Author: Phil Backert
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Identifying players who are in a prime match-up can help separate DFS players from one another. This can especially be successful in GPPs as it could potentially move you off the chalk, but still roster a player that can have a big week.
It will be easy to say roster David Johnson every week, but my goal is to highlight a few players who should perform well due to their great situation.
Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor - The talented wide receiver settled for a one-year contract in the off-season to sign with the Redskins and will battle Jordan Reed to become Kirk Cousins' number one target. Pryor is coming off a season in which he caught 77 pass for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for a bad Cleveland Browns team. Pryor already gets a prime match-up in Week 1 as the Redskins will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to the My Fantasy Fix Matchup Matrix, over the last eight weeks of last season the Eagles allowed wide receivers to average 246 yards per game which ranked dead last in the NFL in that span. They also allowed 13 touchdowns to wide receivers over the final eight weeks. Pryor now gets a matchup against cornerback Jalen Mills who was graded as one of the worst corners in football in 2016. Pryor is $6,200 on FanDuel and $6,100 on DraftKings which is perfect cash game prices. My only hesitation is the chemistry between Pryor and Cousins as the wide out only caught two passes in the preseason. However, the price for Pryor along with the matchup outweigh negates this.
Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Paul Richardson - The cash game play is teammate Doug Baldwin, but Richardson is one of the players I hope I can find on a weekly basis for DFS players. As Chris Cichon pointed out, this game against the Green Bay Packers has an over/under of 51 so we want exposure. Richardson is now the starting wide out opposite of Baldwin and despite struggling with injury and ineffectiveness in his three years, Richardson was a second-round draft pick so he has talent. The Packers secondary is one we will find ourselves targeting all season long and this week Richardson should find himself lined up against Davon House which is a great matchup to exploit. Even if Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall spend time on Richardson, we still love the situation. Richardson is $5,200 on FanDuel, but extremely cheap on DraftKings at only $3,700. If trying to fit the high priced running backs in your lineup, Richardson is a great salary relief option.
Tennessee Titans Tight End Delanie Walker - All we have to do is look at the My Fantasy Fix Matchup Matrix and we notice the Oakland Raiders ranked 30th in the NFL in the final eight weeks of the season against tight ends by allowing 72 receiving yards per game. The Raiders hoped to fix that problem in the offseason by drafting safety Obi Melifonwu in the second round of the NFL Draft. Melifonwu was expected to play a hybrid safety and linebacker position and be responsible for coverage on tight ends. However, the rookie has landed on injured reserve due to knee surgery. This means the Raiders should once again struggle against tight ends. The veteran Walker finished last season with 65 catches for 800 yards and a career high seven touchdowns. Even with the added pieces the Titans acquired offensively this past offseason, Walker should still be heavily involved in the passing game. This game between the Raiders and the Titans also posts one of the highest totals in Week 1. If not paying up for tight end, the chalk appears to be Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Walker can be a nice GPP pivot, especially on FanDuel where he and Ertz are only separated by $200 with similar upside.