Wed. Feb 19th, 2020

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Back to Football: Week 1 DFS Picks

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Kirk Cousins: ($5,500DK, $7,400FD)

On a week to week basis I wouldn’t pick Kirk Cousins for a DFS lineup. However, this week is intriguing as Cousins will more than likely be in a shootout at home against the Falcons. Cousins is currently projected at 19.7 and with the price he’s going for, that’s an incredible value. Cousins in his second year running the Minnesota offense. He finished his first campaign with 4,298 yards, 30 TD’s and 10 INTs. Cousins is only projected to be owned in 9.7% of contests, making him a good pick in tournaments.

Josh Allen: ($5,600DK, $6,900FD)

I wouldn’t expect Josh Allen to be jumping over any linebackers this season. However, even if the coaches want to tone him down in the running game, for Allen to be successful he has to use his legs. Fortunately enough, that creates a very high floor for Josh Allen. If you’re looking for a cheap QB with a high ceiling, Allen is your best bet. Currently projected 19 points against a lowly Jets team. He has better talent around him and in his second year, expect a big step forward. Allen rushed for 631 yards last year with 8 rushing TDs.

Running Back

Chris Carson: ($5,700DK, $6,600FD)

Only one team ran the ball more per game than Seattle. Seattle also said they want to run the ball more. Nobody will benefit more from that than Chris Carson. Carson finished last season with 260 carries, 1,171 yards, and 9 TDs. The only question marks surrounding him was his involvement in the passing game. Carson has fixed that in camp so he’s even more valuable this year. There isn’t a much safer bet this week than Carson who is running up against the 22nd ranked Bengals defense.

Mark Ingram II: ($5,100DK, $6,600FD)

Splitting the role last season on a high powered offense in New Orleans. Mark Ingram was able to rush for 729 yards on 156 attempts. He’s now the feature back on a Baltimore Ravens offense with little to no competition. An expected increased role for a running back that has showed us time and time again he has the stuff against the 28th ranked defense in Miami makes Ingram a must play in all formats.

Wide Receiver 

Odell Beckham Jr.: ($8,100DK, $8,200FD)

By far the most expensive player on our list, but for good reason. He’s an absolute stud with a chip on his shoulder playing against a mediocre Titans defense that is 22nd in allowed WR points. We aren’t going to be worried about his hip as it’s been cleared off of the injury report. He’s not expected to miss any snaps.

Odell posted a stellar 1,052 yards on 77 catches in only 12 games in 2018-2019. He seems to have rejuvenated his love for the game in Cleveland. All that’s left is for him and Baker to find that connection.

Chris Godwin: ($6,200DK, $6,900FD)

Chris Godwin is the expert industry-led breakout player for the 2019-2020 season. He finds himself in a week one matchup against the 23rd ranked Buccaneers defense. Better weapons around him this season in the running game and quarterback position should open up Godwin in the flats. Godwin will be looking to improve on a 59 reception, 842 yard season which saw him find paydirt 7 times. Godwin is projected to be owned in 12.8% of leagues making him still a good tournament play.

Tight End

Hunter Henry: ($3,900DK, $6,100FD)

It’s finally the year of Hunter Henry, right? One of the more hyped tight ends to come into the league, we’ve been delayed year after year with either him being behind Antonio Gates or getting hurt. It’s Hunter Henry season. Philip Rivers loves looking for that touchdown connection with his tight end in the red zone. Fully expect the success he had with Gates to transfer over to Henry. Henry finds himself matched up against the 29th ranked Colts defense.

Delaine Walker: ($3,500DK, $5,400FD)

Ol’ reliable. Delanie Walker, unfortunately, missed most of the 2018-2019 season but lest we forget he’s one of the best tight ends in the league currently. Priced very fairly, Walker finds himself lined up against the 30th ranked Cleveland Browns defense. Not much faith has been given to Marcus Mariota over the years, however, one thing that has always been steady is his connection with Walker. No setbacks in camp hopefully will mean that Walker gets back to his TE1 status.

Defense/Special Teams

Detroit Lions: ($2,800DK, $4,100FD)

One of the best defensive lines in the league will eat alive the 30th ranked Arizona Cardinals offense. The pressure exerted by the Lions front will force rookie QB Kyler Murray out of the pocket and into some bad decisions. It should be a low scoring affair with lots of defensive plays. There are better defenses to start, but at the cost, you will get the Lions. There is no better value.

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