Did you enjoy the action last night? Does the NFL Preseason DFS Week 3 slate have unable to get enough? The weekend is just getting started. We have 10 games coming up on Friday thru Sunday, making it a busy weekend for DFS preseason on DraftKings and FanDuel. The games include CLE @ TB, BUF @ DET, ARI @ MIN, HOU @ DAL, CHI @ IND, NO @ NYJ, SF @ KC, DEN @ LAR, SEA @ LAC, and PIT @ TEN.
Friday Preseason DFS: CLE @ TB
Head coach Freddie Kitchens indicated on Wednesday that Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett and the rest of the starters will indeed play in Friday night’s game in Tampa Bay. “We’re going to play our guys some,” Kitchens said after Wednesday’s practice, “and I don’t know how long yet.” Mayfield wants to play at least a half tonight. If indeed Mayfield does see extended playing time, look for Rashard Higgins. He has led the team in targets (10), receptions (9), and receiving yards (132).
Mike Evans will not play in this game. The interesting play for the Bucs in this game is running back Dare Ogunbowale, who leads the team in rushing attempts (23) and is third in the NFL in that category. He has also flashed three-down skillset with three receptions for 54 receiving yards. Ronald Jones is dealing with a knee injury and with Peyton Barber, the presumed starter, not expected to play, you can roll with Ogunbowale. By this point, Tanner Hudson needs to be a lock at tight end. He leads the league in receptions, receiving yards, targets, and total routes run through two weeks of the preseason.
BUF @ DET
Wide receiver Duke Williams and tight end Tommy Sweeney seems like the best plays for the Bills. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has singled out Williams for ‘taking advantage of opportunity’. Meanwhile, Sweeney leads the team in routes run (32). Dawson Knox is expected to play; however, set limit expectations for Sweeney if he suits up against the Lions after missing time with a hamstring injury. At running back, Devin Singletary is also a viable option as he has seen heavy usage in the passing game. He has a team-best eight targets . Overall, Bills’ starters should see plenty of work. With Lions likely resting players, the Bills’ defense could be a leverage play. The Lions have allowed 140 passing yards to three different quarterbacks over the past two weeks.
Matthew Stafford’s status of playing in Week 3 is still up in the air. If he ends up not playing, adding mobile quarterback Josh Johnson seems like a great play for preseason DFS. Be bullish on Lions’ starters in general for Friday night. The top three receivers on the depth chart are locked in, but the depth behind is the real question mark. I like Brandon Powell, who leads the team in targets and receptions. Interesting tidbit as well here: Bills offensive coordinator Daboll was a former New England offensive assistant when Patricia was with the Patriots. His offense is going to be similar to what the Lions faced the last two weeks against New England and Houston. allowing at least 30 points to both teams. Defensively, however, Patricia said Leslie Frazier’s defense is different than what Detroit’s faced the last two weeks. Running back Zach Zenner should get plenty of work and state his case for a bigger workload once the games count.
Saturday Preseason DFS: ARI @ MIN
Kyler Murray has not played great in the first two preseason games. Reports have shown that the Cardinals will show a little more of their real offense in Week 3, making Murray a very enticing option to play at quarterback. Interestingly enough, the Vikings defense has struggled with mobile quarterbacks. Overall, the Cardinals plan on using Week 3 as more of a real game. Head coach Cliff Kingsbury mentioned that Saturday was a target to switch from install to game planning their opponents. Murray seems like a sharp play, along with rookie KeeSean Johnson who leads the team in targets (9).
Music to my preseason DFS ears: the Vikings trying to ‘showcase’ receiver Laquon Treadwell. “We’re trying to get Treadwell the ball a little bit more in the second half,” Coach Mike Zimmer said after Sunday’s game against the Seahawks via USA TODAY. “Try to showcase him a little bit, I guess. He made some nice plays.” Guaranteed touches are hard to come by, so when the coach blatantly comes out and says it, you need to be listening. Treadwell finished with four catches for 47 yards against the Seahawks, so expect more of the same on Saturday against the Cardinals, especially late in the game. Mike Boone is always an option at running back as the preseason darling he is. He has 181 yards on 26 touches through two weeks.
HOU @ DAL
Receiver Kahale Warring is still in concussion protocol and Will Fuller and Keke Coutee do not look like they will play. Injuries create more opportunities for receiver Vyncint Smith (leads team in routes run), and tight end Jerell Adams. Joe Webb is always an option as well because of his rushing upside and the fact that he is second in the NFL in passing yards (236 yards/game). Focus on the backups here. The Cowboys are also missing multiple starters on their defense because of injuries who will most likely be held out in this contest.
There will be no Amari Cooper in Week 3 of the preseason for Dallas. A receiver to look at instead is Jon’Vea Johnson who leads the team in routes run and total targets in the passing game. He has also been impressing the staff at training camp according to Albert Breer via the MMQB. For running back the Cowboys seem dead-set on showcasing Tony Pollard as much as they can so even in a limited capacity he is worth rostering.
