This article is a data-driven deep dive on strategic decision-making and roster construction for DFS cash games and tournaments. It relies heavily upon FantasyLabs’ extensive suite of analytical DFS tools, as well as advanced metrics and film study. First, I walk through narrowing down the player pool at each position. Then, I lay out how to choose the highest-floor lineup combinations for cash games. Finally, I go game-by-game to present the biggest edges (stacks, pivots, leverage opportunities, etc.) in each.

Week 1 shmoney time!

Quarterback (Cash)

  • Lamar Jackson, Ravens ($8,100 DK, $9,400 FD) vs. CLE

Our NFL Player Models project Lamar Jackson as the highest-scoring player on the slate on FanDuel and ranks second behind only Christian McCaffrey on DraftKings while costing $1,900 less. In two matchups against Cleveland last season, Jackson averaged 242.5/3/1 passing and 13/84.5/0 rushing, with 25-plus fantasy points in both contests.

Running Back (Cash)