DraftKings NFL DFS Week 1 Top Picks

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F O O T B A L L is BACK!!! It’s time to set our DFS lineups and WIN some CASH! Week one is definitely challenging to project this year because of no preseason games, and plenty of new player situations across the league.

My strategy for this first week is going with more proven situations. We have to be honest with ourselves. This year is unique. We don’t know as much. So let’s not bet the farm, and take more a wait and see approach.

Doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun playing DFS this weekend! Here are my DraftKings NFL DFS Week 1 Top Picks!

Games to Target this Week

  • Cleveland @ Baltimore – Implied Team Totals 48 points
  • Tampa Bay @ New Orleans – Implied Team Totals 49.5 points
  • Seattle @ Atlanta – Implied Team Totals 49 points

DraftKings Cash Game Lineups

Since you’re usually playing against smaller fields in cash games, and don’t have to place first to win money, the strategy for building cash lineups is to target players that produce consistent fantasy value.

Stay away from risky plays, and go with more proven situations. Here’s a list of recommended players for this weeks DraftKings Main Slate of Cash Games.


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Quarterbacks

  • Lamar Jackson BAL vs CLE $8100
  • Cam Newton NE vs MIA $6100
  • Tyrod Taylor LAC @ CIN $5600
  • Josh Allen BUF vs NYJ $6500
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Running Backs

  • Christian McCaffrey CAR vs LV $10000
  • Josh Jacobs LV @ CAR $6800
  • Chris Carson SEA @ ATL $6200
  • Mark Ingram BAL vs CLE $5500
  • Boston Scott PHI @WAS $4800
  • Antonio Gibson WAS vs PHI $4000
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Wide Receivers

  • Julio Jones ATL vs SEA $7700
  • Davante Adams GB @ MIN $7300
  • Terry McLaurin WAS vs PHI $5600
  • DeSean Jackson PHI @ WAS $4900
  • Keenan Allen LAC @ CIN $6400
  • Chris Godwin TB vs NO $7100
  • DK Metcalf SEA vs ATL $5800
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Tight Ends

  • Mark Andrews BAL vs CLE $6000
  • Jared Cook NO vs TB $5500
  • Rob Gronkowski TB @ NO $4900
  • Hayden Hurst ATL vs SEA $4300
  • Jack Doyle IND @ JAC $3600
  • Chris Herndon NYJ @BUF $3300
  • T.J. Hockenson DET vs CHI $4200

Defense

  • Buffalo Bills vs NYJ $3700
  • Philadelphia Eagles @ WAS $3600
  • New England Patriots vs MIA $3200
  • Los Angeles Chargers @ CIN $2800
  • Indianapolis Colts @ JAC $3000

DraftKings GPP Tournament Lineups

In contrast to cash, your strategy changes when building GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool) lineups where you have to beat out thousands of players to get a shot at winning big prizes. In these types of tournaments you’re targeting players that have high-upside.

These risky BOOM/BUST plays may not always hit, but when they do you have the potential to stack up that cash! Here is a list of recommended DraftKings GPP Tournament Players for this weeks main slate of games.


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Quarterbacks

  • Lamar Jackson BAL vs CLE $8100
  • Drew Brees NO vs TB $6800
  • Russell Wilson SEA @ ATL $7000
  • Matt Ryan ATL vs SEA $6700
  • Josh Allen BUF vs NYJ $6500
  • Derek Carr LV @ CAR $5900
  • Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs ARI $5800
  • Gardner Minshew JAC vs IND $5800
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Running Backs

  • Christian McCaffrey CAR vs LV $10000
  • Antonio Gibson WAS vs PHI $4000 (Downside is he will have high ownership)
  • Josh Jacobs LV @ CAR $6800
  • Dalvin Cook MIN vs GB $7900
  • Austin Ekeler LAC @ CIN $7000
  • Boston Scott PHI @ WAS $4800
  • Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC $5700
  • Kerryon Johnson DET vs CHI $4400
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Wide Receivers

  • Julio Jones ATL vs SEA $7700
  • Adam Thielen MIN vs GB $6700
  • DeSean Jackson PHI @ WAS $4900 (Downside is he will have high ownership)
  • DK Metcalf SEA @ATL $5800
  • Tyler Lockett SEA @ATL $6500
  • Marvin Jones Jr. DET vs CHI $5500
  • Michael Thomas NO vs TB $9000
  • Stefon Diggs BUF vs NYJ $6400
  • DJ Chark JAC vs IND $6300
  • Henry Ruggs LV @ CAR $5100
  • Emmanuel Sanders NO vs TB $5700
  • Parris Campbell IND @ JAC $3900
NFL San Francisco 49ers  Tight End  George  Kittle
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Tight Ends

  • George Kittle SF vs ARI $7200
  • Mark Andrews BAL vs CLE $6000
  • Zach Ertz PHI @WAS $5800
  • Hunter Henry LAC @ CIN $5300
  • Hayden Hurst ATL vs SEA $4300
  • O.J. Howard TB vs NO $3700
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Defense

  • Buffalo Bills vs NYJ $3700
  • Philadelphia Eagles @ WAS $3600
  • New England Patriots vs MIA $3200
  • Baltimore Ravens vs CLE $3100
  • Los Angeles Chargers @ CIN $2800
  • Indianapolis Colts @ JAC $3000
  • Miami Dolphins @ NE $2000
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Stacks

  • Lamar Jackson QB $8100/Mark Andrews TE $6000 BAL vs CLE
  • Lamar Jackson QB $8100/Marquise Brown WR $5100 BAL vs CLE
  • Jimmy Garoppolo QB $5800/George Kittle TE $7200 SF vs ARI
  • Drew Brees QB $6800/Michael Thomas WR $9000 NO vs TB
  • Russell Wilson QB $7000/Tyler Lockett WR $6800 SEA @ ATL
  • Russell Wilson QB $7000/D.K. Metcalf WR $5800 SEA @ ATL
  • Gardner Minshew QB $5800/DJ Chark WR $6300 JAC vs IND
  • Josh Allen QB $6500/Stefon Diggs WR $6400 BUF vs NYJ
  • Carson Wentz QB $6300/DeSean Jackson WR $4900 PHI @ WAS

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