Like every year, NFL Week 1 is providing some of the best value picks that you will find all season long. This bodes well for not only GPP players but Cash players as well! While there may be some chalk out there, these players are sure-fire values and project to have massive weeks. Come back every week for some of the best plays for DraftKings Daily Fantasy Sports.
Raheem Mostert – $5,800
@ Detroit Lions
The first running back pick for cash has to be Raheem Mostert. If this was GPP, I would be tempted by Trey Sermon at the cheaper price point, but Mostert for $5,800 is still a great deal and a more sure thing. The Lions did not improve their front-7 a ton this offseason, and even if they did, I would still like this pick. Shanahan knows how to scheme Mostert into big plays, and that will happen in this game.
I would slot Mostert in for around 14-20 touches with a few receptions. With that volume, I love Mostert’s ability to break off multiple big plays and scores.
James Robinson – $6,400
@ Houston Texans
James Robinson is a close second for my favorite runningback this week. The Houston Texans were historically bad against the run last year, and yet they got WORSE in the offseason. With a rookie at quarterback, Meyer should lean on Robinson this game, and we saw last year that Robinson can handle being that workhorse.
There are basically zero worries about this play, especially since Trevor Lawrence is an upgrade at quarterback for this offense and loves utilizing his running backs. Robinson could easily be the RB1 this week unless he gets pulled at the half due to the game already being a blowout.
Dalvin Cook – $9,100
@ Cinnciantti Bengals
Dalvin Cook is expensive, but there are so many values for cheap that it is really not hard to build a lineup with Cook in it. I believe Dalvin Cook has to be the RB1 this week against the atrocious Bengals’ front-7. Klint Kubiak is a young offensive coordinator who will likely instill the “run early and often” strategy that Zimmer loves to see from his offense. Cook should have a crazy amount of touches and effective touches at that.
The Vikings’ offensive line is not great, and may not even be good. However, the run blocking on the team is there, and they should dominate the Bengals’ defensive line. With the mixture of Cook’s ability, the volume, and the line advantage, it is easy to see why Cook is my RB1 on the week.
Devonta Smith – $4,500
@ Atlanta Falcons
My absolute favorite play this week at the wide receiver position is Devonta Smith. When you can get the number one for a team against the Atlanta Falcons’ horrible defense, you take it. The fact that you are getting it for $4,500 is crazy. My projection is that Smith will lead this team in targets, receptions, and yards. Smith should be a wonderful selection for DK’s scoring with PPR and a 100-yard bonus.
The only worry here is the fact that Jalen Hurts is not an extraordinary quarterback; however, he is good enough for Smith to be a top-16 wide receiver this week, and you are getting him at $4,500. I’m not sure how chalky this will be, but I am sticking Smith in all my lineups.
Corey Davis – $4,900
@ Carolina Panthers
A great PPR cash pick is Corey Davis. Both Keelan Cole and Jamison Crowder are banged up. This means that Corey Davis is the clear leader in targets for this team. This is already reason enough for me, at $4,900, to slot Davis into a cash play. However, I think people are underrating Davis’ ceiling.
Zach Wilson is not a good quarterback; he is great. I believe Wilson is the most pro-ready out of all five of the 1st round rookie QBs that will be playing this year. Davis will benefit from this fantastic QB play and has a chance to be a WR1 this week with the volume he will receive.
Tyler Kroft – $2,500
@ Carolina Panthers
Tyler Kroft is another sneaky play for the Jets. Again, with Cole and Crowder trending out, there will be plenty of targets to go around. Chris Herndon was traded; therefore, Kroft is the TE1 for a good QB and a decent offense. I fully expect Kroft to get multiple red-zone targets this game, which is all you want out of a $2,500 player. This is a no-brainer steal for me in both cash and GPP plays.
DST of the Week
Denver Broncos – $3,300
@ New York Giants
There may be no better matchup for defenses this year than the New York Giants. This is because of Daniel Jones’ turnovers on top of the fact that the offense is not that good to begin with. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb will tee off against Daniel Jones due to the poor offensive line. This will lead to sacks and hopefully some fumbles. However, this pressure will allow the Broncos’ terrific secondary to get their hands on the ball and pull off some interceptions.
The Broncos are the clear #1 defense this week, and you are getting them for practically nothing at $3,300.
Stack of the Week
Ryan Tannehill ($6,500) & A.J. Brown ($7,100)
Vs. Arizona Cardinals
My favorite stack this week is the modestly priced Ryan Tannehill and A.J. Brown. This game will be a shootout, and the Cardinals will have zero answers for the passing game of the Titans. While I foresee loads of big plays on both sides of the ball, I project more points out of Tannehill and Brown than Murray and Hopkins. On top of the huge price difference, this is the reason I chose the pair as my stack of the week over Murray and Hopkins.
Tannehill and Brown will be a chalky stack, but it will be a moneymaker in cash plays alongside your other solid picks.