PFF's fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 1
Week 1 is upon us, and we’ve had a full run of fantasy advice here at PFF Fantasy. We don’t blame you if you couldn’t keep up with all of it; we barely could here, and “keeping up with it” is almost literally our entire job description.
So if you’ve gotten to Friday and you’re just now diving in on your Week 1 prep, this is the place to be. We’ve grabbed all the key advice and knowledge you need for the week, both for season-long leagues and for DFS. Consider this your Week 1 cram session:
Season-long lineup advice
Our experts rank all the players for Week 1, and that’s great. Michael Castiglione follows behind them to discuss the big variances in those rankings and figure out what is right and wrong with the differences.
It’s one thing to have running backs ranked against running backs and wide receivers against wide receivers. Jeff Ratcliffe goes a step further, putting all the flex options into a pot and sorting them out.
Prime start/sit candidates for Week 1 from Dan Schneier, plus a look at some prime matchups.
Jeff Ratcliffe identifies a key stat for all of the weekend’s games and tells you what that means for your fantasy lineup.
Already looking for a QB to stream? Mike Castiglione has some normally middling options who are in good situations this week.
Opinions change more quickly in Week 1 than any other time in the season, and Tyler Loechner takes a stab at guessing which guys will be the prime waiver claims after the first slate of games.
With many situations in flux, readers polled Mike Tagliere about whether to trust some guys who have found themselves with more question marks than we anticipated.
There’s more to fantasy than a big number of snaps, of course, but that’s a good place to start. More snaps, more chances at production. Pat Thorman looks for the games most likely to offer big snap numbers.
Looking to trade already? It’s never too early. Tyler Loechner checks in with the updated trade values across the league so you can find the best guys to target for your trade chips.
The fantasy world has already seen several big names out for the first week, so Mike Tagliere has suggestions on some lightly owned fill-ins.
We know so much these days, and that includes being able to evaluate receivers based on the strength of the opposing cornerbacks and the likelihood of the defense playing man coverage or not. Jeff Ratcliffe looks for the most notable situations.
IDP expert Ross Miles runs through some of the best IDP options for the first week of games.
Three of our writers — Joey Cartolano, Tyler Loechner, Brandon Marianne Lee — figure out their top lineups on each of the DFS sites.
Who are the must-plays of the week in DFS? Mike Tagliere identifies his top seven names that need to be in as many of your lineups as possible.
Antonio Brown, Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr.? Tyler Loechner uses our DFS optimizer to find the best big-name receiver for Week 1.
Stacking is an established DFS strategy, pairing teammates to capitalize on shared glory. Dan Schneier runs through the best stack options for this week.
In order to invest in the biggest names in DFS, you need to find some sneaky plays to balance things out. Brandon Marianne Lee finds the best cheap options for this week.
Pat Thorman runs through the entire FanDuel slate to find sneaky and less-obvious plays for your lineup.
Picking a lineup is hard. Being able to eliminate a handful of options from the start makes it a bit easier. Tyler Loechner offers options you shouldn’t use in daily fantasy this week.
Scott Barrett runs down the wisdom behind contrarian plays in DFS. It’s a primer for his regular Saturday contrarian plays.
Playing the same plays as everyone else in DFS is a good way to finish in the middle of the pack. Scott Barrett has ideas for players who could put up big numbers without high ownership.