Week 1 DraftKings Cash-Game Picks

I’m gonna be honest: I don’t love Week 1 DFS. I like it. But I don’t love it like I love the rest of the weeks.

For starters, we’re flying even more blind than usual with no 2021 data to go off. But, more importantly, the pricing tends to be the softest we’ll see all season. That makes it easy to build a quality lineup. And the easier it is, the less of an edge we have.

So, maybe go a bit lighter on your DFS action this week. Or don’t.

Either way, here are the guys I’ll be considering in Week 1 DraftKings cash games:


Jalen Hurts, Eagles ($6,400)

I always prefer to play a QB with a strong rushing projection in cash games. Most will run you $7,000+. Not Hurts this week.

As a rookie last year, Hurts scored 13.6, 12.6 and 6.9 DraftKings points just with his rushing production in 3 full games. He topped 23 total points in all 3 of those outings -- with a 40.8-point spike week.

He has a healthy offensive line and pass-catching corps heading into Week 1. And he gets a plus matchup in a dome vs. a leaky Falcons defense.

If you’re looking to pay up at QB this week, Kyler Murray ($7,600) looks like your best bet. Sam Darnold ($5,000) stands out as the best cheap play.