DFS Digging In The Crates Daily 2022 Week 1 DraftKings

By Justin Lonero
Justin Lonero

Week 1

(DraftKings Main Slate)







Justin Fields vs. 49ers ($5,600)

Justin Fields vs. Trey Lance week 1. What a start to the 2022 season (both in play). Last year, Fields dropped over 100 rushing yards (29.3 FPTS) on the 49ers and with a season under his belt, at home, I see no reason his price tag can’t be paid off whether you play him alone or with Darnell Mooney/Cole Kmet. The 49ers passed on him, and Fields is going to be eager to make them pay.




Matt Ryan @ Texans ($5,500)

After a long tenure in Atlanta, Matt Ryan has found a new home in Indianapolis to charge a passing game that has struggled since Andrew Luck retired. The Colts are 7.5 favorites heading into week 1 against what seems like a hopeless Houston Texans team. The game script fits for both, Ryan and the passing game, and Jonathan Taylor and the running attack. I’ll be using Matt Ryan in stacks with Michael Pittman, and Jonathan Taylor. A wise run-back would be Brandin Cooks or Nico Collins as the Texans play catch up.





Running Backs




Miles Sanders @ Lions ($5,400)

The talk of the Eagles/Lions game has been all about Jalen Hurts and the passing game so far this offseason. While it surely looks promising, Miles Sanders is being forgotten about. Rightfully so. He scored approximately ZERO touchdowns in 2021. That will change this season, and his usage week 1 should be plentiful if the game script goes accordingly. To diversify our Eagles stacks, Sanders is a good play to pair with the likes of Dallas Goedert, Devonta Smith, or A.J. Brown.




Eli Mitchell @ Bears ($5,400)

The 49ers back field has had a lot of moving pieces and configuration over the past couple seasons. Most recently the departures of Trey Sermon (cut) and Raheem Mostert (Dolphins) has opened up the door for Eli Mitchell to get near 20 touches each week. Mitchell ranked third in opportunity share with the 13th-most carries in only 11 games played. He’s too cheap. He’s a good run back in my Justin Fields, Darnell Mooney lineups.





Wide Receivers




Adam Thielen vs. Packers ($5,400)

We are looking at a potential divisional shootout week one with the Packers, and Vikings. Justin Jefferson is going to be popular, but old reliable Adam Thielen has averaged 18.5 points in his last seven games against the Pack. This is how we get “different” in GPP stacks without breaking the bank.




Kadarius Toney @ Titans ($4,100)

Have you seen Kadarius Toney play football? Special is the first word that comes to my mind. The Giants are six point road dogs making the receivers firmly in play of the game script goes as forecasted. His biggest issue has been injury, and it’s often. However, when he’s on the field, his targets and upside is unquestioned. I’m in week one and I’ll use him with Saquon Barkley, and Derrick Henry on the other side. All three are GPP plays that will come in under owned.





Tight Ends




Irv Smith vs. Packers ($3,400)

The Irv Smith era is set to begin, even though he is 24 years old. Smith has been plagued with injury, but his skill set is off the charts. The Packers were a bottom five unit against tight ends. A healthy Irv Smith will compliment Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen in the passing game, on an offense that is no longer “run first”. He’s a perfect Crate play this week allowing us to pay up elsewhere.




Pat Freiermuth @ Bengals ($4,200)

It is going to be interesting to see how the Steelers passing game will shape up without Ben Roethlisberger. Mitch Trubisky is slated to start week one and could lean on Pat Freiermuth as a safety blanket. Freiermuth scored in both games against the Bengals a season ago. Diontae Johnson is recovering from a shoulder injury and if he misses, Chase Claypool and Freiermuth get a bump. Stacking the Bengals is going to be wise, with numerous pieces and outside of Najee Harris, we have a cheap piece in big Pat.





Defense/Special Teams




Dolphins vs. Patriots ($2,600)