Football fans can start making their couch potato plans and planning their Daily Fantasy Football drafts at Fanpicks.com after the NFL unveiled its full regular-season schedule for 2019.
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have the honor of kicking off the new campaign. They’ll meet Sept. 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The dates for the remaining 255 games are available on NFL.com
The key dates are listed below, along with some of the more notable games to kick off your 2019 Daily Fantasy Sports NFL Season.
2019 Key Dates + Games to Watch
Thursday, September 5: Regular-Season Kickoff
Packers @ Bears – This was the Sunday Night Football opener last year and featured a wrecking-ball start to Khalil Mack’s Chicago career in the first half and then one of the best comebacks of Aaron Rodgers’s career in the second half. A full 4 quarters of Rodgers vs Mack is a mouthwatering way to open the year.
Sunday, September 8: Regular-Season Kickoff Weekend
Steelers @ Patriots – If Packers-Bears is the Week 1 appetizer, this is the main course and some. Pats-Steelers has been one of the best regular-season games of the year for two years in a row. Therefore no reason to expect anything less this time around.
Sunday, September 15: Rematch of 2018 NFC Championship
Saints @ Rams – We knew we were getting the rematch, but it is so sweet that it comes so early in the season. The Rams were in the Super Bowl largely because of a refereeing disaster. You can be sure Sean Payton will need to do very little to motivate his boys for this game.
Sunday, December 29: Final Day of Regular Season
Saturday, January 4: NFL Playoffs Begin
Sunday, February 2: Super Bowl LIV (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida)
Who can you expect to find matched up in Super Bowl LIV? We are leaning Saints vs Chiefs, but honestly who can be sure based on what we saw last season. One thing is for certain, you can experience all the excitement of the 2019 NFL Season at Fanpicks.com. Your home for NFL Daily Fantasy contests.
New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos 1/24/16 Preview & Picks
- At 3:05 pm, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots will face-off with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Tom Brady is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all-time. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback of all-time. Tom Brady is in the running for 2015 league MVP. Peyton Manning is starting for the second consecutive week after taking the job back from Brock Osweiler. My Point? The Patriots will go as far as Brady takes them. The Broncos will go as far as their defense takes them.
While I don’t expect Julian Edelman or Brandon LaFell to beat those long, rangy Denver CBs over the top, Edelman has the potential to catch a ton of short, underneath passes. He’s definitely a WR1, as Brady could easily target him 12+ times in such an important game. Something along the lines of 10 catches for 110 yards and a TD could be what you’re looking at in return of the high price tag. It would be a surprise to me if LaFell can muster up anything DFS relevant in his matchup against Harris Jr. (though battling an injury) and Talib.
Danny Amendola working the slot has a much better shot at putting up a big game than the Patriots official #2 wideout. Though he only caught two balls on three targets last week and has been limited in practice due to a knee injury all week, he provides the same kind of quick twitch inside ability as Edelman does, which is how you want to attack this stout defense.
Finally, the man you all want to hear about: Rob Grrrrronkowski. Gronk could have a MONSTER game here. With the ferocious pass-rushing ability that the Broncos possess, Bill Belichick will want to feature his star TE up the seam to take the pressure off Tom Brady. There is no better way to keep the linebackers at home than to force them to drop into coverage because the Gronk is just destroying you. Maybe he won’t have monster yardage, but I’m banking on two TDs on Sunday.
Steven Jackson definitely won’t be a DFS factor, so James White is the Pats back to own. His pass-caching ability on swings, screens and checkdowns will also be instrumental in slowing down Demarcus Ware, Von Miller and co. He should have his fair share of chances to make plays.
On the home team’s side, the Sheriff Peyton Manning will need to execute flawlessly to lead his Broncos to the Super Bowl contest. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will need to bust out some major YAC’s to spearhead this attack, while CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman churn out chunks on the ground.
Demaryius Thomas will face a big matchup with Patriots CB Logan Ryan. Ryan shut him down in Week 12, with three pass breakups and as Brock Osweiler went 1-of-8 for 36 yards when targeting Thomas. He is a big target and constant red-zone threat, but isn’t always the dominant factor you’re looking for.
Sanders most likely will be face-to-face with Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler on Sunday. The very same Butler that he beat deep in November when he piled up 113 yards. His work in tight and quickness allow him to get separation against a tight Patriots D, and he works hard to run after the catch and eat up yardage.
CJ Anderson and Hillman are always a toss up, but Anderson had his best game of the year against New England with 113 yards of his own and two TDs. The run game can be inconsistent, but the Broncos need it to be on point on Sunday.
Advice: Brady, Gronkowski, Sanders, Edelman, and Anderson should be the top performers. Of course that comes with a hefty price tag, so discounts like James White could be the key to your DFS victory.