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DFS NFL – Week 2 Preseason Game by Game Notes

 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – AUGUST 10: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets carries the ball as Duke Riley #42 of the Atlanta Falcons defends during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 10, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) DFS NFL

We have different sized slates all over the board for DFS NFL Preseason Week 2, so let’s get into some notes that could help you win some money!

DFS NFL Preseason is a fickle beast. Even if you think you have a bead on what’s going to happen, the third string quarterback might only attempt five passes. Looking in your direction, Bill Belichick. We all thought Danny Etling would get a lot of run since Tom Brady was out and Brian Hoyer is a veteran until it blew up in our collective faces. This week we’re just going to compile some short fantasy football notes about what we think could happen, while remembering things are highly volatile in DFS NFL preseason action

DFS NFL – Week 2 Preseason Game by Game Notes – Thursday

Eagles at Patriots 

Eagles – Nick Foles will play for the Eagles but it would seem like a safe bet Nate Sudfeld gets the majority of the snaps at quarterback. He threw two touchdowns last week against Pittsburgh, one of which went to tight end Dallas Goedert. He was the team leader in targets and you can go right back to that combo. Shelton Gibson and Mack Hollins would be receiver dart throws with big play ability. Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood led the team in carries last week for running backs.

Patriots –  As I mentioned earlier, trusting Belichick is a dicey proposition. Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill are duking it out for a roster spot and both got 10+ carries last week but so did Ralph Webb. He also hit pay dirt twice, so who knows which of the three will see the most work this week. Devin Lucien led in targets with six and turned it into four receptions for 70 yards.

Steelers at Packers 

Steelers – Head coach Mike Tomlin has already said that quarterback Landry Jones will not play, so count me in for some Mason Rudolph shares this week. I’m pairing him and receiver James Washington in many spots since these two connected last week and have the Oklahoma State chemistry to fall back on. Little know receiver Damoun Patterson saw a whopping 10 targets last week so he’s in play as well. Veteran Stevan Ridley had the largest carry share last week but I would rather play Fitzgerald Toussaint as the more efficient back.

Packers – I’m not all that interested in the Packers quarterbacks because they split the playing time pretty evenly last week and might do it again. Joel Bouagnon is the running back to play in all likelihood as he scored a touchdown and had the most carries. They’re set at running back so he should get some work. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, J’Mon Moore and Jake Kumerow all saw at least six targets last week so it’s hard to sort through which one to play.

Jets at Redskins 

Jets – It’s already the Sam Darnold show in New York. He got the bulk of the work last week and then proceeded to get first team reps in camp leading into this week. It’s a little difficult to stack him with a receiver because no one really stood out target or production wise but it would be interesting to take a stab at Robby Anderson. He excels at big plays and maybe you get lucky. The backs are a muddled mess so I’d likely go elsewhere.

Redskins –  There was very little to glean from Week 1 for Washington and with so many players getting piece of the pie, it’s pretty unappealing for fantasy players. We’ll get our first glimpse of what the running back rotation is without Derrius Guice, but playing Samaje Perine or Rob Kelly is a total guess.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – AUGUST 09: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants carries the ball as Emmanuel Ogbah #90 of the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter during their preseason game on August 9,2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

DFS NFL – Week 2 Preseason Game by Game Notes – Friday Night

Chiefs at Falcons

Chiefs – Coach Andy Reid has proclaimed that the starters are playing the whole first half so I’m all the way in for some of these players. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, receivers Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill, running back Kareem Hunt and tight end Travis Kelce are all on the table here. If Reid is telling the truth, a full on stack might be the way to go. These are starters that should be playing against second string players.

Falcons – Atlanta did very little of not in Week 1 and while I’m still holding out some hope the rookie receiver Calvin Ridley shows some flash, this whole team is full of dart throws. Receivers Devin Gray and Justin Crawford led in targets last week and no back received more than six carries.

