Preseason DFS is back!
It’s been a while—way too long—since I’ve been able to write up some plays for the DFS community. I thought there was no better time to get back to writing than an 8-game slate for Saturday. Below are plays that I’m looking to get exposure to for Saturday’s Week 2 Preseason DFS slate:
(Note: I only play GPPs in the Preseason DFS, as should you.)
Yes, he will be chalky. But this is Preseason—it’s ok to pick chalk at the QB position when the Defense or even Kicker (on FD) can change the entirety of the slate. What this comes down to is he’s one of the best options knowing that Tom Brady won’t see the field, he could easily be the starter for the Jaguars (sorry Blake) and he threw the most passes in week 1 of Preseason of any quarterback on the slate. Jimmy G went 22-for-28. That simply can’t be ignored. Lock him up for your teams whether you’re making a single entry or multiple entries.
Driskel looked good last week—good for him at least. He came in during the second half vs. Tampa Bay and went 8-for-9 for 97 yards and a touchdown. It sounds like this week the Bengals starters will get more than the 1st quarter run they saw last week with the Chiefs projected to play their starters for an entire half. Driskel had been having a great camp leading up to last Friday’s game and beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. has suggested Driskel could get even more run on Saturday. Driskel should see decreased ownership with people flocking to chalk in Deshaun Watson, Alex Smith or Jimmy Garoppolo.
I stated above that the Kansas City Chiefs starters are projected to see an entire half vs. Cincinnati on Saturday. That’s nothing to balk at—especially in the Preseason. This is the same offense that ranked 14th in points per game a year ago so the 1’s should be able to get a couple touchdowns. In Preseason DFS you need to lock up RBs who are going to be on the field and see high volume. Look no further than Spencer Ware who found pay dirt in the Chiefs preseason week 1 and caught three passes on four targets. He also seems to have quite the hold on the Chiefs No.1 RB spot:
If you don’t want to be tied to a chalky Alex Smith, Spencer Ware should be your guy.
Ty Montgomery is hurt once again. If you’ve been following our TFA Podcast you know Ty Montgomery is “my guy” for the 2017 season. But you cannot be naive when it comes to DFS. The NFL is a “next-man-up” league and that next man up for Green Bay is Jamaal Williams. The Packers fourth-round pick this year has slowly been building up hype this week getting first-team snaps in Montgomery’s absence. The Packers struggled mightily running the ball last week only gaining 47 yards on 18 carries. Williams did, however, see the most on the team with four. He does have to fight off a crowded backfield with fellow rookies Aaron Jones and Devante Mays. Williams stands out to me as he is a similar build to Montgomery and gets to run with the starters.
How could I not mention Kenny GOATaday? This guy is getting all the buzz and you can see why if you watch the film of his game last week in Indy. He is one of only 2 WRs this Preseason to score two touchdowns in one game. (The other being the Panther’s Damiere Byrd) Granted, he only had 3 catches and four targets but he has all the talent in the world. The hype was real this week after the team gave him time with the first team in TJ Jones’ absence. While Jones is now back and healthy, Galloday’s production and rapport he’s built with QB Jake Ruddock cannot go ignored on this slate even with a high projection at ownership.
I love this kid Austin Carr. Maybe it’s because he went to Northwestern just outside of my home city Chicago. I have no real reasoning for it, but watching the Patriots vs. Jacksonville game last week (for reasons unknown to me) and seeing his TD catch I thought, “wow, that’s a baller.” Followed by, “Man, I hate the Patriots.” He was on the field for the entire game and saw six of his seven targets from Jimmy G. He does have to battle with Jacob Hollister and K.J. Maye so temper your exposure but on your Jimmy G teams, I would give Carr a hard look.
The Broncos are dealing with injuries to WR Emmanuel Sanders, WR Cody Latimer, and TE AJ Derby. Taylor without a helmet on looks more like a guy from Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer but showed flashes of his potential in 2016. The Broncos are dying to have depth at the WR position and Taylor could be in-line to stand out Saturday vs. San Francisco who allowed Chris Conley to go for 46 yards on two catches. Taylor should get a good chunk of the ~50% snap share Latimer saw vs. Chicago when he went 7-for-7 for 54 yards. Taylor is one of my week 2 preseason DFS favorites.
For those of you wanting to play Mitchell Tribusiky, you’ll need to make sure you pair him with the right guy to get the “double-dip” on a touchdown score. The guy I would target is Florida alum, Deonte Thompson. Thompson has been on the Bears roster for two years now and quietly made plays down the stretch for Matt Barkley in 2016. He saw a team high eight targets in their week 1 game versus Denver and hauled in five for 64 yards. I guarantee not many people are thinking of playing this guy, even if they’re playing Mitchell T so he could set your lineups apart from the masses on Saturday.
Tight End is my least favorite position (outside of kicker) to deal within the Preseason. So I’m going to mention a somewhat household name here. My fellow co-host of the DFS DegeNation Podcast Eliot Crist mentioned that while ASJ only saw one target last week, he did run 14 routes. The Jets receiving core is just a mess and I think because of their porous showing last week vs. Tennesee many will just avoid Jets altogether.