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Week 1: NFL DFS Sleeper Picks from Chol Souders and John Burke
Week 1 is finally here! Hopefully the games will be alittle more exciting than that boring display on Thursday Night. Our primary goal here at SportsWave is to think outside the box and give you plays in weekly DFS that you may not pop right into your head. Realistically, taking down a GPP is an extreme long shot and the only way that you do it is by having low owned high risk players in your lineup. It is easy to play "Chalk" every week but you arent taking down any large GPPs by taking the same players that everyone else is. Also, it is imperative that you keep your heart out of your decisions. Just because you are a Steelers fan does not mean that you cant roster any Browns. Doing that will just making it even harder for you to bring home any winnings. With great risk comes great rewards.With all of that being said, we have decided to ride with these players in most of our GPP entries.
QB-Jameis Winston TB- This isnt really to much of a stretch given that he is priced fairly high on both Fanduel and Draftkings but Jameis is coming off of a really terrible year and novice fantasy players may not be quick to take a "risk" with him. The new offense and the amount of weapons that he has out wide could set Jameis up for a big comeback year starting this week.
RB-Kerryon Johnson Det- Johnson may end up with fairly decent ownership but the matchup against the Cardinals defense without Patrick Peterson is hard to pass on. I could easily see the Lions getting a lead early and coasting on Johnson's back for the rest of the game. This may be the only time this season that it would be an intelligent move to throw a Lions stack into a few high reward GPPs.
WR-Tyler Lockett Sea- Give me all of the Seahawks against a Cinci team that may be the worst team in the NFL this season. Lockett specifically should thrive with extra touches to be passed around because of Doug Baldwin's departure. It will be interesting to see how often he still lines up in the slot.
TE-Mark Andrews Balt-There is not tons to say about Andrews yet but my main reason for keying in on him is because I tend to lean toward Tightends in offenses with young QBs that may look to a safety crutch to bail him out often. I think Andrews will be that crutch for Lamar Jackson. Additionally, tightends tend to shine in offenses that have RPOs designed. Quick slants from the tight end position will easily play off of the strong Ravens running game.
- Dallas Cowboys- It pains me to say this but the Cowboys are nasty and a match up against the Giants is a no brainer play for me. It is likely that they will key on Saquon and make Eli try to beat them......enough said.
QB- Lamar Jackson BAL – It is easier to count the things I do not love rather than all the upside I do love with this matchup. The main one being Miami is plain awful and Jackson should feast upon this wretched defense with his fleet of foot and will also surprise some when he opens up this offense through the air. His journey to top 5 fantasy QB starts this week … And he is one of the cheaper options in daily.. it’s a win win
RB- Chris Carson SEA- I love Carson as a RB1 all season long so it makes sense to hit the proverbial ground running ( see what I did there ?). Seattle is double point favorites in this one , they will want to establish and run the ball often which means Carson will be busy all day long and do not worry about Penny as Carson put so much distance between the two of them during camp he is no longer a concern for any timeshares… plus he is on the cheaper side in daily …. See a pattern yet?
WR- Dede Westbrook JAGS- Ok hear me out I am a philly guy through and through BDN as the QB huge upgrade ..pun intended … over Bortles .. Westbrook is the #1 in Jacksonville and will see a huge upstick in targets all season ( haha I did it again ). Chasing points at home against a high powered offense in the Chiefs is a recipe for WR 1 production for Westbrook .. andddd he is a cheaper option in daily ..
TE – Darren Waller OAK – Let me get this straight , no AB because he has lost mind bonafide sleeper in almost every article, blog, whisper, and ranking all off season will see a ton of targets because well who the hell else is getting them now ? and gets Denver who ranked 8th against TE last season .. ok sold
K- HAHAH I AM NOT GIVING YOU A KICKER
DEF- Eagles – Ok I already stated I am a philly guy but this matchup is too good to pass up .. Case Keenum .. suspect WR Jordan Reed hurt again .. I simply love the matchup ..
This one hit me a little different. Maybe it was because of the sudden way that it happened or maybe it was just because of where I am in my personal life. Maybe it was the fact that we both grew up in the Philly metro area and that he was a senior in high school when I was a freshman. It could be because I knew of him since I was 12 years old and he was a local high school basketball phenom that people referred to as “ the next great one from Philly”. I’m sure all of this played a factor but I will tell you what hit me the most was the images of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi. To me Kobe was always an icon. I first started following him when I read a season outlook about the best players in Philadelphia when I was 12 years old. At this point I was basically living at the neighborhood basketball courts and all levels of basketball caught my interest. My friends and I would watch local high school, college, or NBA games and often would record them on VHS in order to be abl
Where do you even start with this season. It literally was all over the place. The season was filled with many up’s and a lot of downs. It looked like it was all but over after a horrendous loss to Miami and sitting at 5-7 but then something happened. It is the same thing that has happened the past 3 seasons down the stretch,when it matters most. Dougie P had his team focused and ready for a stretch run with the opportunity to still win the division and make the playoffs. A lot of factors played into this, one being the division was historically bad, but the Eagles still had their shot to win it regardless and needed to win their last 4 to do so. And you know what … they did. They beat the Cowboys to essentially win the division, with it all online they beat the stinking Cowboys. That in itself makes evey iggles fan incredibly happy. They win against the Giants in the final week to take the division and are headed to playoffs. That is the smallest part of the narrative of
We have an easy write up this week. Check out the Podcast ( Philly Sports Wave on Spotify and Anchor) or our Youtube channel. We also post the Stream of the Podcast on www.phillysportswave.com if you want to listen while making breakfast, feeding the kids, day dreaming about your early twenties when you had no worries in the world.....have at it. We had some solid , high scoring picks last week hopefully you took our advice and mixed those picks in with some higher priced studs and made some money . it is a simple scenario. Take 2 or three of our sleeper picks and add them to the typical studs and celebrate by the time that the Sunday Night game kickoff. Here is some additional advice: enter smaller contest. the large GPPs are fun. Enter a few entries into those weekly but join some smaller contest where first place brings in $100 or $40. Those add up and even a small win like that is still A WIN! The name of the game is winning and while I would love to tell you these picks will bri