Preseason DFS: Friday, August 12
August 12, 2016 | Justin Bales
Dolphins vs Giants
Ryan Tannehill and Eli Manning may start this game, but they likely won’t be playing very much. There are two backups that do stick out, though, as both Ryan Nassib and Brandon Doughty have the ability to score fantasy points, although neither are elite options on the slate.
Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, and Kenyan Drake all have injuries questions surrounding them, and they likely won’t see any time on the field this week. That means Damian Williams will likely be playing heavy snaps, while Daniel Thomas and Isaiah Pead could sprinkle in snaps. Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen don’t have much to prove for the Giants, which means Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa, and Paul Perkins will be fighting for the spot behind the top two backs. Of the group, Perkins has the most talent and upside, and he’s the play this week.
There are a few talented rookie receivers that could get good work in this week. Sterling Shepard will be one of the most talented wide receivers on the field, but it’s unknown how much he will play, so he does come with risk. Leonte Carroo won’t be starting for the Dolphins, but he has elite upside as a deep threat. Kenny Stills and Geremy Davis are two other receivers that could see a ton of snaps this week.
The Giants have an open tight end competition right now, so their tight ends will likely limit each other this week. Dion Sims is the best tight end option for the Dolphins, but there are better options on the slate.
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Lions vs Steelers
There really isn’t any reason the Steelers should be risking Roethlisberger in this game, which means Landry Jones will see plenty of playing time. The Lions also don’t have much need to see Matthew Stafford or Dan Orlovsky, while Jake Rudock will have a chance to shine this week.
Detroit has a plethora of young running backs, which means each one could play a few drives, which would leave little room for someone to breakout. Of the group, Zach Zenner has flashed great potential in preseason before, and he’s a high upside pick, although he does come with a ton of risk. Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams likely won’t be playing in this game, which will leave a ton of snaps to Fitzgerald Toussaint, who has great upside, especially in this offense.
The Lions don’t have any wide receivers that completely stick out for this game, aside from T.J. Jones, who has flashed good upside early in his career. He’ll have a tough time with Riddick seeing the majority of the snaps, though. Sammie Coates is the obvious play for the Steelers, and he will likely be owned at an extremely high rate this week. Eli Rogers has also been having a great offseason, and the Steelers have been talking him up quite a bit. He’s a high upside player, but comes with much more risk than Coates.
The Lions tight end situation is a bit murky with injuries, but Cole Wick is a name that sticks out. He’s a good receiving tight end, but he may not be playing all that many snaps this week. Ladarius Green will miss this game with headaches, which means Jesse James will draw the start and make a good opton this week.
Vikings vs Bengals
The Vikings quarterbacks are a situation to avoid, as none of them will likely make great fantasy options, especially when splitting snaps. A.J. McCarron is an interesting play for the Bengals, as they likely won’t be giving Dalton more than a couple drives.
Jerick McKinnon could see extended time with Peterson out, and he makes an interesting play, although he may not be playing all that much either. The Bengals don’t have great running back options behind Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard, but they likely won’t be playing much, which means the Bengals running back situation can be avoided.
The Vikings and Bengals both have rookie receivers that will likely see their fair share of snaps in this game, and they are both extremely talented. Those two receivers are Laquon Treadwell and Tyler Boyd, and they are both great options. Outside of them, Charles Johnson and Mario Alford are two receivers that come with good upside, but are also extremely risky.
The Vikings don’t have any elite tight end options, while C.J. Uzomah should draw the start and makes a great option for the Bengals this week.
Browns vs Packers
The Browns quarterback situation is one to avoid for fantasy purposes. Robert Griffin has been named the starter, which means Josh McCown could play quite a bit as the backup, but they will also like to see Cody Kessler, who was drafted early in the draft. Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley have both been ruled out, which means Joe Callahan will start and will likely play the entire first half. He’s a good option for fantasy purposes. Marquise Williams will likely play the entire second half, and he isn’t a terrible option because of his running ability, but he comes with a ton of risk.
The Browns top two running back slots are filled, but they don’t have much talent behind them, so it’s a situation to avoid. The same can be said for Green Bay, as there are better plays than John Crockett, who will likely see the most carries for the Packers.
This is a game to attack the wide receivers. Corey Coleman and Andrew Hawkins have been ruled out, which opens opportunities for Terrelle Pryor and Rashard Higgins, who both make great options for the Browns. Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis are all competing for the third receiver position for the Packers, and they all make solid plays. Of the group, Adams will likely be the best option.
Jared Cook is the only tight end that should be used in this game, but he has been recovering from injuries, so his snaps may be limited. He isn’t a terrible option, but he comes with a ton of risk.
Raiders vs Cardinals
The quarterbacks in this game aren’t very appealing. Matt McGloin has looked good in limited starts, and he will likely play quite a bit, but it’s a tough matchup, and he isn’t an elite option. The Cardinals won’t be playing their starters much, and they don’t have a great quarterback option to target.
It’s tough to get a gauge on which Cardinals running back will play the most, and it’s a situation to avoid. The Raiders, on the other hand, have a high upside rookie, DeAndre Washington, that they are likely going to give plenty of run this week. Washington can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he’s a great option.
Again, it’s difficult to peg which Cardinals receivers will be good, especially with backup quarterbacks in. Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson both have great upside, but they also come with a ton of risk. The Raiders back up receivers, Seth Roberts and Andre Holmes, should see a ton of snaps, and they are both great options this week.
The tight end position is one to avoid in this game, but Mychal Rivera is a decent option if you’re dying to play someone from here.