Preseason DFS: Saturday, August 20th
August 20, 2016 | Jason Bales
Ryan Nassib (at BUF)
Ryan Nassib is not the fanciest play on the board, but he is going to see quite a bit of time under the helm week two against the Buffalo Bills. He completed seven of 15 passes week one against the Miami Dolphins, throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns, but he will look to bounce back this week. The Bills have a moderately good pass defense, but on sheer volume alone, Nassib has potential. His upside is through the roof, and that is all anyone can ask for in a preseason fantasy league.
Chris Ivory (vs TB)
Chris Ivory, unsurprisingly, found his way into the end zone in week one, as the Jacksonville Jaguars scored against his former team, the New York Jets. He had a very successful 2015 season, rushing for over 1,000 yards and finding the end zone eight times. He is going to see around five to 10 carries this week against the Tampa Bay Bucs, which is enough for him to score another touchdown. If the Jaguars are close to the end zone after the first drive, but before the second quarter, it’ll likely be Ivory using his power to put them on the scoreboard. That kind of upside is rarely found in preseason games.
Mike James (at JAX)
Mike James is currently in a position battle with Storm Johnson and Peyton Barber for third string on the Tampa Bay Bucs depth chart. Doug Martin and Charles Sims will obviously handle the running back duties once the season starts, but coach Dirk Koetter recently said that the back end of their running back depth chart will see significant time during the preseason. James will look to impress with minimal touches, as will Johnson and Barber. Johnson and Barber are also options in tournaments this week, but James has the most talent and upside.
Jerome Simpson (at DEN)
Jerome Simpson has solid upside, but only in the four preseason weeks. He led the San Francisco 49ers with three catchers for 29 yards week one, and he has the ability to post a similar line this week against the Denver Broncos. Simpson has talent, that much is obvious, but he will likely not see the field too often during the regular season. Fortunately, daily fantasy does not care too much about the regular season right now. Use Simpson is both 50/50 contests and tournaments, as he should get targeted at least five or six times this week.
Kamar Aiken (at IND)
The Indianapolis Colts have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, and, even in preseason, the Baltimore Ravens should be able to take advantage. Kamar Aiken is currently listed as one of the Ravens’ two starting wide receivers, alongside Mike Wallace, with Steve Smith out due to injury/age. It is likely that Aiken sees two or three drives this week, but that may be enough for him to hit value. The Ravens are going to score, but whether or not that is the first, second, or third unit is largely up for debate. Regardless, Aiken provides some solid upside.
Virgil Green (vs SF)
Virgil Green looked solid last week for the Denver Broncos, as he pulled in three passes on just as many targets for 26 yards. If he finds the end zone, that stat line is incredible for a preseason tight end. He is currently in a position battle with Jeff Heuerman, but it looks like Green will have the advantage, at least for now. Mark Sanchez tends to check the ball down, and Green is always available for that check down. He does not have too much huge play ability, but no tight ends really do. Use him for his reliability based on his most recent performance.