NFL Preseason Week 3: DFS Saturday Is Play Day for FanDuel and DraftKing Players

Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott

It is starting to get serious, okay so it is always serious when money is on the line.  This Saturday (and Thursday) is the fabled third game of the preseason.  You know the game where all the starters get primed for the start of the season.  So let’s see what we have:

DraftKings is showing two games for the nine games on Saturday.

FanDuel is offering a bit more games for your playing satisfaction on the Saturday games.

There are two games that will be played on Thursday.  DraftKings is offering a full lineup of games for the Miami v Philadelphia and the Carolina v Jacksonville games.  FanDuel also has a variety of games for the Thursday line-up.

But we are here to concentrate on the Saturday games.

Browns Deshone Kizer

Ron Schwane – Associated Press

Here is what we know:

DeShone Kizer will be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.  For preseason Kizer is 19-of-31 for 258 yards and touchdown.

Trevor Siemian will be starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos.  Siemian’s preseason stats are, 14-of-18 for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Tom Savage has been named starting quarterback for Houston Texans.  For preseason, Savage is 17-of-20 for 167 yards and one touchdown.

Dallas Cowboys are  playing running back Ezekiel Elliott for the game

Cooper Crup will not play for the LA Rams Saturday as he has a groin injury.

New York Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr and Brandon Marshall did not practice Thursday

In preseason it is all about opportunity.  It is supposedly the time for the starters to shake off the rust and get synced.  But the question remains how many quarters will say Aaron Rodgers play in Denver?

So let’s talk targets:  These are the players the quarterbacks have most targeted during preseason.  These stats are courtesy of WalterFootball

Buffalo v Baltimore

Kirk Cousins has targeted both Jamison Crowder and Chris Thompson five times.

Tyrod Taylor has targeted Andre Holmes six times.  And while new coach Sean McDermott has named Taylor as their starting quarterback, his stats for preseason are less than admirable.  Taylor has completed 13-of-26 passes with two interceptions and no touchdowns.

Arizona v Atlanta

Carson Palmer has targeted J.J. Nelson six times during preseason.

Matt Ryan has looked towards Mohamed Sanu three times, which is the most targets of any wide receiver for preseason.

New York Jets v New York Giants

Eli Manning has targeted Sterling Shepherd the most in preseason with five targets.  Beckham will not be playing and it is unlikely that Marshall will play.

As for the New York Jets, head coach Todd Bowles has not named a starting quarterback.  According to multiple reports he is considering keeping all three quarterbacks.

If you are interested, and in featured games you just might be, wide receiver Robby Anderson leads all Jets wide receivers with four targets.

Indianapolis v Pittsburgh

Ugh…so running back LeVeon Bell is holding out until the first of September, if his Twitter account is to be believed.  Both quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown will play, however their play is expected to be minimal.

The Colts aren’t really looking too good this preseason.  However, for DFS play look for running back Marlon Mack to make his case for making the team.  Also head coach Chuck Pagano has stated he would like the starters to play a half and a portion of third quarter.

As of Thursday the depth chart for the Colts:

Running back: Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and Marlon Mack

Wide Receiver: TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Chester Rogers;  Moncrief is nursing a shoulder injury and Rogers is hobbling on a bad hamstring.

Tight End: Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope and Brandon Williams; Swoope has had his knee scoped.

Eric Hartline - USA TODAY Sports

Eric Hartline – USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland v Tampa Bay

For Tampa Bay it isn’t even close, Jameis Winston has targeted Mike Evans 13 times during preseason.

Kizer on the other had is leaning heavily on running back Matt Dayes.  Dayes is the most targeted with four targets in preseason.

Los Angeles Chargers v Los Angeles Rams

It should be no surprise that Philip Rivers has targeted Antonio Gates the most, however “the most” equals two targets during preseason.

On the other hand Jared Goff has thrown the ball Cooper Krupp’s way eight times, double that of any other wide receiver.  Krupp won’t be playing Saturday.  So look for Goff to kick the tires on Sammy Watkins or Robert Woods, both have four targets during preseason.

Oakland v Dallas

Is this going to be the battle of the running backs?  Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch v Elliott?  Elliott needs to make a statement.  Quarterback Dak Prescott has managed to spread the ball around evenly, having targeted Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten all twice during preseason.

Derek Carr has targeted Amari Cooper four times, twice as many times as Michael Crabtree has been targeted.  But fun fact, last season it was Crabtree who was the target in the red zone twice as much as Cooper.

Houston v New Orleans

Tom Savage has gotten the nod as the starter (for now), his favorite target has been Braxton Miller with four.

This will be the first time quarterback Drew Brees  and running back Adrian Peterson will see the playing field.  But unlike Pagano, head coach Sean Payton has suggested that both will see limited action.

Green Bay v Denver

Trevor Siemian has spread the ball around between, Cody Latimer, Emmanuel Sanders and Jordan Taylor.  Running back Jamaal Charles will see some action.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not played a game in preseason.  Last year he played minimal in the third preseason game.  Rodgers has said that he intends to play in Denver, just don’t expect to see him past the second quarter.

So who are you going to play?

Quarterback: Eli Manning

Running Back: Marlon Mack, Matt Dayes, Ezekiel Elliott

Wide Receiver: Mike Evans, Emmanuel Sanders, Sammy Watkins, Robby Anderson

Tight End: Jack Doyle, Evan Engram

Of course, I am interested to know who you are playing.  So after you put your line up in, and after they are locked, send me your line-ups on Twitter @neverenoughglt

And as always, good luck!


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