Wednesday, 09 September 2015 00:00

Episode 87: Daily Fantasy Week 1

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Julio Jones is almost a cant-miss this week in daily fantasy leagues. Stack him with Matt Ryan for a potential huge payoff. Julio Jones is almost a cant-miss this week in daily fantasy leagues. Stack him with Matt Ryan for a potential huge payoff. Flickr

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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.

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Noteworthy injuries

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.

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.

Mid-level players

Defense: Jets

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. 

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Last modified on Friday, 18 September 2015 05:25
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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