NFL Preseason Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 2017 Week 2 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


Alex Smith – There will not be many times where we are actively looking to play Alex Smith. He is basically good for 2-3 big fantasy weeks a year, and always remains cheap. He will be playing the entire first half, which may or may not sound like a lot, and I understand that. With all the games on the slate, I could see Smith being a very low owned option that could put up some points.

Sean Mannion – I was a big fan of Mannion when he played at Oregon State, and something tells me that he should get considerable run again this week. He should have all the weapons he needs at his disposal, and if you are looking for a back-up that could put up some points, I would bet that it is Mannion.


Joe Mixon – I would not be shocked to see Mixon get a little more burn this weekend. I am a believer in Jeremy Hill for season long leagues because he will still manage to get the goal line work, but Mixon really needs to be someone the Bengals take a close look at. I think this is a favorable situation where he should see an increased workload.

Jamaal Williams – Ty Montgomery has been sidelined this week and that has allowed Williams to get some time with the first team. If Montgomery is not able to go, which all signs indicate he will not, Williams could be in for a pretty solid opportunity. If he is what everyone thinks he is, then he very well could put up some nice totals this weekend.


Tyreek Hill – I do not think it is necessary to stack a quarterback with a wide receiver in the preseason, but I have this gut feeling that this combination will be in the tournament winning lineup. Hill has elite speed that gives Smith a breakaway target that I think he will take advantage of. I do not think this combination will sniff the ownership of Jameis and Evans on Thursday night.

Kenny Golladay – Here is a guaranteed chalk play. Golladay was awesome in the first preseason game, and very well could end up doing the same thing in this one. He saw some time working with the first team offense this week, but has moved back to the second team. I would expect him to see a heavy workload once again.

Cooper Kupp – Kupp falls right into the same category as Golladay. While Tavon Austin might be that #3 option right now, we know that he has been pretty poor his entire NFL stretch. Kupp can be a solid possession receiver in this league, and it would not shock me to see him go a bit into the third quarter.


Jacob Hollister – Hollister was a monster in preseason game number one. He was extremely solid at Wyoming with Josh Allen, and should fit in very nicely here. While I cannot expect another 100 yard game, I think he will still get worked and end up with a nice total.

Adam Shaheen – No Rico Gathers this weekend. Hopefully he is still highly owned, as players might only look for the name and not care about the “Q” next to it. Shaheen will be a checkdown target for Mitch Trubisky a lot in the preseason, and with the full point per reception in full affect, that can be big.


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