DraftKings Week 1 Preseason DFS

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal
The preseason kicks off on Thursday night with a six game slate. This is an entirely different animal than the regular season games as it involves much more research. In the preseason, most of the starters play limited time or might not play at all. The second and third stringers are the ones getting most of the play time. Some of these players are essentially playing for a job, so how they perform is very important. One of the things I suggest is to read a lot of work from team’s beat writers. These are the people that know these teams very well and are keeping tabs on the day-to-day news. It’s also wise to know who is playing for what. For instance, a young running back can be playing for a backup role or even a starting role, so having a good preseason can be the difference between a job or being buried in the depth charts. Knowing the situations on each team will give you a huge edge during the preseason and could translate to a high ROI in the preseason.

Below I’ll breakdown one of my lineups for the exception of my flex and defense positions.


Chase Daniels - $5,500 – Daniels is currently the back up to Sam Bradford and could play the entire first half of Thursday night’s game. He was a backup last year for the Chiefs where Doug Pederson was the offensive coordinator. Daniels threw five touchdowns in 53 pass attempts during last year’s preseason in Pederson’s offense.

Running Back

Kenjon Barner $5,500 – Rookie Wendell Smallwood has already been ruled out for the Eagles first preseason game due to an injury. Ryan Mathews is labeled as injury prone and will likely play a limited amount of time during the preseason, if any at all. Darren Sproles is a veteran in the league and shouldn’t play much either. This leaves Kenjon Barner and Byron Marshall to receive the bulk of the carries. Both are in play, but I’ going with Barner who might need a strong camp and preseason to make the 53 man roster.

Devon Johnson $5,500 – Johnson, an unrestricted free agent out of Marshall, should get plenty of opportunity to show what he’s got during the preseason as he plays for a roster spot. The rookie displayed his ability to be a workhorse in college. He’s a bruiser and fits well in this offense; it’s just a matter of him making the team. With the depth chart at the running back position pretty much set for the Panthers, look for Johnson to receive a significant amount of touches during the preseason.

Wide Receivers

Chris Givens $5,500 – Givens is fighting for the third receiving slot for the Eagles and a strong preseason can all but guarantee him that. He hasn’t done much in his NFL career, but he is still young at 26 years of age. He’s been playing with the two’s with Chase Daniels, so I expect them to connect in the preseason.

Keyarris Garrett $5,500 – Here’s another undrafted free agent with something to prove. Last season, Garrett led the nation in receiving and had a strong combine, but for some reason he was not drafted. He didn’t impress the team in the offseason program and will have to stand out in the preseason for a shot to make the roster. He’s a risky play, but the Panthers could give him plenty of opportunities during this game to see what they are working with.

Malcolm Mitchell $5,500 – Initial reports are positive for Mitchell. He appears to understand the New England scheme and has made an early impression. ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reported that Mitchell is fast , runs good routes, and offers the highest upside of the Patriots X receivers. This is like music to my ears.

Tight End

Maxx Williams $5,500 – This a crowded tight end depth chart in Baltimore and the second year man (Williams) has a shot to separate himself from the pack during the preseason. Both Crockett Gillmore and Dennis Pitta are dealing with injuries. If they sit, Williams should see a good amount of playing time in this first preseason game. If they play, I could pivot to Virgil Green who is another tight end I like this week. Either of the two are solid plays.

If you have any questions or thoughts, you can always reach out to me on the Twitter machine: @Armando_Marsal