Week 1 ThriveFantasy Picks


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Week 1 ThriveFantasy Picks

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Here are our favorite Week 1 ThriveFantasy Player Props.

Note: Picks will be added at the end of the week for Sunday and Monday games.

Thursday Night Football

I’m thinking the Texans will need to be aggressive throughout this contest like last year’s Divisional Round matchup so I like Deshaun Watson over 22.5 completions (110 pts) and David Johnson under 62.5 rushing yards (100 pts). I drafted Will Fuller heavily this summer and I think he’ll establish himself as Watson’s go-to receiver early. I’d look at Will Fuller over 60.5 receiving yards (100 pts) and at a Fuller TD (130 pts) while fading a banged up Brandin Cooks under 3.5 catches (115 points) and under 60.5 receiving yards (115 pts). — Tom Brolley

I like Mecole Hardman O2.5 receptions. The most fascinating thing about this game, to me, is how top CB Bradley Roby did a phenomenal job on Tyreek Hill in the postseason last year, holding him to 3 catches despite the Chiefs scoring 51 points. I like giving a look to Hardman or Sammy Watkins to make a big play given the Texans’ struggles at the other CB spot, and Hardman should be improved in his second season. -- Joe Dolan

Sunday Games

I’m going with Aaron Rodgers under 263.5 passing yards. As much as I think Rodgers isn’t as cooked as some people think he is, Minnesota HC and defensive wizard Mike Zimmer has a strong history of implementing the “you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him” philosophy against A-a-ron. Some will point to the star CBs who have left Minnesota in the offseason as reason for Rodgers to unload in this matchup, but it’s not those corners who helped contain Rodgers; it’s their two stud safeties Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris. Yes, he has Davante Adams and Aaron Jones but without a true #2 wideout, Zimmer has been able to keep Rodgers in check when the Vikings are at home. Rodgers has eclipsed 250 passing yards at Minnesota only once in the last six years. With a supposedly stronger focus on the run, and with Rodgers showing more missed opportunities on tape than in his prime, I’m taking the under, particularly with the 105 point value. -- Justin Varnes

I like Zach Ertz hitting the over 0.5 receiving TDs (for 120 points). With veteran LB Thomas Davis, Sr. ruled OUT, Washington lost their best TE cover LB. And while stud safety Landon Collins would be the ideal candidate to strap on to Ertz’s back all game, the Doubtful tag on CB Kendall Fuller will put extra pressure on their safeties. With Desean Jackson and even a limited Jalen Raegor to keep the safeties occupied, Washington will need veteran LB Jon Bostic (whose coverage skills leave a lot to be desired) and a clown car full of inexperienced LBs to cover Ertz in the red zone. Washington was tied for 4th last season in FPA to tight ends with 14.2 per game. Ertz contributed to that lofty FP/G last season, posting 10 catches and a TD in two games vs. Washington. -- Justin Varnes

I love the Kenny Golladay under 70.5 receiving yards. Golladay is rocking the Doubtful tag with a bum hammy, and the Under is 115 points. But even at full strength, stud CB Kyle Fuller has kept a respectable lid on Golladay so far in their matchups. Golladay averages 77.3 YPG in 6 games against Chicago. If he goes, the Lions will likely try to get Golladay matched up in the slot at times against rookie Jaylon Johnson, but that mismatch won’t be able to be exploited for long before DC Chuck Pagano adjusts and closes that gap. -- Justin Varnes

I’m going to side with DeAndre Hopkins under 80.5 yards against the 49ers. It usually takes time for wide receivers that are changing teams to get acclimated to their new offense and Hopkins had very limited practice time during camp to find chemistry with Kyler Murray. Plus, this matchup is brutal. With Richard Sherman playing like an All-Pro again last year, the 49ers allowed the 8th-fewest fantasy points to receivers aligned out wide and the 2nd-fewest passing yards per game. -- Graham Barfield

I think Dalvin Cook will smash his 77.5 rushing yard prop, so I’m taking the over here. In his 29 career healthy starts, Cook has averaged 75 yards per game -- so the baseline for him to hit the over is already there. Add in the fact the Vikings are at home and favored to win (by 2.5 points) over a bad run Packers run defense that ranked 6th-worst in FootballOutsiders Run Defense metrics last season, it’s an easy pick. -- Graham Barfield

I’m taking Ezekiel Elliott over 111.5 rushing + receiving yards on Sunday night against the Rams. I was stunned when I saw this prop — Elliott had 160 yards from scrimmage in this game last year, with 95 of them coming in the first half alone. If the Cowboys didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal in the second half, he would have gained 200 yards. The Rams’ defense has some personnel problems, and Elliott has been talking about being more involved as a receiver this year. — Joe Dolan

Monday Night Football