By: Eric Brown | chargerswire.usatoday.com
I often use "swing for the fences" strategy in fantasy, but that approach is never more necessary than when playing DFS. When trying to assemble a weekly squad with the goal of beating tens, hundreds, or thousands of people choosing from the same player pool, you need more than some safe floor players and a few studs. To get a piece of the top part of that prize pie, you need to find value players with high upside to allow you to add another stud or two without punting a single position. These are some players I think fit the bill.
Dak Prescott (Fanduel $7,000/Draftkings $5,500)
While the receiving corps of Dallas leaves a lot to be desired, the Carolina secondary is looking to be just as bad, if not worse. With addition of DJ Moore, Greg Olsen fully healthy, and the increased workload for Christian McCaffrey seeming to be more real than just “coach speak”, the Carolina offense should be putting up some points, forcing Dak to throw consistently throughout the game.
Alex Collins (Fanduel $6,700/Draftkings $5,600)
This pick is simply assuming the Bills offense will be as bad as we all expect. Collins should get a lot of work in the second half and looks to be “the guy” for early down/goal line/running out the clock carries, and he's a receiving threat. He could catch a few more balls than other high-priced RB's.
Austin Ekeler (Fanduel $5,100/Draftkings $4,400)
Ekeler is certainly not a sexy pick, but he’s a great roster filler with upside that will leave you extra cap space for your studs. With Hunter Henry gone, there are going to be red zone looks up for grabs and there is a very good chance Ekeler gets a few of those targets. The goal line carries are going to Melvin Gordon but those 10-20 yard out plays go to Ekeler.
Michael Gallup (Fanduel $5,500/Draftkings $4,000)
See the Dak Prescott reasoning. Rookies are always a little iffy, especially week 1, but this is a great chance to get him at a great price while saving money for your studs.
Taywan Taylor (Fanduel $4,500/Draftkings $3,600)
Taylor has been getting nearly the same amount of work as Corey Davis in training camp. That doesn’t mean he’ll be as good as Davis in the regular season, but for bottom tier cap cost, there aren’t many better options with as much potential for targets.
Danny Amendola (Fanduel $5,100/Draftkings $4,200)
Get him while he’s healthy and cheap. We all know what kind of targets and volume Jarvis Landry got in that Miami offense and Amendola is a talented WR when healthy. He’s a steal at his current cap cost.
Tyler Eifert (Fanduel $5,500/Draftkings $3,400)
This is another “get him while he’s healthy” pick. Eifert has proven he can score top TE points when he can stay on the field and he’s a lot cheaper than his ceiling.
Plug in 3-4 of these players and look at what budget you have left for top players at the remaining positions. You'll like what you see and it may just give you a leg up in your first DFS week of the 2018 season.