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Week 1 DraftKings Advice

By Jared Smola 11:09am EDT 9/8/16

Welcome to the 1st ever Draft Sharks DraftKings advice article!

We covered FanDuel strategy last year but had a ton of folks ask for DraftKings advice. You got it!

I actually prefer DraftKings to FanDuel for a few reasons.

  1. No kickers!
  2. Full PPR scoring
  3. A flex position
  4. Players aren’t locked until their game kicks off

That last point is the most important. It means we can roster guys who might be game-time decisions in later games and swap them out if needed. It also means we should fill the flex spot with the player with the latest start time. That keeps that spot flexible (pun!) for the longest time possible.

One more cheat code: Enter Thursday-start contests on DraftKings, even if it’s with a “dummy” lineup that you’ll change later. You’ll see some other owners load up on Thursday players, even in a bad game. (Like Carolina-Denver this week.)

So that’s some general strategy. In this weekly article, we’ll be digging into the matchups and the pricing to find money-making targets. We’ll cover every position and highlight players in the following categories:

Play of the Week: This will be our favorite play based on price, projected DraftKings points and projected ownership. This guy will usually be worth considering in both cash games and tournaments.

Pay up for: A high-priced guy who’s worth spending on.

Value option: A low-priced guy in a good spot to return value. This will more often be a cash-game target.

Tournament target: A high-upside guy who figures to have low ownership.

Let’s get to the Week 1 picks.

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