DRAFT Week 1 Preview

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The long-awaited DRAFT week 1 preview is finally here! Basically in light of our recent partnership with this awesome DFS site I’ll be writing a weekly preview each week highlighting my favorite plays at each position. Now since DRAFT uses a snake draft format without any salary considerations, I’m really just giving you rankings adjusted for the site’s scoring system.


Your starting lineup on DRAFT is QB, RB, RB, WR/TE, WR/TE with varying league sizes. Aside from H2H matchups, 3 and 6 person drafts seem to be the most common so with regard to my rankings I’ll be giving you guys 6 QBs, 12 RBs, 12 WRs and 6 TEs each week.

That said, I’m certainly not married to this format so if you have any suggestions on how to make it better don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments or on twitter 

Off we go!


1. Matt Ryan

  • Chicago’s secondary is a disaster and I’m sure the Falcons are eager to finally put that historic Super Bowl collapse behind them.

2. Russell Wilson

  • Russ is fully healthy and you’re going to need to score points if you want to beat Rodgers at home. Oh and did I mention that Green Bay had the 2nd worst pass defense in the league last year?

3. Aaron Rodgers

  • The matchup is enough to knock him down a couple spots, but he’s still Aaron Rodgers and this offense can move the ball on anyone.

4. Drew Brees

  • Safe bet for high volume and Minnesota should keep this one close.

5. Ben Roethlisberger

  • Even with the massive home/road splits, Brown, Bell and Bryant combined give him perhaps the highest ceiling of any QB on the board.

6. Marcus Mariota

  • Tied for the highest o/u of any game on the slate.
Steelers Le'Veon Bell

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1. Le’Veon Bell

  • Only way he disappoints is if this becomes a blow-out early.

2. David Johnson

  • Basically option 1b and a lock for 20+ touches.

3. Devonta Freeman

  • Passing game involvement gives him a high floor.

4. LeSean McCoy

  • He’s the entire offense at this point, but this going to be an ugly game.

5. Todd Gurley

  • Colts can’t stop the run and we know the Rams don’t want to overexpose Goff.

6. DeMarco Murray

  • Despite additions of Decker & Davis, this is still a run-first team.

7. Ezekiel Elliott

  • If the suspension starts in week 2 Dallas certainly won’t hold back on his workload.

8. Dalvin Cook

  • Murray may be the preferred goal line option, but Cook can score from anywhere on the field.

9. Carlos Hyde

  • Historically a great week 1 performer and should be the centerpiece of Shanahan’s new offensive system.

10. Melvin Gordon

  • Volume could overshadow poor efficiency in a tough matchup.

11. Jordan Howard

  • Gameflow may be a concern if Bears struggle to move the ball early.

12. Lamar Miller

  • Same case as with Gordon, Savage isn’t the way to win this game.
Antonio Brown

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1. Antonio Brown

  • The optimal combination of floor and upside.

2. Julio Jones

  • Chicago could triple team him and it wouldn’t make a difference.

3. A.J. Green

  • Terrific career numbers vs. Baltimore and should see 10+ targets.

4. Doug Baldwin

  • Can’t see a scenario where he doesn’t catch at least 7 passes.

5. Amari Cooper

  • He’s got to live up to the hype at some point, right?

6. Odell Beckham Jr.

  • Would be #4 if not for injury concerns.

7. Jordy Nelson

  • Still the preferred redzone target.

8. Michael Thomas

  • Should see a target increase with Snead suspended.

9. Dez Bryant

  • Connection with Dak improved considerably towards the end of last year.

10. Larry Fitzgerald

  • High percentage targets help compensate for lack of big play ability.

11. Demaryius Thomas

  • Narrow passing tree in Denver provides a solid yardage floor.

12. Stefon Diggs

  • Working on the outside should lead to more downfield opportunities.
Seahawks Jimmy Graham

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1. Jimmy Graham

  • Ideal matchup and Seattle should be throwing plenty.

2. Greg Olsen

  • As consistent as it gets at the TE position.

3. Jordan Reed

  • Use him quickly before he gets hurt.

4. Zach Ertz

  • Departure of Mathews makes him Wentz’s most trusted target in the passing game.

5. Delanie Walker

  • Still the most consistent receiver on the team and a preferred red zone target.

6. Kyle Rudolph

  • Saints should cede plenty of check-downs over the middle.


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