It will almost always be impossible to provide a short list of fantasy targets for Opening Day, as nearly every team is in action and expectations are high across-the-board. Thankfully, we were able to limit the quarterback choices but, while we did not particularly love a lot of wide receivers, many made the list. In addition, running backs are so plentiful that the use of multiple rosters with different combinations is basically a necessity in Week 1.
Based on our expected Week 1 DFS game flow analysis performed earlier, we can carry our thoughts into actual lineup positions. The long list of players that fit the requirements set forth by the projected flow of the game was cut dramatically by the requirements set forth by salaries.
Below are Sporfolio’s DFS Week 1 Plays:
Russell Wilson – Week 14 of last season, Russell Wilson went into Lambeau Field and had this stat line: 22 of 39 for 240 yards with 1 touchdown and 5 interceptions. Without checking every game of his career, it is probably safe to say that that game was one of Wilson’s worst. That game also saw the Seahawks lose 38-10. This is a revenge game for both the team and their star QB, and Wilson will take advantage this week of a suspect Green Bay defense. It also helps Wilson that the Packers are always capable of scoring, no matter the opposing defense. If Green Bay is able to put up points, look for Wilson to be throwing all game long and feasting on the Packers secondary.
Eli Manning – While there are reasonable concerns over the state of Manning’s game and his arm strength in particular, there is a lot to like this week for the two-time Super Bowl champion. The first thing is his low price tag – coming in at only $5,600 – so rostering Manning allows a lineup to be built around some top tier talent. The other thing to love for Manning is the absence of a strong running game. While this makes the offense slightly more predictable, Dallas does not possess the strongest defense, and has a young and inexperienced secondary that should not pose too much of a problem. The Giants will likely be throwing the ball a ton, and if the strong Cowboys offense is able to figure out Big Blue’s defense this season, Manning and company will be expected to put up even more offense. The final reason to like Manning is his much improved group of receivers. While there is question of whether or not Odell Beckham Jr. will play, Manning still has Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram at his disposal which makes for a strong group.