NFL Preseason Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 2017 Week 3 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


Jared Goff – Honestly, I have been a huge fan of Goff through the offseason. Yes, it could take some time for the offensive line to gel and for Sammy Watkins to get settled in, but all things considered, I think he is in a good spot. The Chargers are really nothing to write home about on defense, and with him possibly seeing a full half, he is someone I want to have exposure to.

Deshone Kizer – This could very easily blow up in my face, but I thought Kizer looked solid even against the Giants first team in limited action last week. Yes, he did some a few series against them, as the Browns did not waste too much time with Osweiler under center, consider he is awful. With Brock out, one must believe that Kizer could see time into the third quarter, and does possess a good amount of upside here.


James Conner – I really do not believe that Conner qualifies as a starter with Bell coming back to the team sooner than later. I could see Conner getting run into the third quarter, and the Colts are a hilarious defense. He could end up with 100+ yards and a score in a preseason game. That is how bad they are.

Tiquan Mizzell – I could go with someone like Darren McFadden here, but I think I will go with Mizzell. He is a dynamic player, and with Danny Woodhead likely to be out, I think he could see more burn than anticipated. I think the Ravens are still trying to figure out their backfield situation, and that could result in Mizzell being used more.


Dez Bryant – It is tough to say how much of Dez we will see this week, but he looked very good last weekend, and I can see them giving him a little more time this week. He and Prescott will have to be dynamic in the absence of Ezekiel Elliott (likely) in the first few weeks of the season, so it would not be shocking to see them test that again tonight.

Mike Evans/Chris Godwin – Joe Haden is awful. I mean, Odell Beckham made him look so dumb, which he does to a lot of guys, but Haden made it effortless. He is 28 going on 50. Evans would be my guy in 100% of my lineups if he plays, but he has now missed two straight days of practice. There is no need to risk him, so it could be Godwin, who took his place in practice. Even a rookie in Godwin is likely to out play Haden.

Zay Jones – If nothing else, he should see all the opportunity he can handle. Anquan Boldin retired earlier this week, and that pretty much paves the way to relevance for Jones. The Bills have looked bad without Watkins, so this could end up being a trap play, but it is hard to look away from the upside.


Evan Engram – With a potential lack of receiving options due to the injuries of both Odell and Marshall, Engram could very easily end up seeing a lot of action. He has a huge ceiling, which I think people will see this year, and I would not be shocked to see him at the top of the scoring list tonight.

Austin Hooper – I like Hooper for the same reasons as Engram. There is little reason for the Falcons to risk Julio Jones, and to a lesser extent Taylor Gabriel. Hooper has been a good story moving from the Super Bowl forward, and it could continue into the year. I would expect him to be involved this week.



Thanks for reading! Don’t ever hesitate to reach out in the comments, follow us on Twitter @researchandwin or email us at!