Football season kicks off in full this Sunday, much to the delight of fantasy football players around the world.
While most fantasy enthusiasts have likely settled their drafts already, those that take part in daily fantasy leagues like DraftKings and FanDuel are still toiling away to set the perfect lineup before kickoff on Sunday.
Budgeting can get tight fast in daily fantasy — it’s tough to leave Antonio Brown out of your lineup when you’re SURE he’s going to run all over the Browns. With this in mind, below are some potential value plays for Week 1 daily fantasy players. Picking these guys up isn’t a sure thing, but they’ll do well enough to get you some points and save you some dollars so you can spend more money on studs.
Take a look below for our best value picks for your Week 1 DraftKings lineups.
QB: Andrew Luck, $6,100
Andrew Luck is home and playing in his first game back from injury, going up against a Bengals team that gave up 20 fantasy points to Jacoby Brissett when he led the Colts into Cincinnati in 2017. Sign me up.
RB: James Conner, $4,500
More than any other player in the league, James Conner is essentially a must-add to every one of your daily fantasy rosters this week. Since prices were set before we knew Le’Veon Bell’s holdout would last into Week 1, Conner is priced as a secondary back but expected to get no. 1 running back work from a solid Steeler offense. It’s likely this won’t give you much advantage over your competition, as he’ll be in most of your opponents‘ lineups as well, but don’t put yourself at a disadvantage by passing on him unless you have a good reason.
RB: Alex Collins, $5,600
In terms of yards allowed, the Buffalo Bills had the fourth-worst rushing defense in the league in 2017. If you think the Ravens can jump out to an early lead, chances are Alex Collins will factor into the game heavily.
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