NFC North Week 1 DraftKings Daily Fantasy Preview

With less than 48 hours until kickoff for the opening night game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, it’s time to break down Week 1 for the NFC North on DraftKings. Granted that’s far from an ideal matchup for Green Bay, but we can still look at who to keep an eye on down the road. But as for the other three NFC North squads, there are plays worth considering.

Chicago Bears

1. Jay Cutler7800
2. Jimmy Clausen5000
3. David Fales5000
1. Matt Forte8300
2. Shaun Draughn3000
3. Ka’Deem Carey3700
1. Brandon Marshall7600
2. Alshon Jeffery7100
3. Santonio HolmesN/A
4. Josh Morgan3000
5. Micheal Spurlock3000
1. Martellus Bennett3800
2. Matthew Mulligan3000

Buffalo at Chicago (-7) O/U 47

There are a lot of plays on the Bears worth considering at all positions.

Jay Cutler is someone no one is talking about despite having perhaps the best receiving duo in the entire NFL with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The Bears are at home and favored in this contest with a decent O/U. Plus, Cutler is only $7,800, and he’s a pretty safe bet for 300 yards passing and 2 TDs at least. He’s a decent heads-up and 50/50 play.

At the same time, the Bills had the No. 28 rush defense last season. Plus, since the Bears are favored, it’s likely Matt Forte will have a great game. Therefore, Forte is my favorite play on Chicago. Furthermore, Forte has excellent PPR value, which is great on DraftKings.

Here’s an odd stat about the Bills pass defense. They are 4th in pass defense, but they were 28th in FPTS allowed to WRs. So, as far as Marshall and Jeffery, they are both good plays. I don’t have a preference for either. Jeffery actually racked up 126 yards more receiving and posted 105 rushing yards on 16 carries. Marshall caught five more TDs and 11 more passes on 13 targets. These guys are literally equal. Martellus Bennett is so cheap, I wouldn’t mind him in a GPP if you’re making several different lineups. He’s only $3,800 on DraftKings. But the Bills were 4th in FPTS allowed to TEs last year. They have an excellent LB core. So, he’s not my favorite.

Detroit Lions

1. Matthew Stafford9000
2. Dan Orlovsky5000
3. Kellen Moore5000
1. Reggie Bush6500
2. Joique Bell5500
3. Theo Riddick3100
1. Calvin Johnson8800
2. Golden Tate5000
3. Kevin Ogletree3000
4. Ryan Broyles3100
5. Jeremy Ross3000
1. Brandon Pettigrew3200
2. Eric Ebron3300
3. Joseph Fauria3200

NY Giants at Detroit (-5.5) O/U 47

The Lions have some decent options here.

Matthew Stafford is an okay play at QB. The Giants pass defense was average last season, although at $9,000 on DraftKings, I’d spend that money on someone like Andrew Luck. Probably a pass here.

I hate the Lions RB situation. Reggie Bush will start, but as far as we know, Joique Bell will get some carries as well and probably vulcher a TD. I try and avoid split backfields at all costs, especially with PPR not as a factor and all 32 teams in action. Pass.

As far as the WRs go, I’m in for Golden Tate, particularly in GPPs. Tate moves from a run-heavy offense to a pass-happy one. Tate has looked great in preseason, and the Lions have desperately been trying to get Calvin Johnson some help. $5,000 is a steal.

Also, as a bonus, the Lions D is a great sneaky play here. The line is shifting heavily toward Detroit (went from -3.5 to -5.5 this week). The Lions have one of the best rush defenses and get a lot of sacks. The Giants give up a lot of sacks and led the league in turnovers last year. Let’s also factor in the Giants are now running a West Coast offense and Manning looked awful in preseason. Then factor in that Ford Field will be extremely loud indoors on Monday Night Football (seriously, it is during primetime), the upside for Detroit’s defense is tremendous, despite having a fairly weak pass D last year.


Green Bay Packers

1. Aaron Rodgers8800
2. Matt Flynn5000
3. Scott Tolzien5000
1. Eddie Lacy6500
2. James Starks3900
3. DuJuan Harris3000
1. Jordy Nelson6800
2. Randall Cobb6500
3. Jarrett Boykin3400
4. Davante Adams3000
5. Jeff Janis3000
1. Richard Rodgers3000
2. Andrew Quarless3000

Green Bay at Seattle (-6) O/U 46.5

Let’s keep this simple. This matchup couldn’t be any worse for the Packers. Opening night at the best defense and noisiest defense in the NFL. Throw out your revenge logic from the failmary game. It doesn’t work like that.

Aaron Rodgers is the second best QB in the NFL in my estimation, and I actually don’t think it’s even close. But fade him.

Eddie Lacy should be a workhorse this year with Jonathan Franklin unfortunately being forced to retire. But fade him as a road underdog.

The only play you could even the slighest bit consider is Jarrett Boykin. With James Jones gone and Jermichael Finley still looking for a job after his scary injury vs. the Browns last year, Boykin is certainly poised for a great year behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Don’t use him this week, but jump on him at the right matchup. We”ll tell you when the time is right.

Speaking of no Finley, the TEs are still a question mark. It looked like Andrew Quarless was going to be the guy, but rookie Richard Rodgers has passed him on the depth chart. We’ll see how this plays out in Week 1 with number of snaps and targets.

Minnesota Vikings

1. Matt Cassel5600
2. Teddy Bridgewater5500
3. Christian Ponder5000
1. Adrian Peterson7900
2. Matt Asiata3000
3. Jerick McKinnon3000
1. Greg Jennings4500
1. Cordarrelle Patterson5800
2. Jarius Wright3000
2. Rodney Smith3000
2. Adam Thielen3000
1. Kyle Rudolph4300
2. Rhett Ellison3000

Minnesota at St. Louis (-4) O/U 43.5

Not a great matchup for the Vikings, but there are a couple possibilities.

Matt Cassell has low upside, so we’ll pass on him. But Adrian Peterson could work. The Rams were 26th in FPTS allowed to RBs last year. However, the Rams are in the NFC West, so this stat could be somewhat influenced by that. St. Louis was ninth vs. the run last year. Considering that Peterson didn’t play in the preseason, will be fully rested and is by far the best offensive player they have, Peterson is a fine play. He’s just not at the top of my list.

As far as WRs and TEs go, I like Kyle Rudolph the most. Rudolph is only $4,300 on DraftKings (very reasonable) and is underpriced since he missed the final two months last year. More importantly though, Norf Turner is now the offensive coordinator, and he is notoriously known for using TEs in the red zone. This is perfect for Cassell on bootlegs inside the 10 with the defense selling out to Peterson. We’ve already seen this happen in preseason when Peterson wasn’t even playing. The one downside is that the Rams were the best in the NFL in FPTS allowed to TEs kast year.

Cordarrelle Patterson is also someone being recommended. I am not nearly as high on him as others. I think people are being recently biased to what they saw at the end of last season. Patterson scored a TD in each of his last five games (two in the last one). Obviously that’s a good thing. Keep this in mind though – he went over 54 yards receiving in only one game last year (141 yards at the Ravens in the snow game where the banged up Baltimore D couldn’t stay on their feet on the slippery field). In those final five games where he had at least one TD, he only caught 16 of a mere 30 targets. Most people remember his breakaway speed on the runs against the Bengals and Lions to close the season. With a new offensive coordinator and defenses more aware of his capabilities, he’ll be much more contained. I have no interest in him until his price drops until closer to minimum.

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