Degenerates, assemble! Say what you will, but I am stoked for the preseason DFS week 1 main slate. This is the first time we’ve had a full DFS slate for NFL since January…seven whole months of torture. We’re back now, and I’m giving you 10 players that I’m looking to get into my lineups on both Draftkings and Fanduel alike. This Five By Five series will look at five players I am trying to build my lineups around, and five players I think will be off the radar to separate my teams from the masses. There are a few high stakes, big field tournaments available on both sites. My favorites are the $25K Play-Action ($3, 20 Entry Max) on Draftkings and the $60K NFL Preseason Snap ($4.44 entry) on Fanduel. Ok, let’s get into my favorite plays for the preseason DFS week 1 main slate!
Five Players To Build Around for Preseason DFS Week 1:
Devin Singletary (BUF, RB):
Devin Singletary could be chalky on this main slate, but for good reason. Both veteran running backs LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore have raved about the rookie in camp. I mean…the guy’s nickname is “motor”. What more can I say? He has beasted in camp, earned first-team reps and has very little to compete with tonight on the depth chart. The guys behind him are Senorise Perry and Marcus Murphy. Head coach Sean McDermott has already said that the starters will play one quarter. That will be plenty of time to get ROI on this play.
Dwayne Haskins (WAS, QB):
The quarterbacks ahead of Dwayne Haskins on the Redskins roster are head coach Jay Gruden’s boy Colt McCoy (dealing with an injury) and the mediocre Case Keenum. With both being proven vets, and Haskins being a top-15 draft pick this year, this should be a prime game for him to get two or more quarters of action. There’s of a lot of talk about teaming up Haskins with fellow teammate (and former college teammate) Terry McLaurin. Don’t overthink this play, as I think Haskins makes the most sense to play in all formats this slate.
Corey Grant (GB, RB):
Corey Grant is a very underrated weapon out of the backfield, and I’m not just saying that because he’s in this article. Look up with 20-yard run versus New Orleans last season to see what I mean. Not to mention, he’s had a few standout games in the preseason in his four-year NFL career. Week 3 of last year he posted double-digit fantasy points without scoring a touchdown. In 2017, he had a monster game rushing for 120 yards versus New England. Only on eight carries. He now finds himself gunning for a roster spot in Green Bay – a team that always seems to be in desperate need of a playmaker at the running back position. The Green Bay backfield is currently crowded, but Grant is viewed as the fifth running back on their depth chart (according to Ourlads.com). Look for Grant to get a majority of his run in the second half.
Nate Sudfeld (PHI, QB):
If you want to get exposure to the Eagles, forget about guessing what skill player is going to be the one to target and separate yourself from the field with Sudfeld. Nate Sudfeld isn’t a “sexy pick” but he has much to prove vying for Philadelphia’s backup quarterback spot. He really showed out last preseason throwing for over 500 yards and five touchdowns in three games of play. Coach Doug Pederson needs to see what he has in Sudfeld, as Wentz has not played a full season since 2016. The other compelling component in playing Sudfeld tonight is his surrounding pieces are very enticing in guys like Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and another I’ll touch on below. With Wentz not playing, Sudfeld should get a majority, if not, all the first-half run.
TJ Hockenson (DET, TE):
Tight end is always a crapshoot for Preseason DFS so why not just go with one of the most talented players on the slate. Hockenson was drafted in the top-10 by Detroit in April and he will have his chance on Thursday night to prove the comparisons to Rob Gronkowski have some merit. If not playing Hockenson, there’s another tight end on the Lions that could pay off tonight.
Five Contrarian Plays for Preseason DFS Week 1:
Jakobi Meyers (NEP, WR):
Undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers has outplayed N’Keal Harry thus far. First-round pick, N’Keal Harry, that is. He has Tom Brady singing his praises in camp, and he had earned a spot to run with the first-team offense. If there’s one thing we know about the Patriots, it’s that they are not afraid to find (and play) diamonds in the rough. Meyers had standout statistics at North Carolina State, but a subpar combine left him off of many draft boards. Meyers is my favorite wide receiver to play on the slate. He should get most of his run his veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer. Julian Edelman and Philip Dorsett have been ruled out, and Harry is questionable. The only guys Meyers should have to compete with for first-half reps are Braxton Berrios and Maurice Harris.
Ryan Nall (CHI, RB):
Bears bias aside, Ryan Nall is a guy I paid a lot of attention to last preseason. He had two stellar games rushing for 95 yards on nine carries in one game, and 79 yards and a touchdown on four carries. This was as a rookie. Running back can be one of the most difficult positions to figure out in preseason DFS. We do know, though, that Matt Nagy does not believe in playing his starters at all in the preseason. This opens up the door for the third-stringers and beyond to get a ton of work.
Isaac Nauta (DET, TE):
My guys Hess (@HessDFS) got me on this play in his article this morning. I really like Hockensen, but with the lack of depth at the position for the Lions, Nauta could get significant second-half run tonight. He’s been making numerous outstanding plays through training camp. As I said with fellow rookie Hockenson above, the tight end depth chart for Detroit is slim pickings. It was odd that he was drafted, albeit in the seventh round when they had already drafted Hockenson so I think the Lions should want to see what they have in the kid. This was a team that carried four tight ends on their roster a year ago.
Carlton Agudosi (PHI, WR):
I haven’t heard too much about this guy until I started doing my research on Sudfeld. Come to find out he’s been going under the radar with an outstanding camp. Let’s first start with the fact that Sudfeld has been targeting the 6’6″ 220-pound wide receiver a ton in the end zone. This makes his appeal skyrocket for me with my love for playing the Philly backup quarterback. This guy was a two-sport athlete in high school, playing basketball as a center (!). We’ve seen basketball-turned-football athletes have a ton of success at the NFL level, and while Agudosi hasn’t shined yet, this could be his time with Philadelphia. On teams where I have Sudfeld, I’m going all-in on Agudosi.
Miami Dolphins (DEF):
This may seem like a weird pick, but I feel like a defense can change the whole slate. Miami is facing off versus Atlanta at home. For those of you who didn’t watch the HOF game last week, the Falcons backups looked atrocious. Maybe we can chalk that up to it being the first game of the season, or maybe the offense is just not that great outside of their starters. Miami has the second-highest spread on the slate as 3.5-point favorites. Even though Atlanta has a game under their belt, with QB Kurt Benkert out for the game, I love targeting this Atlanta team and loading up on Dolphins defense while most will lean Seahawks or Ravens.
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