Most Players will tend towards more conservative Picks during Week 1 as they feel out team’s tendencies, but you can take advantage of this strategy with a few unlikely Picks (like the ones outlined below) that’ll help you break from the pack.
Tom Brady (QB) has at least 350 passing yards
Brady has been cleared to play in Week 1 and will look to make his mark, and Pittsburgh’s defense will give him that chance. The Steelers allowed 253.1 passing yards per game last season, the sixth-worst in the NFL, and they lost safety Troy Polamalu, cornerback Ike Taylor, linebacker Jason Worilds and defensive end Brett Keisel. Simply put, Brady isn’t facing a terribly strong Steelers’ D.
Coming into this season, Pittsburgh didn’t fill many of the holes and then gave up 232.6 passing yards per game in the preseason, their eighth-highest total in the league. Brady has enough weapons and is motivated heading into Week 1. Take advantage and put some big Points behind Brady for a sizable return.
Suggestion: 20 Points x 3.85 Offer = 77.00 Return
Rob Gronkowski (TE) has at least two receiving touchdowns
If Brady is throwing the football, Gronkowski is likely catching it, and doing so in the end zone. He has scored in six straight games dating back to last season, including the playoffs, and he’s had double-digit targets in four of those six games, so you know he’s going to be involved.
Gronkowski is Brady’s favorite target and Pittsburgh is susceptible down the middle with average safeties like Mike Mitchell and Will Allen (Shamarko Thomas has already lost his starting spot). Gronk only had one game last season with multiple receiving touchdowns, but don’t be afraid to go big on this one, as the Pats will likely put on offensive show. Plus, with a 5:1 offer, you’re looking at a good return on your Points.
Suggestion: 25 Points x 5 Offer = 77.00 Return
Julian Edelman (WR) has at least 10 receptions
Are you noticing a trend? New England will do damage through the air. If Gronk is Target A for Brady, Edelman is definitely B.
Edelman has been targeted at least 10 times by Brady in each of the past seven games, including the playoffs. In that span, he’s averaged 8.4 catches per game. Without starting CB Ike Taylor, the Steelers start William Gay and Cortez Allen, and neither will be able to stop Edelman. The Offer here isn’t huge, but it’s almost a lock and can help pad your total as you’re climbing the leaderboard.
Suggestion: 15 Points x 2.35 Offer = 35.25 Return
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) has at least 50 pass attempts
Roethlisberger will be playing without starting running back Le’Veon Bell, as he’s serving a two-game suspension. As such, you can expect Pittsburgh to put the ball in the air early and often. Roethlisberger reached the 50-pass mark only once last year, but it came against another explosive offense: New Orleans. Expect a repeat here.
Suggestion: 25 Points x 3.17 Offer = 79.25 Return
Chandler Jones (DE) has at least 2 sacks
Chandler Jones was having a breakout season last year before his campaign was derailed by injury. He returned late and finished with six sacks in 10 games. He’s healthy this season and should be able to wreak havoc on Pittsburgh’s average offensive line. Plus, Roethlisberger has a tendency to hold onto the ball and the Steelers allowed 33 sacks last season.
Like Brady and Gronkowski, Jones will show off in the spotlight game. He’ll harass Roethlisberger all night long and finish with two sacks. With a 40 point Offer, it’s a Pick you can take advantage of, too.
Suggestion: 15 Points x 40 Offer = 600.00 Return