DFS Digging In The Crates Daily 2021 Week 1 DraftKings

By Justin Lonero
Justin Lonero


Week 1


Sam Darnold vs. Jets ($5,000)

Revenge narrative week one? Yes indeed. Sam Darnold has brought his talents to Carolina to take on his former Jets team. The Panthers weaponry with Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, Terrace Marshall, and Christian McCaffrey. The Jets should continue to be stingy on the ground this season while their secondary allowed the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2020. Lock and load Darnold at his price point against a less than mediocre Jets secondary.

Mac Jones vs. Dolphins ($4,400)

The Mac Jonee era in New England has begun, and he’ll be tested right out of the gates by a top ten Miami Dolphins secondary. But at $4,400 on DraftKings?!? His pocket comfortability has been compared to Joe Burro and while that has yet to be seen, he’s just too cheap. The Patriots have a top five offensive line to protect Jones in a game that projects to be close, and defensively fought. His upside is unknown, but his price will allow us to jam Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, and Dalvin Cook all in the same lineup.

Running Backs

Chase Edmonds @ Titans ($4,600)

It should be noted that Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury adores Chase Edmonds. Despite parting ways with Kenyan Drake, and acquiring often hurt James Conner, Edmonds will have a role. Particularly in the passing game. The Cards are projected to be in a track meet with the Titans week one (+3: 52 o/u) and most of the ownership will lean towards the receivers on both teams. At his price, it won’t take much for him to hit value and his ownership will be sub 5%.

Mike Davis vs. Eagles ($5,400)

We are going to want exposure to the Eagles-Falcons game week one on both sides of the ball, at every position. It’s a broad statement, but it’s accurate in what looks to be another week 1 shootout indoors. Mike Davis has ZERO competition for backfield touches, and be should push for 20 sunday (receptions included). Davis will face an Eagles run defense that ranked 23rd in rushing yards allowed in 2020. We’re getting heavy volume on the cheap here.

Wide Receivers

Marquez Callaway vs. Packers ($3,400)

Someone is going to fill in for Michael Thomas for the first portion of 2021, and by the looks of it, speedster Marquez Callaway is that guy. He’ll be the clear wide receiver one in a game where the Saints figure to trail. His task will not be easy, and facing Jaire Alexander is no cake walk, but he should also be peppered with target by Jameis Winston. His ownership should be through the roof, but in cash games he is fine.

Marvin Jones @ Texans ($3,600)

Rookie Trevor Lawrence finds himself in a fantastic spot week one against the Texans and he’ll have a healthy arsenal at his disposal. Laviska Shenault will be popular ($5,000) but Lawrence has already developed a rapport with newly acquired veteran Marvin Jones. His upside has been proven over the years and is nearly a free square this week.

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz @ Falcons ($3,800)

The Falcons-Eagles game will be popular week one in DFS, but a good question to ask is “who should I pair Jalen Hurts with?”. Dallas Goedert has stolen lyme light over the past couple seasons, but Zach Ertz won’t go away. Ertz is also $1,000 cheaper on DraftKings. Over are the days of Zach Ertz being a elite fantasy tight end, but Jalen Hurts has taken a liken to the veteran, and this is a spot we can differentiate our builds on the cheap.

Dan Arnold vs. Jets ($2,600)

We love Sam Darnold this week in a revenge narrative, smash spot. Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and Christian McCaffrey will be popular as well. While we are jamming the big dogs into our lineups, we need to save somewhere. I’ll be using Dan Arnold in my Darnold stacks at his price point. Terrance Marshall at $3,000 is also appetizing. Darnold will be a security blanket in the red zone this season and at his price he’s hard to overlook week one.


Defense/Special Teams



Bills vs. Steelers ($2,500)

Defenses are unpredictable in DFS, but we typically pay down, and we like when the team is at home. The Bills were and outstanding unit at home last season scoring 4-of-5 of their defensive touchdowns at Highmark Stadium.