Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliott have been regulars in NFL DFS lineups for years, but daily Fantasy football players will have to decide if they can be trusted when they set their Cowboys vs. Buccaneers DFS strategy. Brady, the highest priced player on DraftKings and FanDuel, threw 40 touchdown passes last season, the most he’s had in a single season since 2007. Meanwhile, Elliott is coming off his worst season as a professional, rushing for a career-low 979 yards and six touchdowns in 2020. Now, Elliott will face Tampa Bay’s top-ranked rushing defense, as the Bucs gave up just 80.6 rushing yards per game last season.
Can those household names be relied on as NFL DFS picks for the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game on Thursday, Sept. 9? Or is it time to fade them in favor of players with significantly lower price tags? Before locking in any NFL DFS picks for Cowboys vs. Buccaneers on sites like DraftKings and FanDuel, be sure to check out the NFL DFS advice, player rankings, stacks and top daily Fantasy football picks from SportsLine’s Mike McClure.
McClure is a predictive data engineer and pro DFS player with almost $2 million in career winnings. He uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of NFL action in every game, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best DFS values that he shares only with members at SportsLine.
In Super Bowl LV, McClure had Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce as one of his top NFL DFS picks for both FanDuel and DraftKings: The result: Kelce led all players with 10 receptions and 133 receiving yards, returning over 26 points on DraftKings and over 18 points on FanDuel. Anybody who had him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.
Now, McClure has turned his attention to Buccaneers vs. Cowboys and locked in his top daily Fantasy football picks for the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game. You can only see them by heading to SportsLine.
Top Thursday NFL DFS picks for Week 1
For Cowboys vs. Buccaneers on Thursday, McClure is high on Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Coming off a mediocre season in 2019 and turning over a new leaf at age 43 with the Buccaneers, Brady surprised many by rejecting Father Time’s advances once again to throw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns while leading Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl win.
Now, he’ll return with all 21 of Tampa Bay’s other starters, and this looks like the most talented offense he’s ever played in. The Cowboys ranked 21st in the NFL in net yards per passing attempt allowed (6.7), while the 34 passing touchdowns they surrendered in 2020 were the sixth-most allowed in the league. Slide Brady into your NFL daily Fantasy lineups for the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game and don’t think twice about it.
Part of McClure’s optimal NFL DFS strategy also includes Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown joined the Buccaneers in the middle of the season in 2020, but made his presence felt down the stretch. In fact, Brown scored six touchdowns in his final six games, which includes the playoffs.
With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin drawing double-teams in the red zone, Brown could be a major beneficiary against the Cowboys. Dallas’ defense gave up 386.4 yards per game on average last season, which ranked 23rd in the NFL. Brown is a complete steal at this price point given his production late last season, so lock him in your NFL DFS lineups and look for a big return against Dallas.
How to set Thursday NFL DFS lineups for Week 1
McClure is also targeting players who could go off for massive numbers because of an abundance of playing time. These picks could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who they are here.
So who is Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game? Visit SportsLine now to see optimal NFL DFS picks, rankings, advice, and stacks, all from a daily Fantasy expert with nearly $2M in winnings, and find out.