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NFL Preseason DFS Picks – August 18

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There is another five-game preseason slate for tonight in NFL, and it looks to be a fun slate. Here are some notes to help you make lineup choices for tonight!

In the preseason, it’s all about playing time. Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity. Here are some players I am looking at tonight that have a chance for fantasy points.

As always, preseason is tricky but let’s try to find an edge!

Tonight, we’re talking about the five-game preseason slate that starts at 7 PM EST


Chad Kelly

Kelly will be the chalkiest play of the entire slate, without a doubt. Expect absurd ownership numbers on him, especially in cash games. If you do play cash, don’t fade him. He is now the number two QB on the Broncos depth chart, and despite all his off-field issues…he is still a very talented quarterback. I like him tonight.

Tyler Bray

Looking to be contrarian and fade the public? Bray is one of a few pivots, and my favorite pivot in GPPs away from Kelly. It’s simple for me on why to play Bray. We know Trubisky is the starter, and we know Daniel is the backup with years of experience in the NFL. The Bears don’t need to see either play much, and that gives Bray a ton of snaps. In the HOF game, Bray threw 34 passes. Last week, Bray threw 27 passes. That is insane volume for a preseason player, and although the Bears may play their starters a tad more…Bray should see at least the bulk of the second half against guys that are likely to be cut.

Others to consider: Cooper Rush, Geno Smith, and Ryan Griffin


Running Backs

C.J. Prosise/Mike Davis

Penny is hurt, Carson is the starter, McKissic is a third-down back and Gerald Holmes is expected to miss tonight’s game. This leaves just a few options for Seattle tonight, so expect Davis and Prosise to carry the load for Seattle. The opportunity is enough for me, it’s just a bonus that both players are talented backs that have had some injury issues in their college (and pro) careers.

Bo Scarbrough/Rod Smith

Scarbrough scored last week, so he will garner significant ownership again tonight. While we shouldn’t expect him to play 30 snaps or anything, if the Cowboys get rolling with that offensive line…Scarbrough is the benefit. As we’ve seen, it only takes one drive or one play to make it happen in preseason DFS. Smith should see some work as well, but I prefer Scarbrough here.

Others to consider: Royce Freeman, Jeremy McNichols, Akrum Wadley


Wide Receivers

Auden Tate

Make no mistake about it, Tate is vastly talented. All week, his teammates have raved about him but just looking back to his days at Florida State…he had big-play ability. He’s nearly six and a half feet tall and a good 20-30 pounds heavier than most cornerbacks. Think Kelvin Benjamin with more athleticism. Either way, he made two big plays last week and will be targeted by whoever quarterbacks his unit tonight. WRs in the preseason are tough, so I want a talented player with upside and opportunity.

Tanner Gentry

Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity. In the HOF game, Gentry saw nine targets. In “Week 1”, Gentry saw 11 targets. That’s all I need to hear, and that will make him one of my favorite options again tonight. If he sees the same amount of playing time, I expect Bray to look his way a lot.

Michael Gallup

Gallup should see ample snaps to give him a shot at some targets this week, and although it seems like chasing points (he scored a touchdown last week), the fact that he is working with the first team and continuing to get reps with other units, he’s worth a play tonight.

Others to consider: Geremy Davis, John Ross


Tight Ends

Adam Shaheen

Shaheen is likely to be a big part of the Bears’ two-TE offense (with Burton) this season, and we just hope for a TD. DEN has struggled against TEs in the past, and although DVP isn’t much of a thing in the preseason, Shaheen is likely to see a few targets tonight…which can’t be said for many other preseason TEs.

Others to consider: Sean Culkin



Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texas

DST is a crapshoot, but as Tim Riggins and Jason Street said…Texas forever.

HOU will face CJ Beathard and other no-name QBs, while the Cowboys get Jeff Driskel and Matt Barkley. That’s ample opportunity for fantasy points, and it’s how I like to approach DST in the preseason.

Good luck tonight!