The most important part of DFS in the preseason is identifying the players that are going to earn the most snaps and playing time. In this article, I have outlined some of my favorite picks from all the preseason games on the Week 1 slate at the running back and wide receiver position. Whether it is due to training camp hype, beat reporter buzz, or more opportunity due to an injury upsetting the depth chart, you can have confidence going with these guys in your DFS lineups. Make sure you check out my previews of all the Thursday night games for more tips!
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DFS Preseason – Running Backs and Wide Receivers
RB David Montgomery – Chicago Bears
Let’s just say DFS players are not the only ones who should be excited about Montgomery in Week 1 of the preseason. It’s worth noting as well that last year during Week 1 of the preseason running back Ryan Nall rushed for 95 yards on nine carries and Taquan Mizzell had 12 carries as well. Head coach Matt Nagy stated earlier in July that Montgomery should see a fair amount of carries this preseason. And if Montgomery sees work against backups he should be able to feast. Via Pro Football Focus, Montgomery owns the record for most missed tackles in a season (109 in 2017) and his 2018 numbers were second-best (102).
"He’s definitely fired up. I’m fired up. He’s really fired up. He’s ready to put the pads on, do some thumpin’ and play a real game.”
– Bears HC Matt Nagy on rookie RB David Montgomery
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) August 8, 2019
RB Johnathan Williams – Indianapolis Colts
There is a severe lack of depth in the Colts’ backfield, making Williams a must play across DFS preseason formats. The Colts will not play Marlon Mack, leaving third-down back Nyheim Hines and newly acquired D’Onta Foreman as the available running backs. This is because Spencer Ware was placed on PUP and Jordan Wilkins is dealing with an injury. The only other running back the Colts have is Keith Ford. Williams is going to see the majority of touches at the running back position.
Per source (I have some actually) Colts running back Jordan Wilkins will be seeing a specialist on Friday for his ankle. The injury has kept him out the last few practices. Hopefully nothing serious and he’s able to play sometime this preseason.
— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) August 7, 2019
RB Darrell Williams – Kansas City Chiefs
With Damien Williams sidelined with a hamstring injury Darrell Williams has seen some reps with the first-team offense. Though we know head coach Andy Reid will not play his starters, their offensive coordinator has stated the preseason games will determine the depth chart behind Damien Williams. Darrell Williams excelled during the 2018 preseason. He saw at least six rushing attempts in three of the four preseason games.
RB Darrel Williams – in the @Chiefs 2nd preseason game (2018) Williams caught a pass in the flat: 2 jump cuts, & a stiff-arm later had an 18-yard gain.
.#ChiefsKingdom @ChiefsReporter @RealMNchiefsfan #NFLDraftNews @Jacobs71 @KCChiefs_Matt @ByNateTaylor @Nicolas_Roesch pic.twitter.com/oyEV5Q8zl1
— Ladner Morse (@Laddiemorse) April 6, 2019
WR Greg Dortch – New York Jets
The interesting play comes at the receiver position with Greg Dortch from Wake Forest. An absolute monster at the college level in the AAC. He is fighting with Tim White, Charone Peake and Deontay Burnett for roster spots. Dortch is a great player to target for DFS preseason purposes because he has the dual-threat ability in the special teams return game. If your lineup features the Jets defense/special teams (which it should) you can double dip if Dortch takes a punt or kick to the house. He has Charles Robinson from Yahoo Sports excited. Dortch appears to be catching every single ball in camp as well.
Greg Dortch with his 79th percentile dominator and 84th percentile breakout age.
Metrics were concerning but his ability score was upper percentile. Definitely one to watch. https://t.co/PUVz5Tl6ww
— Chris Moxley (@ChrisMoxley19) August 7, 2019
WR Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins
From a DFS preseason perspective, the wide receiver you will want to stack in your preseason lineup would be Terry McLaurin. McLaurin played with Dwanye Haskins at Ohio State, and he has been stirring since OTAs. The chemistry is already there with Haskins so he’s a great target, especially with his skill set to make big plays. In the preseason last year the Redskins dropped back to throw at least 31 times in each game while rushing for less than 25 attempts in three out of the four games.
Not sure who Jay is talking to here, but he's really singing the praises of Terry McLaurin. He implies that Terry may be too good to risk playing ST – i.e., a potential rookie starter. https://t.co/1s2aIJn13L
— TheHogSty (@TheHogSty) August 7, 2019
WR Simmie Cobbs/Emmanuel Butler – New Orleans Saints
With Teddy Bridgewater playing quarterback you can be confident the Saints will not be afraid to throw the ball in the preseason. It looks that Keith Kirkwood could possibly miss Friday;s game, which could open more opportunities for Emmanuel Butler. He has been an early camp standout and Bridgewater was excited when Butler returned to action on Wednesday saying, “To have a guy back of his caliber is great for the young guys to see that you can push through things.” One thing to note here is that if Butler has any question marks entering Friday the play is Simmie Cobbs. The Kirkwood injury has specifically opened up snaps from the slot for Cobbs and currently, he is buried on the depth chart. He is one of five receivers battling for the final two wide receiver spots.
Teddy Bridgewater with a gorgeous deep pass to WR Simmie Cobbs, who beat PJ Williams down the seam for a TD in 11-on-11. Hands down one of Bridgewater‘s deep passes of camp.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 3, 2019
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