Giants at Lions 

Giants – Saquon Barkley lit the Twitter world on fire but won’t play this week due to injury. Quarterback Kyle Lauletta was getting some first team reps in camp but I’m not sure I’d feel all that comfortable rolling him out there. Nothing is jumping off the page as a must play in this spot.

Lions – I’m definitely going to have some Kerryon Johnson on this slate. It’s hard to over look the rookie running back’s 67 yards on 11 touches last week and that doesn’t even include the 50+ yard run he had called back on a holding penalty. Johnson is fighting to carve out a big role on the Detroit offense and should flash again.

Bills at Browns 

Bills – Rookie quarterback is the one player of interest from this side as he showed a willingness to chuck the ball downfield. That’s going to give you the opportunity for a big play every drive and if it wasn’t for some of the more trustworthy options, Allen would be fairly popular.

Browns – At a total guess, quarterback Baker Mayfield will probably be the highest owned player on the slate. He looked fantastic last week and pairing him with Antonio Callaway could be chalky, but it’s the good kind of chalk. Both players should get a lot of time on the field and Callaway got seven targets and flashed big play ability. I’m torn on tight end David Njoku off his monster game. He likely won’t replicate the two touchdown effort but he’s oozing with talent.

Dolphins at Panthers 

Dolphins – Running backs have been hard to come by so far but Kalen Ballage might be one of the better options. Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore shouldn’t play much or at all and Ballage had 13 touches last week. Folks seem split on if he’s a quality back or not but if he’s getting the opportunity, that’s what counts. Tight end Mike Gesicki should have had a touchdown last week and is interesting even though the playing time might not be anything special.

Panthers – I usually wouldn’t advocate playing starters, but you can make an argument to play running back Christian McCaffrey. He got all the first team snaps last week and if that happens again and the starters go a little longer, he’s a fine play. Rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore is an solid option as well, checking in with six targets last week. He has the ability to break any screen pass to the house.

Cardinals at Saints 

Cardinals – I’m not convinced the Cardinals are going to be a very good offense this year and that certainly applies to their backups. There doesn’t seem to be much reason to dip into the Cardinals player pool unless we get word the starters will play a lot more.

Saints – Quarterback Taysom Hill is a nice option if the rushing upside remains from last week. He hit on eight of his nine pass attempts and then ran the ball for 52 yards and a touchdown on top of that. I’d head back to Tre’Quan Smith, who led the Saints in targets and could be fighting for the role that Cam Meredith was penciled in for. Meredith is still fighting injury and hasn’t been practicing so Smith could force his way into the lineup.

Jaguars at Vikings 

Jaguars – Running back Tim Cook seemed like a pretty solid play last week until he carried the ball twice for four yards. The Jaguars offense is pretty crowded at the moment so it’s hard to put much confidence behind any player. Quarterback Cody Kessler was the star of the stat sheet, completing 14 of 17 pass attempts for 139 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Dede Westbrook saw the team lead in targets with five.

Vikings – Running back Roc Thomas had one of the better statistical games from Week 1, with 131 total yards and two touchdowns. I wouldn’t expect that production again but he’s not a terrible option. Mack Brown and Mike Boone each saw 10+ carries as well. No player saw over four targets. If the starters play more, I’d be tempted to play Stefon Diggs but understand it’s likely not the smartest play.

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DENVER, CO – JANUARY 1: Wide receiver Amari Cooper #89 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Connor Cook #8 in the third quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

DFS NFL – Week 2 Preseason Game by Game Notes – Saturday

Jaguars at Vikings 

Jaguars – Running back Tim Cook seemed like a pretty solid play last week until he carried the ball twice for four yards. The Jaguars offense is pretty crowded at the moment so it’s hard to put much confidence behind any player. Quarterback Cody Kessler was the star of the stat sheet, completing 14 of 17 pass attempts for 139 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Dede Westbrook saw the team lead in targets with five.

