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FanDuel DFS Football Cash Game Picks For Week 1

First big week for DFS Football is here on Sunday, and Robert is here to give you his picks for cash games to start out your season right.

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Welcome to the start of the DFS season. Some of you may have played in a slate that used the Thursday night game, but the biggest DFS games start on Sunday. I will be giving my cash game advice (50/50 games, double ups, and head to heads) for all 17 weeks this season. Each Saturday morning you can find that weeks picks, so I will always be excluding the Thursday night game. I am doing this because I don't like playing in a slate that includes the Thursday night game for one reason. That reason is because of injuries. By the time the Thursday night game kicks off, you may not know the status of a couple of key players, and if someone sits who wasn't looking like he would, that would have potentially opened up a nice value for his backup.

Again these picks are geared toward cash games. One thing to remember with your cash game picks, is that you are not trying to be contrarian. If there is a guy who seems like he will be in a lot of lineups, don't shy away from him for that reason, do that in your big tournaments. I will give you a few options at positions, and then at the end say who I am going with for my main cash game lineup. Now how about we get into the picks. Players are listed by position, and then ordered by the ones I like most.


Sam Bradford ($7,500) - Bradford is being priced like he is still a member of the Rams. Now that he is in the prolific Eagles offense, Bradford comes at a nice bargain to use your salary elsewhere. The Falcons defense is mediocre, but when you are the Eagles and run more plays then all other offenses, you create more opportunities for stats. Yes Bradford will have to stay healthy all game, but I just love the value you are getting with him.

Tony Romo ($8,700) - Romo had possibly his best season last year, and why shouldn't that continue. Especially for the first week against the Giants, who's defense is in disarray. The price tag may seem a little steep, but he will be well worth it when the Cowboys throw the ball all over the Giants.

Running Backs:

Jeremy Hill ($8,600) - Quite possibly the best back at the end of last year. Over the last nine weeks, Hill averaged around 103 rushing yards, and a TD in 2 out of every 3 games. Now pit him against the worst run defense from last year in the Raiders, and he should be able to continue right where he left off from. Put him in your lineup and feel great when he leads you into some cash.

Eddie Lacy ($8,500) - Possibly the top back this week, and he isn't the most expensive. Lacy will relied upon early and often against the Bears. The Bears had a bad run defense last year, and Eddie Lacy finished last year on a tear. Use him and feel good about the 100+ yards and TD you will receive.

Jonathan Stewart ($7,100) - If you need to cut a little bit of costs at Running Back because you are going for two big time receivers, then Stewart is your guy. Now the Jaguars defense isn't very good, which bodes well for the Panther running back. Stewart at the end of last year showed us all what his potential was again when Williams isn't there. Well now Stewart has the role for himself, and in a great matchup, he should provide some nice points per dollar for you.

Wide Receivers:

Davante Adams ($5,500) - Adams is a cash games must for week 1. These prices were made a while ago, back when Jordy Nelson was still healthy. Know that Adams is the number two receiver for Aaron Rodgers, he will see a huge uptick in targets and production. Now add in the fact that Randall Cobb isn't a hundred percent, and you have making for cash game gold with Adams. He will be widely played in cash games, but you need to play him for the value you are getting, and so that you don't fall behind when he has a big week.

Julio Jones ($9,000) - I ranked Jones as my number one receiver this week, as his matchup is just great. He is priced as the most expensive receiver, but sometimes you need to pay up to get the best. He is a consistent receiver, who has little competition for targets. Roddy White is banged up, and the Eagles secondary isn't looking strong. If you have the cap space after using Adams, plug him in.

Dez Bryant ($8,700) - My second ranked receiver this week was Bryant, as I see a shootout happening in the Cowboys game. Last year Bryant ended the season on a tear, and that was with the Cowboys becoming a run heavy team. Now Murray is gone, and it looks like the Cowboys will be throwing the ball more. Bryant also has a great history against the Giants. Last year he had 237 yards and 2 TD's against them. I see over 100 yards and a TD at least from him here.

A.J. Green ($8,300) - The price is just looking great right now on A.J. Green. He should be priced with the elites about 300-400 higher. The injury riddled season has lowered his value going into week 1, and now should be the time to take advantage. If you aren't going to play one of the two guys above, you have to play Green as your big money WR.

Jordan Matthews ($6,800) - Matthews is another value receiver for you if you can't squeeze two of the high priced receivers from above in your lineup. The Eagles offense are going to be firing on all cylinders against the weak Falcons defense. Matthews is now assuming the Maclin role from last year, and I think he can do even better than Maclin did. Explosive offense, great price, good receiver, bad defense, what isn't to like?

Tight Ends:

Greg Olsen ($5,900) - Get ready for a lot of Greg Olsen in these articles over the season. He is the one guy at Tight End who you can count on almost every week to provide a nice contribution. With no Benjamin, he will see plenty of targets from Newton.

Owen Daniels ($5,500) - Daniels is the starting Tight End for Peyton Manning. As we have seen over Manning's career, that is a nice role to have. Daniels is also reunited with former coach Gary Kubiak, so he knows how to effectively use Daniels. The price for Daniels is great for now, and should be able to provide a solid return for you.


Brandon McManus ($4,500) - My kicker will almost always be the cheapest starter I can get my hands on. Thanks to McManus winning the job in Denver in the preseason, he comes in at the minimum price at kicker, who is also on a great offense. He should be in all of your cash game lineups.


Dolphins Defense ($4,700) - Goes up against the Washington Redskins, and has a great defense. A match that seems like it was built especially for a nice scoring defense. I would be shocked if the Redskins score more than 13 points on Sunday. Cousins getting sacked at least 3 times seems like a lock at this point.

Jets Defense ($4,400) - The Jets have a nice defense, but the bigger draw to this pick is Josh McCown and the Browns offense. McCown is showing that 2013 was an outlier, and that he still is that guy who looks like a career backup. Jets have a great pass rush, and should generate some sacks with a chance of two turnovers or more.

My Cash Lineup:

QB: Sam Bradford ($7,500)

RB: Jeremy Hill ($8,600)

RB: Eddie Lacy ($8,500)

WR: Dez Bryant ($8,700)

WR: Jordan Matthews ($6,800)

WR: Davante Adams ($5,500)

TE: Owen Daniels ($5,500)

K: Brandon McManus ($4,500)

DEF: Jets Defense ($4,400)

Good Luck to everyone in week one, and remember to check the inactives on Sunday morning to see if a guy you are playing is out, or if you can take advantage of someone getting a start.