By John Kaufman & Chandler Adams NFL Betting & DFS Analysts @ClevelandSpyder & @ChandlerAdamss
The NFL is back, baby.
It seemed like having the NFL season start on time, or at all, was the furthest thing from a lock, even as little as a week or two ago. But we don’t have to worry or speculate any more. We get to wake up tomorrow morning watch actual NFL football. Considering the shit-show that has been 2020, I’ll gladly take it. And with that in mind, let’s take a look at winning some money together in week one.
These weekly Best Bets/DFS Advice articles will simply be me posting both Chandler and my plays, as well as both of our FanDuel DFS lineups for this week. There really won’t be any analysis here. For that, you simply have to watch our weekly Best Bets/DFS YouTube video. Or if you prefer, you can listen the podcast version instead. All of our plays are explained in great detail there, and we also talk about some of the other plays that we like, even if they aren’t official wagers.
Last, we each put together a FanDuel lineup to give you the advantage with your DFS decisions this weekend, and hopefully to help you win some cash. Each of our lineups are posted below, but definitely check out the video/podcast for our explanation behind each pick, as well as the other players we love but just didn’t include in the lineups below.
John’s Week 1 Plays:
1. DET -3 (-110) vs CHI
One of the problems with recording our show on Wednesdays is that a lot can happen between then and kickoff on Sunday. After taking the Lions in this game, Detroit WR Kenny Golladay hurt his hamstring in practice and looks very iffy to play on Sunday. He’s a pretty key weapon for Matt Stafford and the Lions, so if he doesn’t suit up and play I will basically hate this play. But, I made it an official play on the show so I’ve gotta stick with it. You, however, don’t have to. If you liked the Lions earlier in the week like I did, but you haven’t placed a bet on them, wait to see Golladay’s status before you head to the window.
2. LV -3 (-120) at CAR
3. Six Point Teaser, + 6 points (-120) IND -2 at JAX LAR +9 vs DAL
(There is a teaser bet explanation below if you need it.)
Chandler’s Week 1 Plays:
1. CLE +8 (-115) at BAL
2. GB +2.5 (-105) at MIN
3. SEA -2 (-115) at ATL
DFS Lineup Advice:
Below are both of the FanDuel lineups that we put together on the show. These lineups would be good for cash games or for small contests, not larger tournaments with 5,000+ entries. In those kinds of contests you should be paying up at RB, stacking your lineup (explanation on the show), and taking a shot on low-owned, very cheap WRs who, if they explode, can win you the whole tournament.
John’s Week 1 FanDuel Lineup:
**Godwin should only be used if Mike Evans plays against the Saints this Sunday. If Evans plays he’ll see a lot of Marshon Lattimore, who is very good and has traditionally done an excellent job shutting Evans down. If Evans can’t play, it is likely that Lattimore will frequently cover Godwin in this contest and that will take a ton of value away from using Godwin in DFS. Monitor the situation appropriately.
Chandler’s Week 1 FanDuel Lineup:
Good luck to you all this weekend!! Here’s to cashing tickets and smashing the field in your DFS tourneys and cash games!! And of course, here’s to the return of NFL football!!
TEASER BET EXPLANATION: In case you’re not familiar with a teaser, it’s a bet in which you get six points to manipulate the point spread and/or game total in a favorable direction. For example, in John’s teaser bet above he selected the Colts and the Rams. Bet by themselves, the Colts would be -8 at Jacksonville, and the Rams would be +3 at home against the Cowboys. However, in a teaser you get to add six points to the side of each bet you selected. Therefore, John moved the Colts down from -8 to -2, and the Rams up from +3 to +9. Teasers are great ways to manipulate lines so that they’re more favorable to you.
Last, just like a parlay, teasers must include two bets or more, and you must win all the legs in the teaser to win the bet. If you lose one leg of the teaser your whole bet is busted.
The chart below shows you the odds and payouts for various types of teasers.
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