Social Buzz for NFL Week 1

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 13, 2015 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

Predicting Ownership percentages in big field GPP tournaments is the biggest trend in DFS NFL right now. If you don’t believe me just take a look across the major content sites that have now added some sort of Thursday Ownership Percentage article from FanDuel contests for week 1. We have been doing that for some time and although it is helpful it is not 100% accurate by Sunday. So to help you all even further we have developed a tool that measures a players mentions on Twitter from a list of well respected and highly followed individuals in the fantasy sports community. Essentially these tweeters are market movers who can cause a players ownership levels to move with only one tweet. Knowing this and the fact that DFS players like to follow the wisdom of the crowd we have spent time perfecting our system to take out the noise and cut right down to what players are creating the most social buzz. This article will help show you who will be a popular play and who is flying under the radar although they have similar projections to the highly discussed player.



DFS is all about exploiting market inefficiencies. Those inefficiencies are being ironed out by the tout explosion; with hundreds, if not thousands of touts and experts, are there truly any sleepers anymore?


By measuring the Twitter output of touts, news sites, and DFS players, we can attempt to bring back the sleeper. We have a measurable picture of what chalk plays are being talked about the most, and the least.


We logged the tweets of hundreds of influential DFS twitter users since Thursday, and counted how many times chalk players have been mentioned.


Note: Chalk plays are defined by taking a player’s projected points and dividing by their salary on Fanduel.


If a chalk play is being talked about a lot, then we can assume it is a “safe” cash game player to roster, because lots of people are talking about him and influencing other people to roster him.


If a chalk play isn’t being talked about a lot, but still has a chalk projection, then we can quantify that the lack of attention will make the player under-owned compared to their projection.




At QB this week, Tyrod Taylor is the cash-game cheat code that everyone is talking about. Because he’s so cheap, he’ll be heavily owned in tourneys too.


Tannehill, Romo, Rodgers & Carson Palmer are the tout-sanctioned Tyrod alternatives. If you want to swerve, Matty Staff has an identical projection to them but hasn’t been mentioned at all.
At a lower price point, Marcus Mariota also has a solid value projection and hasn’t been mentioned much at all either.



Name Mentions Price
Tyrod Taylor 35 5,000
Ryan Tannehill 13 8,000
Tony Romo 17 8,700
Aaron Rodgers 19 9,700
Matthew Stafford 0 7,800
Carson Palmer 17 7,700
Marcus Mariota 2 7,100
Russell Wilson 4 8,800
Matt Ryan 6 8,800


Running Backs



At RB, Lacy, Ivory, and Lynch are the Twitter-sanctioned cash game plays.


Jamaal Charles, Lamar Miller, CJ Anderson, and Demarco Murray are less-mentioned but have similar value projections.



Name Mentions Price
Eddie Lacy 19 8,500
Christopher Ivory 16 6,400
Marshawn Lynch 10 8,600
Jamaal Charles 1 8,900
Lamar Miller 1 7,300
C.J. Anderson 2 8,400
DeMarco Murray 3 8,500


Wide Receivers



At WR,Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Dez, Eddie Royal and OBJ are the Twitter-blessed options.


However, Stevie Johnson is a high-risk lowball option (perhaps if you don’t use Tyrod, you can use Stevie), and Jordan Matthews and Reuben Randle are alternatives to Eddie Royal and Davante for your dice-roll tourneys.



Name Mentions Price
Randall Cobb 17 8,400
Steve Johnson 3 4,700
Davante Adams 11 5,500
Dez Bryant 15 8,700
Jordan Matthews 5 6,800
Rueben Randle 4 5,300
Eddie Royal 11 5,000
Odell Beckham Jr. 12 8,900
A.J. Green 8 8,300
Julio Jones 10 9,000
Calvin Johnson 7 8,500
Marques Colston 3 5,500
Demaryius Thomas 3 8,800
Larry Fitzgerald 0 6,000


Tight Ends



Slim pickings at TE this week.
Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham are the twitter-blessed options, but I’d throw Martellus “Black Unicorn” Bennett into a few lineups.



Name Mentions Price
Greg Olsen 12 5,900
Jimmy Graham 7 6,900
Jason Witten 4 5,800
Martellus Bennett 0 6,200
Jordan Cameron 2 5,500
Delanie Walker 1 5,400
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