Monday, September 5, 2016

Fantasy Football: Early Thoughts on Fanduel's Week One Slate


The NFL season is finally here!! I don’t know about you but this season couldn’t have come soon enough for me. I know it’s really early in the week (I’ll have much more later in the week) but here is who I’m considering at FanDuel for week 1 of the Fantasy Football season.

I really like the Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr this week. I like his price point of $7,700 and I especially like the matchup he has this week on the road against the New Orleans Saints. Carr has a much better offensive line, a vastly improved WR in Amari Cooper and a terrible Saints defense to face on Sunday. Vegas has this one as  a you pick ‘em with an over under of 50.5. You could pair him up with Cooper ($7,100) or even Michael Crabtree ($6,100) if you so desire. This one is going to be a shootout my friends and Carr, Cooper and Crabtree should go overlooked in this one.

The Houston Texans should have a potent offense this season and I’m seriously thinking about rostering QB Brock Osweiler this week against the Chicago Bears. The Texans are currently a 4 point favorite and with WR’s like DeAndre Hopkins ($8,400), Will Fuller ($5,600) and Braxton Miller ($4,500) to throw to this has all the makings for great value on Sunday. The 47 point over under suggests Vegas believes plenty of points will be scored and against the less than stellar Bears defense I think Osweiler is going to light up the scoreboard on Sunday at home against the Bears.

I know this is a reach but I’m thinking about the Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum ($6,000) against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The 49ers have allowed 261 yards a game via the air this pre-season and all Keenum has to do is be consistent and he makes value easily. The Rams are an early 1 point favorite and you could pair him up with WR Tavon Austin ($6,400) and then roster just about anyone you want to go along with these two. 

I’m staying with the Rams and I really like RB Todd Gurley ($8,900) against the 49ers. He’ll be chalky as hell but if you want to win some cash this weekend I think you’d better have him on your roster. The Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot ($7,900) has a great matchup with a New York Giants defense allowing 121 yards on the ground this preseason and the Texans Lamar Miller ($7,600) has a great matchup with the Bears defense allowing 120 rushing yards a game this preseason.

If you’re looking for value at the RB spot you might consider the Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Ivory ($6,100) as he faces a Green Bay Packers defense allowing 112 yards a game on the ground. Hopefully the Jags defense can contain Aaron Rodgers long enough for Ivory to do his thing but at $6100 bucks Ivory could be a steal. The Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Matthews ($6,100) against the hapless Cleveland Browns could also be Fantasy gold this weekend.

If value at the WR position is what you are after I really like the Browns WR Terrelle Pryor ($4,900). The Eagles have allowed 267 yards a game through the air and Pryor will probably go overlooked by the majority of Fantasy owners I think and might just be a steal on Sunday. If the Packers Davante Adams ($5,300) starts on Sunday he might provide some good value against a Jags defense allowing 268 yards a game this preseason.

Remember these are just early thoughts on a Sunday afternoon. I’ll have much more later in the week.

Fantasy Phil