Monday Night Football is back with a Week 1 doubleheader:
- Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints, 7:10 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders, 10:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
DraftKings and FanDuel are offering two-game slates, both sites have one-game contests for Raiders-Broncos, but only DraftKings has them for Saints-Texans.
Two-Game Cash Strategy
The aim on two-game slates is the same as one-game slates — capture as many TDs as possible — but the approach is different since you can roster only one QB. The over/under in Saints-Texans (53) is 10.5 points higher than Raiders-Broncos (43), so locking in Deshaun Watson gives you the top projected QB in our NFL Player Models from the highest-scoring game.
You can still capture the Saints passing game via rostering Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Jared Cook, who project as the top-three options.The Raiders D/ST has the top Projected Plus/Minus and is the cheapest, so I’d lock them in next against Joe Flacco, who averages 1.05 interceptions per game on the road in his career.
Filling out RB/FLEX with Josh Jacobs and Phillip Lindsay gives you the top-three median projections at RB. At WR you can go Tyrell Williams–Courtland Sutton to get the No. 1 option for the Raiders and the No. 2 for Denver, respectively.
On FanDuel, I would use the same construction except for swapping in Emmanuel Sanders, Ted Ginn and Darren Waller at WR2/WR3/TE to make the pricing work.
Texans-Saints Cash Strategy
Watson fits in the MVP spot with Brees, Kamara, Duke Johnson and Latavius Murray if you punt the last spot with one of the Houston tight ends in Jordan Akins or Darren Fells. The former is the better receiver and has a higher median projection in our models, while the latter is listed as the starter and will likely see more snaps.
Broncos-Raiders Cash Strategy
Joe Flacco and Derek Carr makes for a disgusting slate at QB. Both are neck-and-neck in median and floor projections in our DraftKings Showdown Models, and both fit with Jacobs, Lindsay and Royce Freeman if you punt the last spot with Ryan Grant, so I would just go the route of splitting exposure evenly between Flacco and Carr.
On FanDuel, pairing Flacco-Carr-Jacobs-Lindsay with Hunter Renfrow gives you the QB-RB1 combo from each team you’re looking for, but since Freeman could see goal-line work, I’d also mix in some Flacco-Carr-Jacobs-Freeman-Williams combinations.
Top GPP Plays
QB Drew Brees: 303.0 yards and 2.2 TDs passing at home since 2017.
RB Royce Freeman: Fifth-highest ceiling projection among RBs, behind Duke Johnson (who costs $1,700 more) and Latavius Murray (who will likely be higher owned).
RB Jalen Richard: A min-priced DraftKings option with the fourth-highest Projected Plus/Minus on the slate among FLEX-eligible players.
WR Emmanuel Sanders: Had four 20-point games and only two under 10 points in 12 games last season.
WR Will Fuller: 100 yards and a TD in three of his seven games last season.
WR Ted Ginn: Third-highest ceiling projection on the slate.
WR Kenny Stills: 16.3 average depth of target last season.
WRs Hunter Renfrow/Ryan Grant: Both top-seven in Projected Plus/Minus and could benefit if the Broncos hone in on Tyrell Williams with Antonio Brown not in the fold and J.J. Nelson banged up.
TE Darren Waller: Second-highest ceiling projection at TE on the slate.
TE Noah Fant: Lower-owned pivot off Waller. Has the second-highest Projected Plus/Minus among TEs and a ceiling projection nearly double of the Houston TEs.
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Pictured: Deshaun Watson