The opening week of the NFL season brings many joys for fans and players and here at Downtown Rams we will bring you the fantasy predictions for the last game of week one when the Rams take on the 49ers on Monday night.
Start – RB – Carlos Hyde – 6200 Fanduel – 5600 DraftKings
Carlos Hyde is in my opinion the only 49er that should be started this week and more than likely the whole season. His daily fantasy price is rather low to start the season and he should see plenty of carries against the Rams in what has been a slow slug fest in the past. If it does in fact go that way I would expect something in the range of 85 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards, and a touchdown. Tread lightly on your expectations however. Without a viable passing game the box will be loaded every play Monday, you can bet on that.
Sleeper – WR – Torrey Smith – 5600 Fanduel – 4900 DraftKings
Torrey Smith would be a sneaky play this week and one that should be done with the expectation that it could go horribly wrong. If you have watched the Rams this preseason then you could start Smith with more confidence but his daily fantasy price specifically is much to high for me. If Smith does have a good game then that likely means the Rams have lost. In this scenario expect four catches for 86 yards and one touchdown on what will likely be scored on a long fade route.
Start – RB – Todd Gurley – 8900 Fanduel – 7800 DraftKings
Does this really need to be said? Gurley will likely be the top ranked RB this week and at only 7800 on DraftKings I can promise you he’s in my lineup even as the most expensive RB. My stat prediction for Gurley looks like 145 yards rushing, 15 yards receiving, and two touchdowns. We’ll keep this short, it doesn’t matter how you’re playing, START TODD GURLEY!!!
Start – WR – Tavon Austin – 6400 Fanduel – 5000 DraftKings
Tavon Austin seems to have his best games against inferior competition which is what you expect from your best players against inferior competition. Austin will get off to a good start of the year with a 125 plus total yardage day and a touchdown against the 49ers. His daily fantasy price is probably right where it should be and for week one he could be a decent play if you need a WR at that price or honestly the whole season as it will not change much this year.
Start – DEF – Rams – 4500 Fanduel – 3800 DraftKings
At the second most expensive DEF in daily fantasy the Rams may not be the stream you want but in drafted leagues start the #MobSquad this week. With career disappointment starting at QB and the lack of weapons for the 49ers they could conceivably be shut out. I expect something in the range of five to seven sacks and one interception from new middle linebacker Ogletree.
Sleeper – QB – Case Keenum – 6000 Fanduel – 5400 DraftKings
This is more of a who they are playing fantasy play. Case Keenum will not light the world on fire and if you play him based on the 49ers defense don’t expect much more than 230 passing yards, eight rushing yards, and two touchdowns. Doesn’t look like a sleeper score? When you consider the price of Keenum on daily fantasy this is a punt play and if you’re playing Keenum on normal fantasy can I ask why you drafted him?
This game will be a running game and will be dominated by Todd Gurley with Austin getting subtle jabs in to remind the 49ers that Gurley has a sidekick. Don’t expect much from anyone else and just remember, START TODD GURLEY!!!