NFL Preseason Picks – 2017 Week 1 Friday

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!


Joshua Dobbs – I expect the ownership on Dobbs to be pretty high. I am not analyzing defensive matchups in the preseason. We just watched the Jaguars walk over the Patriots. Case made. Dobbs should see an extensive run into the third quarter, and that is enough for me to want some exposure.

Patrick Mahomes – Mahomes is easily my favorite quarterback from this draft class, so there is probably some bias here. However, he should be playing the entire second half, or close to it, so I want to run with him in my lineups. I think the upside is there for a big game due to what he can do with his feet.


Kareem Hunt – For what it is worth, I am not a believer that Hunt is going to overtake Spencer Ware this year. It is a cute theory, but ultimately, I think he will have a role similar to Charcandrick West, which puts him into more of a PPR role. However, in the preseason, I think he will get some run, and he should have every chance to put up a big night.

Joe Williams – I am curious to see how he looks tonight. Reports were that he started out poorly but has been building momentum. He should as well see ample time in the offense tonight, and that is all you could ask for. I like both he and Jeremy McNichols from Tampa Bay, but I have a lot of TB in this breakdown.


Derel Walker – There could be some bias on my part here, being so partial to CFL action, but Derel Walker is an interesting talent. Reports were that camp started really slow for him, but he looked good at the end. He is going up against the rear end of the depth chart on defense in this one, and I think he is someone who could shock and surprise.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – I think Smith-Schuster is another guy who could be a very popular play today. He is being hyped right now, and I think it is a worthwhile hype. The upside for him is solid, and he should end up with a solid stat line tonight.

Roger Lewis – This is year 2 for Lewis after what had to be considered a solid year one. He saw some appearances and scored some touchdowns in the regular season, but I do not think he is a lock and will need to do well here. I think he will see the chances to succeed and want exposure to him tonight.


O.J. Howard  – The tight end position is very difficult in the preseason, so I would rather just play the guy with the highest upside, based off of reports in training camp, at least. Howard could dominate, and should see a little extra run compared to some of the other guys at the position.


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