Preseason DFS Week 2 is here! I’m ready for the action and to redeem myself from some week 1 duds, but shout out to those of you that played Jakobi Meyers! He was my favorite play for week 1 and I’m hoping some of the players below will help build your bankroll on Draftkings and Fanduel tonight. Here are my 10 plays for this week’s Five by Five. Good luck to all you degenerates playing Preseason DFS Week 2!
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Five Players to Build Around for Preseason DFS Week 2:
Ryan Finley (QB, CIN):
Ryan Finley has an ideal role going into week two of the preseason. Andy Dalton is the obvious starter. Backup quarterback Jeff Driskel saw snaps at wide receiver in practice this week. Finley is the guy Cincinnati wants to win the backup job. He just needs to go out and prove it tonight. He went 13-18 for 109 yards and a touchdown last week. Not anything groundbreaking, but when you look at Driskel getting 19 attempts and possibly not playing as heavy of minutes, Finley should have the top-3 most attempts on the slate. We like that for DFS purposes.
Miles Boykin (BAL, WR):
Miles Boykin is my favorite play for tonight’s slate. There is absolutely nothing to dislike about the rookie’s game. He was PFF’s highest-graded wideout on the team last week. Boykin didn’t get going until the second half, but he was everywhere on the field. He led the team with nine targets and made a fantastic 24-yard reception right before halftime. Boykin also had a touchdown called back in this game, which many may overlook. His rapport with Trace McSorley should bode well for this game. The biggest knock is he hasn’t been consistent through training camp, and week two of the preseason is the perfect time to right those wrongs.
Terry McLaurin (WR, WAS):
So many of us degenerates were all over the Haskins-McLaurin tandem for week 1, and nothing was more depressing than getting a combined 4.38 points on Draftkings from them. I expect them to bounce back heavily against a Cincinnati team that allowed 225 yards and three touchdowns to Patrick Mahomes’ backups. McLaurin has been the best receiver in camp, with head coach Jay Gruden admitting he didn’t McLaurin was “this good.” McLaurin has developed a relationship with each quarterback on the roster which should bode well for his playing time tonight. I like him to bounce back from his “donut” performance and have a monster game tonight in front of Washington’s fans.
Auden Tate (WR, CIN):
Cincinnati needs to establish their No. 2 wide receiver before the season starts with the AJ Green injury; Auden Tate is making his case. The second-year wideout out of Florida State was one of the bright spots in the Bengals week 1 game with three catches for 42 yards. The wide receiver battle for this team has been intense with 11 players vying for 5-6 positions. I expect Tate to go out and separate himself from the rest of the competition tonight versus Washington.
Josh Adams (RB, PHI):
It doesn’t make me comfortable writing up Josh Adams here, but my gut tells me one of these running backs for Philly will break the slate. Jordan Howard has a defined role. We know Miles Sanders has been having an amazing camp, I can’t imagine Philly running him out too much this game. Donnel Pumphrey moved to wide receiver and Corey Clement is battling back from injury. Adams is one year removed from setting the record for most rushing yards by an undrafted rookie. The coaching staff has said they want the running backs in competition to set themselves apart with the opportunities given. One thing Adams has going for him is that he is used in the passing game, which is why I included him here. He saw three targets in week 1, second-most to Smallwood. This may seem like a hopeful play on my end, but he should ample work in the second half against Jacksonville’s defense reserves that allowed big plays to Baltimore running backs.
Five Contrarian Plays for Preseason DFS Week 2:
Dwayne Haskins (QB, WAS):
You guessed it – if I’m building around McLaurin, why would I not try to double-down with his college QB in Haskins. Haskins had many “up-and-down” moments in last week’s preseason game. The starting job for Washington is not set at this point and a good game in front of Washington fans would do wonders for his stock. He’s battling with journeyman Case Keenum who also has much to prove, but at least has an NFL resume. Haskins could get a full half (or more) to play tonight, and with that, it makes him an intriguing GPP with most looking to avoid for the likes of Kessler, Finley, and Murray.
Trenton Cannon (RB, NYJ):
Trenton Cannon had a pretty pedestrian game comparatively to Elijah McGuire in week 1. If you’re just box score hunting, you would be apt to plug in McGuire as a lock this week. There are reports out of New York are that McGuire is on the roster bubble and could be cut. Enter Trenton Cannon, a guy who saw work with both Sam Darnold and back up quarterback Trevor Siemian. He had the most rushes on the team in their game last week versus New York (Giants) and had three catches – something we love for Draftkings purposes. Noise has been made when Trenton Cannon wasn’t included in a team running back photo on Jets twitter that Cannon could not be on the final roster. The fact that Cannon is used on Special Teams may keep him safe with a solid outing tonight.
Olamide Zaccheaus (WR, ATL):
Zaccheaus is not the best wide receiver on this team, but he has the most to prove. Similarly to the Cincinnati situation for Auden Tate, the Falcons have an abundance of wideouts. Zaccheaus’ nine targets through two preseason games for Atlanta leads the team. The Falcons clearly are giving him every opportunity to make this roster. Zaccheaus has the advantage of teammate backup QB Kurt Benkert vouching for him to the coaching staff. The Falcons/Jets game has the highest over/under on the slate for Thursday. The starters for Atlanta are playing but will see limited action. Look for Zaccheaus to get most of his run with the second unit and Matt Schaub under center.
Ricky Seals-Jones (TE, ARI):
Ricky Seals-Jones is the third-string TE on the Cardinals roster behind Charles Clay and Maxx Williams. Charles Clay is fresh off the PUP list this week. Maxx Williams played every snap with Kyler Murray but didn’t receive a target. Seals-Jones only saw targets in the first preseason game, but he’s the best receiving tight end on the team. I see him getting run with veteran QBs Bretty Hundley and Derek Anderson. I don’t expect them to do much, but neither is much of a deep threat, leaving many opportunities for short pass plays to the running backs and tight ends.
Jake Kumerow (WR, GB):
Many are trying to guess which receiver will go off with Aaron Rodgers, I just want to play good players I know will be on the field Thursday night. Jake Kumerow should get a decent run in this game, possibly with the first-string unit. He is one of five receivers (Adams, Geronimo Allison, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling the others) that has a secure role on this team. Kumerow is, and has been, a guy to shine in the preseason. He went off for three catches, 114 yards, and a touchdown in week two of the preseason with backup QB Deshone Kizer. Kizer-Kumerow should get a heavy dose tonight versus Baltimore. Bonus points if he gets snaps with Rodgers.