NFL Preseason DFS Thursday 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 Thursday slate only has two games, so we will only highlight a few players at each position.

QUARTERBACKS

Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) @ Seattle Seahawks

When I look at the options on the slate, no one sticks out more than Prescott. If you took our advice and played him last weekend, chances are that you had a nice night. Even though the starting unit is probably going to play a little more tonight, I still think Prescott will see ample time. Romo will start, but I think Jerry Jones and company are going to want to see more out of Prescott. They’ve got to decide if he is their backup or if they need to start looking elsewhere.

RUNNING BACKS

Arian Foster (Miami Dolphins) vs. Atlanta Falcons 

It has already been reported that head coach Adam Gase wants to see a lot of Foster this week. That could be coach speak, but I do think there is truth to it right now. Foster looked pretty poor in his initial outing, but two carries is hardly a sufficient sample size. I would expect the Dolphins to try to have Foster involved in both the running and passing game. Because of this, and the likelihood that the first team offense sees the first half of the game, I really like Foster.

Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons) at Miami Dolphins

Freeman looked very good against a very bad Browns run defense, and gets an equally, or potentially worse, run defense tonight. There isn’t a lot that needs to be said about Freeman. He is excellent running the ball, and is one of the more proficient pass catchers out of the backfield as well. He should see a lot of opportunity in this game, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him with multiple scores. He’s my favorite play at the position.

WIDE RECEIVER

Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys) at Seattle Seahawks

I would have definitely had Dez Bryant here, but he suffered a concussion in practice on Monday and will not be playing in the third preseason game. I think this gives Cole Beasley some appeal, as I expect the Seahawks to apply pressure to the quarterback, and Beasley excels at getting into the open field and making things happen. I think Terrence Williams is in play as well, but overall, I prefer Beasley in this contest.

Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Dallas Cowboys 

On the flip side of the game here, I think Doug Baldwin is in a good position in this game. He is pretty clearly going to be Russell Wilson’s top target. Baldwin had a huge 2015, though much of that production took place in a short span. Regardless, we are only worrying about one week here, and I think he should have a pretty good one here. I’m calling for him to get into the end zone, while grabbing a handful of catches and some nice yardage to boot.

TIGHT END

Jordan Cameron (Miami Dolphins) vs. Atlanta Falcons 

Cameron isn’t typically a sexy option, and he really isn’t here either, but we are talking about a situation where we have four games to choose from. I think Jacob Tamme could be used here as well, but I think that Cameron makes for a good play. Tannehill is looking for him near the red-zone, and I expect the team to get there this week. If he catches a touchdown, that could put him high above the rest at the position.

DEFENSE

This should be really interesting on this slate. With such a small amount of teams to choose from, ownership will dictate everything. I’m going to go with the Dallas Cowboys defense here. I think many will go with Seattle, which is the exact reason I’m zigging toward the Cowboys.