Week three of the 2018 NFL preseason arrives on Thursday night, when DFS degenerates get one contest to work with at FanDuel.
I’ve had some moderate success with my preseason daily fantasy football picks so far this year and I’ll look to carry that positive momentum into tonight’s clash between the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.
Two big notes going into this game; both team’s starters are expected to play about a half and some whispers suggest the Browns could play into the third quarter. That puts all starters that are active in play for tonight, but the second thing to consider is how contrarian some of the second or third string options could be.
Don’t get me wrong, a one-game NFL DFS slate is going to make it very difficult to really pinpoint quality plays that both work out and are low-owned. However, considering the best talents will be playing half the game, it’s probably safe to assume most of the backups well be somewhat low-owned.
I still prefer the starters in this game, but will try at least one guy that should see action in the second half and I’ll absolutely offer pivots you can try on your own. Without further haste, let’s take a look at tonight’s top preseason NFL DFS picks:
MVP: Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles ($12k)
Foles is slated to man Philly’s offense for the entire first half. He’s got the best matchup in this game and is coming off a Super Bowl MVP, so conventional wisdom suggests he could have a good showing. He may end up starting in week one, too, so it makes sense for the Eagles to throw him out there and get him going.
Carson Wentz (knee) won’t play, so Foles is a great pick. An elite pivot would be top backup, Nate Sudfeld. He torched the Patriots earlier in preseason play and figures to see most of the second half, if not all of it.
That makes him very interesting and with news of Foles playing so much, his ownership should be way down. I still prefer Foles if they’re getting the same amount of field time, but Sudfeld is very interesting for GPPs.
FLEX: Tyrod Taylor, QB, Cleveland Browns ($12k)
Ditto for Cleveland’s side. Obviously Baker Mayfield could play a half and he will be tempting, but I prefer Taylor here. He’s got dual threat upside and will get more (if not all) of the time with the first team offense. Mayfield is another interesting pivot, but if I can get an entire half of Taylor (or more), I’m all for it.
FLEX: Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($12k)
Carlos Hyde is probably the top running back to target in this game, but given all of the dead bodies in Philly these days, I’m going to target one of their rushers. Matt Jones is the other guy to consider here, but he has had ball control issues in the past. I prefer Smallwood, who is a little shifter and profiles as a greater asset in the passing game.
Both of these guys are fighting to make Philadelphia’s final roster, so both should see a lot of work. Cleveland’s Nick Chubb is another option that should see plenty of playing time.
FLEX: Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns ($12k)
It’s back to the main starters I go. Landry stands out for the Browns, as I want to pair someone with Tyrod Taylor and I don’t really trust anyone else. Unless Josh Gordon magically suits up for this game (it doesn’t sound like he will), Landry should see two quarters and could get a lot of work.
Antonio Callaway, David Njoku and Rashard Higgins are also viable Browns receiving options, but Landry takes the cake.
FLEX: Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns ($12k)
I love these one-game contests (especially for preseason) where you could roster 4+ quarterbacks if you want to. They are not always the position that rack up the most stats, but they do have the ball in their hands a ton and the guys being discussed here should play a lot.
I could take a crack at Zach Ertz or another skill player here, but Mayfield should see the majority of the second half and he’s looked sharp all summer. Foles/Taylor/Landry will hopefully get me going in the first half, while Mayfield and Smallwood figure to be a nice two-man closing duo.
It’s pretty crazy how many different combinations you can work through in just one game, but these type of contests can actually be perfect for preseason daily fantasy football. Hopefully these picks work in your favor or a few of the alternative options I mentioned pan out for you. Either way, good luck on Thursday and enjoy the game!