On their first edition of the weekly daily fantasy football podcast, the Helpers discuss this week's injuries and how they affect the fantasy football landscape. They also have a little fun with their 'too much analysis' segment and give you some lineup construction ideas for Week 1. The season is finally here.
Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Arthur Jones (out for season with two torn ankle ligaments and will need surgery)
What it means: The Colts are playing on the road against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, a team that has revamped its run game with the addition of LeSean McCoy. They also have a dual threat quarterback starting in Tyrod Taylor. Taylor is going off at $5,000. We don't advise to go bargain hunting at quarterback in Daily Fantasy, but Taylor carries with him the essence of athleticism, a huge advantage in the realm of fantasy football. McCoy is a bit pricier ($7,200) and he's also battling a hamstring injury. Still, he expects to play in Week 1 and Rex Ryan will most likely give him close to 20 carries.
Arthur Jones is a huge hit for the Colts, who wanted to be tougher against the run.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) September 2, 2015
The Colts will likely move Zach Kerr over from defensive end or play Henry Anderson at the position. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Kerr hasn't played defensive tackle in the NFL but played in 12 games and recorded 3 sacks his rookie year. Anderson is a rookie and was drafted in the third-round out of Stanford. Consider giving McCoy (if he's healthy) and Taylor a slight bump up due to possible run issues for Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (week-to-week with neck injury)
What it means: More iffy spots on the Colts starting 11. Vontae Davis and Toler make a formidable tandem on the outside. Even though it could open things up for Bills WR Sammy Watkins, don't trust that Tyrod Taylor will be able to get them the ball if they're open — at least not yet.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (listed as doubtful with foot injury)
What it means: At age 25, Lotulelei has dealt with his share of injuries already. He missed two games last season and now he's likely to miss one right out of the gate. He's one of Carolina's best run stoppers, and now T.J. Yeldon and the Jaguars, who have a pretty good offensive line overall, come in. We're not advocating starting Yeldon in DFS because we really have no idea how well the Jaguars will play.
San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green
What it means: More potential targets for the wide receivers. We mentioned earlier how Stevie Johnson is currently going off at $3,700 and it's looking more and more like he'll be a good value in Week 1. The Chargers are saddled with a tough matchup against the Detroit Lions, a team with arguably some of the best cornerbacks in the league. But their running game isn't the most sure-fire thing right now with rookie Melvin Gordon still unproven and they'll likely throw a lot with Philip Rivers.
Running back — C.J. Anderson
Current value: $7,000
Why you should consider him: The Broncos were a prolific offense last season as expected under quarterback Peyton Manning. Anderson has the benefit of playing at home in week 1 and in the same offensive scheme that turned journeyman Justin Forsett into a 1,000-yard rusher in Baltimore last season. Anderson is a talented inside runner who follows his blocks well and uses his powerful core to fall forward for extra yards. He also possesses the ability to catch out of the backfield, giving him an added bonus in PPR leagues. The Broncos are playing at home and the game is expected to be high-scoring. High over/under for this game as well at 53 points, only Philadelphia/Atlanta is higher.
Running back — Jeremy Hill
Current value: $7,100
Why you should consider him: Though Oakland's defense improved slightly from last season, they still allowed over 119 rushing yards per game. The Raiders failed to add any marquee free agents in the offseason on the defensive side. Their run defense might improve slightly with the addition of Dan Williams at nose tackle but there's still weaknesses with Curtis Lofton at linebacker and Nate Allen at safety. Expect Hill to get the goal line work and threaten to score at least a few touchdowns.
Wide receiver — Julio Jones
Current value: $9.300
Why you should consider him: This one shouldn't take much convincing. The Falcons are at home in what could be the highest scoring game of the week. They play against an Eagles offense that runs a lot of plays but can also lose the time of possession battle due if their 20-second offense finds themselves facing three and out too many times. Matt Ryan will be looking to target Jones as much as he can (Jones finished third overall in targets last year with 164) and the Falcons will likely have to trade blows with a Philadelphia offense that's full of weapons at both the running back (DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles) and wide receiver (Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor) positions. Jones is as close to a must-own this week as any receiver in the league for daily fantasy.
Tight end — Zach Ertz
Why you should consider him: Tight ends are the toughest to roster, and Ertz is currently questionable with a core muscle injury and might not even play this Sunday. While you must monitor him up until game time, Ertz still has some appeal. For one, he plays on Monday, so he'll have an extra day to rest. Two, he'll be playing in a game that's likely to be a shootout with an offense that runs a lot of plays. He's a massive value at $3,600 and all you need from a tight end is a touchdown and you're in good shape.
Current value: $2,900
Why you should consider them: The Jets are playing at home, which is always a plus for the defense The Browns are weak at quarterback and receiver, with free agent acquisition Dwayne Bowe struggling so much in preseason that the Browns probably would've cut him had it not been for his two salary guarantees in 2015 and 2016. The Jets already had a stout defensive front last season and now they went and added top rookie Leonard Williams at defensive tackle out of LSU. And of course, you can't leave out Darrelle Revis.
Wide receiver: Terrance Williams
Current value: $4,000
Why you should consider him: We touched on Williams as a good DFS option in a podcast earlier this week so we won't go into too much detail here, but Williams has always been a much bigger factor at home than away. The running game for Dallas is still up in the air with newest addition Christine Michael threatening to upend Joseph Randle's spot as starter, so expect Dallas to lean on the passing game early.
That concludes our lineup suggestions for this week. Good luck to everyone.