Draftster Top Plays: Week 1 September 6, 2014  |  adam cook


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I recently signed up at Draftster.com and I have really enjoyed my short experience with them. I signed up in one of their Free Rolls for Week 1 and I like how they implement a Flex position. I am also a fan of the PPR settings and they reward 1 point for 1 reception. Quarterbacks only get 4 points per passing touchdown, so it seems like you want to go heavy at the skill positions. The prices are very flexible and I fit in a lineup that I like with Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, and Jimmy Graham. If you like playing daily fantasy football, go check out www.draftster.com!

 

Quarterbacks

 

Top Play

Matt Ryan- Atlanta Falcons- $7700

I recently just got done watching the last episode of Hard Knocks featuring the Atlanta Falcons, but I promise you that didn’t persuade me into making Ryan my top QB pick this week. I’m throwing 2013 out of the window with Ryan as Roddy White was banged up for most of the year and Julio Jones only played a handful of games. Ryan has had a lot of success versus the New Orleans Saints in his career averaging 284 YPG with 16 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. “Matty Ice” has also been better at home with a 96.8 QB rating versus an 85.6 rating on the road. Give me Ryan in a shootout at a mid-level price.

 

Top Value Play

Geno Smith- New York Jets- $6500

Geno Smith looked somewhat lost as a rookie, but he has been getting rave reviews going into his sophomore season. For one, the Jets gave him some weapons in Eric Decker, 6-5 Jace Amaro, and Chris Johnson in the screen game. The Raiders ranked 28th in passing yards allowed per game and did little to improve their porous secondary. Not to mention that the Raiders have to travel to the East Coast and play an early 1:00 p.m. game. If you are looking to load up at the skill positions, Smith is a great low value QB to target who could throw for multiple scores.

 

Running Backs

 

Top Play

Jamaal Charles- Kansas City Chiefs- $7800

Jamaal Charles may be the highest priced running back, but I absolutely think he is worth paying up for this week. The Titans front 7 is average and Charles thrives on PPR formats as Andy Reid loves to use him in the passing game. It would not surprise me if Charles got 30 touches on Sunday as de facto No. 1 WR Dwayne Bowe is suspended. The starting wide receivers will be Frankie Hammond Jr. and Donnie Avery. Yea, expect Charles to be the whole offense!

 

Top Value Play

Frank Gore- San Francisco 49ers- $4100

Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce, Knowshon Moreno, Lamar Miller….etc. Those are the running backs that tore up the Cowboys 1st team defense in the preseason and I’m looking for Gore to continue the streak. Rookie Carlos Hyde may steal a few touches, but Gore is the running back expected to carry the load. 20 carries and 1 touchdown are a safe bet in my opinion. The 49ers are also getting stud guard Alex Boone back for week 1 as well. Gore may not be as good as he once was, but he still has some gas left in the tank. Gore is a great value play this week.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Top Play

Andre Johnson- Houston Texans- $6600

You know Andre Johnson is a stud when he puts up 1,407 yards receiving catching passes from Matt Schaub and Case Keenum. Ryan Fitzpatrick may even be an upgrade over those two signal callers. Andre gets to face the Redskins defense at home in week 1 and the Redskins secondary can be exploited. I don’t think DeAngelo Hall can do much to slow down Andre. He was also beastly as home last year averaging 104.9 YPG! I’m looking for Johnson to approach 8 catches, 100 yards, and a touchdown.

 

Top Value Play

Emmanuel Sanders- Denver Broncos- $4500

As soon as news broke that Wes Welker was suspended, I placed Sanders in almost all of my daily lineups. Instead of being stuck squarely on the outside, he should now see some slot action in a Peyton Manning led offense. In the dress rehearsal, Sanders posted over 120 yards with 2 touchdowns. The Colts and Broncos game Sunday night should be a shootout and Sanders will be right in the mix of things. I love the low price on Emmanuel in week 1.

 

Tight Ends

 

Top Play

Julius Thomas- Denver Broncos- $5400

The main reason I like Julius Thomas is that you can get elite production from the TE position without paying the elite prices. No Wes Welker and no Eric Decker means more Julius Thomas. Julius and Demariyus Thomas should be getting the majority of the red zone looks and the Broncos expect to have a lot of them against a mediocre Colts defense. The Colts don’t have any linebackers or safeties that can physically matchup with the athletic Broncos Tight End. Cheaper tight end options are too risky in 50/50 formats, so why not go with a proven stud with a high ceiling?

 

Top Value Play

Antonio Gates- San Diego Chargers- $3300

Gates refuses to relinquish the starting role to emerging talent Ladarius Green and he has had to listen to Green propaganda all offseason. Gates will be coming into this season with a chip on his shoulder under the bright lights on Monday night. The Cardinals were awful against Tight Ends last season and Gates is still a viable option in the red zone. I’m looking for Gates to eclipse 60 yards and 1 touchdown on Monday night!

 

Team Defenses

 

Top Plays

Detroit Lions- $3000

The New York Giants have looked horrible so far in the preseason and I don’t expect that to change on the road in Detroit. The Giants offensive line has looked suspect and Eli has been off target with his receivers. I expect Suh and Fairley to “eat” up the middle of the Giants offensive line and wreck havoc all night.

 

Kansas City Chiefs- $3000

The Chiefs defense thrives at Arrowhead (home stadium) and they get a less than formidable matchup against the Titans. The Titans prefer to start veterans Nate Washington over emerging talent Justin Hunter and Shonn Greene over 2nd round pick Bishop Sankey. Those veterans don’t scare anybody and not to mention the Titans starting Quarterback is unproven Jake Locker. I like the Chiefs defense to force a few turnovers and reach the end zone this week.

 

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