NFL Preseason Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 2017 Week 1 Saturday

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!

Prices are FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings

QUARTERBACK:

Blaine Gabbert  – Yeah. Let’s just put it this way: The first week of the NFL preseason is the most difficult to decipher. We have a lot of unknowns. For Arizona and Dallas, though, we get a little more of an idea on how things will go. Yes, Carson Palmer will play and so will Drew Stanton, but neither of these guys are exactly young bucks. Neither is Gabbert, but he is still a player in need of more snaps. There are limited options with only three games, but I could see Gabbert seeing another quarter and half and I could see him producing as well.

Jared Goff  – It is not often that in preseason game number one that I want to look to a starting quarterback, but I think this is a special situation. It is a second year quarterback that struggled in year one who is under a new head coach. I cannot imagine the Rams wanting to just see one series from Goff. Dallas has a horrific secondary, and with newly upgraded weapons, I do expect Goff to step forward this year. Tonight could be the first step.

RUNNING BACK:

Elijah McGuire – If you ever listened to the College Football Pros podcast that I did for a few years, you will know of my affinity for McGuire. He was dynamic in the SunBelt conference, ironically enough where the Jets a team probably belong. With Matt Forte and Bilal Powell banged up, McGuire has been seeing a lot of reps with the first team, which is extremely important. Tennessee is a tough run defense, but this is the preseason and I expect to see McGuire get some solid opportunities to produce tonight, and I want to get solid exposure to him.

Rod Smith – I am really trying not to overreact to last week, but all things considered, he looked like the best Cowboys back. I would expect to see him get roughly the same type of activity that he saw last week, but his ownership will likely be increased. This is a situation where I do not think we need to fade too heavily, and Smith will remain a centerpiece of a lot of my lineups.

WIDE RECEIVER: 

Jaydon Mickens – It is really rough for me to choose between Mickens and teammate KJ Brent, but I am going to side with Mickens and hope I am right. Mickens is a high quality talent and I think he will see a lot of snaps which will go a long way tonight.

Cooper Kupp – Everything is coming up roses for Kupp in training camp, which really should not be too shocking. With the addition of Sammy Watkins, this receiving unit went from one of the worst to at least a middle of the pack variety. Kupp should be a PPR monster this year, which even gives him upside in the preseason. Expect him to be pretty popular.

Taywan Taylor – Last year, Tajae Sharpe was a preseason monster, and I would not doubt that we will see the same thing happen this year with Taylor. Everything out of training camp has been glowing, and he has all the talent to get things done. Expect him to be another highly owned play tonight.

TIGHT END:

Rico Gathers – Talk about another guy who will be highly owned, but with good reason. He is a matchup nightmare, and I expect the Cowboys to continue to utilize him in the preseason, and if it keeps going well, I think Witten might see his snaps reduce some.

Gerald Everett – Everett was a strong tight end in college, and that is a big deal, as tight end is not a huge position in college over the last several years. I expect him to see higher ownership, and I love the upside he brings to the table here.

 

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