FanDuel NFL DFS Week 1 Top Picks

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 many unknowns. Let’s not bet the farm. Take a more wait and see approach.

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


Games to Target this Week

  • Seattle @ Atlanta – Implied Team Totals 49 points
  • Tampa Bay @ New Orleans – Implied Team Totals 47.5 points
  • Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens – Implied Team Totals 48 points

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

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Quarterbacks

  • Lamar Jackson BAL vs CLE $9400
  • Josh Allen BUF vs NYJ $7900
  • Cam Newton NE vs MIA $7300
Photo: Mitch Gunn/shutterstock

Running Backs

  • Christian McCaffrey CAR vs LV $10000
  • Josh Jacobs LV @ CAR $8200
  • Boston Scott PHI @WAS $4700
  • Austin Ekeler LAC @CIN $7700
  • Joe Mixon CIN vs LAC $7300
  • Chris Carson SEA @ ATL $7200
  • Raheem Mostert SF @ARI $6200
  • Antonio Gibson WAS vs PHI $4600
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Wide Receivers

  • Michael Thomas NO vs TB $8800
  • Davante Adams GB @MIN $8000
  • Julio Jones ATL vs SEA $8200
  • Chris Godwin TB @ NO $7700
  • Allen Robinson CHI @DET $7200
  • D.J. Moore CAR vs LV $7100
  • Terry McLaurin WAS vs PHI $6500
  • DJ Chark Jr. JAC vs IND $6600
  • DK Metcalf SEA @ATL $6400
  • Tyler Lockett SEA @ATL $6800
  • Emmanuel Sanders NO vs TB $5600
  • Anthony Miller CHI @DET $5400
Photo: Brook Ward/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

Tight Ends

  • George Kittle SF vs ARI $8000
  • Mark Andrews BAL vs CLE $7400
  • Zach Ertz PHI @ WAS $6600
  • Hunter Henry LAC @ CIN $6000
  • Jared Cook NO vs TB $5900
  • Hayden Hurst ATL vs TB $5200
  • Rob Gronkowski TB @ NO $5500

Defense

  • Buffalo Bills vs NYJ $4700
  • New England Patriots vs MIA $4600
  • Baltimore Ravens vs CLE $4800
  • Indianapolis Colts @ JAC $3700

FanDuel 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 FanDuel GPP Tournament Players for this weeks main slate of games.

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Quarterbacks

  • Lamar Jackson BAL vs CLE $9400
  • Russell Wilson SEA @ATL $8400
  • Matt Ryan ATL vs SEA $7800
  • Josh Allen BUF vs NYJ $7900
  • Kyler Murray ARI @SF $7700
  • Cam Newton NE vs MIA $7300
  • Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs ARI $7400
Photo: Mitch Gunn/shutterstock

Running Backs

  • Christian McCaffrey CAR vs LV $10000
  • Josh Jacobs LV @ CAR $8200
  • Boston Scott PHI @WAS $4700
  • Chris Carson SEA @ ATL $7200
  • Raheem Mostert SF @ARI $6200
  • Antonio Gibson WAS vs PHI $4600
  • Tarik Cohen CHI @DET $5200
Photo: Seatacular/Flickr/CC 2.0

Wide Receivers

  • Julio Jones ATL vs SEA $8200
  • DeAndre Hopkins ARI @SF $7800
  • Allen Robinson CHI @ DET $7200
  • Terry McLaurin WAS vs PHI $6500
  • Stefon Diggs BUF vs NYJ $6600
  • DK Metcalf SEA @ ATL $6500
  • Anthony Miller CHI @ DET $5400
  • Henry Ruggs LV @CAR $5100
Photo by Jamie Lamor Thompson/shutterstock.com

Tight Ends

  • George Kittle SF vs ARI $8000
  • Mark Andrews BAL vs CLE $7400
  • Hunter Henry LAC @ CIN $6000
  • Jack Doyle IND @JAC $5300
  • Hayden Hurst ATL vs SEA $5200
  • T.J. Hockenson DET vs CHI $5300
Photo: Jamie Lamor Thompson/shutterstock

Defense

  • New England Patriots vs MIA $4600
  • Los Angeles Chargers @CIN $4200
  • Indianapolis Colts @ JAC $3700
Photo: Erik Drost/Flickr/CC 2.0

Stacks

  • Lamar Jackson QB $9400/Mark Andrews TE $7400 BAL vs CLE
  • Drew Brees QB $8100/Michael Thomas WR $8800 NO vs TB
  • Matt Ryan QB $7800/Julio Jones WR $8200
  • Russell Wilson QB $8400/DK Metcalf WR $6400 SEA @ ATL
  • Josh Allen QB $7900/Stefon Diggs WR $6600 BUF vs NYJ
  • Gardner Minshew QB $6700/DJ Chark Jr. WR $6600 JAC vs IND
  • Jimmy Garoppolo QB $7400/George Kittle TE $8000 SF vs ARI

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