2020 NFL DFS Week 1 FanDuel Picks

by Kyle Salamido
2020 NFL DFS Week 1 FanDuel Picks

Welcome to the 2020 NFL DFS Week 1 FanDuel Picks! I can't believe the NFL season is already upon us. Thursday nights' game was a nice return to normalcy and I cannot wait for Sunday.

In my articles, it is mostly based on cash game and single entry plays as that is what I typically play.

I will throw a few low owned GPP plays out there and some stacks that I will be targeting in the few GPP entries that I do like.

Alright, let's get to it, and let's make some cash this season!

2020 NFL DFS Week 1 FanDuel Picks

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9/12 5:12 pm  - Miles Sanders has been ruled out.  Big bump for Boston Scott ($4,700) and makes him a very viable cash option. 

9/13 11:05 am - There are concerns about the air quality in the SF/ARI game so keep an eye on that situation but it looks like they will play. Tevin Coleman has a medical condition (sickle cell) that may cause him to sit out due to the poor air quality, so if that is the case, I like Mostert even more.

9/13 11:35 am - Kenny Golladay has officially been ruled out. Marvin Jones will see a bump in targets and ownership as well. This also makes TJ Hockenson an interesting GPP flier. 

I'm also leaning Boston Scott over Antonio Gibson in cash now. Scott is a safer bet to be on the field more and is only $100 more so we still get the salary relief with him.


Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens - $9,400

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I normally don't spend up at QB, but the pricing is pretty soft for Week 1 on FD, making it fairly easy to squeeze the reigning MVP in your lineups.
Jackson averaged 28.1 FPPG last year and put up 26.5 and 29.8 in his two games against Cleveland.

In cash games, he's a no brainer until the pricing is corrected. I'll probably look elsewhere is large field GPP's.

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars - $6,700

If you're looking to pay down at QB, Minshew is the play. The Jaguars just lost Fournette and there are a lot of question marks at RB. I also expect them to be playing from behind for most of the game.

He may have a couple of turnovers, but things are lining up for Minshew to chuck the ball 40+ times against the Colts. I'll take that volume at his cheap price.

Honorable Mentions: Russell Wilson ($8,400), Cam Newton ($7,300), Derek Carr ($7,100)

Running Back

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers $10,000

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Again, with how soft the pricing is this week, it isn't difficult to get McCaffrey in your lineups. I am leaning towards pairing CMC up with Lamar in cash games with the salary relief that's out there.

The Raiders were middle of the pack last year when it came to giving up points to RB's (22.12 FPPG), so nothing scary about that. It's Week 1 so I'll play it safe and rely on two of the most reliable players fantasy owners watched last season. Don't overthink it, plug McCaffrey in your lineups and move on.

Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders - $8,200

Jacobs is one of the few bell cow backs left and should be in line for a huge workload. He ran for over 1,100 yards in his rookie season and that was only in 13 games.

Jacobs should have no problem carving up the Panthers D who gave up a whopping 29.18 FFPG last season, the most in the league.

Look for the Raiders to control the ball by pounding the rock against this porous Panthers D. I think Jacobs could find the endzone twice on Sunday.

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team - $4,600

This is purely a price play. With Washington moving on from Adrian Peterson, Gibson should be on the field early and often. He will be given plenty of opportunities in Week 1 to show off what all of the hype was about.

Gibson doesn't need to do much to hit value at $4,600, and if he falls in the endzone he smashes value.

Honorable Mentions: Aaron Jones ($7,800), Austin Ekeler ($7,700), Miles Sanders ($6,800)

Wide Receiver

Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers - $8,000

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There are a couple of good choices at the top, but I am leaning towards going with Adams. He is going up against a Vikings D with a lot of new faces at the CB position. He'll matchup on the outside against rookie CB, Jeff Gladney, and 3rd year CB, Holton Hill. The two young corners will be in for a long day going up against one of the best wideouts in the league.

We all know Adams has very little competition for targets so I expect Rodgers to be throwing his way all day.

DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars - $6,600

Another guy with virtually no competition for targets is Chark. As I said with Minshew, I expect the Jags to be playing from behind forcing them to chuck the ball 40+ times against the Colts.

His matchup against the Colts CB's is a favorable one as they gave up the 8th most FPPG in 2019 (30.95).

It was a bit of a mixed bag for Chark vs IND last year as he put up 22.4 and 3.4 against them. However, the 3.4 point effort came in a 38-20 win in Week 17 so I'm going to give him a pass on that.

I am expecting him to have a day similar to the 22.4 point performance where he received 15 targets.

Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team - $6,500

McLaurin gets to open the year against the Eagles who gave up the most fantasy points to perimeter WRs last season. They did go out and get Darius Slay, but he is not the shutdown CB he used to be.

They also still have a massive week spot in Avonte Maddox (PFF’s No. 87 CB last year out of 115). I don't expect Slay to shadow McLaurin, but even if he does, he had no problem beating him last year when the two matched up.

I'm a little worried about Haskin's getting the ball into his hands, but if he can improve on his accuracy, McLaurin could be in line for a monster Week 1.

DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles - 5,700

Jackson may be the Eagles only viable WR option come Sunday. Rookie WR, Jalen Reagor, was supposed to miss the first couple of games but was back at practice on Thursday, so keep an eye on that.

Jackson gets to go up against a banged-up Washington secondary (Fuller & Moreau both dealing with nagging injuries). No matter who matches up against Jackson, especially if its Ronald Darby (allowed the third-most yards on deep targets last season), he should have a field day. He also blew up in the last two Week 1 performances, with 29.1 and 31.4 points.

Jackson is a bargain at this price.

Honorable Mentions: Chris Godwin ($7,700), Tyler Lockett ($6,800), Calvin Ridley ($6,600), DK Metcalf ($6,400)

Tight End

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers - $8,000

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If you want to pay up at TE, look no further than the highest priced option in Kittle. It's a new year, but the Cardinals were the team to exploit against TE's in 2019. They gave up the most FPPG in the league last year (16.27).

There are also a lot of question marks at WR for the 49ers so I expect Jimmy G to lean on his stud TE in Week 1. He should see double-digit targets and is my projected highest scorer at the position.

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons - $5,200

As much as I love Kittle this week, I have just as much love for Hayden Hurst. It is his first game in a Falcons uniform, but I expect him to step right into Austin Hooper's role. He gets a juicy matchup against the Seahawks who gave up the 2nd most fantasy points to TE's (12.19) last year.

Hurst never really broke out in Baltimore, but he was a first round pick for a reason - the kid is talented. It also sounds like he and Matt Ryan already have good chemistry on the field so that is a good sign.

He may be a bit risky in Week 1, but he's hard to pass up at that price. And if this game shoots out, which I am expecting it to, he should have no problem paying off his price and then some.

Honorable Mentions: Mark Andrews ($7,400)


Indianapolis Colts ($3,700) - If you're not rostering Minshew as your QB, then fire up the Colts. He should be good for a couple of turnovers and sacks which is what we're looking for here. Vegas also doesn't expect the Jags to do much scoring either as their team total is only 17.5. Take the salary relief here and roll out the Colts.

Honorable Mentions: Bills ($4,700), Chargers ($4,200), Lions ($3,700)

Core Four - Jackson, CMC, Gibson, Hurst

Favorite Game Stacks - SEA/ATL, LV/CAR

GPP QB - Aaron Rodgers
GPP RB - Raheem Mostert, Jonathan Taylor
GPP WR - Tyler Boyd
GPP TE - Dallas Goedert

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