DraftKings has made a millionaire maker contest available for the first weekend of the 2020 season. The contest will only include players from the 24 teams competing on Sunday, September 13. There will be plenty of rookies starting with clean slates, and I’ll go over some of my favorites targets for the season opener below.
Joe Burrow ($5,800), QB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Burrow is one of the cheapest starters on this slate. The rookie was the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft for a reason, and the Bengals should improve offensively with A.J. Green back. The Chargers have a strong secondary, I’d bet on Cincinnati giving Burrow a chance to show what he’s got early on in a rebuilding year. He could do just as well as any mid-tier quarterback for cheap.
J.K. Dobbins ($5,000), Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Dobbins will likely start off behind Mark Ingram, but playing on a team that broke the record for most rushing yards in a season bodes well for his production. The Browns forked up the third most rushing yards per game (144.7) in the NFL last season, and Dobbins could be a big part of the Baltimore’s premiere one-two punch out of the backfield.
Henry Ruggs III ($5,300) & Bryan Edwards ($4,200), Las Vegas Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers
Both these rookies could have prominent roles in 2020. Ruggs has speed on par with Tyreek Hill, and that gives him big-time play potential. He was the first wideout selected in the 2020 draft and could very well be the top option out wide. Edwards has come out of the woodworks and is more of a sleeper. The South Carolina product has gotten rave reviews from Derek Carr and could rise up the depth chart if Tyrell Williams struggles because of his torn labrum.
Devin Asiasi ($3,500), New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
Rookie tight ends aren’t very enticing this year, but this 23-year-old could lead the pack at tight end for a Patriots team that got little from the position in 2020. His blocking has earned him praise at camp, but his speed and athleticism give him an edge over the other players competing for the starting job. Cam Newton had a great relationship with Greg Olsen in Carolina, and the Miami Dolphins still have holes to fill on the defensive end. Asiasi could be well worth this cheap price if he establishes himself as the best option the Patriots have.