Week 1 of the NFL season finally is here, and you can play one-week fantasy football games and set new lineups every week with DraftKings.
Here’s our ideal DraftKings lineup for Week 1.
Quarterback: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders ($7,700)
Carr should shred a New Orleans Saints defense that allowed a league-high 45 passing touchdowns and ranked 32nd in passing yards allowed per attempt, 31st in passing yards given up per game and 31st in opponents’ passer rating last season.
Running Backs: Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,700); Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders ($5,600)
Mathews is playing against a Cleveland Browns defense that was destroyed in the run game last season, giving up 4.5 yards per carry and the third-most yards per game. Murray also has a solid matchup versus a Saints defense that gave up a league-high 4.9 yards per carry in 2015.
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers ($9,300); Will Fuller, Houston Texans ($3,700); Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders ($5,500)
Brown is the best receiver in the game — not much more needs to be said. Crabtree is a solid start for the same reasons Carr is a good play (see above). Fuller will face a Bears defense that will spend most of its time worrying about elite Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins and running back Lamar Miller. Chicago also gave up the fourth-most passing touchdowns last season.
Tight End: Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers ($2,900)
Cook is the best tight end in a Packers offense led by elite quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cook also is a tremendous value play at less than $3,000.
Flex: Lamar Miller, Houston Texans ($7,000)
Miller averaged 4.5 yards per carry last season, but the Miami Dolphins foolishly didn’t use him enough, as he had only one game with 20 or more carries. Expect him to have a higher workload with the Texans, and that higher volume should lead to better production for fantasy owners, especially in PPR leagues such as DraftKings.
Defense: Cleveland Browns ($2,300)
The Browns’ defense is bad, but it’s going against an Eagles team that’s starting a rookie quarterback and lacking an elite player at all of the skill positions on offense. Cleveland’s low cost also allows you to spend more money elsewhere in your lineup.
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