Preseason DFS: Thursday, August 11
August 10, 2016 | Justin Bales
Bucs vs Eagles
Both Carson Wentz and Chase Daniel should have decent upside for the Eagles, as coach Doug Pederson has said Daniel should get all of the first half after a couple drives by Sam Bradford and that Wentz should see most of the second half.
Doug Martin has very little to prove in preseason, while Charles Sims is dealing with an injury. Mike James will likely see the most carries of the Bucs backfield, but Storm Johnson and Peyton Barber could also make sneaky picks, as they get evaluated. On the slate, James is one of the better options at running back. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles are the top two running backs for the Eagles, but they likely won’t play much this week. Smallwood would have make an elite option, but he’s injured and it’s looking like he isn’t going to play much. Kenjon Barner will likely see most of the work in the first half and makes for a nice play and Byron Marshall should do the same in the second half, both should see plenty of work in this game. UPDATE: Barner is a game time decision with a quad injury. This should help Marshall and makes him a very good play.
Kenny Bell is the wide receiver to watch for the Bucs in this game. He’s trying to win the 4th receiver spot, and it looks like they are giving him every opportunity to do so. Donteea Dye is another high upside wide receiver for the Bucs, but he’s a risky option. Chris Givens is a name to watch for the Eagles. He’ll likely draw the start in this game, and he has been playing well during the offseason. Josh Huff and Paul Turner are also two wide receivers to keep an eye on in this game.
Cameron Brate and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are locked into a position battle, and they both should see their fair share of reps in this game. They are both great options. Trey Burton has been one of the best players in the Eagles camp and will likely see the majority of the reps for the Eagles, and he’s a good pick this week.
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Redskins vs Falcons
This game is filled with backup level quarterback talents, and there are better options on the slate. Matt Schaub and Colt McCoy could play well, but it’s unknown how long they will play with other younger options behind them. If I’m picking a quarterback to target in this game it’s probably Matt Simms. Schaub has been bad this training camp and they want to get an extra look at Simms.
The Redskins have an interesting situation at running back. Matt Jones is injury prone, so he likely won’t be playing much in this game. Chris Thompson is a receiving back, which gives him good upside in PPRs. Keith Marshall is the most intriguing running back though. He is a big running back with elite speed, and he could produce quite a bit when given the opportunity. He’s one of the highest upside plays on the slate. Tevin Coleman could be a great play for the Falcons because of the injury to Terron Ward. Coleman could pick up a few extra snaps, but he’s also coming off his own injury, which makes him a bit risky. If Coleman were to be held back, Gus Johnson would make for a nice play.
The Redskins will likely play Maurice Harris, Rashad Ross, and Ryan Grant quite a bit in this game, and all three make good options on this slate. Justin Hardy still needs to prove himself even though it appears he has the No. 3 job. Aldrick Robinson and Devin Fuller are two receivers the coaching staff will want to get good looks at this preseason also an extremely high upside option.
The Redskins tight end depth is jumbled right now, but the Falcons is a little more clear. Austin Hooper is an elite receiving tight end, and he has great upside, as Jacob Tamme likely won’t be playing too much.
Panthers vs Ravens
The Ravens are considering sitting multiple players during this game, so you’ll have to see who is playing or not before making final decisions. Joe Webb has rushing potential for the Panthers, which is great for a quarterback in preseason and he should see plenty of work in the second half,
Jonathan Stewart has little to no reason to play more than a couple drives in this game if any, which means Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker are the defacto starters. Expect Devon Johnson to get a lot of work in the second half. Buck Allen, Terrance West, and Kenneth Dixon will all likely be playing for the Ravens, and they all have decent upside, although they could steal snaps from each other. If I’m picking one to make a splash though, it’s West, who has looked great in training camp.
Ed Dickson is the top tight end option for the Panthers, but they know what they have with him. If Maxx Williams plays for the Ravens this week, he’ll make a great option, as the Ravens are dealing with a ton of injuries to their tight ends, but if he can’t go, Darren Waller would get a boost.
Jaguars vs Jets
This is a tough game to gauge in terms of quarterbacks. Each team will likely be trying out their young signal callers, but they may not get all that much playing time compared to some of the other quarterbacks on the slate. Geno Smith and Brandon Allen are the two quarterbacks that stand out though.
Corey Grant is one of my favorite running backs to watch during the preseason because he can take any carry for a touchdown, but he comes with a ton of risk, so use him sparingly. Matt Forte won’t play in this game and Bilal Powell will probably get starter minutes, so Khiry Robinson could have upside in this game. He is just off the PUP list, so we need to make sure he’s playing, but if he is, I expect goal line looks and a running back touchdown is gold in preseason DFS.
The Jaguars aren’t my favorite offense to attack. They have a boatload of young talent, and their young players could play a bit more than expected. Rashad Greene, Marqise Lee, and Bryan Walters all have good upside, as they can all catch the ball at a high rate. Quincy Enunwa and Kenbrell Thompkins are the top options for the Jets, while Chandler Worthy is a sneaky option, as he is higher on the depth chart than expected.
Ben Koyack and Jace Amaro are two tight ends that can contribute in the passing game, and they both make good options this week.
Saints vs Patriots
Jimmy Garoppolo threw the ball 30 times in Week 1 of preseason last season and they thought he would be the Week 1 starter with Tom Brady supposedly getting suspended. That could easily happen again this week. He has great upside against a weak Saints defense. Garrett Grayson and Jacoby Brissett will likely be playing quite a bit this week, and they both have elite upside. Keep in mind, they are both still young and learning and come with tons of risk, as well.
Tim Hightower could get quite a bit of work in for the Saints at running back, and he’s a upside player. On the other side, Tyler Gaffney has looked elite during the offseason before he was injured last season, and he’s a great option.
Mike Thomas has been drawing rave reviews during the offseason, and he’s an great option this week, as the Saints will likely be looking to get him a few extra looks during this game. Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell have both looked good for the Patriots this offseason, and they will likely be working both into the offense as the pre-season continues. Both are safe targets for DFS purposes, and he will likely be fairly highly owned.
Of the tight ends on these teams, Josh Hill is the only one worth considering. The Saints gave him a big deal in the offseason, and they will likely be targeting him in the pre-season.
Broncos vs Bears
The Broncos stated that Paxton Lynch will play the entire second half of this game, and he’s an elite option on the slate. He’ll likely be highly owned, but he’s a QB1 this week. Brian Hoyer is the backup for the Bears, but this is likely a situation to avoid this week.
Devontae Booker is listed as the co-number 2 running back on the Broncos depth chart, and he’s the player that I would look to use. The Bears will likely be using four running backs evenly throughout this game, which could limit their upside. Of the group, Jordan Howard is the most appealing for his touchdown potential.
Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor have been drawing great reviews for this offseason, and they are great options in this game. The Bears have a tough wide receiver situation, but Thompson and Bellamy seem to have good upside. They aren’t a great offense to target against a great defense, though.
Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman are battling it out for the starting job and should both see work and with Zach Miller as the starter and recently coming off a concussion, we will probably see a mixed bag of scrubs for the Bears at tight end.