NFC East Week 1 DraftKings Daily Fantasy Preview

The NFC East on DraftKings is one of the most intriguing divisions heading into Week 1. That relates to both the matchups on the field and daily fantasy. The Jaguars at Eagles have fantastic plays all over the place. The Redskins at Texans matches the surprisingly two worst teams in football last season, although there’s certainly some obvious buzz around that contest. The 49ers at Cowboys is an interesting late-afternoon game and most wouldn’t think to use the Cowboys players, but with all the off-the-field stuff in San Francisco and the game in Dallas, are there any sleepers? The Giants are at the Lions on Monday night and could the now up-tempo G-Men throw on the weak Detroit pass defense?


Dallas Cowboys

1. Tony Romo7400
2. Brandon Weeden5000
3. Dustin Vaughan5000
1. DeMarco Murray6800
2. Lance Dunbar4200
3. Joseph Randle3000
1. Dez Bryant7800
2. Terrance Williams4600
3. Cole Beasley3000
4. Dwayne Harris3000
5. Devin Street3000
1. Jason Witten4500
2. Gavin Escobar3200

San Francisco (-5.5) at Dallas O/U 51

Without even looking at the line or over/under, you’d think this is a matchup you wouldn’t want to use Cowboys players. That’s actually not the case.

Consider the 51 O/U is tied for the third most points, the Cowboys are slight underdogs, they are at home and that the 49ers are up against several defensive changes (for multiple reasons), I actually like Tony Romo this week. He and Dez Bryant are healthy, the Cowboys are indoors, Romo is only $7,400 on DraftKings and he will likely be throwing to keep pace with the 49ers.

Since Dallas is an underdog, I’d pass on DeMarco Murray, even though I think his $6,800 is way too cheap on average. His PPR value on DraftKings is awesome, not to mention that the depth at RB behind him isn’t nearly as good.

At WR/TE, I’m actually perfectly fine with Bryant. I’m not crazy about him, but this is actually a matchup where he could go off for 150 yards and 2 TDs when Dallas plays catch up. Jason Witten at $4,500 at TE would be fine as well. A healthy Witten should get 8-10 targets with a couple coming in the red zone.

NY Giants

1. Eli Manning7400
2. Ryan Nassib5000
1. Rashad Jennings5000
2. Andre Williams3700
3. Peyton Hillis3000
1. Victor Cruz6300
2. Rueben Randle5000
3. Odell Beckham3700
4. Jerrel Jernigan3900
5. Preton Parker3000
1. Larry Donnell3000
2. Adrien Robinson3200

NY Giants at Detroit (-4.5) O/U 47

With a questionable Giants rushing attack and solid Lions rushing defense, I’d fade all Giants RBs. Plus, the Giants are on the road on Monday Night as an underdog.

The Giants are going more uptempo this year in the new West Coast offense, which is a good sign for Eli Manning pass attempts. The Lions pass defense is also questionable.

Usually, preseason isn’t the greatest indicator for the first-string units, but the Giants offense has looked terrible. It’s likely going to take some time for Manning and the WRs to adjust to. I could see manning completing 30 passes, but it won’t be for big yardage.

As far as the WRs/TEs go, I wouldn’t spend DraftKings’ $6,300 on Victor Cruz. After that, it’s really a tossup on who steps up. Playing on the road on Monday Night for the opening weekend with a new offense just doesn’t fit well.

Fade across the board.


Philadelphia Eagles

1. Nick Foles8500
2. Mark Sanchez5000
3. Matt Barkley5000
1. LeSean McCoy8400
2. Darren Sproles4700
3. Chris Polk3000
1. Jeremy Maclin5700
2. Riley Cooper4400
3. Jordan Matthews3800
4. Brad Smith3000
5. Josh Huff3000
1. Brent Celek3500
2. Zach Ertz4100

Jacksonville at Philadelphia (-10.5) O/U 53

McCoy. McCoy. McCoy. Big favorite at home. He’s the main RB. He’ll be used on the goal line. I still think he has DraftKings PPR value with the addition of Darren Sproles. This is just simply obvious.

Nick Foles is too expensive at $8,500 (fifth-most expensive), but the WRs are certainly worth a look. Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews are all undervalued for a team that runs a ton of plays. I’d play Maclin before anyone else, mostly because he’s really cheap with his injury last season and clearly the No. 1 receiver. The only downside is Foles and Maclin don’t have the regular-season chemistry (Maclin missed last season), but that’s not enough to factor in against the Jaguars. They looked fine in preseason.

Also, Zach Ertz looked very good in preseason and is on track for a big year. He’s not my favorite play at TE only in that the Eagles do have a lot of targets, but at only $4,100, he’s well worth it in a GPP or two.


Washington Redskins

1. Robert Griffin III8200
2. Kirk Cousins5000
3. Colt McCoy5000
1. Alfred Morris5800
2. Roy Helu3700
3. Silas Redd3000
1. Pierre Garcon6500
2. DeSean Jackson5400
3. Andre Roberts3000
4. Santana Moss3000
5. Aldrick Robinson3000
1. Jordan Reed4600
2. Logan Paulsen3000

Washington at Houston (-2.5) O/U 45.5

Granted a lot of the attention is on the pairing of RGIII and DeSean Jackson and how much this could help the other players succeed, but this matchup makes me want to fade everyone on the Redskins.

The Texans are a slight favorite at home with an average O/U. The Texans front seven and DL looked fantastic in the final three weeks of the preseason. The combination of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney is a rough matchup for an average Redskins OL. Even with the mobility of RGIII, we are talking about a very athletic defense that will hit you. Will RGIII be effective from the pocket? Will he avoid the big hits? He was 13-for-20 passing for 141 yards with no TDs and 2 INTs. Sure RGIII might have a few big moments and he is someone with huge upside, but the chances of a big game from him are slim. I think there’s a greater chance he has a mediocre or poor outing. Plus, DraftKings’ $8,200 is too expensive regardless of the matchup.

This is also a reason to fade the WRs and TEs. With the little action RGIII had in preseason, we have yet to see how he likes to distribute between Jackson, Pierre Garcon and the other WRs. One guy I would keep an eye on down the road is Jordan Reed. He really emerged last year in October before getting hurt in mid November. If the Redskins are against a weaker defense with a questionable line-backing unit, he’ll definitely be worth playing.

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Sked Nick is a Daily Fantasy Sports enthusiast and a former Bleacher Report Featured Columnist. Most of his time is dedicated to the sports world in front of several televisions, monitors and a projector. This involves researching, writing, watching games or simply keeping up to date on news.He graduated with honors from Bowling Green State University with a degree in sport management and journalism. Furthermore, Nick was a radio play-by-play and color commentator for Bowling Green football, men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball. He also has experience working with the BGSU athletic department.Follow @NickJuskewycz

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