Week 1 Cash Picks on FanDuel
Drew Brees vs. TB $8,400
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ pass DVOA in 2017 ranked 31st, according to Football Outsiders. They improved slightly during the offseason, but not enough where you’ll avoid picking on them in 2018. Drew Brees is at home and without Mark Ingram who stole a lot of his goal-line work last season. Brees threw fewer passes in the red zone in 2017 than we were accustomed to and Ingram had a lot to do with that. Alvin Kamara won’t pile up 15-20 carries right out of the gate, so Brees should have plenty of opportunity to rack up some points. Tampa Bay allowed a league-high 4,169 passing yards last season and New Orleans has the highest team total of the week at 30.5.
Cam Newton vs. DAL $8,100
There’s some value with Cam Newton, despite him having the fifth highest price at the position. Newton finished behind only Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson in FanDuel points per game last season. He led the league with 754 rushing yards, which is 47.1 per game. That’s like starting with a touchdown, which makes him so valuable in cash. Even if he doesn’t toss two or three touchdowns, he’ll do enough on the ground and could even run one in. Cam scored six rushing touchdowns last season. Christian McCaffrey is explosive, Greg Olsen is back and D.J. Moore looks like a player. Not to mention, Devin Funchess broke out last season.