Fantasy players to avoid in Week 1 of DFS

It can be just as important to know which guys NOT to use in DFS as knowing which guys to use. Tyler Loechner offers some fade ideas.

| 10 months ago
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Fantasy players to avoid in Week 1 of DFS

There’s nothing quite like the optimism of Week 1. I’m sitting here trying to create a list of players I’m fading this week, and I keep finding reasons to like the player. I’ve said, “Yeah, but …” more times this week than I will throughout the rest of the season combined.

But the show must go on, so I examined the handful of lineups I’ve made and identified some of the bigger-name players that aren’t in any of them. So this is truly a list of players I’m completely fading in DFS this week in at least one format (cash games or tournaments). For the most part, these are the players I’m fading in both formats. If there’s an exception to that (and there are a couple) — I’ll call it out.

(Note: I’m providing only DraftKings and FanDuel salaries as I live in Florida, where Yahoo does not operate.)


Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (DraftKings: $6,800; FanDuel: $7,700)

Our box-score projections have this game slotted to be the fourth-lowest-scoring game of the weekend. Dalton will be without top red-zone target Tyler Eifert, and wideout A.J. Green will likely be blanketed by Darrelle Revis all game. Dalton will have some big games this year, but Week 1 won’t be one of them.

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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.

  • Joshua Poindexter

    I’m trying to cancel my Gold membership. I sent a email to do so. It stated that I would receive a year of written content but apparently that was false. Gold is not worth $40.

    • Muh Genes

      Glad I’m not the only one that feels ripped off.

  • Eric

    Agree. Making the DFS content a separate, more expensive subscription kind of stinks. Makes me more likely to just skip Gold next year than pay extra for DFS.

    • Joshua Poindexter

      That’s their point tho, they just didn’t word it right. They basically sold a bunch of people crap. That’s why there are so many people asking about it. 50% less for the same price as last year.

  • J Sizzle

    So not “all written content” is available for Gold Access huh?

  • Dank Moody

    Don’t worry guys the advice was terrible anyway. Will give them one more week but I’m already annoyed I even paid 20 dollars for DFS pro.

  • BlueNSilver

    Take the info you get here with a grain of salt. Glad I don’t listen to reports like this and “avoid” players they tell you to. So how did AJ Green being blanketed by Revis work out??? LOL Dalton almost 400yds passing on the road vs “Revis” and that vaunted Jets secondary… haha.

    • Tyler Loechner

      I was flat out wrong about AJ Green. No beating around that bush. The fact he had an otherworldly day instead of just a great one was just the icing on the cake … that ended up being smashed into my face. As for Dalton, yes, he had a lot of yards, but he was still not a great fantasy QB this week.

      • BlueNSilver

        Depends on your scoring. He got me 25pts this week. I’ll take that every week

  • tim

    i signed up with rotopass, never used info like this before. Im finding what i got with rotopass i can get for free with another website that starts with roto. you also get insider, and football guys access too with the pass. 40$ but ya i want player grades. but that wouldnt have helped if you thot josh norman was good on the redskins. hahah

    • tim

      but i cant read this article either. waste of time.

      • tim

        and money