Vikings – Running back Roc Thomas had one of the better statistical games from Week 1, with 131 total yards and two touchdowns. I wouldn’t expect that production again but he’s not a terrible option. Mack Brown and Mike Boone each saw 10+ carries as well. No player saw over four targets. If the starters play more, I’d be tempted to play Stefon Diggs but understand it’s likely not the smartest play.

Raiders at Rams 

Raiders – Quarterback Connor Cook and running back Chris Warren are the two who pop from the Week 1 stats but I’m fairly lukewarm on playing them. In fact, I’m not too excited about anyone from this squad, unless you think Marshawn Lynch has another 60 yard touchdown jaunt in him.

Rams – The only player I’m really interested in here is running back John Kelly. He had 91 total yards on 15 touches last week and seems like a running back who should get some touches, which is hard to come by in preseason football.

Bengals at Cowboys 

Bengals – Yeesh, there isn’t much here that makes me excited. Jeff Driskel and Matt Barkley at quarterback is gross, there’s a plethora of running backs and no receiver saw more than the five targets John Ross and Josh Malone got. I guess Ross could be a GPP target with his speed but that’s about it.

Cowboys – Rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup looks like a pretty solid option since he almost had a monster day in the last game. He should have had at least two more receptions and another touchdown. He got plenty of playing time with the first team as well, which is a good sign. Quarterback Cooper Rush should see plenty of action as well.

Buccaneers at Titans 

Buccaneers – Tight end Cameron Brate saw five targets last week which would certainly be interesting if that repeated itself. Jameis Winston saw more action than most people likely thought but he’s suspended to start the year so maybe they want to get him more reps now.

Titans – We saw virtually nothing from the Titans the last time out because they marched right down the field and scored. It probably depends on how much playing time the first team is likely to get as to who to play. They had a lot of mouths to feed this past week.

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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 11: Running back Royce Freeman #37 of the Denver Broncos carries for a 23 yard second quarter touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

DFS NFL – Week 2 Preseason Game by Game Notes – Saturday (cont.)

49ers at Texans 

49ers – San Francisco got pretty beat up this last week and running back Jeremy McNichols has been running with the first team. Maybe they use the newly acquired Alfred Morris to run some of the game in conjunction with Joe Williams, but it seems like guesswork. Receiver Dante Pettis only caught one of his four targets last game but it went for 53 yards, so he’s worth chasing again.

Texans – I would pretty much steer clear of this side of the game because I highly doubt we’ll see much from the starters and the backups are too much of a split to really chase.

Bears at Broncos 

Bears – Since we have two games from this team, we know that so far quarterback Tyler Bray has gotten the bulk of the playing time, running back Ryan Nall has been the wildly more efficient running back and receivers Javon Wyms and Tanner Gentry have dominated the target share.

Broncos – Running back Royce Freeman certainly flashed some upside last week and is a solid choice again this week as he tries to win the starting gig for the Broncos. Quarterback Chad Kelly also got a lot of buzz with his performance so he’s in the player pool.

Seahawks at Chargers 

Seahawks – You can roll out Nick Vannett if you want and hope for a touchdown but this unit is banged up right now. Receiver Doug Baldwin and rookie running back Rashaad Penny are both injured. There’s team I’d rather target more.

Chargers – Running back Austin Ekeler made the highlight reel last week but I’m not banking on seven touches if I can help it. Second year receiver Mike Williams got a decent amount of targets but that was about it. Quarterback Geno Smith did throw the ball 23 times in the last game.

DFS NFL – Week 2 Preseason Player Pool(as of Wednesday)

QB – Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, Patrick Mahomes, Sam Darnold

RB – Joel Bouagnon, Kerryon Johnson, Royce Freeman, Kalen Ballage, Roc Thomas, Ryan Nall

WR – Antonio Callaway, James Washington, Damoun Patterson, Tre’Quan Smith, Sammy Watkins/Tyreek Hill, Dante Pettis

TE – Dallas Goedert, David Njoku, Mike Gesicki, Nick Vannett

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