Below is a game by game breakdown of the QB, RB, and WR for tonight’s 3 game slate. Be warned, I will not a K or DEF.A trend that I noticed last night the 3rd and 4th string folks played a ton.
Pittsburgh v N. Y. Giants
QB: No Big Ben or Landry Jones tonight. Rookie Josh Dobbs gets the start. Bart Houston is the only other QB on the roster. Houston is an UDFA. Dobbs will be in good spot playing most of his snaps with top of the depth chart player. It’s the Steelers, so Dobbs will be a very popular play tonight. CLICK DOBBS.
RB: Le’Veon Bell will be the play week 1, tonight the focus moves to the backups. Rookie James Connor isn’t going to play. Fitzgerald Toussaint is atop the depth chart and will play some in the first half. FA signee Knile Davis should get some touches, not enough to help win a GPP. Terrell Watson is an UDFA that has bounced around the league. If last night’s games were an indicator of playing time, he’s going to get some last game touches.
WR: Martavis Bryant is out. Again, like Bell, Antonio Brown will play VERY little if at all. Focus moves to a few guys. Eli Rogers, and last season’s game 1 receiving leader, Darrius Heyward-Bey are in play. The rookie to look at is JuJu Smith-Schuster. Again, he might be popular but he will get a chance to run routes on backups and the team will want to see what they have drafted. He could be in line for a big game. Cobi Hamilton and Justin Hunter should see plenty of targets throughout. Hamilton can be a nice pivot off the ownership of JuJu. Hunter has been the talk of training camp
New York Giants:
QB: Eli Manning didn’t play last year GAME 1 and he wont tonight. Geno Smith and Josh Johnson are competing for the backup role. The fourth QB Davis Webb can be a nice low owned play. Based off yesterday QB play, Davis should get the most snaps after half time.
RB: No Shaun Draguhn tonight, starter Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen should be avoided. The two backs that will get the worthwhile snaps are Orleans Darkwa and rookie Wayne Gallman. Darkwa is the darling of the coaching staff and should a nice solid play tonight. Gallman will be in late and run with the deep backups. Darkwa is running with the first team now, so he may see less time on the field.
WR: Sterling Shepard should be out tonight, still recovering. No ODJ and maybe no Tavarres King. The WR to target are Roger Lewis and Kevin Norwood. Also, Travis Rudolph is a viable option, he’s fighting to make the team.
TE: Evan Engram is one of 2 TEs I like tonight. He’s going to be popular but will be a great name to remember in your seasonal drafts.
Tampa Bay v Cincinnati
QB: According to reports, Tampa starters will get one quarter. Last night, Matt Ryan to Freeman was the first TD, could we see Winston to Evans TD tonight? I don’t care if we do, I won’t play him if it’s for a series or 2. That leaves the focus on backups Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin and Sefo Liufau to fight for snaps. No thanks.
RB: The running backs are a tad more narrowed down to carries and touches. Doug Martin and Charles Sims and I figure they gets the time with the first group. From there is where it gets sexy. Rookie RB Jeremy McNichols should get some run against backups. A super sneaky RB was the preseason 2016 MVP Peyton Barber. He has 39 of 118 carries last year!
WR: Evans and Jackson may play some. The rookie Chris Godwin should play a big role tonight and has had an amazing camp. The CFL superstar Derel Walker isn’t even listed on some depth charts, so if you are reading this you are in luck. He’s probably going to have Fitz throwing to him and he should have a great game at VERY low ownership. Josh Huff has roster consideration too.
TE: O. J. Howard. He’s the other TE I like. Play him or Engram or do your own research.
QB: Dalton isn’t expected to play and A.J. McCarron is in a prime spot to perform. Jeff Driskel is going to finish the game up and looks to be a great low owned play if he gets the whole 2nd half against backups.
RB: Welcome to the Joe Mixon era tonight. The hyped-up rookie that everyone will be looking for tonight when they set their DFS roster. The key with him is when he enters, he’s a great boom bust based on his abilities. Once Mixon is out Jarven Williams and Tra Carson should carry the load the last quarters.
WR: 2016 Twitter love Tyler Boyd is back in our lives. Rookie John Ross is out so Boyd may get some extra reps. Cody Core bumps up with the starters resting and has been in this offense to know the routes. After that Alex Erickson has drawn comparisons to Edelman and Welker, watch the game and you’ll see why.
San Francisco v Kansas City Chiefs
QB: Brian Hoyer is getting the hype from his rookie coach but the Niners have 4 QBs and I don’t want to touch any just yet.
RB: Another area that has too many RBs. I think I already named the best ones to use above so, the only one that I would consider is Raheem Mosert. Before I forget, keep and eye out for Matt Breida, word he may get the mop up duty. He might be a nice play.
WR: Niners have a deep WR corps but the PRESEASON DFS stud Aldrick Robinson is somehow back with Shanny. Love it!!!
Kansas City Chiefs:
QB: I wanted to type this “Patrick Mahomes tonight is the other QB that should be rosters besides Dobbs. A Dual threat, he can be the top scorer on the slate against a weaker defensive team. “BUT Andy Reid is ONLY giving the prized QB #1 pick a quarter to showcase. Sad Andy Reid, Sad me…. All QBS Avoid.
RB: Kareem Hunt has been having a great camp and the Chiefs are in love with the former Toledo Rocket. Hunt can play all 3 downs, so he is line tonight for a big work load. C. J. Spiller and Charcandrick West are going to eat some, but lock in Hunt.
WR: Chief WR is hard enough to figure out during regular DFS. Gehrig Dieter he’s a great pair with Mahomes. He was a DFS NCAA beast and the UFDA has been making some noise in camp. DEEP GPPs play.
***In closing, there is a lot of great options in each game and remember that DFS preseason is about opportunity. Focus on those players. ***
I hope you enjoyed the write-up and best of luck tonight!
About the Author:
Scott is an active duty Navy Chief, Scott grew up in NE Ohio “where nothing is given and everything is earned”. He’s married with 3 wonderful children. He plans to retire from the Navy in 2018 and start his stay at home dad job.