CHI @ IND
Again it will be more of the same with the Bears holding out their starters in the preseason. Seems smart based on what we have seen from Thursday night. Tight end Ian Bunting has shown great receiving ability (second on the team in receiving yards.) Javon Wims is still the best bet at wide receiver by leading the team in yards/route run (2.14), receptions (7), and second in targets (9). Kerrith Whyte and Ryan Nall will split touches at running back, but Whyte has the most upside with his speed and usage in outside zone runs.
The Colts are going to withhold publicly naming their starting quarterback. Head coach Frank Reich said that you will not see most of the starters in this preseason game. An interesting player that has yet to see the field for injuries is receiver Penny Hart, who finally returned to practice. Running back is also very interesting with Marlon Mack, Johnathan Williams and Jordan Wilkins all most likely out. Aca’Cedric Ware led the team in rushing attempts in Week 2 of the preseason.
NO @ NYJ
Reports state that Drew Brees will play. In past years, the Saints have kept him in for either the entire first quarter or pulled him after a three-and-out series to start the game, so his workload against the Jets is anyone’s guess. The quarterback to target may actually be Taysom Hill. Hill had 191 yards of offense and directed three second-half scoring drives against the Chargers. A receiver to target is Austin Carr who has impressed Brees in training camp entering his third season. “I think Austin’s had a great camp. He continues to get better each day. I’m really developing a lot of confidence in him,” Brees said. That translates into NFL Preseason DFS Week 3 potential.
There will be no Le’Veon Bell in the preseason for the Jets. That creates a massive opportunity for Ty Montgomery to see extended reps with the first-team offense. Montgomery led the team in carries in Week 2.
SF @ KC
The 49ers are trying to stay as healthy as possible entering the regular season. The reports are that Jimmy Garoppolo will play the first half, which would be great for preseason DFS. This Chiefs defense is very different than the Broncos unit they faced last week. A perfect receiver to pair with Jimmy G is Deebo Samuel. The 49ers have found interesting ways to get him the ball and he leads the 49ers in yards/route run (2.03) through two weeks. Look for him to finish among the top scorers in NFL Preseason Week 3 DFS
It’s all about Darwin Thompson, who is shooting up the Chiefs depth chart. Another strong showing Saturday night could solidify Darwin Thompson as the Chiefs No. 2 back behind Damien Williams. Cody Thompson is also a great look at wide receiver. He leads the team in targets (12), yards/route run (2.38), and receiving yards (88).
DEN @ LAR
Though it is Week 3 for most, this is the Broncos fourth preseason game. Head Coach Vic Fangio told the media that most of the starters will not play at all in the upcoming preseason game against the Rams on Saturday night. Coach Vic Fangio said Kevin Hogan will get the majority of the reps at quarterback. For receivers, the play should be Juwann Winfree with Hogan. All of the lower-ranked receivers have seen similar target distribution, but Winfree has the most gain by putting up stats on Saturday.
It’s more of the same with the Rams, who do not play any of their starters in the preseason. Darrell Henderson has to lead the team in carries, but he is an upside play with his explosive run-style. There is not much outside of that with the Rams for preseason DFS.
SEA @ LAC
Pete Carroll has come to the defense of Rashaad Penny, so don’t be surprised if they dial something up for him in Week 3. Penny has just 13 yards on 12 carries this preseason, so it would be nice to see some burst from him. At receiver, Jazz Ferguson is slightly ahead of John Ursua and the box score shows that. He has twice as many targets (10) despite running fewer routes (23 vs 29). His ceiling is much higher than Ursua’s.
Anthony Lynn said Philip Rivers did not ask for playing time in the third preseason game against the Seahawks, so the plan remains to keep the Chargers’ starting quarterback out of the game. Most of the starters are expected to miss this preseason game. No player has really stood out from the depth in the first two preseason games, so the Chargers are definitely a team to fade in preseason DFS.
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Sunday Preseason DFS: PIT @ TEN
Ben Roethlisberger wants to get work in for as many receivers as possible Sunday. This is not good for preseason DFS as we are looking for consolidated targets for receivers. Diontae Johnson looks to be the lowest on the depth chart with the most upside that should be targeted. James Washington has essentially been Mr. Preseason leading the team in targets, yards, and routes run. Reports have surfaced that Benny Snell is a longshot to contribute in 2019, so per usual, the Steelers should just run him into the wall for the remainder of the preseason. His 20 rushing attempts are 11 more than then next closest on the roster.
A handful of injuries for the Titans, with running backs Dalyn Dawkins and David Fluellen along with tight end Ryan Hewitt being banged up. It could mean another showing for Jeremy McNichols at running back for the Titans or Alex Barnes. Stay up to date with inactives at running back for Sunday’s game. But with the hype as the McWeapon, he might need to be a lock come gameday. Dont be surprised to see McNichols among the league leaders in NFL Preseason DFS Week 3.
Andrew has come a long way as a fantasy football writer. After graduating from Roger Williams University where he received a degree in marketing he began to write his own fantasy blogs via WordPress.com. He used to call himself the Fantasy Football Master. Nowadays, he is slightly more humble. He has worked with Pro Football Focus as a base data analyst along with bringing head writing experience from Gridiron Experts and FantasyData. He is an absolute die-hard Patriots fan and will never forget his first fantasy football team. In his first-ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships