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Top 8 NFL DFS Plays of Week 1 (2020)

Sep 12, 2020

Davante Adams had a pair of 100-yard games in both of his matchups against the Vikings in 2019.

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Beyond the competition, we’re asking experts each week to provide their top plays of the slate. Here’s their advice for Week 1!

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Which stud ($6,500 or higher) are you locking into your Week 1 lineups?

Davante Adams (WR – GB): $7,300
Of the 19 (non-QB) players priced $6,500 or more in Sunday’s main slate, Davante Adams will be a staple in my Week 1 lineups. While Minnesota arguably has the league’s best safety duo, their corners offer up a very favorable matchup for Adams. Aaron Rodgers’ go-to receiver had a pair of 100-yard games in both of his matchups against the Vikings in 2019. Possessing both a high floor and ceiling, no player has more receiving touchdowns over the past four seasons than Adams (40).
– Kevin Hanson (@EDSFootball)

Adams is underpriced at $7,300 — $400 cheaper than Julio Jones and a whopping $1,700 cheaper than Michael Thomas. Adams is as good a target bet as those guys and gets a new-look Vikings secondary starting former undrafted free agent Holton Hill and rookie Jeff Gladney. Adams’ last 4 receiving lines vs. Minnesota: 13-116, 7-106, 5-69-1 and 8-64-1.
– Jared Smola (@SmolaDS)

He has zero competition for targets and will be up against a very young secondary in Minnesota. The Vikings allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to wideouts last season and Adams should take advantage of his expected matchup against Holton Hill. While I have nothing against Michael Thomas, you’ll save quite a bit of cash dropping to Adams who I believe is mispriced. Adams and Josh Jacobs will both be popular plays, but I’d start most cash lineups with them.
– Chris Meaney (@chrismeaney)

Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR): $10,000
He’s the free square, and I realize that “free” sounds weird given his price tag. Last season he failed to score 20 points just once which is incredible considering his quarterbacks. Roster him and let others make the mistake.
– David Kitchen (@socrdave)

Michael Thomas (WR – NO): $9,000
Drew Brees has a track record of otherworldly play at home, and his No. 1 receiver has been the primary beneficiary of Brees’ extremely favorable home splits. Additionally, there’s shootout potential that elevates Thomas’ ceiling this week.
– Josh Shepardson (@bchad50)

Josh Jacobs (RB – LV): $6,800
I looove Josh Jacobs this week. He’s the fifth most expensive running back on the main slate at $6,800, but he’s worth it. The Carolina Panthers surrendered TWENTY-SEVEN rushing touchdowns to running backs a year ago. TWENTY-SEVEN – that’s approaching two a game, and they still possess one of the worst defenses in the league. A stat line of 150 total yards and two touchdowns is completely within the realm of possibility for the second-year talent.
– Zach Greubel (@ZachGreubel)

Which value play ($5,000 or lower) are you rostering Week 1?

DeSean Jackson (WR – PHI): $4,900
This might be a chalky answer, but I’m going with the 33-year-old DeSean Jackson. The speedster licks his chops in revenge games and this so happens to be one of them. Admittedly, Washington’s defense is somewhat underrated, but their secondary – save for Landon Collins – is weak and Jackson can exploit it. Look for Wentz to look his way plenty with Alshon Jeffery out and Jalen Reagor sidelined or limited.
– Zach Greubel (@ZachGreubel)

Regardless of whether Jalen Reagor plays this weekend, consider Jackson the favorite to lead Eagles WRs in targets. He draws a burnable Washington secondary that he torched for 154 yards and 2 scores in last year’s opener.
– Jared Smola (@SmolaDS)

Jackson heads into Week 1 healthy and that’s more than veteran Alshon Jeffery and rookie Jalen Reagor can say. Jeffery and Reagor may suit up, but Jackson should see plenty of snaps in a prime spot. Jackson racked up eight catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against Washington last season, and he’s expected to see Fabian Moreau who allowed over 75% of his targets to be caught in 2019.
– Chris Meaney (@chrismeaney)

Hayden Hurst (TE – ATL): $4,300
Matt Ryan has a history of feeding his tight ends, and Hurst looks to be the latest safety blanket Ryan peppers with targets. He steps into a cushy role vacated by Austin Hooper, and he has a drool-inducing matchup with a Seahawks defense that was pantsed by tight ends last year. No longer stuck behind Mark Andrews in the pecking order at tight end, Hurst has a golden opportunity to shine right out of the gate.
– Josh Shepardson (@bchad50)

Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS): $4,000
There are a lot of Week 1 values, but Washington’s Antonio Gibson is one of the biggest values of the week. While Gibson had limited work at Memphis, he broke tackles at a ridiculous rate — 33 broken tackles on 77 touches (per PFF) — and the rookie has a rare physical profile (4.39 forty at 228 pounds). Gibson had a hybrid (RB/WR) role at Memphis and coach Ron Rivera described his skill set as being similar to Christian McCaffrey’s in terms of the versatility he offers. Given Washington’s lack of skill-position talent outside of Terry McLaurin, Gibson should be thrust into a much larger role than originally anticipated following the offseason releases of Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson.
– Kevin Hanson (@EDSFootball)

Logan Thomas (TE – WAS): $2,800
Who? Exactly. If you’re paying up for CMac, you need to save and no better position to save on than TE. He’s $2800 in a Washington offense that should be more uptempo this season. Ron Riviera sought him out to be a complete TE, his measurables are great, he’s had a tremendous rapport with Haskins in practice and low ownership in tournaments? That’s good enough for me.
– David Kitchen (@socrdave)

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