NFL Preseason Picks – 2017 Week 1

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NFL Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Ahh, the preseason is now on us. It is always both fun and frustrating to play preseason DFS, at least in week one, because it is tough to figure out what teams are going to do. We already saw that within the Hall of Fame game. The picks presented below are my personal favorites, and are the players I will be using in my lineups. We are looking for more opportunity than name value. Week 1 of the preseason is a good time to use a lot of rookies in your lineups, or at the least 2nd and 3rd stringers back because they will be seeing far more opportunities.

I also decided in the midst of the last paragraph that I was going to break things down by day. Thursday will be more expansive.

Let’s get things kicked off!


Only one game for Wednesday, and it will be the Houston Texans visiting the Carolina Panthers. Joe Webb jumps out as being a potential quarterback play, as Cam Newton will not play and Derek Anderson is a far more experienced player. The Texans situation is really unclear and I just do not like it. I would be interested in both D’Onta Foreman and Dare Ogunbowale at the running back position, as I think they have the best opportunities. I really also like both Fred Ross and Justin Hardee as options at the wide receiver position. Even though both teams have used the tight end a lot, I am going to pass here.



Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers

Hundley is probably at the top of my list this week. Aaron Rodgers should not see much time, if any, on the field, but even if Hundley starts, I think it is likely that he will see a full half. He is one of the better unheralded back-ups in the league, and this strikes me as being a situation where we would want to get a guy who is likely to start a lot into our lineups.

Jacoby Brissett – New England Patriots

One of the things I like to look at is teams that have favorable depth charts. New England’s reads: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garopollo and Jacoby Brissett. The first two are highly unlikely to see much action, which should love Brissett in a position to soak up all the extra work. He was good in action last year, and I suspect he is someone we will be looking to a bit during the preseason.


Brian Hill – Atlanta Falcons

The easiest way to start this off is by saying that I cannot imagine either Devontae Freeman or Tevin Coleman to play much. Terron Ward and Derrick Coleman (FB) have been around awhile, so I think the coast is clear for Hill to see significant work in the preseason. He was a monster in the Mountain West last year (and prior) with Wyoming, and he is someone I want to have exposure to this week.

DeAngelo Henderson – Denver Broncos

Henderson was a pretty highly touted pick coming out of Coastal Carolina I believe this year in the draft. It was not so much because of what he is likely to do, but what he can do. He was drafted later in the draft, and I expect the Broncos to work hard to see what they will have in the young man this week. He should be strongly considered in tournaments.

Samaje Perine – Washington Redskins

It does not seem out of the realm of possibility that we will see Perine get an extensive look on Thursday. While the Redskins used a higher pick on him, he is still behind both Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson for work. If one of them does not play, I actually think that could increase his workload even in the preseason, and is someone I want to have some exposure to this week.


Drew Morgan – Miami Dolphins

Isaiah Ford just had knee surgery and Rashawn Scott is hurt as well. The assumption is there that Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills will not see much time. Even though Morgan is not a burner, I could see him catching some dump off passes. He is currently listed as the depth behind Landry at the slot, so he could see extended time to see what he really has.

Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars

Right now, Westbrook is in the midst of a strong training camp. He started slow at Oklahoma in 2016, but finished the year off as one of the most exciting players in the country, earning a trip to the Heisman ceremonies as well. I suspect that he will get a ton of work during the preseason, and it will start here.

Tommylee Lewis – New Orleans Saints

Lewis was used in the Saints special teams unit in 2016, but did see some action in different scenarios in the offense. I do believe the talent is there. He excelled at Northern Illinois while he was there, and I would not be shocked to see the Saints try to get him moving on offense to see if they can design a package for him in the regular season.

Carlos Henderson – Denver Broncos

I hate to go with two players from two conflicting positions in the same article, but I am. Henderson is the most elusive player coming out of the draft, and I think the Broncos are going to deploy him heavily this week. This is a huge step up from Conference USA defenses, and I think they will want to get him acclimated to things before giving him some type of role on this offense.


Nick Boyle – Baltimore Ravens

There are just no healthy bodies. I think Vince Mayle, former Washington State Cougar and Cleveland Brown, has been working as a TE, but outside of that, it is a bunch of hurt dudes and Ben Watson. I do not see the Ravens using Watson much due to his age, so we could see a healthy helping of Boyle this week.

Seth DeValve – Cleveland Browns

A CLEVELAND BROWN??!?!? Have you lost your mind? DeValve has supposedly had a strong training camp, and while I expect David Njoku to see the first team reps, I could see DeValve playing deeper into the game. They are playing the Saints defense, whose second team defense is a glorified Pop Warner team.

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