Preseason DFS Week 3 is here! It’s the dress rehearsal we’ve all been waiting for, right? Well, we are already dealing with questions on starters, field conditions going awry, and skepticism on trusting if the coaches do indeed mean what they say when they say it. It should make for yet another exciting night of DFS, as we are just two full weeks away from the regular season kickoff! Let’s get into my top players for preseason DFS week 3 in this week’s edition of the Five by Five:
Five Players To Build Around for Preseason DFS Week 3:
Jakobi Meyers (NE, WR):
At this point, it’s just burning money fading the rookie Jakobi Meyers on any preseason slate. In two games, he has a team-high 12 receptions on 14 targets for 151 yards in two touchdowns. Preseason or not, he’s been phenomenal and a defensive back nightmare. There’s no reason to fade him today. If we get news Tom Brady is playing tonight, Jakobi may break the slate. He’ll see run with both the first and second-string units.
Preston Williams (MIA, WR):
Much like the player above, Preston Williams has been making a ton of waves through the preseason. Even with the dud game last week (1 reception for seven yards), Williams is still making noise in training camp. My hopes here is that his week two disappointment will have many people wanting to avoid, especially with many wanting to play big-name players. Preston Williams will have the chance to take the field without his counterparts Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker which makes him even more of an intriguing play. There is the downside here that he’ll see time with Rosen who’s just #notgood, but if he can get deep passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick I love building around Williams once again.
Damien Harris (NE, RB):
Damien Harris is prime candidate to break the slate tonight seeing as how we don’t know much about the Patriots staters. Admittedly, I would be interested in James White if Brady suits up. However, if Brady is a no-go I think most the starters will see limited work. Harris accounted for 80 all-purpose yards last game versus Tennessee. He looked amazing, even if going against backups. He has been discussed as Sony Michel’s backup so look for Harris to make some noise in tonight’s game.
Paul Perkins (NYG, RB):
Paul Perkins was talked about being on the roster bubble just a week ago. He backed that up with a game of six rushes for 35 yards and two catches for 20 yards versus Chicago. It seemed like he was all over the field, and he played well into the third quarter. Through two games, he has fewer rushes than Jon Hilliman and Rod Smith, but tonight Perkins should get work with those two being his only competition.
Miles Sanders (RB, PHI):
Miles Sanders is listed as the primary backup on the Eagles most recent depth chart. Sanders only has eight carries this preseason, but he has been electrifying in camp. The Eagles backfield is not fun to target with all of the bodies they are running out, but this could be a great way for Sanders to separate himself from his peers, at home.
Five Contrarian Plays for Preseason DFS Week 3:
Lamar Jackson (BAL, QB):
The quarterback has been my Achilles heel this preseason. Basically, you should be playing guys with Josh McCown, Matt Ryan, and Daniel Jones tonight who we all believe will get significant run. There’s really no need to get cute and overthink it for cash or 50/50 games. But in large field GPP’s, if you’re looking for a contrarian play, I like Lamar Jackson a ton tonight. Mainly for his upside of a rushing TD. He only has two rushes for 14 yards, but if you’ve watched Jackson at all, you have seen he relies on his legs heavily to make plays. The Eagles front seven is legit, so if we get a full half of Lamar Jackson he should be able to put a decent outing.
Jaeden Graham (ATL, TE):
This is a guy, I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about. All I know is men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t. Through two weeks of the preseason, only Tanner Hudson and Irv Smith, Jr. have more targets than Graham from the Tight End position. Graham has actually run the second-most routes from the position this preseason, albeit with a low target share. The tight end position for DFS is a way to set your self apart from the field as it usually is the most chalky position. I’m running Graham out in big field GPPs.
Mohamed Sanu (WR, ATL):
This is strictly a narrative play for me. Today is Mohamed Sanu’s birthday. Combined with the facts that we can get the Atlanta starters for a half and Julio Jones is not playing tonight, what’s not to like? Sanu has games during the regular season when guys are injured where he goes under the radar and ends up paying off handsomely. I’m banking on tonight being one of those nights and looking to have a healthy amount of Sanu pivot plays over the more chalky play in Calvin Ridley.
Elijah Holyfield (CAR, RB):
*COACH SPEAK ALERT* It’s always fun when it comes straight from the coaches mouth, but Rivera is on record saying both Jordan Scarlett and Elijah Holyfield will see many opportunities tonight. The Panthers have discussed lowering Christian McCaffrey’s workload this year and in order to do so, they’ll need a competent backup to spell him. I really love Jordan Scarlett and he would be my ideal play for Fanduel where touchdowns are king.
Jordan Ellis (CIN, RB):
Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard are going to see run in this game, but head coach Zac Taylor has already said the starters will not play into the third quarter as done in years past. That means second and third-string guys could get a full half to themselves. Or more. Ellis was great last week quietly rushing for 52 yards and catching five passes on six targets. Don’t shy away from using Jordan Ellis on Draftkings tonight in large field GPP tournaments.
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