There are two rookies DraftKings players need to keep an eye on in Week 1 of the NFL season.
The first is San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon ($5,500). Gordon is set to be the workhorse back for San Diego, and he will be the first running back to take aim at the Detroit Lions’ front seven without Ndamukong Suh.
In the preseason, the Lions’ opponents averaged 103 rushing yards per game. If that persists in the regular season, opposing running backs will have a field day.
Gordon struggled in passing situations in the preseason; thus, he’ll likely give way to Danny Woodhead on third downs. However, if the Chargers run the ball well on first and second downs, it may not matter.
If Gordon and the Chargers offense find a rhythm, he could have a fruitful debut.
There’s also Tennessee Titans wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham ($3,900). Tennessee will be on the road at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. DGB has the size and playmaking ability to make a mark—especially in the red zone. DGB‘s teammate Jason McCourty had high praise for him, per Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com.
McCourty said: “He is a beast. There’s certain things you can’t teach, and you can’t teach a guy to be that big, and to be physical. With Dorial, it’s just a matter of how fast can he learn it, and know it, so he can just go out there and play football.”
DGB may not be ready to pull down eight catches for 150 yards and two scores, but in his and quarterback Marcus Mariota’s pro debut, the wide receiver could give fans a taste of things to come inside the 20-yard line.
All it takes is one touchdown catch for him to be well worth his affordable DK salary.
Run DMC in Big D
In case you were wondering which Dallas Cowboys running back to draft, important information was released on Wednesday regarding the team’s Week 1 starting lineup.
DK players should be falling over themselves trying to draft at least one of the Cowboys running backs. DeMarco Murray is an excellent player, but we will soon see that much of the departed running back’s success was due to the dominant run blocking from the Cowboys offensive line.
McFadden will be the first to reap the benefits of the holes Dallas’ big uglies provide this season.
Believe in Davante
The moment the Green Bay Packers lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the season, there was probably a collective gasp throughout Packers Nation. Shortly after that moment of anxiety, fans likely took solace in the fact that the team still has second-year player Davante Adams ($4,400) waiting in the wings.
In 2014, Adams had 46 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns in a much more limited role than the one he’ll play in 2015. Because he has the benefit of catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, the game’s best quarterback, and a wealth of physical talent, Adams is poised for a breakout season.
Playing against the Chicago Bears’ inexperienced and questionable secondary only helps Adams’ case. His salary will be one of the week’s biggest bargains.
Fitzgerald Has His QB Back
Because of career-low numbers in 2014 (63 receptions for 784 yards and two TDs), the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald‘s DK salary is just $5,500 for Week 1.
Get in on that bargain while you can.
At 32 years old, Fitzgerald still has what it takes to be an elite possession receiver. He’ll have a resurgent year, and the biggest reason for the increase in statistical production will be the return of a legitimate quarterback to the Cardinals lineup.
Fitzgerald suffered through a poor season—by his standards—in 2014 because he had to play with quarterbacks like Ryan Lindley and Drew Stanton for much of the season. With Carson Palmer back under center, Fitzgerald is primed for a big game and season.
All DraftKings salaries per DraftKings.com
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