NFL Preseason DFS Picks
Robert Griffin III (Cleveland Browns) at Green Bay Packers
I’m typically not going to look at too many starters, but I actually think there are a few that may be worth looking at tonight. Robert Griffin III jumps out as one of those plays to me. He was recently named the starting QB for the Browns, but he certainly doesn’t have the stature of any of the other starters on the slate. I have a feeling that Hue Jackson will want to let his guy get some serious reps, even early in the preseason, to get him more acclimated in the offense. The Packers do have a better than average defense in my opinion, but I think he’ll be facing some of the backups in relatively short order. I think there is a good chance that he can end up with a touchdown here, and with how things went last night, could mean the world to your lineups.
Marquise Williams (Green Bay Packers) vs. Cleveland Browns
Williams was unquestionably my guy going into the initial slate, but the NFL dropped the ball, and we lost out on the tradition of the Hall of Fame game. This is actually a better matchup than the Colts, which is saying something, as this Browns defense will be amongst the worst in the league. Williams is a good dual threat talent who could benefit your lineup by adding some yardage on the ground. He’s also one of two quarterbacks likely to play in this game, so he should see ample opportunity as well. I’d expect him to see the most time of any quarterback on this slate, making him an excellent option in your lineups.
Daryl Richardson (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Detroit Lions
The Steelers announced earlier in the week that the vast majority of their meaningful contributors will be sitting the first game, which opens up the opportunity for a lot of guys vying for roster spots. The Steelers have a few guys in the backfield who could see a good level of production, but I really like the chances of Daryl Richardson to have a nice game. He’s competing with Fitzgerald Toussaint for the number three back duties, and all reports have been that he has the edge. I can see those two seeing a significant amount of playing time, especially with both Bell and Williams sidelined. I’ll give the edge to Richardson based on his background with the Rams and his performance at camp so far.
DeAndre Washington (Oakland Raiders) at Arizona Cardinals
There was a lot of buzz on Washington after rookie camp, but it has cooled down a bit now. He’s currently listed at number three on the depth chart behind definite starter Latavius Murray, but also Taiwan Jones. I do believe within the next four weeks, he’ll move up on the list, and I think that’s only going to happen with meaningful snaps being played. I don’t pay a ton of attention to the whole “good defense” idea in the preseason, as by the second quarter of this game, we’ll be dealing with a handful of players we’ve seen very little of in the past.
Rashad Jennings (New York Giants) vs. Miami Dolphins
Part of this is that the Dolphins were one of the worst teams against the run in 2015, and the other part is that I think the Giants are still trying to figure out their running back situation enough that we could see more of Jennings than expected. Reports out of camp are that he is the best of the backs, and I expect the team to let him prove it during the preseason. There is a good chance he could be in line for high touches [for the preseason] and a decent chance at a touchdown.
Sammie Coates (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Detroit Lions
We know that both Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton will sit this game out, as well as LeVeon Bell and DeAngelo Williams. That is a ton of production to go around. Coates has been one of the more improved players on the field at Steelers camp according to a variety of reporters. I personally expect him to have the much better year ahead of Wheaton this year, and it should start in the preseason. My only concern here is the consistency of the quarterback play in this game, but it is the preseason, so I do think he should be fine. He’s my top play at the position.
Terrelle Pryor (Cleveland Browns) at Green Bay Packers
Much like Coates above, we know that Corey Coleman, Andrew Hawkins and obviously Josh Gordon will be out of the lineup against the Packers. Pyror appears to be really developing in Cleveland in Hue Jackson’s new offense, and I expect Jackson to want to see the charisma between Gordon and RG III to increase even more. He’s their top starting wide receiver, but I think he’ll see a lot of targets in this game and should turn in a really nice outing tonight.
Leonte Carroo (Miami Dolphins) @ New York Giants
I went back and forth between Carroo and his teammate Jakeem Grant, but settled on Carroo for one reason: he is far more likely to be fighting to be a meaningful contributor. There is a good chance that, after a strong camp, a strong preseason could put Carroo as the number three receiver on the Dolphins behind Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker – making a pretty nice trio if you ask me. He’s going to see time in this game, and I would not be surprised if he had the highest score of all receivers tonight.
Will Tye (New York Giants) vs. Miami Dolphins
I expect the Giants to utilize the Tight End position a lot this year, and I expect them to start going so in this game. I think that Larry Donnell could be a good play as well, but I’m actually turning my attention to Tye in this one. I think he’s likely to see a little more time than Donnell, which means a lot even in the preseason. He should spend most of his time split between Ryan Nassib and Logan Thomas, but overall, I believe he should be a fine play on the night.
Clive Walford (Oakland Raiders) at Arizona Cardinals
Walford current comes in at second on the Raiders depth chart behind Lee Smith, but do we honestly think that is going to be something that last? I don’t. The rumors are that the Raiders really want to work Walford into the offense more, and I don’t think that is going to happen unless they give him some pretty significant run in the preseason. This should be a nice opportunity for him to get some meaningful snaps, as well as some good targets, which he should be able to turn into nice production on the evening.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Green Bay Packers will likely see the highest ownership against the Cleveland Browns. I really don’t hate that play, and I think you could play RG III, Terrelle Pryor and the Packers defense and still do OK, because this is the preseason, and someone will come in after RG III and could have a poor enough game that it would result in positive points for the Packers defense. Outside of the Packers, I could get behind the New York Giants against the Miami Dolphins. This team should play fast, which should result in more chances for mistakes and the Giants should be able to capitalize on that.