Draft Kings NFL Guide (WEEK 1)

I already posted my over/under betting blog earlier so I figured I’d do this one too. The NFL season officially kicks off tomorrow and with that comes the return of setting Draft Kings lineups week after week. If you don’t already play Draft Kings I suggest getting the app because it makes football season a lot better. If you don’t know how to play, basically you make a fantasy team every week using a set salary of $50,000. Similar to Geico, it’s so easy a caveman can do it. As straight forward as it may sound, there is a little bit of strategy involved, especially because there’s usually a few players who weren’t expected to have good weeks that end up making all the difference. Usually Draft Kings is pretty good about how they rank the players, but every now and then there’s an abnormality or somebody worth taking a risk on, which is where I come in. Being the generous guy that I am, I’m gonna offer up my services to try to help you guys out by giving my two cents on who to draft each week. I’m gonna rank my top 5 in each category by taking into account their salary, upcoming matchup, recent performances etc. I’ll also include some cheaper, sleeper picks to consider if you’re low on salary money and want to trust me on taking a risk. This will be a recurring blog throughout the NFL season, and I’ll probably post it every Wednesday or Thursday.  Anyway, here’s my week 1 guide (NOTE: I always play the 16 game versions, so this is Thursday-Monday games)

QUARTERBACKS

  1. Tom Brady ($7,200) Vs. Houston
  2. Aaron Rodgers ($7,500) Vs. Chicago
  3. Cam Newton ($6,900) Vs. Dallas
  4. Deshaun Watson (6,700) Vs. New England
  5. Matt Stafford ($6,500) Vs. NY Jets

Cheaper Sleepers: Philip Rivers ($6,400) Vs. Kansas City and Blake Bortles ($5,600) Vs. NY Giants

RUNNING BACKS (LE’VEON BELL IS OUT FOR WEEK 1 AS OF NOW)

  1. Todd Gurley ($9,300) Vs. Oakland
  2. Alvin Kamara ($8,500) Vs. Tampa Bay
  3. David Johnson ($8,800) Vs. Washington
  4. Leonard Fournette ($7,100) Vs. NY Giants
  5. Saquon Barkley ($6,700) Vs. Jacksonville

Cheaper Sleepers: Dalvin Cook ($6,200) Vs. San Francisco, Kenyan Drake ($5,900) Vs. Tennessee, Dion Lewis ($4,900) Vs. Miami and Duke Johnson Jr. ($4,700) Vs. Pittsburgh

WIDE RECIEVERS

  1. Michael Thomas ($7,800) Vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Deandre Hopkins ($8,300) Vs. New England
  3. Antonio Brown ($8,600) Vs. Cleveland
  4. Keenan Allen ($7,500) Vs. Kansas City
  5. Julio Jones ($7,500) Vs. Philly

Cheaper Sleepers: Stefon Diggs ($6,300) Vs. San Francisco, Devin Funchess ($5,200) Vs. Dallas, and Chris Hogan ($6,100) Vs. Houston

TIGHT ENDS

  1. Gronk- ($6,900) Vs. Houston
  2. Jimmy Graham- ($4,800) Vs. Chicago
  3. Travis Kelce- ($6,400) Vs. LA
  4. Greg Olsen- ($5,400) Vs. Dallas
  5. Zach Ertz- ($6,600) Vs. Atlanta

Cheaper Sleeper: Jack Doyle ($3,600) Vs. Cincinatti

DEFENSES

  1. Saints- $3,600 against Tampa Bay
  2. Jaguars- $3,700 against NY Giants
  3. Lions- $3,400 against NY Jets
  4. Seahawks- $3,100 against Denver
  5. Titans- $2,900 against Miami

Cheaper Sleepers: Colts ($2,400) Vs. Cincinatti and Bears ($2,300) Vs. Green Bay

Seeing as it’s week 1 and I’m excited that football is back, I decided to submit 2 lineups this week

MY TEAMS FOR THIS WEEK

TEAM 1

QUARTERBACK- CAM NEWTON ($6,900) VS. DALLAS

RUNNING BACK- ALVIN KAMARA ($8,500) VS. TAMPA BAY

RUNNING BACK- DION LEWIS ($4,900) VS. MIAMI

WIDE RECIEVER- MICHAEL THOMAS ($7,800) VS. TAMPA BAY

WIDE RECEIVER- DEVIN FUNCHESS ($5,200) VS. DALLAS

WIDE RECEIVER- KENNY GOLLADAY (4,800) VS NY JETS

TIGHT END- JACK DOYLE ($3,600) VS. CINCINATTI

FLEX- DUKE JOHNSON JR. (4,700) VS.PITTSBURGH

DEFENSE- SAINTS ($3,600) VS. TAMPA BAY

REMAINING SALARY- $0

TEAM 2

QUARTERBACK- MATT STAFFORD ($6,500) VS. NY JETS

RUNNING BACK- TODD GURLEY (9,300) VS. OAKLAND

RUNNING BACK- CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY ($6,400) VS. DALLAS

WIDE RECEIVER- MICHAEL THOMAS ($7,800) VS. TAMpA BAY

WIDE RECEIVER- KENNY GOLLADAY ($4,800) VS. NY JETS

WIDE RECEIVER- CORDARRELLE PATTERSON ($3,500) VS. HOUSTON

TIGHT END- GRONK ($6,900) VS. HOUSTON

FLEX- PAUL BUTLER ($2,500) VS. LA RAMS (THROWAWAY PICK FOR SALARY PURPOSES)

DEFENSE- BEARS ($2,300) VS. GREEN BAY

REMAINING SALARY- $0

It’s only week one so I went with a few guys that I hope are gonna prove themselves. The Saints/Tampa game is projected to be the biggest blowout as of right now, with the spread at Tampa +9.5. Another game to look out for is the Lions/Jets game where the spread is Jets +6.5. Both of those games could very well turn into blowouts, so stacking your team with Lions and Saints players is a smart call. Tampa’s defense is atrocious all around, and Stafford should easily pick the Jets secondary apart, so their wide receivers are all good choices (Marvin Jones Sr., Golden Tate, and Kenny Golladay). Good luck people, but not too much luck because I wanna win too. Lets all crack our beers and just be glad as fuck that football season is officially back.

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