OPPORTUNITY AWAITS: NFL WEEK 3 PRESEASON TARGETS – FIRE IF READY

I went over some targets for FantasyDraft’s Saturday-Sunday slate yesterday and have some more options for you to weigh here today! I have included some riskier plays in this section, hence the ‘Fire if Ready’ title. You cannot reach the top of a GPP without feeling at least a little bit uncomfortable with your roster, especially in the high-variance slates of the preseason.

Saturday gives us a jam-packed day of football, with nine games being played. FantasyDraft has also included the three Sunday games on this slate, making it their biggest preseason slate yet, with a huge $25,000 Freeroll headlining the great contests they have offered. The games included in the slate are: ARI at ATL, NYJ at NYG, BUF at BAL, CLE at TB, IND at PIT, LAC at LAR, OAK at DAL, HOU at NO, GB at DEN, CHI at TEN, CIN at WAS and SF at MIN. Let’s take a look at some options on your roster!

 

QUARTERBACK

Dak Prescott, Dallas

Three things here: Talent, matchup, opportunity. Those three things are the basis for a great regular season play in DFS and there is no reason Week 3 of the preseason should be any different. Prescott led the Dallas offense on two very efficient, very successful drives last week and now faces the putrid pass defense of the Oakland Raiders that was lit up time and time again last season and has continued this trend in the early exhibition games this year as well. I am off the Dallas run game in this one as Ezekiel Elliot will likely play a couple of series to keep the RB reps too spread out for my liking, but a full half seems to be the most probably outcome for Dak and the rest of the offense.

Mitch Trubisky, Chicago

This is a situation to be monitored very, very closely approaching Sunday’s game. There have been conflicting reports coming out of Chicago regarding the distribution of playing time for the QBs. According to Coach John Fox, Mike Glennon will start the game and play the entire first half, with Trubisky starting the second, but getting playing time with the starters. Other rumors have surfaced that it will actually be Trubisky who draws the start. This is a high-risk play, to be sure, but it has the potential to come with a very high reward.

 

RUNNING BACK

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis

Mack looked fantastic in his preseason debut last week, doing everything that could be expected of him behind his porous offensive line. His cuts looked great, his blocking was respectable and he broke off some big runs. Expect to see him get some time with the first-team offense in this game as he will be contributing there along with Frank Gore all season long and needs to get the reps in now.

DeMarco Murray, Tennessee

Derrick Henry has had a great preseason with Murray sidelined, but make no mistake, this is still Murray’s backfield. This will be the game where he gets himself back in the swing of things and he should see snaps into the second half with the rest of the starters. He was Marcus Mariota’s favorite target in the red zone last year and when the offense gets into scoring position on Sunday, no one will have more touchdown equity than Murray.

Samaje Perine, Washington

Just like with Mitch Trubisky in Chicago, this is another situation to pay close attention to before game time on Sunday. Perine had a poor first preseason game, but more than made up for it last week with a great performance running with the second team offense. Rob Kelly has looked very poor thus far so Perine could be in line for his first chance at playing behind the starting offensive line. If word gets out that he will start get him in your lineup!

 

WIDE RECEIVER

Michael Campanaro, Baltimore

The battle for the primary returner job in Baltimore will come down to Michael Campanaro and former college QB Keenan Reynolds. Campanaro is an electrifying talent who has battled injury issues for the past couple of seasons. He is playing at full health right now and has seen time with the offense in a variety of ways, including five receptions. Baltimore also has been known to utilize him in the rushing game and he has big-play touchdown potential in that aspect as well. Reynolds may have the inside track on the return job, but for this week Campanaro has the easier path towards fantasy points.

Jeff Janis, Green Bay

It is preseason and it is Jeff Janis, just play the dude! He always shows up in these games and does not seem to care which quarterback is throwing him the ball. He should get a lot of run against Denver’s second-team defense late in this one and might even get some reps in the starting offense. And did I mention that it is preseason, and it is Jeff Janis?? I did?? Perfect. Do not get cute, just take the points.

Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams

Cooper Kupp will miss this contest, taking away one of Jared Goff’s early target monsters. Sammy Watkins should pick up the slack with ease. He started to gain chemistry with the quarterback last week and should be even more in-tune after an entire week of practice. Goff and Watkins will play into the second half together and look to build upon the good showing the entire offense had last game.

Aldrick Robinson, San Francisco

See: Janis, Jeff. Aldrick is another member of the preseason stud team and this week should be no different. San Francisco has no clear hierarchy at the receiver position, giving Robinson plenty of opportunities with all levels of the offense. He is good enough to keep up against the starters, but when he gets a chance to play against backup defenses he really excels as he is clearly too good of a player for most second-stringers to handle.

 

TIGHT END

Austin Hooper, Atlanta

Hooper is a player who is going to have a larger role in the offense this year, there is not much question about that. You can see it in the early stages of the preseason as well, in the limited snaps the starters have played, Hooper has been a consistent target of Matt Ryan. With a full half of plays to be ran, this explosive offense will produce fantasy points for many players and do not be surprised if Hooper is the one leading the charge.

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati

Tyler Eifert might play Sunday’s game against Washington, but he should not get full snaps with the first-string offense as the team looks to keep their injury-prone stud healthy for the regular season. Eifert’s primary backup, CJ Uzomah, is dealing with an ankle injury heading into this game so that leaves the bulk of the pass-catching reps at tight end for Kroft, who has primarily been a blocker for his first two seasons in the league.

 

D/ST

Pittsburgh Steelers

There have been a few teams this preseason who have been bringing the heat on defense, led by the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have 11 sacks through two games and now get to face the worst offensive line in football (even with their ‘starters’ in) in the Indianapolis Colts. Indy has been obliterated early, giving up seven sacks to the Lions in their first game. They are also starting their backups at QB in this one with Andrew Luck still sidelined. Everything points to another huge game for the Steeler defense.

That will do it for the final write-up of the slate, for all late breaking news and opinions head to the FantasyDegens Slack chat!

 

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Cecil Peters

Cecil Peters

You can catch Cecil Peters at FantasyDegens.com where we love to chat all things sports and have great tools available to help you evolve your DFS game or on Twitter @cecpetes.

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