The Kansas City Chiefs were the chalky stack last night. They really didn’t disappoint, as Patrick Mahomes bombed a touchdown to Tyreek Hill, while Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce both at least got on the board.
In hindsight, a Mahomes/Hill stack would have sufficed and then we could have focused our attention elsewhere. My only other great play was Christian Kirk, who scored a touchdown. D.J. Moore did nothing and Alvin Kamara didn’t even play.
It wasn’t a great night for my daily fantasy football preseason picks, but I’m back to it for Saturday’s five-game main slate at FanDuel. There is a two-game early slate, but I’ll be bypassing that one. Let’s get to it:
QB: Chad Kelly – Denver Broncos ($6k)
I mentioned Kelly as a viable pivot off of Josh Rosen last week and he was light years ahead of him in DFS production. Now that Kelly has secured the #2 gig behind Case Keenum in Denver, I have to think the Broncos will keep giving him playing time to iron out his flaws.
He put up great numbers last time out and provided he’s going to get solid run again, I’m going back to him. The only way I use anyone else is if a starter like Russell Wilson or someone is guaranteed 1-2 quarters of play.
RB: Royce Freeman – Denver Broncos ($6k)
Freeman is in a competition for Denver’s top running back gig, so I have to think he’ll keep getting preseason work as he tries to prove himself. He looked good last week en route to a touchdown and I think he can be rolled out there again tonight.
RB: Bo Scarbrough – Dallas Cowboys ($6k)
I vouched for Scarbrough a week ago and he responded with a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott won’t even suit up until the third preseason game, so the Cowboys have a lot of balls to hand out. Scarbrough is still trying to prove where he belongs on the depth chart, so I expect a lot of touches and potentially a big game.
I like the stud rushers like Melvin Gordon, Derrick Henry or Joe Mixon as much as everyone else if they get locked in playing time. Chris Carson is also a nice late-game hammer option as he tries to gear up as Seattle’s starting running back. I just don’t trust his role for tonight.
WR: DaeSean Hamilton – Denver Broncos ($6k)
Denver’s starting wide receivers shouldn’t play much and rookie Courtland Sutton is banged up. That probably leads to fellow rookie DaeSean Hamilton seeing the floor quite a bit tonight. Hopefully he’s a terrific stack option with Chad Kelly.
WR: Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys ($6k)
Gallup panned out quickly last week, as he scored on his lone catch. I’m going back to the well here, as I don’t expect the Dallas starts to play much and he should continue to work to prove he deserves a big role in year one.
WR: Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers ($6k)
Ditto for Williams, who was rather active last week but failed to get a score. The Bolts will want to see just how much they can rely on him as a focal point of their offense in the red-zone, so I’ll bet that changes tonight.
There are so many options to consider at wide receiver tonight. Feel free to take a crack on A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins or any other elite WR that could see the field for a short amount of time but pay off in 1-2 series. I just probably won’t be assuming that risk.
TE: Adam Shaheen – Chicago Bears ($6k)
Trey Burton is the starting tight end in Chicago, but the talented Shaheen continues to work for the backup gig. He’s a solid athlete and looked good a week ago, so as long as he gets some good run tonight, I like his chances to pay off. Denver’s Jake Butt is another solid try.
FLEX: Tanner Gentry – Chicago Bears ($6k)
I’ll stick with the Bears scrubs here, as Gentry has been very active in both of his preseason games so far. He’s trying to make the final roster and he’s displayed the ability to win down the field and also move the chains. He has an uphill battle ahead of him, but the talent is there and he should again play enough to return value in this spot.
You can also consider running backs here. The top pivots I’m looking at are Joe Williams and Justin Jackson when it comes to running backs and Anthony Miller and Aldrick Robinson for wide receivers.
DEF: Houston Texans ($6k)
I am not a believer that NFL DFS preseason is a total crap shoot, but I do think picking a defense can be. I’ve had some good fortune with it this year, but this slate isn’t promising.
My best bet is the Texans, who have a strong first unit and will proceed to battle the likes of C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens when they take on the 49ers. Assuming Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t play a ton and torch the first unit, Houston profiles as one of the best team defenses on the board tonight.
A solid pivot could be the Chargers. Their first team defense is one of the best in the league and if Russell Wilson doesn’t see extensive action (and perhaps even if he does), it could be a long night for the Seahawks on offense.
I’m starting this roster off with Chad Kelly and pairing two Broncos rookies with him. I think that trio sets things up nicely and then I’ll just be picking spots elsewhere. My favorites picks not in the lineup are Joe Williams and Justin Jackson, so feel free to consider pivoting to them if you disagree with any of my other NFL DFS preseason picks.
If you catch wind of key starters getting serious burn, that’s your cue to shake things up considerably. I don’t ever want to pass on en entire half of elite players being on the field.
Whatever you decide, hopefully this lineup helps you cash in some manner tonight. Thanks for reading and enjoy the games!