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NFL DFS Plays: MNF Week 1

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: September 15, 2020, 11:43 am ET

This article aims to highlight some of the best NFL DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NFL News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at the two-game Monday Night Football slate for Week 1. Lineups lock at 7:10 ET. 

 

QUARTERBACK 

Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh (at NY Giants) - DK: $7,000 / FD: $7,800 / Yahoo: $30

What will the Steelers’ offense look like with Ben Roethlisberger returning? That’s probably the biggest storyline of the night, speaking from a real-life and fantasy perspective. Having a plum matchup to start things off should definitely help Roethlisberger and company. The Giants allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season, and Pro Football Focus has their defense ranked 30th heading into 2020. Big Ben has supposedly looked great in training camp while reporting that he is pain-free for the first time in over a decade. I’m expecting Roethlisberger to back up that offseason talk with a healthy stat-line (no pun intended) on Monday Night Football. 

Also Consider: Ryan Tannehill 

RUNNING BACK

Derrick Henry - Tennessee (at Denver) - DK: $7,500 / FD: $8,400 / Yahoo: $34

Henry was an absolute monster last season, hitting 22+ fantasy points (half PPR) in eight of his last ten games. That included some gaudy numbers against Baltimore and New England, who boasted some of the best run defenses of 2019. Tonight’s matchup at Denver isn’t ideal, but Henry should be able to find room against a Broncos team that ranked 13th in yards per carry allowed (4.2) and 16th in rushing defense last season. Game flow should be on his side, while Tennessee will look to keep Henry involved early and often. Fade him at your own risk. 

Also Consider: James Conner (cash), Melvin Gordon (flex)

WIDE RECEIVER

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh (at NY Giants) - DK: $7,200 / FD: $7,100 / Yahoo: $22

The return of Ben Roethlisberger should dramatically improve the fantasy outlook for every Pittsburgh pass catcher. JuJu Smith-Schuster is at the top of that list after poor quarterback play took him off the DFS radar in 2019. JuJu has an excellent opportunity to reward fantasy backers tonight, as he’ll square off against a Giants’ defense that allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers last season. He’s easily the best DFS option of the WR position. 

Also Consider: A.J. Brown, Diontae Johnson, Jerry Jeudy 

TIGHT END

Noah Fant - Denver (vs. Tennessee) - DK: $4,600 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $16

Courtland Sutton is questionable tonight, and we aren’t sure how many snaps he’ll see even if he’s active. With Sutton less than 100%, Fant could step up as one of the more reliable pass catchers for Denver. We all know the tight end from Iowa has tremendous talent, and he could showcase that potential against a Tennessee defense that allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2019. 

Also Consider: Eric Ebron

DEFENSE

Pittsburgh Steelers (at NY Giants) - DK: $3,700 / FD: $4,800 / Yahoo: $20

The Steelers have the most expensive defense on this slate, but they should be worth every penny. Pro Football Focus has Pittsburgh ranked as the third overall defense with the best D-Line and pass rush. They will look to tee-off on turnover-prone QB Daniel Jones, who has a tendency to hold onto the ball too long (until he fumbles it). Fantasy production from a team defense can be extremely volatile, but you should feel extremely confident in the Steelers tonight.  

Also Consider: Tennessee Titans  
ADDITIONAL NOTES

As mentioned earlier, Courtland Sutton (WR - DEN) is questionable. If he’s out or limited, that could funnel more targets to rookie Jerry Jeudy (WR - DEN). Jeudy was an elite route runner in college, a skill that could translate immediately to the NFL. The only question comes from QB Drew Lock’s ability to find him. 

I’m viewing Diontae Johnson (WR - PIT) as a WR2 or WR3 on this slate. You could easily utilize him as a stacking extension (with JuJu) of Roethlisberger. However, I’m keeping an eye on James Washington (WR - PIT) in tournaments. Washington is one of the better downfield threats for the Steelers, and he could connect on a few big plays against a vulnerable Giants’ secondary. 

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.