NFC South Week 1 DraftKings Daily Fantasy Preview

Only a few moments from Sunday’s kickoff for Week 1 daily fantasy football on DraftKings. With only division games to look at for the NFC South, let’s dive in.

Atlanta Falcons

1. Matt Ryan7900
2. T.J. Yates5000
3. Sean Renfree5000
1. Steven Jackson5000
2. Jacquizz Rodgers3200
3. Antone Smith3000
1. Julio Jones7700
2. Roddy White5900
3. Harry Douglas3700
4. Devin Hester3400
5. Courtney Roby3000
1. Levine Toilolo3000
2. Bear Pascoe3000

New Orleans (-3) at Atlanta O/U 52

A very good matchup for Matt Ryan. The Falcons are at home as a slight underdog and will likely be throwing to keep up with the Saints passing attack. He’s near the top of my list for QBs.

A $5,000 salary is more than reasonable for Steven Jackson. Remember, when he was healthy last year, he actually performed quite well. He’s kind of a sneaky play at $5,000 on DraftKings if you want to try him in a GPP, but he’s definitely not at the top of the list.

You can’t really go wrong with Julio Jones or Roddy White here, especially with Tony Gonzalez gone. However, with $7,700 versus $5,900, I’d go with White here. The difference between these two receivers isn’t that great.


New Orleans Saints

1. Drew Brees9700
2. Luke McCown5000
1. Pierre Thomas5000
2. Mark Ingram4200
3. Khiry Robinson3000
1. Marques Colston5900
2. Brandin Cooks4500
3. Nick Toon3400
4. Robert Meachem3000
5. Joe Morgan3400
1. Jimmy Graham7200
2. Ben Watson3200

New Orleans (-3) at Atlanta O/U 52

I can’t really argue with Drew Brees here other than he’s a bit pricey. I’d rather spend the money on Ryan or another QB who is around $8,000 when DraftKings’ PPR comes into play with some value plays at other positions.

Pierre Thomas is my recommendation at RB over Mark Ingram on DraftKings. I say that because of the PPR value. Thomas is used heavily in the screen game, and Darren Sproles is gone to open up some more production for him. Although, he doesn’t have the best upside splitting time with Mark Ingram.

Jimmy Graham is certainly a great play. Although, at $4,500 and with Kenny Stills out, I’m looking for Brandon Cooks to have a huge day. He was outstanding in the preseason catching balls on all sorts of routes and could legitimately be a go-to guy for Brees. The rookie was selected 20th overall in the 2014 NFL draft. I’d definitely play Cooks in a few lineups.

Carolina Panthers

1. Cam Newton8400
2. Derek Anderson5000
3. Joe Webb5000
1. DeAngelo Williams4300
2. Jonathan Stewart3300
3. Fozzy Whittaker3000
1. Kelvin Benjamin4200
2. Jerricho Cotchery3600
3. Jason Avant3000
4. Brenton Bersin3000
5. Philly Brown3000
1. Ed Dickson3200
2. Ben Watson3200

Carolina at Tampa Bay (-3) O/U 38

I’ll keep this one simple. Reports are that Cam Newton is unlikely to play. This game already had a bad matchup to begin with, but the line has moved to TB -3 and an O/U of 38. It’s still moving in Tampa’s favor. This is a fade all around. However, don’t be surprised if Kelvin Benjamin gets some numbers. The $4,200 DraftKings salary is more than reasonable considering how few targets Carolina has. Tampa also lost Darrelle Revis. You could use him in a GPP if you want.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1. Josh McCown5600
2. Mike Glennon5000
1. Doug Martin6300
2. Bobby Rainey3000
3. Mike James3000
1. Vincent Jackson5900
1. Mike Evans4500
2. Robert Herron3000
2. Chris Owusu3000
3. Russell Shepard3000
1. Austin Seferian-Jenkins3000
2.. Brandon Myers3100

Carolina at Tampa Bay (-3) O/U 38

I’ll keep this one simple too. Despite a home favorite, it’s a new head coach, new QB and several other new key players. Plus the O/U is low. I’m fading here top-to-bottom. I’d say Doug Martin at $6,200 is decent, but there are better backs at the position. At best, put Martin in one GPP if you’re making a ton of lineups.


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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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