We have a solid 5 game slate on hand tonight that features a $20K 1st prize on Draftkings. Once again this article will be written with the Draftkings scoring system in mind.
Here we go.
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes has arguably generated the most buzz of any fantasy relevant player this offseason as he is poised to take the reigns of the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs offense. Reports came out earlier this week suggesting that Mahomes and the ones could see extended work in the first half which is huge in preseason DFS. Although he will be popular, it is often times unwise to fade guaranteed playing time with these games. Mahomes has also already seen regular season action as well. Even though it was Week 17 of last year, those are still valuable reps that could translate to early improvement.
Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns
The quarterback position could end up real chalky for this slate as Baker Mayfield is coming off an impressive debut. Mayfield posted 212 passing yards and 2 touchdowns which were good for 17.78 DK points. I would expect Mayfield to see about the same amount of time as he did last week which was around two quarters and change. With Mayfield’s passing skills coupled with his rushing ability, he is hard to ignore on this five-game slate.
Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns
Chubb was leaned on heavily in the Browns preseason opener as he rushed the rock 15 times, but only turned that into 11 yards. Chubb ended the night with 3.3 DK points after being just under 20% owned. I’m hoping the sting of last week could lead to a reduction in ownership on this slate. I have no problem going back to the well here if he potentially sees around the same volume as he did last week.
Wayne Gallman/Jalen Simmons – New York Giants
Given that #2 overall pick Saquon Barkley tweaked his hamstring earlier this week and will likely be out, the Giants backfield could be appealing here. Jonathan Stewart is a proven veteran, and I am not sure the Giants would want to give him extended run here. That should leave plenty of time for both Wayne Gallman and Jalen Simmons to put up some points tonight. I will be monitoring this situation up until lock to see who may have the edge for touches and you should too. Gallman didn’t do much on the ground last week, but his work in the passing game was encouraging as he hauled in four passes for 33 yards. It is always important to target RBs who can contribute in the passing game, especially on Draftkings. Simmons could also see plenty of work towards the end of the game.
Marcus Murphy – Buffalo Bills
Murphy was a monster last week for the Bills as he had seven carries for 35 yards, caught four passes for 30 yards and also punched in a touchdown. Murphy sounds like a camp favorite and he showed why last week. With Shady McCoy and Chris Ivory currently ahead of him on the depth chart, I think Murphy could be in line for another nice workload as he tries to secure his hold on the third running back job. Again, Murphy offers that PPR upside like I mentioned above with Gallman.
Tre’Quon Smith – New Orleans Saints
The Saints rookie receiver had a solid debut last week against the Jaguars as he caught four balls on five targets for 48 yards. Cameron Meredith is currently questionable, and his status should be monitored up until lock. If Meredith were to miss, Smith could see some extra run. He was already on the field for 46 of the team’s offensive snaps last week and any additional work here would be icing on the cake.
Jakeem Grant – Miami Dolphins
This pick is a bit of dart throw, but there is some method to the madness here. Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker is currently week to week after injuring his finger in camp. Kenny Stills is listed as questionable for this contest as well. With some of their top guys banged up, we could see guys like Jakeem Grant and Leonte Carroo see big bumps in playing time for the Dolphins. Grant was also working with the first team in practice this week and is expected to start as of now for their game against the Panthers. If he sees work with the ones and the backups, Grant could provide some solid points.
Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
If the Chiefs ones are going to get extended time in the first half, you have to give all of their weapons a look. Kelce stands out as an elite option on this slate in comparison to the other tight ends listed. He has been a monster over the past few seasons and I think the Chiefs would probably like to get that rapport between Mahomes and Kelce building sooner rather than later.
Eric Saubert – Atlanta Falcons
Saubert has apparently been impressive in camp and had a decent showing last week posting two catches for 15 yards. He was popular last week so his lack of production could drive down ownership on this slate. Hopefully, the Falcons try to get him going in this contest against the Chiefs.
Logan Thomas/Jason Croom/Nick O’Leary – Buffalo Bills
I am unsure as to who we could see get the bulk of the playing time at tight end as the competition for the number two spot behind Charles Clay seems wide open. My reasoning behind the suggestion here however is the fact that the Cleveland Browns defense has been susceptible to the tight end position in recent years so I am willing to take some chances with the guys listed above. This is definitely a situation I will be monitoring up until lock and I would advise you to do the same.
Be sure to monitor news and statuses up until lock as usual. Hopefully, these guys can help propel you to some solid scores tonight. Once again, thanks for reading and good luck with your lineups.