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Week 1 Daily fantasy picks: Values and bargain plays

Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) celebrates after scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy football draft season has come to a close. Now, a lot of the attention can turn to building DFS lineups.

Today, we are looking at Week 1 main slate value plays to help us get the season off on the right foot.


Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (@ Miami)

FanDuel $7,400/DraftKings $6,000

In 2018, the Dolphins gave up the fourth-most total yards and the second-most rushing yards. For a dual-threat quarterback like Jackson, this could lead to a big afternoon. The Ravens have also added several weapons around the second-year guy that he didn’t have last season. Jackson is the seventh-most expensive QB on DraftKings but only 12th on FanDuel, so that’s where his big value is this week.

Running back

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Cincinnati)

FanDuel $6,600/DraftKings $5,700

Rashaad Penny was never able to overtake Carson during camp, leaving Carson to start the year as the RB1 in Seattle. Cincinnati was a bottom-two defense against the run in both FanDuel and DraftKings in 2018. Based on our rankings, the Bengals rush defense is the 18th ranked for this season, giving Carson a good matchup to exploit.

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