Preseason week number one is all about getting reps for the youngsters so confidently trot out Sterling Shepard who has garnered nothing but praise from Giants camp thus far. Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for this weekend’s NFL slate.
Cody Kessler, Browns – With Robert Griffin III locked and loaded as the starter, and carrying the reputation as injury-prone, there is a less than zero-percent chance the team risks giving him any reps in this first preseason game. Therefore, the likelihood is they turn to their third round pick Cody Kessler in the first preseason game to see what the kid has. Coach Hue Jackson has called him “outstanding” in training camp already and has sporadically mixed in other glowing endorsements about him. With rookie Corey Coleman in his arsenal, and the team likely to try to get an extended look at the kid, the opportunity should be enough to equal production.
DeAndre Washington, Raiders – On the initial depth chart, rookie DeAndre Washington is listed below Taiwan Jones at the running back (RB) position. This is actually excellent news for his prospects this weekend because the further down the depth chart, the likelier the chance for extended run. By the time the season starts, I expect this guy to be sitting at number two on the depth chart due to his skill set. From the get-go, DeAndre Washington should steal some passing down snaps from Latavius Murray due to his superior receiving skills. Furthermore, he’s an excellent runner as well. Expect him to show off those skills in the first preseason game and be among the top producers at the RB position.
Sterling Shepard, Giants – ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan, Coach Ben McAdoo and Odell Beckham Jr. alike have praised Sterling Shepard over the past few weeks. At practice, Shepard is making “play after play” and is likely locked and loaded as the team’s WR2. Even so, reps are necessary to help polish a young receiver so expect plenty of work from him. Backup Ryan Nassib led the team in attempts in last year’s preseason game number one so I would expect the same to be true this year. After not throwing a TD due to some pretty weak weapons to throw to (James Jones and Dwayne Harris to name a few), hopefully Shepard’s oozing talent can help change that trend.
Jeff Janis, Packers – After posting a monster seven catch, 145 yard, two TDs in the Packers final playoff game in 2015, Jeff Janis appears to be buried down the depth chart yet again. It makes no sense because we’ve seen Davante Adams drop pass after pass in game action while Janis clearly flashed some serious potential. For this upcoming preseason game’s purposes, Janis’ situation is fine because he can simply reaffirm himself to the coaching staff. He’s listed as a third string receiver behind Adams and Jared Abbrederis so he no doubt will find the field plenty in preseason game number one. Although Rodgers will not be throwing to him, Janis possesses the ability to stretch the field. All he needs is one long reception to deem himself a worthwhile play.
Jerell Adams, Giants – Predicting tight ends (TEs) in the first preseason week is an extremely difficult task but the Giants are the one team on the slate with an up-and-comer at the position: Jerell Adams. The team selected him with the 184th overall pick (sixth round) in this year’s NFL Draft and it’s doubtful either of their top guys (Will Tye, Larry Donnell) receive a significant amount of playing time. As is the case with Shepard, there is one guy at the position for the Giants who needs additional reps in order to tune his game, and Adams is that man at TE. Starting multiple Giants increases potential downside if they tank but I think these backups have enough talent that they should produce.