What a weekend to kickoff this NFL Season! There were upsets, comebacks, and a locker room filled with injuries…but this is when we start to make our adjustments for the weeks to come, back-ups and subs become starters, even more value for our lineup building, this is DFS! It’s the debut of Monday Night Football tonight, as the injury riddled Ravens are in Sin City to play the Raiders.
With not even one regular season snap for Baltimore, they are already down to their third string running back, Ty’Son Williams, who will get the start. Williams should see plenty of run due to his youth and ability to catch the football, and will be a nice salary saver too. But as we all know the feature running back for them has always been Lamar Jackson, who can take off with the ball at any given moment when he drops back.
Vegas’s will lean on their All-Pro Tight End Darren Waller, who had a break-out year in 2020. He finished fourth in the league in receptions (107), and out catching Travis Kelce by two. Waller has emerged as an elite Tight End, and the Ravens will have their work cut out for them trying to keep the ball out of his hands.
Here’s a look at what a core lineup would look like for BAL @ LV for 9/13/2021 (using DraftKings Values)
Vegas will most likely be playing from behind tonight. Even though they too also like to run the ball, Derek Carr may be forced to throw it more than he usually does, and the Raider defense does take that scenario into effect also. So Waller will be peppered with targets unless Baltimore figures out a way to contain him.
Here’s a look at what a core lineup would look like for BAL @ LV for 9/13/2021 (using FanDuel Values)
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Lamar Jackson ($18,600 DK/$17,000 FD) will be very popular in the spotlight of lineups, and is hard to fade the third year 2019 MVP. He is the most expensive on the slate and could be tough to build a solid lineup in the flex positions, but if Lamar has one of his nights of running the ball, you could be left at the back of the bus.
Darren Waller ($16,200 DK/$13,000 FD) should also be another popular play, in which I kind of lean more towards because of his reception and touchdown capabilities. In a PPR format, if the Raiders are behind for most of the game, he could have a 10-100-1 night as his floor against a questionable Baltimore defense.
Josh Jacobs ($8,400 DK/$12,500 FD) After being side-lined due to a toe injury, he’s now a game-time decision due to an illness. Even if he does give it a go, the production and touches will not be there, especially if the Raider have to throw.
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