NFL PRESEASON DFS PICKS
Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) at Los Angeles Rams
If there has been one play I’ve been waiting for all week it is Dak Prescott. Kellen Moore is out most of the season, and it is hard to believe that the Cowboys will run Tony Romo out there in the preseason. This should give both Prescott and Jameill Showers all the run they could possibly want on Saturday. Reports have been very good out of Cowboys camp that Prescott looks like the real deal, and of the two, would be the guy I want to drop in my lineups tonight. The Rams have a good defense, but this is the preseason, so even if he struggles for the first few possessions, things should get easier as the game moves along.
Trevone Boykin (Seattle Seahawks) @ Kansas City Chiefs
I’ll take former college players that I am using in NFL Preseason DFS to make up for the fact that I will not be able to play college football DFS for $1,000 Alex. All joking aside, it has been reported that Boykin will be taking a large portion of the snaps at quarterback for the Seahawks. He’s unquestionably a dynamic athlete, and has good patience under pressure. I can’t imagine a situation where I am going to run another quarterback outside of these two tonight, as I’ve said from the beginning: touches mean everything in DFS football.
Robert Turbin (Indianapolis Colts) @ Buffalo Bills
Frank Gore was a top ten running back in some formats last year. Let that sink in for awhile. He’s still the clear cut starter, but his time could be coming to an end at some point, as he isn’t getting any youngers. The thoughts were, at least in the short term, that UDFA Josh Ferguson could be a guy that, through a strong training camp, could eat into some of those reps that Gore gets. While I do think that Ferguson will get run, and could get some good reps, I think Robert Turbin could be the better play. He’s been marked as the second running back on the teams initial depth chart. While that isn’t much to read into, I think he should still get some activity in this contest as the team looks to figure out his role on the team.
Alex Collins (Seattle Seahawks) at Kansas City Chiefs
The Seahawks will be without both Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise for their first season game, so it looks like there is some production to be split up. I would look at Christine Michael, who is currently looking like the second RB on the depth chart, as well as Alex Collins. The reason why I like Collins a little more is that he is more likely to catch passes out of the backfield, and as we know on DraftKings, you get one point per reception. Those can add up quick, as it is unlikely that there are going to be any huge outings taking place, and a guy who catches a few passes can become immediately invaluable.
Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) vs. San Diego Chargers
How can you have a list of preseason running backs and not list the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner? He’s most likely going to be the number two back for this team, and though he has been impressive in camp, I imagine the Titans are going to want to see what he can do in live action. The Chargers were horrible against the run last year, and something tells me Henry is going to have a monster game in his first professional outing.
Tajae Sharpe (Tennessee Titans) vs. San Diego Chargers
Tajae Sharpe could very well be a name that is unfamiliar to many, as he didn’t have the collegiate pedigree of many others. He played for Massachusetts, who at the tie was part of the MAC, but now an independent. He was a very good receiver at the school, their top for the last several years, and is going to be an interesting player this year. Right now, this Titans receiving unit isn’t the greatest, so the opportunity is definitely there. He’s been practicing with the first unit in training camp. There is a big possibility that is to try to get Dorial Green-Beckham back on track. Regardless, he should be a nice play as this team tries to figure out who will be catching the ball for them in 2016.
Pharoh Cooper (Los Angeles Rams) vs. Dallas Cowboys
I’m interested to see how he is going to be used in Los Angeles. His tenure at South Carolina, especially the last year, was highly interesting. He did literally everything for the team, and I do mean everything. At one point, there was even serious discussion about him playing the quarterback position. I’m saying all that to say that this team now has two very highly athletic players in Cooper and Tavon Austin, and I think they are going to design ways for them to play off of each other to get some big gains. I’m expecting Cooper to be heavily featured tonight, in what should be a fun game to watch.
Phillip Dorsett (Indianapolis Colts) @ Buffalo Bills
I’m wondering if people are going to forget about Dorsett at the crowded receiver position tonight. I expect to see the Colts try to move the ball around quite a bit tonight, and should be looking to take some deep shots. That is where Dorsett will shine. I think he’s a guy who will go overlooked a lot in the regular season, but there is no reason to do it there or in the preseason. He’s one of my favorite plays at the position tonight.
Nick O’Leary (Buffalo Bills) vs. Indianapolis Colts
O’Leary spent the vast majority of the year on the Bills practice squad before getting brought up for the last four games. The Bills should be without both Charles Clay and Jim Dray, leaving a lot of opportunity open at the TE position. With a somewhat depleted [OK, very depleted] receiving unit, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them rely more on the tight ends this year. O’Leary is my favorite of those that will play, and should get a good opportunity for some targets.
Nick Vannett (Seattle Seahawks) at Kansas City Chiefs
Vannett is a guy who actually made my sleeper pick list, as a very, very deep sleeper. I don’t think Jimmy Graham is going to be able to come back with full force, and that leaves Luke Wilson and Nick Vannett. I think the Seahawks will do what they can to see what Vannett got. I see Vannett as a guy who was underutilized in the college game at Ohio State. I don’t know whether I see him being highly owned tonight or not. I don’t think he will be, which makes him a nice option if he does have a big game and is low owned.
The defense I am looking at tonight will be the Buffalo Bills. I don’t think the Colts, regardless of who is at the QB position, will be able to do much damage. More importantly, I think there are some opportunities for turnovers, and if those turnovers turn into touchdowns, you are in good shape. Otherwise, I don’t hate the Seattle Seahawks against the Kansas City Chiefs.