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Week 1 didn’t go exactly how anyone predicted and that includes me. Hopefully you didn’t take my advice on my bets because I went a disappointing 1 for 3 in my pregame bets. However, just like the Vikings I am looking to improve on my Week 1 performance tonight.
Here are my favorite daily fantasy pick’em selections available on Underdog Fantasy for the Vikings/Eagles game. As I said last week, I am not from the future so take my advice with caution.
Kirk Cousins – More than 24.5 completions
While Kevin O’Connell did express his desire to commit to the run game more in 2023, Week 1 saw the Vikings continue to be one of the most pass happy teams in the NFL. Even if the Vikings do commit to the run more against the Eagles, 25 passes should be in reach for Cousins. And for those of you that think the Vikings will be blown out, Cousins would still likely hit 25 passes. In last year’s Vikings Eagles debacle where Cousins did not play well, he completed 27 passes.
Josh Oliver – More than 7.5 receiving yards
We expected the Vikings to play more 12 personnel this season and we were not disappointed as the Vikings utilized two-TE and even three-TE sets throughout their Week 1 game. Josh Oliver ended the game with 30 snaps, which was only 6 fewer than Jordan Addison. Oliver was not just on the field as a blocker either as he caught 3 passes for 32 yards. Looking ahead to the Eagles game, the Vikings are clearly making a dedicated shift to multiple tight ends sets so Oliver will continue to see ample playing time. Especially against a fearsome Eagles pass rush, it’s a good bet that Oliver will get looks as a checkdown option and with the right situation one catch will be enough to the 8 yards needed for this bet to hit.
Deandre Smith – More than 8.5 rushing attempts
The Eagles have of the best offensive lines in the NFL and they gameplan around it. Last season, the Eagles ran the ball the third most in the NFL, last week they ran they ran the ball 25 times. Against a Vikings defense without established run-stuffing players, the Eagles will certainly try to establish the run and Deandre Smith will be the beneficiary of that strategy Last week, Smith took a backseat to Kenneth Gainwell, but with Gainwell out in Week 2 Smith will see a bigger role. While Smith will split carries with Rashad Penny, Smith is in line to lead the backfield as Penny wasn’t even active in Week 1. It’s a good bet that Smith will see at least 9 carries, and probably more if he dominates the snap count over Penny.
Feature image courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer