I don’t have to tell you playing CMC every week is a good idea but I want to give you some other plays I really like for week one of DFS. I want to dive into them and explain what it is I like and what makes them a good GPP play.
- Austin Ekeler – $7,000 vs the Bengals – Ekeler comes in as the 4th highest priced RB on the week 1 main slate. This match up feels very enticing to me. Cincinnati was atrocious last season against the run giving up 148.9 yards per game rushing and 4.7 yards a carry. The Chargers should lean on Ekeler pretty heavily after letting Melvin Gordon walk in the off-season. Even in limited duty last season, Ekeler averaged 20.2 fantasy points a game in DK scoring and a whopping 1.44 Dk points per touch. I don’t think the Chargers have much of an issue with the Bengals and it could lead to a lot of touches for Ekeler in the 4th quarter. I don’t expect him to take all the touches but 15 carries and 9 targets is not out of the realm of possibility.
- Chris Carson – $6,200 vs the Falcons – RBs in DFS need to get touches and Carson is that work horse type back. Carson carried the ball over 18 times a game and mixed in 3 targets a game. Atlanta is a middle of the pack rush defense and they gave up 22.38 points a game rushing. I know Mr. Unlimited is pining for the offense to throw more but Pete Carroll and the coaching staff don’t shy away from establishing the run at all. I would pencil in Carson for 22 touches in this game and the 100 yard bonus is absolutely in play for Carson.
- Josh Jacobs – $6,800 vs the Panthers – The Panthers are maybe one of the worst defenses in football if not the worst. Jacobs shined as a rookie averaging 88 yards a game rushing and scoring 7 TDs on the ground. Jon Gruden is said to be upset by Jacobs not winning Rookie of the Year and Jacobs is on record as saying he wants to catch 60 passes this season. When is a better time to start this revenge tour than against a team that allows RBs to rush for 143.5 yards a game and 31 rushing TDs. All aboard the Jacobs train.
- Mark Ingram – $5,500 vs the Browns – The RB1 in the best rushing offense in football should not be this cheap. This offense is as run heavy as any in the league and going into face Cleveland in this shortened off season makes me all the more interested in Ingram. Facing a team that gave up 144.69 rushing yards a game Ingram should be in line for a pretty solid performance. I don’t expect Dobbins to be to much of a factor in week 1 and Baltimore is favored by 8.5 and playing at home. Ingram averaged over 5 yards a carry last season and 1.13 points per touch with Draftkings scoring. Ingram could easily have 75 yards rushing and 2 TDs in week 1.
- Marlon Mack – $5,300 vs the Jaguars – Attacking bad defenses is what we do, and Jacksonville is pretty darn bad. I know the hype around rookie Jonathan Taylor is really high and I expect great things from him but as of now it is still Macks’ job. I don’t doubt we see a lower number of touches per game for Mack which was at 17 rushes a game last year. I do see the best offensive line in football run blocking a lot for Mack and Taylor both. Going into Jacksonville a team that allowed 139 yards a game and 23 total rushing touchdowns is another great place to exploit for cheap this week. I feel like we could pencil Mack in for 80 to 90 yards and a TD or two. If you feel better about starting Taylor I wouldn’t fault you for spending the extra $400 in salary cap. Either way this backfield is way under priced.