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Preseason DraftKings: Week 1 DFS Plays 2017
By Justin Lonero
(Salary is not a factor) Wednesday/Thursday slate
The Patriots only carry Three Quarterbacks and it's unlikely we'll see Tom Brady or even a ton of Jimmy Garoppolo for that matter. Brissett could play over 60% of the snaps. Brissett's future with the team is uncertain making this game against the Jaguars an audition for his future employment.
It is highly unlikely we'll see any Cam Newton against the Texans as he recovers from rotator cuff surgery. We can count on Joe Webb to play a ton. Webb completed 37 of 67 passes for 472 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions in last year's preseason. The former Special Teams- Wideout is expected to be leaned on heavily this preseason.
The Carolina Panthers have gone on record talking about how much they like Artis-Payne and he should have a decent size role this preseason. We wont see a ton of Jonathan Stewart or Christian McCaffrey in their first preseason game. Despite being behind Fozzy Whittaker on the depth chart it looks like Whittaker will be used more on Special teams.
Bonus: Jalen Simmons
The Houston Chronicle mentioned that Ervin has been "one of the most impressive" players at Texans Camp. It is likely that He'll be competing for a roster spot with Akeem Hunt. It may behoove the Texans to keep Ervin around and maximize his usage on Special Teams as well. Coincidently Tyler Ervin and Akeem Hunt are very similar runners.
Bonus:Akeem Hunt,De'Angelo Henderson.
Wendall Williams/Braxton Miller
The loss of Will Fuller due to a shoulder injury has opened the door for opportunity. Jaelen Strong would be the front runner to play opposite of DeAndre Hopkins. We're talking about the first preseason game here, where teams are cautious for good reason regarding their investments. Miller is locked in at the slot position and Willams is going to be scraping for a roster spot.
Hunter is a name we seem to hear every offseason in a positive light and when the regular season kicks off he eventually gets hurt and the noise stops. He finds himself in a position to become the Steelers number four wideout and has been shining so far in camp. This will be Hunter's fourth team in five seasons and has a young crowd of wide receivers to compete with for a job. He should get plenty of snaps early in the preseason.
Bonus: Brenton Bersin, Rashard Higgins,Brittan Golden,Brice Butler
In the 2016 preseason Derby had more receptions than any other Tight End while playing for the New England Patriots. Mike McCoy loves using his Tight Ends and Derby should end up the number One. Rookie Jake Butt is recovering from a torn ACL which will ultimately leave more snaps for Derby through August. There has been plenty of buzz over Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman but Derby is the most talented of the three and coincidently sits number three on the Depth Chart.
The Bears threw a bunch of money at Dion Sims this offseason and then went out and used a second round pick on a Division II Tight End, Adam Shaheen from Ashland. Sims is the starter but the rookie could push veteran Zach Miller out of the equation. Shaheen should see plenty of reps as he gets acclimated to NFL game speed.
Bonus:Chris Manhertz, Stephen Anderson
Defensive coordinator Greg Williams will get to play his former team, the New Orleans Saints at home. The Browns should see plenty of passes thus being able to create a couple sacks and interceptions.