The professional football season is back and we are celebrating its return by providing some NFL Week 1 DFS picks!
Daily Fantasy Sports is wildly popular all across the country, especially in states that may not be privy to online sports betting, and there's no doubt that DFS has a few things to offer that seas-long leagues cant.
You get the ability to pick new players each week and you have the chance to be paid out instantly rather than waiting for months. DFS can be an excellent source of fun if you're just looking to make the games more interesting, or it can be used seriously as a way to make profits on Sunday
Just in time for kickoff, let's get to our NFL Week 1 DFS picks.
Best NFL DFS Sites
There are only a few sites you can rely on in order to make DFS Week 1 picks. This week, we are using the DraftKings DFS app to build out our Week 1 NFL DFS lineups, but either site offers a generous welcome promotion:
DraftKings NFL Lineup Week 1: Building A Classic Roster
Daily Fantasy Sports apps such as DraftKings offer several types of NFL contests, although 'Classic' contests are by far the most popular and plentiful on the site. This involves creating a nine-player roster that fits under the salary cap of $50,000.
Players can narrow down the options by going through the varying game styles, experience levels, contest types, entry fees, and prizes that are available to find the perfect contest for them. There's even an option to choose contests based on certain windows of the NFL schedule.
Week 1 NFL DFS Lineups Using DraftKings Lineup Optimizer
Without a traditional training camp and preseason, there is very little to go on aside from last season when it comes to making Week 1 DFS picks. But after consulting the trusted DraftKings Lineup Optimizer, we came up with two lineups full of players we'd recommend.
NFL DFS Picks Week 1: Return Of The Gronk
- QB Tyrod Taylor (LAC $5,600): We haven't heard much about Taylor due to the Chargers drafting QB Justin Herbert but Tyrod is the starter and in Week 1, he's going up against a paltry Bengals defense from a season ago. With the weapons, he's got and his ability to run, Taylor should get off to a good start.
- RB Josh Jacobs (LV $6,800): Jacobs is taking aim at consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and I expect the Raiders to lean on their young RB a lot Week 1 as they settle in to figure out their WR situation. Look out for a ton of touches in the rushing game and passing game for Vegas.
- RB Nick Chubb (CLE $6,500): Here's a guy who I think is getting overlooked. People might seem turned away because of the presence of Kareem Hunt in the backfield but not us. I expect a big number from both teams on offense in a Week 1 shootout, and the Browns will heavily feature Chubb.
- WR Keenan Allen (LAC $6,400): Remember when I talked about Tyrod Taylor having weapons? Well, exhibit A is Keenan Allen. Especially with WR Mike Williams' status uncertain and the Bengals' shoddy defense, I expect Allen to get a ton of touches.
- WR DK Metcalf (SEA $5,800): Metcalf shined for Seattle last year and coming off a nice playoff run, I expect the offense to keep rolling. Metcalf averaged over 15 yards per catch last season and he should get a bunch of touches this season thanks to great QB play from Russell Wilson. Considering Atlanta has one of the worst secondaries in the league last year in Atlanta, look for DJ to take the top off the defense.
- WR Terry McLaurin (WAS, $5,600): Watch for McLaurin to be the favorite and only reliable target for Dwayne Haskins this season. Another player who averages over 15 yards per catch, I'm looking at Washington to lean heavily on McLaurin. This has late TD and a lot of catches and yards in garbage time written all over it.
- TE Rob Gronkowski (TB $4,900): Gronk is back AND he's healthy after having a whole season to relax and party. Teaming back up with TB12 is what I believe to be a recipe for success, as it was late in Brady's New England tenure. Watch for a big return for Gronk and Brady in the Bayou come Sunday.
- FLEX DeSean Jackson (PHI $4,900): Good value play in the flex position for a guy who you know is going to get a lot of targets in Week 1 because he's healthy, something the rest of the WRs in Philly are not. Jackson had a huge Week 1 last year vs Washington, who they will play again on Sunday.
- DEF Chicago Bears ($3,000): Imagine having to go up against this defense Week 1 with no game action prior. I don't like the Lions at all this season and with the return of Akiem Hicks for the Bears and the ever-looming presence Khalil Mack, I see a low-scoring affair.
NFL DFS Picks Week 1: In Brees We Trust
We aren't going into the season by offering you just one option at every position. Here is a second lineup full of more options to choose from.
- QB Drew Brees (NO, $6,800): Just like his opponent in Brady on Sunday, Drew Brees is defying father time. He's also still one of the best, especially at home. Win or lose expect a shootout between the two NFC South rivals, and expect a lot of passing yards and scoring from Brees.
- RB Chris Carson (SEA, $6,200): Chris Carson is back and healthy following a fractured hip over the offseason. Carson is a dual-threat and with Russell Wilson spreading the love to all his weapons, look out for a heavy dose of Carson out the gate for the Seahawks\
- RB Tarik Cohen (CHI, $4,900): I like Cohen here, especially in a PPR league and most especially since David Montgomery isn't healthy. The Lions are no world-beaters and with Mitch being named the starting QB, we can look for a lot of Cohen as a security blanket dump off.
- WR Mike Evans (TB, $6,900): The addition of Brady works wonders for the entire Tampa offense but maybe nobody more than Evans. It's going to be a massive shootout in New Orleans on Sunday and some big numbers out of Evans should come as a shock to nobody.
- WR Stefon Diggs (BUF, $6,400): Diggs is QB Josh Allen's new toy and I expect them to get along quite well. Coming off a career year in receiving yards and yards per catch, look out for a ton of targets and receptions as the Bills feature the passing game more than in the past.
- WR Emanuel Sanders (NO, $5,700): An experienced, veteran weapon for Drew Brees who has fit in perfectly wherever he's been over the last few seasons (Denver and San Francisco). I look for the same in New Orleans, as Sanders should develop an instant connection with Brees and wind up in the endzone in a Week 1 shootout.
- TE Evan Engram (NYG, $5,200): Coming off a season-ending foot injury, Engram is back and healthy. In the six games he played with Daniel Jones last season, Engram averaged over 10 fantasy points. Look out for an effective Engram to be targeted plenty by Jones again.
- FLEX Justin Jefferson (MIN, $4,800): Making his NFL debut after being picked in the first round, expect Jefferson to play in the slot and try to go unnoticed as the Packers defense keys on Adam Thielen. I think we can see some nice plays and a decent stat line from Jefferson, who should get open with his precise route-running.
- DEF Indianapolis Colts ($3,000): The Colts' opponent is Jacksonville, a team that appears to be rebuilding. After releasing Leonard Fournette, the Jags are bereft of weapons aside from DJ Chark and a bunch of rookies. Look for Minshew to be scrambling and make a few mistakes, playing into the hands of the Colts defense.