It's finally that time of year again! A few quick notes before we get started...
- There 100% is an edge in NFL preseason DFS if you take the time to research and keep up on the late breaking inactives, these articles will be a guide to constructing your rosters and i will update them to the best of my ability. Remember to check back a half hour before lock to assure i haven't made a key update!
- Lots of questions coming in about what you are looking for in players etc. Obviously volume is king here in preseason but you also need to know exactly how to judge the volume. One whole half of a guy playing with fourth stringers is not going to be as good as a guy playing a quarter with second stringers IN MOST CASES. It's really slate dependent and early on in the preseason the edge is incredible due to the amount of guys playing that the average fans have literally never heard of.
- Scoring in Preseason DFS is WAY SOFTER than regular season. You are literally hunting for 2-3x from your players and it will be extremely low scoring.
With that being said let's get on with the show! Keep in mind the options listed below are NOT in order, I'm just highlighting the plays that I am on the most.
Pretty tough two game slate here with one game being 7 hours after the other. I will caution do not go overboard on the first game just because we have a little more information. Be sure to leave some late swap options as they may be vital to climb up leaderboards tonight. Be sure to check back around 1:15 and 7 :30 for any last minute updates!
Jake Rudock/Brad Kaaya- Stafford should play a series or two and then that will leave Rudock/Kaaya for the rest of the game. My assumption is Rudock will get the rest of the first half with Kaaya playing the second. Of the two I prefer Rudock but the Lions are going to be missing three offensive lineman today which makes the whole situation kind of ugly to me.
Stephen Morris- If you thought the Lions QB situation was ugly...the Colts isn't much better. I'll mainly be avoiding the entire situation. I don't see Tolzien playing much with Luck's injury concerns and I actually expect him to be popular.
Trevone Boykin/Austin Davis- Boykin is supposed to get the rest of the first half after Russell Wilson exits with Austin Davis taking the second half. Both are in consideration here and I'll update closer to lock which one I prefer.
Cardale Jones- The Chargers traded for Cradle Jones and he will need a big preseason solidify a roster spot behind Philip Rivers. I expect him to play a lot in the 2nd half and with his big arm he could do some major damage to 3rd/4th string guys.
UPDATE #1: UDFA Phillip Walker may play 3 quarters for the the Colts at QB since Morris hasn't taken any first team reps over the last week. I still will be. mainly avoiding for the Seattle QBs...but 3 quarters are interesting
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Looks like starters will play minimally for both teams. I like both the SEA QBs > Cardale. Boykin is a bit safer, Davis should get the whole second half.
Dwayne Washington- Riddick/Abdullah won't be much of a factor here and Zenner is the goal line back for the first team offense. Zenner could vulture a TD but I really don't expect him to get a ton if run so Washington is the guy you want here. Keep in mind the offensive line worries for the Lions, though.
Josh Ferguson- Frank Gore wont play and Robert Turbin should exit with the starters. That leaves four running backs to soak up the rest of the game, one of which is Josh Ferguson. Indy beats seem to think he will get some nice run here and after a big preseason last year he disappointed in the regular season. He is going to need to make some noise again this year to show he deserves to be on the team.
Chris Carson- For Seattle we are focusing on the running back battle between Chris Carson and Alex Collins. Carson has been getting some buzz in camp and is highlighted in a ton of Seattle articles for this game. I'd lean towards him right now but will update prior to the game tonight.
Kenjon Barner/Branden Oliver/Kenneth Farrow- I will need to update this closer to lock when I have a better read on who is playing when but Barner instantly jumps off the page to me as a burner who could torch backups for a long TD.
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: For Seattle I like Carson and Collins and for SD I still like Barner. I think I prefer the Seattle options there again.
Kenny Golladay/Jace Billingsley- Golladay is a rookie who has been getting tons of buzz out off the Lions camp. I think he will be pretty popular today and he is in consideration along with Billingsley. Billingsley had a big time preseason last year and could go under owned today.
Bug Howard- BUG HOWARD. This might be one of the best names I've seen this preseason and he's been getting tons of buzz in camp. He's pretty big 6'4 215 pounds he's been getting more looks in practice with the injury concerns in the Indy receiving corps.
Tyrell Williams/Dontrelle Inman- I will update this closer to lock but Tyrell and Inman are both NFL caliber WRs who are kind of buried down on the depth chart. If they see a quarter or more they are in consideration.
Seattle WRs- Not much clarity here, will update tonight.
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Tanner McEvoy is the top option as he has preseason history with Boykin and will be playing for his job. Outside of him I like Kenny Lawler. I'm pretty much off SD as whole.
Michael Roberts/ Tim Wright- Ebron is not playing for the Lions today so that leaves tight end open for the Lions. Roberts had 16 touchdowns at Toledo last season though there have been reports he has struggled with drops in camp.
Jeff Cumberland- Reports are out that Cumberland has been the "biggest surprise" in Chargers camp after missing last season with an ACL injury. If he plays tonight he's in consideration but it's kind of risky because he's in the late game.
Nick Vannett- Would most likely be your late-swap pivot if Cumberland can't play. The Ohio State product could has decent hands and with no Graham or Willson the Seahawks are somewhat short at tight end.
UPDATE #1: Jack Doyle will play with the starters and is a good bet for red zone looks.
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Cumberland looks like he isn't playing, if you have a late swap option just mash in Vannett.
Colts, Seahawks or Lions.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)