For each slate of NFL DFS preseason games, I will be combining information from various scouting reports and beat writers to compile a list of players who are the best bets to deliver the goods.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter @BenMcD_Sports as I’ll be updating my top plays throughout the day based on new information that comes out. Thanks for reading, NFL DFS Preseason Week 1 Thursday Lineup Advice!
NFL DFS – Quarterbacks
Drew Lock DEN QB
Continuing the age old tradition of John Elway drafted quarterbacks looking completely overwhelmed at the professional level, Denver’s newest rookie signal caller was horrific in his NFL debut last week.
However, despite his poor play, the Broncos are determined to continue to give Lock plenty of snaps in the preseason. In fact, after Tuesday’s practice, Head Coach Fangio addressed the topic of playing time in the upcoming game and stated that both Joe Flacco and Kevin Hogan could be expected to play, “a little,” but that Lock would play, “a lot.”
Guaranteed playing time in the preseason is as good as gold, and recency bias could very well cause him to carry significantly lower ownership than you’d usually expect, making him one of the better GPP options on the slate.
Chad Kelly IND QB
Talent has never been the issue for the second year pro out of Ole Miss. Off the field issues earned Kelly a one way ticket out of Denver last year, but he resurfaced in Indianapolis and seems to be doing everything in his power to stick on the roster.
One quick search on Twitter and you’ll quickly find multiple sources reporting that he has been the first guy on the practice field and the last to leave. With Andrew Luck injured, and Jacoby Brissett only expected to see one quarter of playing time, the opportunity should be there for Kelly to sling it and prove that he belongs at this level.
Trace McSorley BAL QB
With Robert Griffin III out due to injury, McSorley’s only competition for snaps will be Lamar Jackson and Joe Callahan. Baltimore shouldn’t be in any rush to put Jackson in harm’s way during meaningless preseason games, and Joe Callahan has been with the team for just over a week.
We’re still waiting on more concrete reports about expected playing time, but if McSorley gets the chance, he could be the highest scoring quarterback on the slate.
Last year at Penn State, McSorley racked up 800 yards on the ground to go along with 12 rushing touchdowns. In Greg Roman’s run heavy offense, the rookie quarterback should have an opportunity to make a big first impression on the league.
Joe Webb HOU QB
I’d be remiss not to mention Joe Webb. I’m not in love with him as a player, but if A.J. McCarron is held out due to the hand injury he suffered during Tuesday’s practice, it will leave Houston with only DeShaun Watson and Webb at the position.
I will be sure to share any update I see concerning McCarron on Twitter as soon as it’s made available. Obviously any player who is a lock for 3 quarters is a near lock for your lineup.