Welcome back to another DFS preseason breakdown! It has been a fun couple of days in the NFL as we have seen some of the more prominent players get some extended run. Yesterday we saw Patrick Mahomes flash that rocket arm, Christian McCaffrey showcase his electricity and Tyreek Hill blow the top off of the Falcons defense. Draftkings is offering another $8 tournament with $15K to the winner for today’s slate.
Let’s see who is on the radar.
Right now it looks like there could be some decent options at the signal-caller spot for this slate of games. As of now, we have gotten word that Case Keenum and the Broncos starters could potentially see from a quarter to a quarter and a half. The guaranteed playing time is what we like to hear when attacking preseason DFS. Pairing Keenum with one of his primary receivers in either Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders is intriguing.
I also expect Chad Kelly to be one of the higher owned quarterbacks for this slate after an impressive performance last week. It appears that showing was all Kelly needed to ascend to number two on the depth chart ahead of Paxton Lynch. Kelly could soak up a lot of snaps in this game as the Broncos continue to get him more acclimated to the NFL.
This one feels really ugly, but Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb III could see some nice run in this game. Bill O’Brien has already come out and said that Deshaun Watson will see around the same amount of time that he did last week which was good for a grand total of one drive. If he stays true to his word, this would mean Weeden and Webb could see extended work. Both of them had encouraging showings last week against the Chiefs. Although Weeden only attempted 11 passes, two of them went for touchdowns. Webb also flashed his rushing ability as he carried the ball four times for 42 yards.
It is always intriguing to play starters in week two of the preseason given the combination of their superior talent and their ownership. Some guys I will be keeping an eye on in regards to playing time are Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota, and Mitchell Trubisky.
There are a lot of crowded backfields on today’s slate but there are a couple we may be able to target due to injury. The Seattle Seahawks currently have Rashaad Penny and Gerald Holmes listed as questionable. Mike Davis and CJ Prosise have also been dealing with injuries. Pete Carroll has already stated that Prosise will likely play. Chris Carson is currently in the driver’s seat for the number one job after being impressive in camp. I’m thinking he could get some meaningful time here given the banged-up backfield and the chance that the ones see extended run. J.D. McKissic could also see nice time behind him, and he has shown that he is capable in the passing game.
Another backfield that is dealing with its fair share of injuries is the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have already come out and said that both Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon will miss the rest of the preseason. That leaves Raheem Mostert, Jeremy McNichols, Joe Williams and Alfred Morris along with a couple other bodies to carry the ball. Kyle Shanahan has already come out and said that he will split the carries evenly among his available guys. If I had to go with one guy they may take an extra look at its second-year player Joe Williams. Last week he had 11 carries for 27 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for 15 yards. Raheem Mostert is also someone to keep an eye on as he has impressed in previous preseasons. Make sure to monitor this situation up until lock to see if there is more clarity on playing time.
Another guy that may see some extended time in his game this week is Ronald Jones II. There have multiple reports that Jones has struggled in camp and he is currently behind Peyton Barber on the depth chart. I would expect them to work Jones a good bit in this game to help him try and work out the kinks.
Bo Scarbrough is someone else who impressed last week. Jazmine Olawale is currently questionable and if he were to miss, Scarbrough could see a couple extra touches. Scarbrough carried the ball nine times for 33 yards and a touchdown. Although he gained most of his yards on a 28-yard run, he was also able to contribute in the passing game adding two catches for 19 yards. If the Cowboys trust Scarbrough to catch the ball too, he could post another nice score this week.
The injury bug has also struck the Seattle Seahawks receiving core as Doug Baldwin, Amarah Darboh, Tyler Lockett, and Brandon Marshall are all listed as questionable. The first three guys are definitely going to miss this contest. This leads me to believe that newly acquired Jaron Brown could see some extra run. If he is going to get time with Russell Wilson to start the game, then he is definitely worth a look. I also have my eye on Marcus Johnson who was acquired in the trade for Michael Bennett. He may see extended time throughout the game simply due to the lack of bodies.
Rookie receiver Justin Watson had a good showing last week catching three balls for 30 yards. Bobo Wilson and Freddie Martino are both questionable and if they end up missing this contest that could equal more snaps for Watson. This is a situation I will be monitoring up until lock.
The Dallas Cowboys have already come out and said that Cole Beasley will not play and that Tavon Austin is currently day-to-day. If that is the case we could see another nice week from rookie receiver Michael Gallup. I would expect his ownership to be high given that nice 30-yard touchdown catch he had last week, but it will probably be warranted given the injuries to the above guys. Lance Lenoir is another guy that could see some extra opportunities. Although he had a touchdown catch last week to pad his box score, he only caught two balls for three yards. Having said that, I think he is still definitely worth a look here and should see a nice amount of time.
If you are playing tournaments I would advise you again to take some shots on number one guys. I already mentioned the Broncos top guys above, but I may take a couple shots on guys like Mike Evans and AJ Green.
For the Broncos, they currently have Jeff Heuerman, Austin Traylor and Troy Fumagalli all listed as questionable. This is definitely a situation to monitor up until lock because if those guys were to miss it would lead to extended time for guys like Jake Butt and also Matt LaCosse who had two catches for 40 yards and a touchdown last week.
It looks like the Chargers will only have three available tight ends and maybe a fourth if Cole Hunt, who is currently questionable, ends up playing. If not though, Braedon Bowman, Ben Johnson, and Sean Culkin could all get some extra looks. This is another spot that will need to be monitored up until lock.
The one guy I think I may be gravitating towards is Nick Vannett of the Seattle Seahawks. He already has some rapport built in with Russell Wilson and could see a few extra targets his way this week if the ones see extended time. He had a solid showing last week hauling in two catches for 20 yards and a touchdown.
The tight end spot as a whole is looking cloudy on this slate, so if you can nail this spot in your lineups you could set yourself up nicely against the field.
Well, that about does it here. Hopefully, these guys can help you put up some nice scores. Thanks for reading and good luck with your lineups.