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NFL DFS Week 1 FanDuel Salary Breakdown

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Early this week, we looked at DraftKings NFL DFS week 1 pricing vs DST pricing to preview matchups. Now, let’s compare FanDuel to DraftKings.

We made it very simple and used budget percentage to compare the players on both sites:

  • FanDuel budget is $60,000
  • DraftKings budget is $50,000

Sunday Night Football is not part of the main slate, so the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears are not an option.


We also have the Monday Night Football double-header keeping four more teams out of the main slate – the New York Jets @ Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland Raiders.

NFL DFS Week 1 FanDuel Salary Breakdown

Quarterbacks

NFL DFS FanDuel Week 1 QB Salary

Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Jimmy Garoppolo, Alex Smith and Dak Prescott will all cost slightly more of your FanDuel budget than on DraftKings.

If you are going to play Patrick Mahomes, it looks like FanDuel is a better site to do so on vs DraftKings, but you will be doing so on the road against the Chargers defense.

Marcus Mariota is also a bit cheaper on FanDuel and as I wrote about in my Titans Preview, I am very excited about Tennessee’s potential this year under new leadership. In Miami, against a poor Dolphins defense, this is a good matchup to roll with Mariota.

Running Backs

NFL DFS FanDuel Week 1 RB Salary

Le’Veon Bell, David John, Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliott – all cost less of your FanDuel budget than DraftKings.

It appears FanDuel priced Rex Burkhead under the assumption that Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel misses week 1 against the Texans.

Joe Mixon is priced as RB13 against the Colts defense, sign me up!

Wide Receivers

NFL DFS FanDuel Week 1 WR Salary

The top WRs are also more expensive on DraftKings than FanDuel. But, like the RBs, the lower priced players will cost a little bit extra budget.

People are going to be all over Chris Hogan with Julian Edelman suspended and a lower cap hit on FanDuel.

FanDuel believes in Saints WRs Cameron Meredith and Ted Ginn Jr against the Bucs. Same with Ravens wideout John Brown and Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett, despite seeing just 18 targets last year with New England.

Tight Ends

NFL DFS FanDuel Week 1 TE Salary

A majority of my lineups will feature a TE in that ~9% grouping, but I would be willing to pay for Greg Olsen, Delanie Walker and Kyle Rudolph as well.

I don’t like the matchup for Evan Engram against the Jaguars.

Jordan Reed could provide a huge ROI if he plays week 1. But as usual, we must keep an eye on his health. If he can’t go week 1 against the Cardinals (no reason to think that at the moment), Vernon Davis is a cheap option on FanDuel!

Team Defense/Special Teams

NFL DFS FanDuel Week 1 DST Salary

I had to double check my numbers when I first created this chart.

FanDuel did away with the kicker position, added a flex spot, and has cheaper RBs/WRs. It appears they were able to do so by making every DST eat up more budget than on DraftKings.

My guess would be that very few lineups feature the Bills or Bengals defense on FanDuel, so if you want to be super contrarian, I guess those are two options!

The Bills play at Ravens while the Bengals play Andrew Luck and the Colts, in Indy.


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