NFL DFS Preseason Week 2 Picks and Blog
Each week of the NFL DFS preseason we’ll be outlining some of the important situations to monitor that impact the roster construction for that week’s games. The NFL Preseason DFS Week 2 is here with a few slates covering a few different days. We’ve already outlined some important strategic considerations for each week of the preseason. In Week 2 teams will often play their starters for a full quarter. High-quality backups will play afterwards, and there is less playing time for players far down the depth chart. As always targeting thin positional depth charts is preseason gold and combining that with positional battles can be fruitful.
At a team level, we are looking at positional scoring averages for QBs of roughly 15 DK points, RBs 25 DK points, WRs 35 DK points, and TEs 10 DK points. These averages could then be used to cascade down based on depth.
Preseason DFS Optimizer Tips (Link)
While we aren’t offering projections for the Week 1, our NFL Preseason DFS Optimizer will be live for premium customers and you can use it to upload your own projections and control your player pool:
- Create groups to avoid too much positional competition on the same lineup.
- Leverage the groups for stacking rules pairing up “Starting QB” with “Starting WR” and “2nd Team QB” with the appropriate “2nd Team WR”
- Utilize our shuffle feature to provide diversity to your lineups.
- Preseason can be very random. We have a new randomness feature that allows you to set a coefficient of randomness on players or positions. Consider increasing the randomness to reflect the variability of the projections for preseason.
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News and Notes (Last Updated 8/15 at 9AM)
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- Kessler to start and play most of the game for the Eagles. Philly seems like they will lean on their depth and rest most of their key starters. Arcega-Whiteside and Charles Johnson played the most snaps at Week 1 WR while Adams, Smallwood, and Pumphrey split RB snaps. Eagles also have limited TE depth with Ertz the starter, Goedert and Rodgers hurt.
- The Jags will also rest their starters zzz which more of the likes of Rookie Gardner Minshew (67% of snaps Wk 1), Keelan Cole and Tyre Brady. Ryquell Armstead was out with an injury on Tuesday so monitor his status, but if he sits it would be a thin RB situation featuring just Alfred Blue, Thomas Rawls and Devante Mays (most Week 1 snaps).
- Colt McCoy ruled out meaning Keenum and Haskins will split snaps. Guice (out), AP, Thompson all expected to be limited in work meaning WAS RB left with mediocre plays who should get a quarter each like Reynolds, Marshall, Perine and Wilson. Don’t expect to see Reed or Davis at TE so Flanagan and Sprinkle are viable on a weak TE slate.
- Mixon and Bernard could play sparingly for the Bengals which gave Jordan Ellis, Trayveon Williams (now questionable) and converted QB Quinton Flowers most of the Week 1 snaps. While they’ll play a bit, once Mixon and Gio sit we should be back to a thin backfield for mop-up time. Josh Malone, Cody Core and Alex Erickson were among the 2nd team WRs that saw good Week 1 work and could get elevated Week 2 work. Drew Sample will play a lot at TE.
- Miles Boykin played a heavy dose of snaps Week 1 along with Michael Floyd and Chris Moore. Even if the starters (Snead, Roberts) play more in Week 2 we should see a good amount of these guys at WR with Jaleel Scott. Lamar figures to play a bit more (1Q) before McSorley closes it out. There are a lot of options in the BAL backfield but Justice Hill maybe the most intriguing.
- Aaron Rodgers to play a quarter or so along with GB starters though Aaron Jones will sit. It is reasonable to expect Dexter Williams and Tra Carson to lead the GB backfield in snap count. Beyond the starters we should expect J’Mon Moore and Jake Kumerow to get a longer look at WR.
- McGuire and Cannon handled most of the RB work for the Jets Week 1, and that should carry over with rest for Bell, and Montgomery/Powell nicked up vets. White, Burnett, and Bellamy would be the 2nd string WRs we’d expect to play more Week 2. Darnold played just one drive in Week 1 but increasing that to 1Q would be a normal expectation.
- Ollison (29), Hill (17), Smith (14) should continue to see some RB work battling for ATL depth RB duties and we should expect to see all three. The Falcons claimed Danny Etling at QB. Russell Gage still positions well on the depth chart and if I had to go WR here it would be Gage, Gray, Hardy, Blake level of depth.
- Carr expected to play “a little” for Oakland and beyond that we’d expect a similar story to last week with Glennon then Peterman. Ateman, JJ Nelson and Grant would play with Glennon.
- Murray to play more than a series but still be limited. Pharoah Cooper, Damiere Byrd, Hakeem Butler, and Keesean Johnson were the WR snap leaders with Seals-Jones leading TEs in snaps.