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SuperDraft NFL Week 1 Optimal Lineup for $250,000 Kickoff

Balazs Pal  |  September 7, 2021

Superdraft’s NFL $250,000 Kickoff uses the site's innovative Multiplier game mode, where contestants can draft any players without restrictions, but players who project to have low ownership get a multiplier to their fantasy points total.

In the end, the lineup with the most total fantasy points wins, so you should aim to have a blend of players with high multipliers and top-end offensive pieces in favorable matchups. Our optimal lineup aims to have a mix that should give you a good chance at earning the crown while providing a solid floor as well. Let’s dive in!

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QB – Aaron Rodgers (GB) – 1.1x multiplier

Aaron Rodgers is entering what is likely his final season with the Green Bay Packers. The 37-year-old superstar is coming off an amazing season with a 70.7% completion rate and 4299 total yards. He also had a 48-5 touchdown to interception ratio that not many can match. With Rodgers sitting out the entire preseason, there is no reason to expect him not to be fully rested for his Week 1 clash in New Orleans.

RB – Dalvin Cook (MIN) – 1.05x multiplier

Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings are facing a Cincinnati defense in Week 1 that projects to be terrible. In 2020, the Bengals were graded as the 27th best defense in the league by DVOA, mostly due to their terrible run defense. Cook gets to face a defensive unit that allowed 5.1 yards per carry and 2368 total rushing yards in 2020. We wouldn’t be surprised if this would be a multiple-touchdown game for the superstar.

RB – Nick Chubb (CLE) – 1.2x multiplier

Our #RB2 will be a trickier choice as we are going with Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are almost touchdown-underdogs in their season opener going up against Kansas City. Still, we are confident in Chubb’s position facing what was just the 22nd-rated defense last season. The KC defense is also nursing multiple injuries going into the season, making Chubb a must-start. Analysts are expecting the Cleveland RB to be a frontrunner for the 2021 NFL rushing title & we are hoping that he can start his season strong!

WR – Davante Adams (GB) – 1x multiplier

Our model projects Davante Adams as the absolute #1 WR in Week 1. Paired with QB Aaron Rodgers who we drafted above; our Green Bay core should have no problem raking in fantasy points. We are projecting Adams to have close to 100 yards and him to score a touchdown 74% of the time.

WR – Marquez Callaway (NO)– 1.85x multiplier

The New Orleans Saints training camp was absolutely raving about Marquez Callaway. The 23-year-old was said to be the most impressive WR on the squad in camp and he didn’t disappoint through the preseason either. Callaway caught 8 total targets (including 5 of 5 in his second game) for 165 total yards and two touchdowns in two games of preseason action. With a 1.85x multiplier, we have to take a flyer on him, especially after Jameis Winston got announced as New Orleans’s starter QB for Week 1.

WR – Justin Jefferson (MIN) – 1.2x multiplier

Justin Jefferson should have a huge season in 2021. The former first-round pick set the NFL rookie record for receiving yards with 1400 last year and was named to the Pro Bowl as well. Now he gets to face a Cincinnati defense that has a problem stopping even the weakest offenses. Jefferson sprained his AC joint in early August, but has already returned to practice and should be ready for Week 1. We are projecting him as the fifth-highest scoring WR in the field.

TE – Kyle Pitts (ATL) – 1.5x multiplier

Tight end is a position where we have no problem taking risks, as most TEs in the league have almost no floors at all. We elected to go with rookie sensation Kyle Pitts. Pitts was the fourth overall pick in this year's draft and has yet to take a preseason snap, but it seems like the entire Atlanta offense will revolve around him. Atlanta beat writers have been reporting for weeks that head coach Arthur Smith and his staff have been exclusively working on offensive packages designed to put Pitts into the end zone. Pitts will be used more like a WR than a TE and with Julio Jones gone, we are expecting the rookie to go head-to-head with WR1 Calvin Ridley out of the gate.

FLEX – Deebo Samuel (SF) – 1.5x multiplier

When it comes to flex picks, we are always sticking with high ceiling WRs and Deebo Samuel is no exception. San Francisco is a 7.5-point road favorite in Detroit facing a Lions team that has not a lot going for them on the defensive end of things. Despite getting a 1.5x multiplier, we are projecting Deebo Samuel to reach the 13th highest fantasy points total out of all WRs, making him a great value pick as one of San Francisco’s top two wide receivers.

Balazs Pal

Balazs is a sports bettor, analyst, writer, and host of the daily betting podcast, The Barrel Zone. In just the past three years, Balazs has over 5000 tracked, third-party verified picks. He covers the NBA, MLB, and sports betting legislation for EatWatchBet. @TheBarrelZone

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