The NFL regular season kicks off on Thursday night and it looks to be a great opening game! The powerful Pittsburgh Steelers take on the always competitive New England Patriots in Foxboro. In the spirit of the NFL season kicking off, let’s take a gander at the top options from both teams you may want to use in DFS fantasy football leagues in week one:
Top Patriots DFS Options For Week 1
Tom Brady: Brady’s suspension has been overturned, so he will be active in week one, and probably for the entire year. As long as Brady is playing he will be a top 10 fantasy quarterback, and should be figured as such. It doesn’t hurt that he’s pissed off, at home and faces a pretty weak Steelers defense. He could easily end up being the top DFS quarterback of the week.
Dion Lewis: The new Shane Vereen? It certainly looks that way. Lewis looks to have won the passing down role and with that he’s a legit candidate for 4-5 receptions and a handful of carries in week one. That gives him sleeper Flex appeal in DFS leagues this week.
Brandon Bolden/James White: Ugh, Patriots. Take your pick. One of these guys will get the starting nod, but guessing who actually gets more touches or actually produces is a game you may not want to play. Bolden tentatively has the edge and these guys could be tremendous values, but they’re beyond risky with how Bill Belichick and co. run their offensive backfield.
Julian Edelman: Edelman in PPR formats is an absolute stud and legit WR2. There’s a chance the Steelers wisely put slot demon Brandon Boykin on him and he isn’t as awesome as we hope, but Edelman is pretty matchup proof. He’s a fairly safe bet for 5+ catches, 50+ yards and could get a score.
Danny Amendola: Amendola is always going to be touch or go, but with Brandon LaFell on the PUP list to start the year, he could have some interesting value in DFS games. DraftKings especially focuses on PPR, so he could be a cheap, interesting play. He’s not safe by any means, but no LaFell opens the door to a decent game.
Rob Gronkowski: Duh. Gronk needs to sales pitch. He’s pretty pricey and by far the most expensive tight end, but who is more reliable and/or explosive? No one. Greg Olsen is probably the second most reliable tight end option in week one (or in general), but it’s probably worth it to pay up for Gronk.
Top Steelers DFS Plays For Week 1
Ben Roethlisberger: In my opinion Roethllisberger is the 4th best quarterback coming into this season. That naturally gives him a chance at a big day in a potential Thursday night shootout against the Patriots. New England lost two of their top corners and their top run-stuffer in free agency, so there’s a chance their top shelf defense could see a dip in production. Big Ben would be a strong play, either way, as he has a system and weapons to go nuts.
DeAngelo Williams: Le’Veon Bell is out for the first two weeks, so D-Will is the guy to look to for the Steelers’ ground game. He’s old and not quite as explosive as he used to be, but he should have a decent role to start the year. That makes him a value play at least worth considering, but he’s on the road and isn’t exactly a workhorse. You can probably expect 10-12 carries but hoping for anything more than 50 total yards and a score is a pipe dream.
Antonio Brown: He’s expensive, but he’s also the man. Brown is a lock for 8-10 targets in this one and is always a candidate for 100+ yards and 1-2 scores. He’s an elite option and worth the price.
Markus Wheaton: Antonio Brown will obviously be double-triple covered over the first couple of weeks while Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant are out. Wheaton will be the forgotten man early and often for the Steelers this year, and I believe he could start the year off with a bang versus the Pats. He’s a cheap play, too, so the risk is minimal.
Heath Miller: Miller is a top 10 tight end in the NFL, and like Wheaton, will be a forgotten man when teams game plan for the Steelers. With New England working to prevent the big plays outside, Miller could thrive on Thursday night. 4-5 receptions and maybe a score is within reach.