NFL Preseason DFS Saturday Picks Week 3

The preseason is now officially half way over, and we are moving quickly toward the start of the regular season, and the real big cash prizes. These preseason games provide a good opportunity for us to get our mental muscles moving again, and this is going to be the most interesting week so far. Most teams are expecting to run their starters out for the first half of action. This Saturday slate has five games, but should still provide a significant amount of excitement as we move quickly toward the regular season.

QUARTERBACKS

Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders) vs. Tennessee Titans

I think there are going to be a large amount of people on the starters as opposed to bench players this week, so I am going to give you one of each. I love this matchup for Carr, as I fully expect the Raiders to work through the air in this game. I love the upside for Carr this year, and I think he’s got a really strong matchup in this game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go somewhat into the second half as this time gets their final look at the first team offense before the start of the season.

Bryce Petty (New York Jets) vs. New York Giants

I almost caught myself saying that Petty isn’t a guy you should be using in your cash games this week, but ultimately, you shouldn’t be playing cash games. Anyway, Petty is fighting for a roster spot, and had a really, really nice outing last week. I fully expect Petty to continue to see the majority of second team reps, and I think this matchup is really nice for him against the Giants. He was a monster at Baylor, and I think he could certainly end up finishing this game with a nice stat line.

RUNNING BACKS

Benny Cunningham (Los Angeles Rams) @ Denver Broncos

Reports out of Los Angeles seem to favor the idea that Todd Gurley is only going to play on one drive this week. That should give an awful lot of time to Benny Cunningham. He has looked pretty good thus far in the preseason, and we have to like him a lot on DraftKings due to the fact that he can catches a lot of passes out of the backfield. He’s probably my top go to guy at the position today.

DeAndre Washington (Oakland Raiders) vs. Tennessee Titans

It seems as if the Raiders are looking to give their rookies some time with the first team offense, so Washington will get his first chance to play with the big boys this week. If you followed his career at Texas Tech, you saw a determined young runner that was in an Air Raid offense that slowly carved out a massive role for himself. I like his chances here of putting together a strong outing.

Wendell Smallwood (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Indianapolis Colts

Smallwood will not likely start, but that’s not why I am looking at him tonight. I am looking at him because he was drafted in the fifth round, but has yet to see a snap in the preseason due to injury. As a result, I think you could see extended playing time for Smallwood, as the Eagles really try to see what they have in him. The matchup is pretty good, as well, as I think the Colts defense could be one of the worst in the league.

WIDE RECEIVER

Tajae Sharpe (Tennessee Titans) @ Oakland Raiders

At this point, if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Sharpe has looked every bit of the real deal in the preseason, and should get continued looks as this team has to make decisions on what their receiving unit is going to look like in 2016. It was an absolute mess last year, but with Sharpe excelling, and Rishard Matthews coming over from Miami, there is some optimism there. I think Sharpe will be both high owned and highly successful.

Donte Moncrief (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

I think Moncrief and Luck really have a nice rapport with one another, and they get a pretty poor defense here. Yes, the Eagles intercepted Landry Jones four times last week, but that was more on Jones than the defense. I think they will try to get Luck some good reps here since it has been awhile since he has played, and I expect him to find Moncrief at least a few times in this game.

Robby Anderson (New York Jets) vs. New York Giants 

You can call this chasing points if you want, but if a quarterback has a good chemistry with a receiver, I’m not sure why you would want to look the other way. I think the Jets may even be willing to give Anderson some first team reps after that performance last week, and if he does, that should mean a long night for him, as I imagine he’ll play with the second team as well.

TIGHT END

Tyler Higbee (Los Angeles Rams) @ Denver Broncos

This tight end slate isn’t exactly the most exciting I have ever seen, but this is what we have. Higbee either didn’t see action or wasn’t used in last weeks game. That was the one game I didn’t get around to watching. He is still someone that I think could certainly be used in this game, as he is an excellent receiving tight end who the team is likely going to want to get a look at to see if he’s worth a shot in the regular season.

Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans) @ Oakland Raiders

When in doubt, look to a guy who saw a high amount of both targets and receptions in 2015. Walker surely won’t be able to do what he did last year, but he should be usable in spots. I like the chances of him getting involved here, despite not really being able to do so last week. He should see more of the game than he has thus far this year.

DEFENSE

Well, after watching the Denver quarterback carousel look like absolute trash last week, I think it is safe to say that the Los Angeles Rams would be the way to go. The defense hasn’t looked great so far, but it does have some highly talented players and I like for things to come together for them here.