Back for more? We have five games coming up on Thursday, making it the perfect night for locking in some lineups for DFS preseason on DraftKings and FanDuel. For this slate, I am going to go through each position and rank my favorite plays for Thursday night. The Thursday night games include PHI @ JAC, GB @ BAL, CIN @ WAS, NYJ @ ATL, and OAK @ ARI.
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BAL – Trace McSorley – He disappointed in his preseason debut, but still played the majority of snaps at the quarterback position for the Ravens. He has running upside and the Packers allowed 47 rushing yards off scrambles versus Houston’s Joe Webb in Week 1.
WAS – Dwayne Haskins – Colt McCoy is out again, meaning Haskins will see plenty of snaps against the Bengals defense that allowed 38 points last week. Haskins struggled in his first game action but could bounce back similar to what we saw of Drew Lock in his second preseason game.
PHI – Cody Kessler – The Eagles quarterback should see extended playing game in the second preseason game following the injury to backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld. It’s a #RevengeGame for Kessler as he takes on the Jaguars ,who released him earlier in the offseason.
JAX – Gardner Minshew – The Jacksonville Jaguars do not intend on playing Nick Foles against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Reports out of camp this week report Minshew has responded to a rough outing last week against Baltimore with a good week of practice. He came back to have perhaps his best practice of the preseason on Sunday, and on Tuesday he completed 11 of 17 passes in a combination of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 periods and threw two touchdown passes to Tre McBride. Many people are fading this game because of the lack of scoring in their first season preseason games. However, this is why its the perfect GPP play.
ARI – Brett Hundley – Looks like Kyler Murray is only going to play a quarter at most on Thursday and then Hundley will be taking over. He will be getting some reps in with some of the other starters like David Johnson and Christian Kirk.
GB – Dexter Williams – The Packers have said that the starters will play in the first quarter against the Ravens. Aaron Jones will see the touches here, but then it’s most likely the work will turn to Williams again. He rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries in Week 1. Jamaal Williams is still out with a hamstring injury.
CIN – Trayveon Williams – Left his NFL debut with a rib injury, but after scoring a touchdown. Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard will be available according to head coach Zac Taylor in Week 2. However, being that they are starters, Williams (if healthy) should play the majority of snaps later in the game. If not Jordan Ellis is a potential pivot. He had five receptions on six targets for 44 yards and touchdown.
WAS – Samaje Perine – He cannot afford to play poorly in the second preseason game. Perine should see his share of carries as the Redskins will most assuredly be careful with Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Thompson. There’s also a chance more starting offensive linemen play, which could help Perine immensely. Jay Gruden also loves Perine, despite how poor he has been.
NYJ – Elijah McGuire – No player had a higher target share in Week 1 of the preseason than McGuire (28%). McGuire looks to be battling for the RB3/RB4 spot behind Le’Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery. McGuire led the team in targets (seven) and considering it’s the Falcons’ defense, which notoriously allows receptions to backs, that makes McGuire a great play. In the two preseason games they have played they have allowed three receptions to backs with an additional receiving touchdown. McGuire is also reportedly on the roster bubble, making him presumably a player the Jets are not concerned about losing to injury.
JAX – Tre McBride – He led the Jaguars in targets (4), receptions (3), and receiving yards (42) during the first week of the preseason and has been showing chemistry with quarterback Minshew. McBride runs a 4.41 and the Eagles allowed 292 receiving yards in Week 1.
BAL – Miles Boykin – Nine targets in his first preseason game, four receptions for 39 yards. With Marquise Brown set to miss another preseason game Boykin is a lock for targets in Week 2.
CIN – Auden Tate – With injuries plaguing the Bengals at wide receiver Tate has made the most of his opportunities. Looked good in the first preseason game and he continues to make impressive grabs at practice. The Bengals had 46 pass attempts and only 12 rushing attempts in preseason Week 1.
WAS – Darvin Kidsy – He received seven targets in Week 1 of the preseason, good for a seventh-highest target rate (21.9%) of all receivers.
NYJ – Greg Dortch – Continues to impress at practice after a strong preseason Week 1 performance. Dortch’s game has recently risen beyond special teams. He caught 4 passes on 6 targets, one of them being a touchdown, against the Giants in his NFL debut. On Tuesday, he began getting reps as the slot receiver for the second-team offense.
DAL – Cody McElroy – I am a Blake Jarwin-truther, but it looks like tight end McElroy could see a great uptick in snaps and targets. Jarwin had the second most receptions at the position in Week 1 of the preseason.
ATL – Jaeden Graham – The Falcons recently traded Eric Saubert to the Patriots for a conditional draft pick. At first glance, this would seemingly benefit Graham. He has seen five targets and led the tight end group in routes run over the past two preseason games.
ARI – Ricky Seals-Jones – Seals-Jones is listed as a third-string tight end behind Charles Clay and Maxx Williams on the Cardinals’ unofficial depth chart in advance of Thursday’s preseason game against the Raiders. Charles Clay is returning from the PUP so Seals-Jones should see playing time Thursday. He ran the third-most routes on the team in Week 1 of the preseason.
PHI – Josh Perkins – No Dallas Goedert or Richard Rodgers? No problem for Perkins with Kessler under center.
Cardinals – See Nathan Peterman.
Jaguars – Eagles quarterbacks could struggle early on.
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