DFS NFL DraftKings Preseason Lineup Advice Week 1
Draftkings knows how to milk every once of degenerate out of a person, don’t they? Preseason football? I think DraftKings is going to put out a contest for my flag football game this Sunday (if they do, I’m a good punt option at WR, I don’t make a lot of catches, but the catches I do make are normally for TDs). I feel dirty playing preseason football, but I’m starved for DFS for a sport I know. I’ve been playing MLB all summer and I know zero about MLB! Let’s get to the reason you’re here:
Carson Wentz, Eagles
Wentz has already been predicted to get the most snaps of any player for the entire preseason, so he is a no brainer here. The Eagles know what Sam Bradford and Chase Daniels are, and they intend to redshirt Wentz in the regular season, so the only chance they will have to see him in real game action is now.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots
This one is a little risky because you never know what Bill Belichick will do here. Conventional wisdom says they need Garoppolo to be ready for the season, so get him as many reps as you can before then, but there is a part of me that thinks Belichick’s ego will get in the way and he’ll treat Garaoppolo like any “starter” and barely play him in preseason Week 1. Wentz will likely be the highest owned QB, so if you’re looking for a GPP contrarian play, Garoppolo could be your guy.
Josh Ferguson, Colts
Frank Gore is like 94, so there is no way the Colts play him any kind of meaningful minutes. Ferguson has been getting some preseason hype and could spell Gore in the regular season. The Colts are going to want to see if he can be viable in that role, so I expect him to lead all Colts RBs in snaps in this one.
Kenneth Dixon, Ravens
Rookies are always a good bet to get some a ton of snaps in preseason and Dixon is no exception. Don’t expect Justin Forsett to see any meaningful snaps — if he even plays at all. The Ravens already know what they have in their other RBs (except the next guy on this list), as all of the were on the roster last year. I expect Dixon to play most of the second quarter and deep into the third or early fourth quarter.
Terrance West, Ravens
A lot has been made about West this off-season. Beat writers are raving about his camp so far, calling him “the most explosive player” on the field for the Ravens. That’s high praise for a guy that was cut by the Browns! The Ravens felt so good about how West was performing that they were comfortable cutting Trent Richardson — okay, that was a joke — but in all seriousness, the Ravens aren’t going to play Justin Forsett much coming off a season-ending injury last year. West should see plenty of action even with Dixon getting some reps.
Michael Thomas, Saints
Thomas has already been labeled the next Marques Colston, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Thomas is a rookie with promise, but he will need to play well in the preseason to earn the No. 3 WR position and potentially push Willie Snead for No. 2. Rookies are always a good bet to play a ton of snaps in the preseason, and the Saints will want to see what Thomas has to offer.
Jared Abbrederis, Packers
The Packers have their top two WRs and there is no questioning that. DeVante Adams is expected to hold down the No. 3 spot, so that leaves three other guys fighting for No. 4. Abbrederis is the favorite to win it, and could potentially push Adams for No. 3. Either way, the Packers will need to have this sorted out before the season starts, so all of the Packers WRs not named Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb should play a ton of snaps.
Justin Hardy, Falcons
Hardy was set up to be the No. 2 WR in this offense until the Falcons went out and got Mohamed Sanu, now he is subject to being the No. 3 WR “at best” and potentially on the bubble to make the roster at all. I don’t expect the Falcons to cut him, but they are going to want to see something from their young WR in the preseason for them to feel comfortable with him as their No. 3.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buccaneers
My has this situation turned ugly in a hurry. Going into the off-season, a lot of people had ASF as a breakout candidate, and now there are rumors he could be cut. Cameron Brate has reportedly passed him on the depth chart, and most teams don’t keep a ton of TEs on their rosters unless they bring something else to the table, i.e. play special teams or be a good run blocker — ASF is neither. To put it another way, he is playing for his job, if not with the Bucs, then with another team.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
Wait? What? He is a starter and will probably play one series. Yeah, but he is also the most likely starter from any team playing on this slate to score a receiving TD, and that in itself is enough to take a risk on him. Besides, it’s kinda fun to pay $5,500 for Gronk, it’ll never happen again, of that I can assure you.
New Orleans Saints
Defense in the preseason is a crapshoot. The defense is so vanilla it’s hard to predict how good they’ll be, so I looked at the all the teams on the slate and thought, “Which of these teams care the least about preseason.” And that answer was the New England Patriots. So I took the defense playing aginst them.
Originally published at GoingFor2.com.