Preseason DFS: Saturday, August 13
August 13, 2016 | Jason Bales
Jared Goff (vs DAL)
Jared Goff, reportedly, stood out last Saturday for the Los Angeles Rams, but he will have to work his way into a starting role this season, as Case Keenum is likely to start the season at the helm. This is preseason, however, and the Rams are excited to get their first-round draft pick onto the field in a live game situation. The Dallas Cowboys have one of the worst pass defenses in the league this season, and their backups are, obviously, even worse. Goff, depending on the amount of playing time he receives, should be one of the better quarterback options for fantasy purposes tonight.
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Alfred Morris (at LA)
The Dallas Cowboys recently signed former Washington Redskins’ running back Alfred Morris, and he is going to serve as a backup to Ezekiel Elliott this season; at least until Darren McFadden returns from injury. This week, against the Los Angeles Rams (odd saying that, right?), Morris is likely going to see the majority of the Dallas Cowboys’ carries. Elliott will most likely start the game, but he is only going to get a series or two. Tony Romo and company are not going to get to play much of this game, as Jerry Jones will likely play it safe until the season starts, attempting to limit his potential for season-ending injuries.
Derrick Henry (vs SD)
The San Diego Chargers generally have trouble stopping the run, and that should be no different tonight against the Tennessee Titans. It will be interesting to see how much playing time Derrick Henry sees, but with co-starter DeMarco Murray likely to start the game, he should see at least two or three series with the backups. Henry has the potential to dominate in the NFL. He is a big, strong, fast running back from Alabama, the home of Pro-Bowl running backs. Henry could find his way into the endzone this weekend.
Cole Beasley (at LA)
Cole Beasley makes for a great fantasy option at the wide receiver position both in preseason and during the regular season. He is a very pesky slot receiver that tends to rack up fantasy points with quick catches and YAC. With Dez Bryant and Terrence Williams both needing time on the bench after a series or two, Beasley should fill in for an extra two or three series before hitting the showers. With how simple the offensive play-calling is during preseason games, expect to see a lot of check downs and quick routes, something that Beasley excels at.
James Jones (at TEN, $5,500)
James Jones is the newest toy for teammate Philip Rivers this season. Stevie Johnson is likely out for at least the first two or three weeks of the regular season, so Jones will actually see ample playing time during the regular season. He will also see quite a bit of playing time this preseason, as he attempts to gel with Rivers and learn the Chargers’ route-tree. Keenan Allen will likely find his way to the bench after one or two series, if that, leaving the door open for Jones to become Rivers’ favorite target on the day.
Geoff Swaim (at LA, $5,500)
The Cowboys are dealing with a couple of injuries at the tight end position, opening up plenty of room for fourth-string Geoff Swaim. Jason Witten is an aging veteran, closing in on his retirement, so he will not play more than a series to start the preseason, if he plays at all. James Hanna is currently dealing with an injury, knocking him out of the equation, and Gavin Escobar is also currently dealing with an injury, so if he does play, it will not be a big workload. That leaves Geoff Swaim, Rico Gathers, and Austin Taylor. Swaim is the most likely to see the most playing time, so use him.