We're big sports fans here at Arka, so I guess you can say that we're excited for football season. Every Thursday, I will be writing about my top 5 picks plus 1 sleeper bonus that you all can add to your season long teams or your daily fantasy lineups. Feel free to call me out on these picks either on Instagram or Twitter.
I've got Ben Roethlisberger in a league and I'm still starting Sam Bradford over him for week 1. Why? Big Ben's got a tough matchup in New England and I also expect Monday night's game (Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles) to be a shoot out. Add Bradford to your daily fantasy lineups this week for a very cheap price. Because after this week, he won't be going for so low.
Draft Kings Price: $6,900
This guy has a lot of talent and should be someone you target for your season long leagues, because he has the potential to make a killing in the redzone. Davante Adams is also going for a super low rate for week 1 in Draft Kings, $4,400. You will never get him that cheap again, especially with Jordy Nelson being out for the year. Aaron Rodgers was raving about the second year wideout and so am I. I love him in this week's matchup against the Chicago Bears, who are horrid on defense.
Draft Kings Price: $4,400
Dez is an obvious choice here, but I want to let you know that in season long leagues, he is someone who can win you matches week in and week out. With no DeMarco Murray, and no real decision on who the starting running back is going to be, Dez Bryant is going to kill it this season. For week 1, he's going the New York Giants. It sucks that Odell Beckham can't play on both sides of the ball, because he's all the Giants have. The Giants are terrible on defense, lacking a pass rush with no JPP, and any time of good coverage defensive back. Dez Bryant doesn't come cheap, he definitely never will, but he's a stud and you shouldn't be frugal when picking your lineups.
Draft Kings Price: $8,700
Many people have Jeremy Hill just outside the tier 1 of this year's running backs. I have him inside the top 5 this year and you should see him in that light as well. Sadly, I wasn't able to get him in any of my season long leagues, but for this week especially, he's going up against the Oakland Raiders and he's going to kill it. Hill has a great offensive line and that Cincinnati Bengals team should put up plenty of points on the Raiders. I know they've got Khalil Mack on the defensive side, but Jeremy should make use of the holes that his offensive line will provide him with.
Draft Kings Price: $7,100
Stewart has a great matchup this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars and he should get a bunch of touches all year long. Unfortunately, Kelvin Benjamin is out for the year, and the Carolina Panthers will be lacking their big redzone target. This means more looks for Jonathan Stewart out the backfield. He's very cheap this week on Draft Kings, so be sure to add him to your lineups and watch him run all over the Jaguars.
Draft Kings Price: $5,800
Bonus Pick - Stevie Johnson:
I wouldn't necessarily grab him for a season long league, although he should add good depth to your teams, but for this week I think he's going to do big things. He's cheap this week on Draft Kings and if you're going top heavy with your lineups, Stevie's a good choice to add to your wide receiver or flex position. He's going to be the #2 target on the team as there's no Antonio Gates for 4 games. After those 4 weeks are up, I don't think he will be as productive, so take advantage of him when you can. He's going up against the Detroit Lions, who lost two huge players on their defensive line, Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh. With hardly any pass rush, Philip Rivers should have an ample amount of time to make throws.
Draft Kings: $3,700
That's it for this week. Please call me out if you wish. I enjoy the debating about fantasy football. Don't call me out after games though, hindsight is always 20/20. That's just not fair.