Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Sunday Night Football. We have an intriguing NFC showdown on tap between the Eagles and Falcons with Philadelphia favored by 1 and a 52 over/under.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
We will be producing these articles for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday primetime matchups every week, so be on the lookout for Browns-Jets (MNF) tommorrow.
Matt Ryan - QB - Atlanta
I’m looking towards Matt Ryan as my MVP pick tonight. He should see plenty of volume in a potential shootout, and the Eagles just allowed Case Keenum to shred them for 380 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan was somewhat mediocre last week against a tough Minnesota defense, but his volume should remain extremely high with a much easier draw in tonight’s home opener.
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta
Whenever the Falcons’ QB checks in as a headline pick, you better believe Jones will follow. As explained in the previous write-up, this is an excellent bounce-back spot for the Atlanta passing game, and Jones should feast on the Eagles’ secondary. As Ian Hartitz explained in his WR/CB Matchups article, Julio has feasted on Philadelphia CBs throughout his career, and this is an absolute smash spot for the Atlanta receiver.
Carson Wenz - QB - Philadelphia
Both teams have a flaky, uncertain running game (more on that later) to depend on for fantasy purposes. As mentioned earlier, this game has shootout written all over with two vulnerable secondaries taking the field. Wentz will likely spread the ball around in typical fashion, and I believe he’s the best way to gain exposure to this well-aligned Philadelphia passing attack. It may seem “chalky”, but I’m rolling with the top three picks of this slate: Ryan, Jones, Wentz.
Austin Hooper - TE - Atlanta
The bargain debate surrounds Atlanta pass-catchers like Austin Hooper and Mohammed Sanu, who both stand to benefit from the game atmosphere described earlier. Most of that comes down to which site you are playing on and how these guys blend within the rest of your lineup. Assuming the price is not a factor, I really like Hooper in this spot. Philadelphia wasn’t exactly generous to opposing tight ends last season, but Hooper is a proven target magnet while racking up nine receptions on nine looks (77 yards) last week at Minnesota … Take note that Sanu is much cheaper on FanDuel, where the savings make him a better player over there.
Dallas Goedert - TE - Philadelphia
Placing Goedert in a category labeled “best bargains” is somewhat dubious. He’s not a guy I’m actively searching out for my lineups, but he’s cheaper than all the other legitimate receiving options (and kickers) to serve as a value filler to make the rest of your squad work. Goedert saw 55% of the snaps last week, as Philadelphia was showcasing a lot of sets with two tight ends. This is a classic case of organizing your lineup, selecting a cheap filler to squeeze in the guys you really want, and crossing your fingers that it pans out. Who knows, maybe Goedert can sneak into the end-zone?
Philadelphia’s running back situation is a tricky one to pinpoint for fantasy purposes. Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, and Darren Sproles will all split snap/touches in a fantastic matchup. This game could turn into a shootout, and Atlanta ranked 28th in DVOA to receiving by running backs, which has me keeping Sproles in mind - assuming the salary blends.
DeSean Jackson (WR - PHI) and Alshon Jeffrey (WR - PHI) will probably see some love after they both posted surprising totals in Week 1. Jackson remains a boom-or-bust option, and I believe the Falcons will make a point to keep him under wraps after watching the film from last week. Jeffrey is touchdown-dependent, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering the shootout nature of this game. I’m more interested in both QBs and Jones in cash games, but both of these guys remain in play for tournaments.
Calvin Ridley (WR - ATL) is a tournament swerve away from Jones, or you could utilize him as another stacking extension of Ryan. Jones and Ridley both find themselves in strong matchups against a burnable Philadelphia secondary. If the Eagles devote more resources to Jones, the second-year receiver finds himself in a promising leverage opportunity.
Maybe he’ll prove me wrong, but I’m labeling Zach Ertz (TE - PHI) as a mediocre option considering the price. It’s difficult for me to justify him over Jones or Ridley with better matchups for a similar salary. Let’s face it, Philadelphia has more offensive weapons this season (especially with everyone healthy), and Ertz’s upside takes a hit because of that.