoring offers half a point for PPR whereas DraftKings offers a full point. FD also does not offer a bonus for 100 yards RB/WR and 300 yards QB like DK does. When assessing these plays, we’re looking for touchdown dependent and/or heavy workload horses. Get it? Got it. Good.

Quarterbacks

My Favorite:

Drew Bress – $8,400: Mr. Chalk will be heavily owned in cash games and single entry GPPs. If you eat the chalk, I will not be mad. I fully expect Drew to find Michael, Alvin and the other Chipmunks more often than not in this matchup at home versus the lowly #BucNation. Last season, Tampa Bay ranked 24th in points allowed, 32nd (last) in sacks, and frankly they just are not that good. Look for Brees to be heavily featured on the RedZone, while Scott Hanson welcomes us into the 2018 season. If stacking, which I recommend you do so in GPPs, pair Drew with Michael Thomas ($8,500) and/or Ben Watson ($4,900). 

Other Plays:

Philip Rivers – $7,500 – stack him up with Keenan Allen ($8,000)

Andy Dalton – $6,800 – stack him up with AJ Green ($8,400)

Tyrod Taylor – $6,600 – stack him up with Jarvis Landry ($6,600)

Running Backs

My Favorite:

James Conner – $5,000: Clearly this is a punt play. It’s a chalky punt play at that. However, at $5,000 you are opening the door to play studs elsewhere. Bell is likely not showing up and the Steelers are focusing their attention to The Terminator to be their Cowbell this week. Get on the train and ride this play out. If doing so, I also believe Antonio Brown ($9,000) or JuJu Smith-Schuster ($7,000) would be great plays as well. The Steelers will run ship into Cleveland, who has mildly improved since last year. However, Antonio Brown draws a double coverage because he’s Antonio Brown and this leaves JuJu with some extra JuJu and especially gives the run game some immediate play. James will take advantage of his 15 minutes of fame – and assuming he does halfway decent, the Steelers are prepared to let Bell ring-off. 

Other Plays:

Alvin Kamara – $8,700 – 728 rushing yards and 826 receiving yards in his rookie season. Yeah, I like that.

Leonard Fournette – $8,000 – Giants defense was 31st in points against last season and I don’t believe they’ve upgraded their defense enough to stop the likes of Leo.

Christian McCaffrey – $7,500 – Cam’s safety net and a real workhorse. C Mac is hungry.

Alex Collins – $6,700 – Collins has had a quiet preseason but I have no doubt he’ll get a heavy workload as they take on Nathan Peterman and the Buffalo Bills. **laughing emoji face**

Kenyon Drake – $6,600 – It’s hard to believe that Miami will let Frank Gore touch that ball all that much. I like Drake to be the primary focal point of this sneaky, fearful Dolphins offense. 

Wide Receiver

My Favorite:

Keenan Allen – $8,000: A combination of being a top 5 WR, facing the weak KC defense and likely garnering a slightly lower ownership percentage – I award my favorite marking to Keenan. He’s a great pairing with QB Rivers, who can (and likely will) put up multiple TDs this week. Last year, Keenan racked up 1,393 receiving yards, which ranked 3rd in the NFL. Look for him to get off to a quick start this year and carry that heavy workload throughout the season. It helps to have Melvin in the backfield to keep the D on their toes. Fire up the charger and plug in Keenan Allen.

Other Plays:

Antion Brown – $9,000 or JuJu Smith Schuster – $7,000: If you’re crazy, play them both. Otherwise, roll the dice on one of these guys. Without Bell, Ben has to show the air who’s boss and he’ll look to both of these guys to collect some yards. I won’t be mad at either play.

Michael Thomas – $8,500: As noted above, he’s got an excellent QB in Drew Brees, making him a viable option here in week 1. 

Jarvis Landry – $6,600: Jarvis and Tyrod are BFFs. 

Emmaneul Sanders – $6,300: Seattle’s Defense has taken a BIG step back this year. Look for Sanders to get off to a hot start week 1 and find the end zone.

John Ross – $5,100: If you like to throw darts, fire up J Ross. He’s got TD potential tattoo’d on his forehead.

Keelan Cole – $4,500 – He will never be this cheap again. Take advantage of the savings and enjoy. 

Tight End

My Favorite:

Kyle Rudolph – $5,900 – Kirk Cousins has found gold in his Vikings offensive weapons. He has so many targets (Diggs & Thielen), a promising RB (Cook) and an offensive line amongst the best. With it being week 1, I’m looking for Kirk to find his comfort zone and treat Rudolph like it’s Christmas in September. 

Other Plays:

Rob Gronkowski – $7,900 – I’ll never tell you to fade Gronk. Tom’s on a mission this year after getting beat by Nick Foles (LOL) in the Super Bowl. Gronk does carry a hefty price tag though, so it’s not totally necessary to fire away at TE, but I won’t be mad if you do.

Tyler Eifert – $5,500 – If we expect AJ Green to carry a heavy defensive eye, than Andy Dalton will rely on the hot hands of Tyler Eifert who will line up against one of the worst defensives in the league in week 1. 

Ricky Seals-Jones – $5,100 – Ricky steps up as the #1 TE with an injury to Jermaine Gresham. I firmly believe that RSJ will take advantage of the #1 spot and provide a solid floor for the healthy and wealthy Sam Bradford.

Benjamin Watson – $4,900 – As noted above, the Saints are good. Drew will spread the ball around and Ben will be welcomed back into New Orleans as if he never left. He’s a strong play, with a cheap price tag against a Tampa Bay defense that is looking forward to it’s 5th preseason game.

Defense

My Favorite:

Baltimore Ravens – $4,800 – Great matchup versus the Nathan Petermans.

Other Plays: 

Jacksonville Jaguars – $4,700 – Most talented defense on paper.

Carolina Panthers – $4,300 – One job: Stop Zeke.

Miami Dolphins – $3,200 – Drop back 10 and punt.

**End Rant and Go Birds!**

Follow me on Twitter @danblah25 for updates and chatter as we lead up to Sunday Funday. I’ll also be in the FTA+ chat with the group of experts who had an extremely successful 2017. We’re all looking forward to carrying that success into 2018 and we represent a community full of winning, having fun, and having fun winning money. Amen. **praying emoji**

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