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Week 1 Daily Fantasy Picks

Earlier this week we provided you with our guide to daily fantasy sports.  The big NFL contests start tomorrow.  I hope you’re prepared.  Here are some of our best picks to give you some more help.

Quarterbacks

Big Points – Aaron Rodgers (GB)

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Aaron Rodgers is playing the Bears this week.  Aaron Rodgers kills the Bears.  Last year he threw for 600 yards and ten touchdowns in their two matchups.  He’s the most expensive player this week because he’s the safest bet to put up big numbers.

Value Play – Sam Bradford (PHI)

If you don’t want to spend a ton on a quarterback, the new Eagles QB is the pick for you.  He plays an Atlanta defense that gave up the most passing yards per game last year.  Chip Kelly’s offense runs a ton of plays and therefore there will be a lot of attempts for Bradford.  He should be able stay healthy for at least one game, right?

Others – Tyrod Taylor (BUF), Andy Dalton (CIN)

Taylor is a starting QB priced at the minimum and might provide production running the ball.  Dalton plays the Raiders and will get back two of his top targets from injury (Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert).

Running Backs

Big Points – Eddie Lacy (GB)

Another Packer? Yes, the Bears defense is really bad.  With Jordy Nelson out, Lacy should get more touches, including more targets from Rodgers in the passing game.

Value Play – Chris Ivory (NYJ)

Ivory should get a lot of touches in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first start for the Jets. The Browns run defense wasn’t good last year.  Could make for a nice day for Chris Ivory.

Others – Lamar Miller (MIA)

The Dolphins upgraded their passing game in the offseason which should mean less focus from the defense on Miller.

Wide Receivers

Big Points – A.J. Green (CIN)

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If you choose Andy Dalton you have to go with Green.  Even if you decide on another QB you should consider Green.  The Raiders defense isn’t good, Green is, and his price isn’t that high.

Value Play – Davante Adams (GB)

We have siad earlier how we think Green Bay will score a lot.  Without Nelson, Rodgers will have to throw to someone other than Randall Cobb and that person should be Davante Adams.

Others – Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG), Jordan Matthews (PHI)

OBJ was incredible on a per game basis as a rookie for the Giants last year.  Remember what he did to the Cowboys last year? He faces them this week.  Matthews is now the number one target in Philly after the departure of Jeremy Maclin.  He should get a ton of targets.

Tight Ends

Big Points – Martellus Bennett (CHI)

I wish I could say Rob Gronkowski.  I would have said Rob Gronkowski if he played tomorrow.  It’s not a great week for tight ends. The other top tight ends either have a bad matchup (Jimmy Graham), are hurt (Julius Thomas), or are suspended (Antonio Gates). Bennett might be the most likely to have a big game as the Bears should be throwing a lot once they go down big to the Packers.

Value Play – Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TB)

The giant tight end (6ft 6in) didn’t do much as a rookie but the Bucs should get better quarterback play this year than they did last year.  Look for the second year tight end to be more involved in the offense.  His opponent this week, the Titans, does not have a good defense.

Others – Ladarius Green (SD)

With Antonio Gates out, Green will get a chance to start. Maybe. He is questionable for tomorrow’s game.  If he is healthy enough to play, you should consider him.

Defenses

Big Points – Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins added a real difference maker in Ndamukong Suh in the offseason.  They’re facing Kirk Cousins this week and he throws a ton of interceptions.

Value Play – Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings could have a really good defense this year.  They’re up against Colin Kaepernick who is prone to making mistakes.

Others – Carolina Panthers

The Panthers defense, led by a great group of linebackers, gets Blake Bortles in his first start of his second year.  Bortles will be without his best weapon, tight end Julius Thomas

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