The 26 Top DFS Football Sleepers For Week 1 And Beyond
It's next week! The NFL season is officially one week away. You should be as ready as ever for this DFS Football season thanks to this series.
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Last week, we covered the big names for the DFS Football season. All of those players need to be on your radar all year long. But what about the sleepers, especially for Week 1? Taking everything we've learned to this point – stacking, whether to use elite QBs, ways to pick RB/WR/TE – we can find DFS sleepers not just for Week 1, but hopefully, for most of the season.
(All prices are DraftKings/FanDuel)
The elite options are obvious. As mentioned in the piece, Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers should be considered weekly. However, I'm going to shy away right out of the gate. The Colts shouldn't have problems with the Bills (Indy a sneaky DST pick), which means Luck doesn't need to throw for 300-plus yards and three-plus touchdowns (even though he still might). As for Rodgers, do we know how much Randall Cobb will play or if Davante Adams is ready for the No. 2 role?
If I'm avoiding Luck and Rodgers this year, there is no way I'm taking the next few quarterbacks, as it makes no sense to save a measly few hundred when you can roster the awesomeness of those two.
Ryan Tannehill (7,400/8,000) – Facing an awful Redskins defense. Tannehill also ran for 40-plus yards several times last year, which gives him a nice floor, especially for cash games.
Philip Rivers (7,100/8,100) – Three 30-point games last year on DraftKings, and that was with Keenan Allen suffering from a sophomore slump. The Lions defense lost several pieces this year, most notably, Ndamukong Suh.
Sam Bradford (6,900/7,500) – Said it a thousand times and will again, "If Bradford plays 16 games, he has Top 5 QB potential in this offense." The Falcons defense is better than last year but still in the bottom third.
Carson Palmer (6,500/7,700) – A Top 10 quarterback in FPPG. The Saints defense was already weak, and then they lost P.J. Williams for the season and Keenan Lewis for 4-6 weeks.
Blake Bortles (5,900/6,400) – If you like Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and this improved offense, you have to like Bortles. He actually ran more than Tannehill did last year in two less games. Great low-priced option that doesn't have as much risk as people think.
I wouldn't suggest go two fliers unless you're playing in a GPP/going for the million. Even then, I would like one trustworthy option. Remember, it's PPR and the bonuses are significant if you can find a back to put up big yards. The key is finding those with the likelihood of 20-plus touches. More opportunity = more scoring chances.
Isaiah Crowell (4,600/6,100) – Risky play during Week 1, but he'll certainly be contrarian. For most of his chances last year, Crowell was the best back in Cleveland. No one has stepped forward for the Browns, so here's hoping he does.
Doug Martin (4,500/6,900) – Looks rejuvenated and quicker than ever. It's a favorable matchup, and the Bucs will look for balance with a rookie quarterback. Muscle Hamster could be the bounceback player of 2015.
Bishop Sankey (4,300/6,300) – Only because David Cobb is in a walking boot. I still think Cobb passes Sankey this year, but he needs to be healthy to do so. Until then, Sankey has the backfield mostly to himself.
Danny Woodhead (3,700/6,000) – Just two years ago, Woodhead was a RB1 in PPR formats. Well, DFS is a PPR format and as mentioned, the Lions defense has taken some hits.
Denard Robinson (3,000/5,800) – T.J. Yeldon hasn't impressed, and there is talk that Robinson could lead the way. This is a pure punt play, but you can guarantee a low ownership.
The trick with receivers is finding options that could score twice and/or haul in a high number of receptions. Targets and red zone use, these are your two stat friends. Of course, you want to pair your quarterback with his best option as much as possible. Yes, it increases the risk if the team has an off week, but the value returned is so much higher that you want to stack QB-WR whenever you can.
Allen Robinson (5,400/6,100) – Looked great as a rookie… with a rookie quarterback. No Julius Thomas means targets galore for ARob, and not just for Week 1.
Kendall Wright (5,100/5,800) – Already showing good chemistry with rookie Marcus Mariota, and Mariota is much better over the middle of the field than to the sidelines. Wright is another bounceback favorite.
John Brown (4,500/6,000) – Facing a depleted Saints secondary, your only worry is that everyone will own Brown.
Davante Adams (4,400/5,500) – Just as with Brown, due to Jordy Nelson's injury, the ownership for Adams will be through the roof. Good for cash games, but probably need to fade in GPP.
Brian Quick (4,200/5,400) – More for after Week 1, as you don't want to play receivers against the Seahawks. Quick looked good while healthy last year, and Nick Foles likes to take chances deep.
Devin Funchess (3,800/4,600) – Stepping in to replace Kelvin Benjamin, Funchess could see Benjamin-like use as a rookie since Cam Newton has nowhere else to turn… except Greg Olsen.
Ty Montgomery (4,600/5,000) – More talented and seeing more chances (right now) than Jeff Janis, Montgomery can do damage in the return game too, a la Devin Hester.
Leonard Hankerson (3,000/4,500) – Needs to be permanently on your radar for when Roddy White doesn't practice on Fridays.
Tyler Lockett (3,000/4,800) – Will see some decent matchup opportunities given his slot work ability.
Seantavius Jones (3,000/4,500) – Another longer-term watch list guy. If Brandon Coleman continues to struggle, Jones could seize the opportunity and Drew Brees always makes three receivers have value.
Lucky Whitehead (3,000/5,100) – I kid! Just making sure you're paying attention, and seeing if you're also kind of grossed out by the name. (Oh, and $5,100 on FanDuel?!)
Touchdowns. Touchdowns. Touchdowns. Those are all that matter with tight ends. Last year, half of the TE1s each week scored a touchdown, and often, the receiving yards were 30 or less. Pay attention to the matchups!
Jordan Cameron (3,800/5,500) – Back to this Redskins matchup. Cameron has loads of potential if he can stay on the field – no matter what team he's facing.
Tyler Eifert (3,500/5,000) – Breakout tight end supreme, Eifert is extremely talented and doesn't have Jermaine Gresham sharing snaps any more… or injuries bothering him.
Owen Daniels (3,400/5,500) – Peyton Manning + tight ends = double-digit touchdown seasons.
Jordan Reed (3,300/5,000) – Can actually put up numbers when Robert Griffin isn’t at quarterback. I swear RG3 hates him or something.
Jeff Cumberland (2,500/4,900) – Jace Amaro is done for the year, and Chan Gailey likes tight ends.
Richard Rodgers (2,500/4,900) – No Jordy and questionable Cobb could lead to more work for Rodgers.
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