Preseason DFS: Thursday, August 18th
August 18, 2016 | Jason Bales
Brett Hundley (vs OAK)
Brett Hundley has been dealing with an ankle injury for a little bit over a week now, but it looks like he is going to be ready to suit up and make his preseason debut tonight against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders actually have a fairly decent secondary, but the sheer volume of playing time that Hundley is likely to see, according to coach McCarthy, will make him worth the roster spot. The Packers are known to throw the ball early and often, and obviously, Aaron Rodgers is going to sit out for the most part of the second preseason game. Hundley should see ample opportunity to rack up the fantasy points.
DeAndre Washington (at GB)
Speaking of the Green Pay Packers and Oakland Raiders’ game, DeAndre Washington is worth a look in tournaments tonight. In his first game, which was against the Arizona Cardinals, he ran for 43 yards on only eight carries, even catching one ball for 32 yards. He has both power and elusiveness, making him a touchdown threat on every drive. Latavius Murray is the starter, which means that Washington is going to see more playing time, even though Taiwan Jones is listed as the number two on the depth chart. By the end of preseason, that will change. The Packers have never defended the rush well, so this is a high-upside play tonight.
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Giovani Bernard (at DET)
Giovani Bernard looked solid in his first preseason game, rushing for 21 yards on seven carries, and catching one ball for six yards. He tends to see the ball thrown his way out of the backfield quite often, especially during the regular season, and with teams opening up the playbook a bit more this week, he could be in for three to five receptions. Both Bernard and Jeremy Hill are locked in as the two-headed monster heading into the season, so the Bengals will not push Bernard, but if he touches the ball around 10 times, a touchdown is not out of the question.
Rueben Randle (at PIT)
Rueben Randle gets a semi-tough matchup this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Philadelphia Eagles are set to increase their starting wide receivers’ playing time dramatically. Jordan Matthews is still dealing with a knee injury, forcing him to miss a couple of weeks yet. Nelson Agholor is currently the number one on the depth chart, but that is only by default. Even though Randle does not have to fight for playing time during the preseason, this is his opportunity to secure a solid role on the Eagles’ offense this regular season. He will be playing hard, something that he did not do much of last season. Chris Givens and Josh Huff are both viable options this week as well, but Randle is the standout player.
Welcome to the NFL preseason, where even players like Jeremy Kerley end up getting recommended. Kerley had a horrible season with the New York Jets in 2015, catching only 16 balls all season long. In his first preseason game with the Detroit Lions, he racked up five catches for 36 yards. He is going to steal Golden Tate’s spot when the starters are removed from the game, and the Lions love to throw those short, check-down routes. Kerley is great for that. He is a high-volume wide-out that should see at least five to seven targets. What he does with those targets is still in question, but he is worth the risk.
Gary Barnidge will likely make a statement this week. It is only preseason, but people are already talking about how poor of a performance he had week one. Robert Griffin III is going through some rough times right now, but that does not hinder his ability to throw the ball across the middle to the tight end. The Washington Redskins taught him at least that much. Barnidge is one of the better receiving tight ends in the league, racking up over 1,000 yards last season on 79 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons struggle against the tight end every season, and preseason will be no different. It would not be surprising to see Barnidge in the end zone in the first quarter of this game.