FanDuel Preseason Week 1
Quarterback (Cash): Danny Etling (New England Patriots): The New England Patriots have the highest implied team total this week at 20 points, and the game highest game total of 37.5. Bill Belichick has the best Over/Under record in the NFL. The Over has hit in 57 of the last 93 games. That sits at a percentage of 61%. So I anticipate this game to be high scoring and to actually go over the already high game and team total. Considering the Patriots will not be playing Tom Brady, and they know they have an experienced back up in Brian Hoyer, I can see Etling getting 2-3 quarters of playing time.
Quarterback (GPP): Deshone Kizer (Green Bay Packers): Deshone Kizer started for the Cleveland Browns last season, but now finds himself 3rd on the depth chart in Green Bay. Kizer has all the tools to be successful in the NFL, but he is still getting used to the system in Green Bay. A system that Hundley has been playing in for the past few seasons. Reports out of camp suggest that the Packers know what they have in Hundley and want to see what Kizer can show them. Hundley has underwhelmed immensely when given the opportunity to start in the regular season. My money is on the Packers hoping Kizer can show them enough to take over that No. 2 QB spot on the depth chart and reports are saying he will get plenty of shots on the field to show them what he has.
Running Back (Cash): Nyheim Hines (Indianapolis Colts): Hines is one of the more interesting picks in Redraft leagues this year. He’s getting a lot of hype since being drafted and has been said to have the most explosive skill set out of all the running backs currently fighting for the starting spot in Indianapolis. He also showed a lot of ability to catch out of the backfield while in college. Hines is extremely talented, and I think the coaching staff in Indianapolis want to see what they have in this kid. Expect at least 2 quarters of playing time out of Hines this week.
Running Back (GPP): Jaylen Samuels (Pittsburgh Steelers): Samuels is the 3rd string RB for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Leveon will not be playing in week 1 of the preseason so that moves Samuels up a spot on the depth chart. Samuels is a big kid, 6’2″ 225. He will be getting all the goal line snaps he can ask for in this game. I love his value against the defending champions. Mike Tomlin’s Over/Under record sits at 17/31, which is one of the lowest Over percentages in the NFL. He loves to establish a gritty type of play in the preseason, and that usually depends on establishing the run.
Wide Receiver (Cash): Amara Darboh (Seattle Seahawks): Darboh was one of the most talented players coming out of high school in his entire class. He showed flashes of brilliance while playing at Michigan, but his first year in the NFL he underwhelmed. Darboh is fighting for a 3rd string roster spot with Jaron Brown, but reports out of camp say that Brown already has a spot with the team due to his special teams’ prowess. I see Darboh getting a significant amount of time on the field to show the team whether or not he is capable of providing them with some punch down in the Red Zone following the departure of Jimmy Graham. I predict Darboh finds the end zone against the worst secondary in the NFL. Not to mention he’ll be playing that teams 2nd and 3rd string players. Pete Carroll has the best record in the NFL in the preseason at 34-14. He lets 2nd and 3rd string players play longer than any coach in the NFL. Darboh should get 2-3 quarters of playing time.
Wide Receiver (GPP): Bruce Ellington (Houston Texans): Ellington is a veteran player that is showing some young Texans how to play in the NFL. Reports are that Ellington is outperforming Braxton Miller and Keke Coutee. Vegas is projecting the Texans to lose by 2.5 against the Chiefs. Andy Ried is another coach who loves to increase snap counts in the preseason to get as many plays in as possible, so I anticipate this to be a high paced and high scoring game. With the Texans falling behind early, I anticipate a lot of throws to come Ellington’s way in the 2nd half.
Tight End (Cash): Hayden Hurst (Baltimore Ravens): Hayden Hurst found the end zone in the HOF game and looked like a team favorite for targets in the preseason. With a lot of DFS players rostering Jackson this week, I like the idea of having some exposure in this game just in case, Hurst, scores a couple of cheap touchdowns.
Tight End (GPP): Marcedes Lewis (Green Bay Packers): Lewis started for the Jaguars the last few seasons, but due to some injury concerns he found himself looking for a job this off-season. Lewis is talented enough to start for most NFL teams, but with Jimmy Graham and Lance Kendricks in the mix in Green Bay, he finds himself 3rd on the depth chart. Lewis is a red zone monster and should be a favorite target for Deshone Kizer throughout most of this game.
FLEX (Cash/GPP): Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Everyone’s favorite waiver wire add last season in Redraft and Dynasty leagues is back and is ready to help us cash in Fanduel this week. He has shown his value to the team with games of 20+ carries last year, but he finds himself behind Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones. He is competing for a 3rd string, and passing down role, with Charles Sims. Out of those two Running Backs, Rodgers has been announced the goal line back. I love touchdowns. I love Rodgers.
Defense (Cash/GPP): Kansas City Chiefs: The Houston Texans are awful when Watson and Hopkins are not on the field. They had the worst ranked offensive line last season. The Chiefs will be in the backfield all day which will provide a solid secondary with a lot of opportunities to make plays and score touchdowns.