If, for one reason or another, you find that you’re slightly weak in one position group or another heading into Week 1 of the NFL Fantasy season, don’t panic. I’m here to offer names for every fantasy relevant position that you could pick up as free agents in your league (but only one DST, and ZERO kickers). Remember, we all want to win the league championship, but Fantasy Football is a weekly contest. Let #WinThisWeek be your motto.
These players could also offer some discount value in Daily Fantasy Contests, like those offered by Draft Kings.
Dak Prescott (Owned in 26.3% of NFL.com leagues)
Despite most assuming that the Cowboys will simply lean on rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott in their season opener, and for much of the 2016 campaign, the generosity shown by the Giants to fantasy quarterbacks of late can not be overlooked. Big Blue allowed the 3rd most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks in 2015, and were torched for 31 passing scores. Prescott is capable of hurting teams with his legs, and the Giants gave up the 8th most rushing yards to signal callers last season. Available in nearly three quarters of all NFL.com leagues, he could offer extremely high plug and play upside. Prescott can be had for $5000 on Draft Kings, a considerable saving when you consider that even Alex Smith will cost $6500.
Bilal Powell (46.6%)
Matt Forte will be the starting running back for the Jets, but that doesn’t mean Powell won’t have standalone value. He registered at least five catches in five of his last six matches in 2015, and was given roughly the same contract by the Jets as Forte this offseason. The Bengals are quite formidable against fantasy running backs, allowing the 13th fewest fantasy points per game last season, but they did concede five receiving touchdowns to tailbacks in 2015, tied for 5th most in the league. He’s well worth a flex consideration, and Powell’s $4300 price tag is certainly tempting for DFS.
Pierre Garcon (30.9%)
In the clash of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object, the moribund Washington ground attack (such as it is) should break upon the Steelers defensive front like the ocean upon rocks. This will force Kirk Cousins to go to the air more than he probably should, but that’s good news for veterans like DeSean Jackson and Garcon. Only the Cleveland Browns allowed more fantasy points per game to wide receivers than the Steelers last season, and the Steelers took steps towards addressing this weakness by trading for one of the Browns cornerbacks this past week. Garcon is not high on my list of players to enjoy great seasons in 2016, but in the spirit of #WinThisWeek , he’s a nice plug and play option…and at just $4400 on Draft Kings, a nice cheap option.
Jason Witten (51.6%)
A rookie quarterback’s best friend is his tight end, and Dak Prescott has lucked into a truly wonderful pal in Witten. Witten has not missed a game since his rookie season, and over his last three seasons he has averaged at least four receptions a game. He also has 13 touchdown receptions against the Giants, his most against any team. The Giants “defense”, if it can be called as such, allowed the second most fantasy points per game to tight ends last season, and their generosity should be exploited here. Witten is the 11th most expensive tight end on Draft Kings, but his matchup here makes him well worth the investment.