Optimal DFS lineups: Dak Prescott headlines top DraftKings roster

Week 1's salaries were set so long ago that there are DFS bargains. Tyler Loechner shows how that lets you splurge on big names.

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Optimal DFS lineups: Dak Prescott headlines top DraftKings roster

There’s nothing quite like setting your DraftKings lineup in Week 1. You usually only have a week (or less) to mix and match players to set the best lineup, but with Week 1, you get a full month of tinkering with lineups.

But after all that preparation, you still have to decide on the optimal Week 1 lineup. I used our DFS Lineup Optimizer to help reach a conclusion.

To be sure, this lineup features a number of “chalk” plays this week. But they are going to be owned by a lot of players for a reason — they are among the best options of the week. If you’re looking to go the contrarian route, be sure to check out Scott Barrett’s primer on the strategy, and check back on Saturday for his top contrarian plays of the week.

Without further ado, here’s the optimal DraftKings lineup for Week 1:

QB: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, $5,000

Prescott is a minimum-priced quarterback who has everything you want from your DraftKings starter. He has an elite target in Dez Bryant (especially in the red zone). He has a soon-to-be-stud running back in Ezekiel Elliott to help keep drives alive and defenses honest. He is playing behind a tremendous offensive line. He can also rack up the points by rushing. And per our projected box scores, the Dallas-New York game is expected to be the third-highest-scoring contest of the week. And did we mention he’s as cheap as possible?

The only thing Prescott seems to lack is experience, but what we did see of Prescott this preseason was more than encouraging. He had five passing touchdowns and two rushing scores. No quarterback scored more fantasy points than him this preseason.

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Tyler Loechner is a lead writer at PFF Fantasy. He has played fantasy football since 1999 and has been a part of the PFF Fantasy staff since 2010. Tyler was also previously a fantasy football featured columnist at Bleacher Report.

  • rcuneaz

    please fix the article so we can read the whole thing, why does this crap keep happening? Get your sh!t together PFF!

    • Tyler Loechner

      Hey — make sure you’re logged in and have either the DFS Pro or All Access memberships. If you’re still having trouble let us know!

      • Brian Hodges

        Do The Articles Not Appear With The Gold membership?


        I have pdfs gold. you mean to tell me it won’t show up???


        these articles appeared last year when I had fantasy gold but its different this year???

  • brnxbmrs

    All your DFS articles are not working, just a small paragraph!! I paid for the gold package, we got this last year.

  • Bryan Lile

    I have PFF Gold, this article is on PFF… I should be able to read the entire thing when logging in or you should remove it.

  • Joshua Poindexter

    Same here. I’m logged in and it does the same thing to me on multiple articles.I have gold.

  • Daniel Kelley

    Sorry for the confusion everyone. Fantasy Gold and DFS Pro are separate products this year.
    You’ll need a subscription to DFS Pro to read our DFS-specific content,
    or you can get everything with an All-Access subscription.

  • Joshua Poindexter

    I’m waiting for a refund for this. They changed it, so basically you get 50% less for the same price as last year.

  • Chatan Patel

    And in case anyone was wondering, this DK cash lineup was awful.

    • Tyler Loechner

      Hey Chatan. Yeah, almost nothing went as expected here. It’s uphill from here.

      • Chatan Patel

        It happens. Come back strong for week 2.