The countdown to week 1 of the daily fantasy football season is just a few days away. That being said this is a perfect opportunity to take a look at a few of the top fantasy plays at both the wide receiver and running back position for the first week of the 2015 NFL season.
For us the first game we want to look to build our daily fantasy roster from is the Philadelphia Eagles verse Atlanta Falcons matchup. These two teams square off on Monday Night Football in Atlanta with an over/under line at a combined 55 points for week 1.
Currently this matchup has the highest over/under of any of the week 1matchup a key stat we like to pay attention to. While we have all come to realize that Vegas and the sports handicappers are very good at their lines. While covering might be difficult we don’t need them to cover we just need each of these teams offenses to put up a ton of offense.
We expect both Matt Ryan and Sam Bradford to appear on a ton of starting lineups around the country in week 1. For us the two names that are key to building that winning lineup are wide receivers Jordan Matthews for the Philadelphia Eagles and Julio Jones for the Atlanta Falcons. We could also look to stack Nelson Agholor or Tevin Coleman from this matchup.
While we love both Jones and Matthews in week 1 here are the other top fantasy plays from the wide receiver and running back position to build your daily fantasy lineup around in week 1.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos: The opening line on this contest has dropped to 49 after opening at 52. That won’t stop us from looking at this matchup for a few players including the Broncos top target Thomas. Thomas will be a key factor in how well the Borncos perform in 2015 after losing Julius Thomas in free agency. This should also be a good test to see how healthy Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb are in the Baltimore Ravens secondary.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: While we have seen Megatron’s production drop over the past few seasons this doesn’t take him out of a must start spot in week 1. Johnson will be as healthy as he will be at any point during the 2015 NFL season and the team will look to him in a potential high scoring contests against the San Diego Chargers.
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints: We are kind surprised this line opened up at high as it did but we all expect Drew Brees to sling it around in week 1. That means the ball has to go to someone he trusts with limited options with both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills traded to new teams. Look for the Saints to work Cooks into the offense from the start of the first quarter.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: The Packers head into Chicago without Jordy Nelson out wide. This loss means the Packers will need other supporting offensive players to step up with one of those players being running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy rushed for 98 yards to go with 79 receiving yards and two total touchdowns against the Bears in 2015.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys: For this pick we would consider McFadden or Joseph Randle based on any news you might hear might start week 1. We like the dual threat ability that McFadden brings to the table in a Cowboys offense that has one of the better passing quarterbacks in the NFL. If McFadden can stay healthy he should see some solid fantasy numbers behind that Cowboys offensive line.