If you’re like me, you can’t get enough fantasy football. On top of an unhealthy amount of season long teams, DraftKings and FanDuel fill up my free time. With the beginning of the NFL season, DraftKings is offering you the chance to win $1 billion if you can build the perfect lineup Week 1. The likelihood of that occurring is slim but for the cost of $0 and the potential to win thousands of dollars if you win without a perfect lineup, you can’t beat it.
For Week 1, these lineups will be Sunday only, both sites offer different leagues that vary from; the entire week, Sunday only, and primetime games. The lineup configuration differs from each site so let’s look at which positions each site offers. Also, the main difference between scoring on the sites, FanDuel is half point PPR and DraftKings is full point PPR.
FanDuel: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, D/ST, K
DraftKings: QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, D/ST
There are three guys that are in both lineups this week; DeMarco Murray, Todd Gurley and Zach Ertz. Murray and Gurley are reasonably priced and have matchups against bad run defenses. While Ertz could be the Eagles top target and is priced extremely low on both sites.
The key to having a team win big money on these sites is finding a cheap player with high upside. They offer you a strong starting option while also allowing you to spend money on stars. Week 1 the sleeper is Sterling Shepard. With Odell Beckham Jr. extremely limited in practice and at best a 50/50 shot to play, Shepard is in line for a lot of targets.
QB: Carson Palmer @ Detroit Lions $6,000
RB: Devonta Freeman @ Chicago Bears $7,000
RB: Todd Gurley vs. Indianapolis Colts $6,000
WR: Sterling Shepard @ Dallas Cowboys $4,100
WR: Doug Baldwin @ Green Bay Packers $6,700
WR: Terrelle Pryor Sr. vs. Philadelphia Eagles, $6,100
TE: Zach Ertz @ Washington Redskins $3,500
FLEX: DeMarco Murray vs. Oakland Raiders $7,400
D/ST: Los Angeles Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts $3,200
QB: Eli Manning @ Dallas Cowboys $7,300
RB: DeMarco Murray vs. Oakland Raiders $7,600
RB: Todd Gurley vs. Indianapolis Colts $7,300
WR: Sterling Shepard @ Dallas Cowboys $5,800
WR: A.J. Green vs. Baltimore Ravens $8,400
WR: Antonio Brown @ Cleveland Browns $9,100
TE: Zach Ertz @ Washington Redskins $5,900
K: Blair Walsh @ Green Bay Packers $4,500
D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans $4,100