DraftKings NFL DFS Week 1
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Week 1 in the NFL has got to be one of, if not the most difficult day to predict in all of sports.  Now try picking just a handful of players who are going to gain 100 yards and score a couple touchdowns!

We will start this DFS season with a breakdown of players facing the best and worst defense from last year and going forward, will be able to give a little more in depth breakdown of each position.

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Quarterbacks playing against the 10 teams that allowed the most points to QBs in fantasy football last season:


Tom Brady plays Thursday Night


Rodgers will cost you an arm and a leg but Tannehill could be a very valuable player.  I wouldn't go near Flacco or McCown.  Ryan, Romo and Palmer give DFS players a bunch of solid options to go with a cheaper QB or an affordable QB2 option.  We are still unsure about the Saints offense, and at $8k, I would avoid Brees. Bradford looked great in preseason, and at $6.9k could prove to be very valuable.

Quarterbacks playing against the 10 teams that allowed the least points to QBs in fantasy football last season:


Ben Roethlisberger plays Thursday Night


Much like in daily fantasy baseball, an Ace is usually worth their weight in gold, regardless of the opponent.  Luck and Wilson are going to put up points, it's just whether or not you want to spend the money on a QB going against an above average defense.

The Miami Dolphins defense finished the season as one of the worst against opposing QBs to end the season.  They allowed 13 passing touchdowns over their final six games, two each to Flacco (+1 rushing TD), Brady and Bridgewater, before Geno Smith threw three TDs in Week 17.  They held Geno scoreless in Week 13 after allowing four TDs to Peyton Manning in Week 12.  Kirk Cousins ($5,500) will get the Dolphins to start the season.

 

Running Backs playing against the 10 teams that allowed the most points to RBs in fantasy football last season:


The Bengals RBs can both put up fantasy points while sharing the football.  At $4.7k, Bernard could be a very valuable player.

The Tennessee Titans allowed 7 different running backs to gain 100+ rushing yards last season.  To make matters worse, Trent Richardson gained 99 total yards and even scored a TD against the Titans in Week 4.  Tampa gained 1,375 yards on the ground last year, better than just three other teams.  QB Josh McCown scored 3 of their 7 rushing touchdowns.  However, Martin looked revitalized in the preseason and this will be Winston's first NFL start.  Martin could see 20+ touches and a handful of receptions out of the backfield.  At $4.5k, he will be in a lot of lineups.

I'm going to suggest you avoid the Falcons backfield until we see how touches are split.

Sankey might get 30 carries in Mariota's debut but he also might split carries with Terrance West.  I would skip over him.

I would avoid the Niners backfield until we see how the new offense operates.

Running Backs playing against the 10 teams that allowed the least points to RBs in fantasy football last season:


It should be noted that no team allowed more receptions to RBs in 2014 than the Broncos, who also allowed 794 receiving yards and six touchdowns to backs.  Forsett now operates in Marc Trestman's offense, which could lead to a productive day for Forsett, especially if the Broncos get out to a big lead.

AP, making his return at home on Monday Night Football, against a completely new Niners defense - you buying?


 

Wide Receivers playing against the 10 teams that allowed the most points to WRs in fantasy football last season:


*Julian Edelman plays Thursday Night


The Washington Redskins were terrible in 2014 and many expect similar results in 2015.  They ended last season allowing multiple TDs to Odell Beckham, Riley Cooper and Dez Bryant.  Landry is now the man in Miami, with Mike Wallace being traded to Minnesota.  He got off to a slow start with just 30 receptions for 301 yards through Week 9, but from Week 10-16 he caught 54 of his 72 targets for 457 yards.  You will likely see many Tannehill/Landry pairings in Week 1.

Another QB/WR combo you could see often is Bradford/(Matthews/Agholor).  The Eagles and Falcons are looking like one of the highest scoring games of Week 1.

Last season, Chiefs WRs were ignored in all fantasy formats.  This preseason has proven that Maclin is a difference maker and that Alex Smith is going to get him the ball and he will score TDs.

Wide Receivers playing against the 10 teams that allowed the least points to WRs in fantasy football last season:


* Antonio Brown plays Thursday Night


The Lions secondary got lit up over the final 5 weeks of last season.  Alshon Jeffery caught 2 TDs in Week 13, Mike Evans had 2 touchdowns in Week 14, Greg Jennings scored in Week 15, Jeffery scored again in Week 16 and Randall Cobb posted 2 TDs in Week 17.  However, they only allowed 3 receivers to gain 100+ yards - Marques Colston and Kenny Stills combined for 214 yards in Week 7 and Vincent Jackson gained 159 yards in Week 13.  Jackson (10) and Julian Edelman (11) were the only receivers with double digit receptions.

Tight Ends playing against the 10 teams that allowed the least points to WRs in fantasy football last season:


* Heath Miller plays Thursday Night


Tight Ends playing against the 10 teams that allowed the least points to WRs in fantasy football last season: