You went on the hunt for a week one NFL free roll. Here you are, you found one. Yeah, as a new or old reader of Breaking Football, you get access to a killer week one fantasy football free roll by DraftKinds. It’s not a weaky, either. This is a big pool of $100k in cash prizes, with first place getting a cool 10 GRAND.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
But you can hit the link and play for free and throw caution to the wind, or you can slow it down for a second and check out the top cheap plays that just might actually help you WIN the damn thing.
We can’t give you every sleeper and value buy in this column. That’d be cray. But we can show you our favorite options at the cold-blooded MINIMUM. They might suck, but they’re at least worth considering. Whether you use them or not, just remember to get your arse in the $100k free roll. It’s a pretty big deal, but it’s an even bigger deal if you foolishly opt not to dip your toe into the DFS stream.
With that, here are the funnest (CHEAP) DFS plays for the first week of fantasy football action:
Quarterbacks ($5k): Tyrod Taylor- Bills, Kirk Cousins – Redskins
This is as low as it goes, my friends. The cheapest of the cheapies. Josh McCown, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Nick Foles all might carry similar value, but they’re not the minimum and they also have brutal matchups – all three of them. Cousins does, too, but he’s at home and the entire franchise is on hit nuts hoping he can push RG3 in the rearview for good. Taylor is the actual play, though, as he’s a dual threat option going up against a pretty touch and go Colts defense. He could obviously flat line but he has true upside in his first pro start.
Running Backs ($3k): Tim Hightower – Saints, Iaiah Pead – Rams, Chris Polk – Texans, Lance Dunbar – Cowboys, Benny Cunningham – Rams, Bryce Brown – Bills, Denard Robinson – Jaguars, Andre Williams – Giants, Duke Johnson – Browns, Karlos Williams – Bills
C.J. Spiller has already been ruled out for week one, which could give Hightower some catches out of the backfield. He’s not a sexy option, but he could have a role. Todd Gurley is out and Tre Mason is iffy, too, so both Benny Cunningham and Isaiah Pead could be in play. LeSean McCoy figures to suit up this week, but if he doesn’t Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams would both be worth a hard look. Duke Johnson is talented as hell and Terrance West got traded away, so he could be worth a try if he’s past his concussion problem. The best play by far, though, is Andre Williams. He’ll rotate with starter Rashad Jennings and is a decent bet for some goal-line work.
Wide Receivers ($3k): Jerricho Cotchery – Panthers, Ted Ginn Jr. – Panthers, Philly Brown – Panthers, Brandon Coleman – Saints, Rishard Matthews – Dolphins, Tyler Lockett – Seahawks, Cordarrelle Patterson – Vikings, Jeff Janis – Packers
Carolina is a hot mess at wide receiver BUT Ginn, Brown and Cotchery are all nothing in terms of cost and one of them could bust a big play and/or score against the Jags in week one. Choosing which one, of course, is up to you. Lockett is a super explosive rookie with a shaky role, but he’s the minimum and certainly has upside, while Janis is a size/speed freak who could be needed with Jordy Nelson out. The guy to really consider might be Coleman, though, as he’s New Orleans’ new #3 guy and he looked good in his final preseason game.
Tight ends ($2.5k): Marcedes Lewis – Jaguars, Richard Rodgers – Packers, Brent Celek – Eagles, Garrett Graham – Texans, Virgil Green – Broncos, Rob Housler – Browns, Jeff Cumberland – Jets, Crockett Gillmore – Ravens
For the most part, diving into the spare tight end pool is a certain death. However, Virgil Green is athletic and could randomly be this year’s Julius Thomas. Probably not, though. Housler, Cumberland, Graham and Celek are all starters on paper, but they’re risky to say the least. Julius Thomas is hurt to start the year, so Lewis could have a little value. Rodgers is by far the best cheap tight end here, though, as Jordy Nelson is out for the season and Rodgers could be a red-zone factor.