Advanced matchup plays: The best Week 1 FanDuel options

Pat Thorman runs through a host of sneaky FanDuel plays for Week 1 of the season.

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Advanced matchup plays: The best Week 1 FanDuel options

Welcome back after a long offseason and what seemed an even longer wait since FanDuel released Week 1 prices. By now even the least desperate of degenerates have tinkered with countless roster constructions. What felt like tight pricing when salaries first came out has been loosened with value spawned by inevitable preseason roster turmoil. The allure of unleashing several high-priced studs in one lineup will be too tempting for some to resist. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Yet we want to do enough zigging when others zag to differentiate tournament lineups, and one path to unique roster construction is pivoting from the high-salary/low-salary approach that will be popular this week. If we can synch a less common lineup building strategy with a bit less faith in Vegas game projections than usual — line makers are typically less accurate early in the season — it can help us in our quest for differentiation without going completely off the reservation. Unless going with Jay Ajayi in Seattle is your cup of tea.

Of course, if we’re building multiple entries, it doesn’t hurt to take several approaches — and who wouldn’t want to cram Todd Gurley, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham into the same lineup? But keep in mind our competitors have had weeks to figure out they can do it too. A four-stud lineup is sexy, but far from sneaky.

Below are some (mostly) mid-priced options for FanDuel tournaments. Happy Week 1 and good luck, everyone.


Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, $8,500

The only projection in Seattle less certain than Jimmy Graham’s knee is the Seahawks’ running game, and the only thing more messed up is the offensive line. As double-digit home favorites, they will run the ball — whether with a rusty Thomas Rawls or an awakened Christine Michael. Yet Miami’s line is one of their few defensive strengths, while Seattle’s offensive line is projected to be the league’s worst after their run-blocking graded 29th last year. The Seahawks won’t hit the week’s highest implied total via their running game and returned interceptions alone.

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

  • Oscar Pinckney

    And of corse as usual I can’t see the whole article. I have paid for your service, but lately on some of the articles that profootballfocus have been publishing have not been fully uploaded.

    • Fred

      I’m having the same problem. Pretty disappointing

      • JGaLaXY

        me too


      yeah man idk wtf is happening they need to get this fixed

    • Andy Vinakos

      This site is awful lately – since Mike Clay left for ESPN I honestly have no reason to visit PFF.


    I feel like you guys should offer a discount on your player grades for at least a week because your articles can’t be fully seen. its the least you could do for your subscribers

  • Ed Greene

    I got on here via RotoPass, but it appears RP subscribers only get limited access to PFF content, which would explain why the articles are only partially viewable. It looks to me they are using RP as an outlet to grab new customers. RP should make it clear that you are only getting partial access to PFF through them.

    • Oscar Pinckney

      Yes, this is probably true. The only problem with that is when you are a member such as myself and pay for there service you expect to recieve the full article, not half of it. I don’t mind if it happens once in a while, but now it is starting to become a regular occurrence.

  • Pat

    Hey all. The DFS articles are under a DFS subscription. RotoPass gets access to Fantasy Gold, which is season-long and dynasty content.

    • Oscar Pinckney

      Thank you Pat and Daniel for the clarification, but someone should have explained this a lot better on the SUBSCRIPTION FORM page. I purchased the PFF Gold $34.99 If I would have know that I would only receive half of an article I would have purchased the DFS PRO instead.

      • Daniel Kelley

        Sorry for the confusion, Oscar. Fantasy Gold will give you access to all the written content for season-long fantasy, dynasty leagues, all of that. You just need DFS Pro for the DFS content. If you want to contact customer service to discuss options, contact us at

  • Daniel Kelley

    Sorry for the confusion all; this isn’t a Rotopass thing. Fantasy Gold and DFS Pro are separate products this year. Rotopass subscriptions get Fantasy Gold. You’ll need a subscription to DFS Pro to read our DFS-specific content, or you can get everything with an All-Access subscription.


      well you should be able to give a discount for at least a week because most of the people who subscribed to fantasy gold like myself thought we were getting the DFS package as well. to tell you the truth the only thing a lot of us like in the PFF fantasy gold package is the WR/CB matchup chart. that should have been included in the DFS Pro package. now I’m still thinking about getting the DFS package but I still feel we should be able to get a discount due to confusion. And I actually subscribed i didnt come through rotopass

      • tk

        If I’ve chosen to purchase fantasy gold please separate the content that I don’t get so I have to waste clicks and time looking at it – please give me the content I paid for in a format I can use.

  • flenster

    this did happen several times last year as well.