"Practice... we're talking about practice?" - Allen Iverson
Yes, Virginia, we are talking about glorified practice, otherwise known as preseason NFL football. Three games continue tonight in Week 1 of the preseason, so we have a small slate of games to choose from. Now, normally I would say "tread lightly" because there are so few games and players, but then again, we're talking about DFS preseason football. Do I really need to tell you to tread lightly here on playing DFS based on preseason?
While my fellow staffers have been sharing some insights for the weekend, I think it is my turn to throw my two cents in on these three games for tonight:
Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota: First off, scratch any plans for playing any Vikings. They aren't available (because they played on Sunday vs. Pittsburgh), so we have just Buccaneers to consider. Some have been saying that a few receivers such as second-year pro Robert Herron and rookies Kenny Bell and Kaelin Clay have been making turning heads in camp so far, but I do not expect much in this game, and will likely avoid anyone here.
Arizona vs. Kansas City: Word is that Carson Palmer will only play one series, and Logan Thomas will play most of the game until the fourth quarter. Given that Thomas can run and is a playmaker and will get plenty of snaps, he makes my short list for tonight at quarterback. Both John Brown and J. J. Nelson are also worth a look at receiver. Robert Hughes will likely be the goal line back for Arizona, so consider both him for a touchdown and also Kerwynn Williams for a good amount of playing time. On the KC side, the one name that stands out to me from what I read is James O'Shaughnessy. The rookie is having a strong camp and could see a few targets in his first semi-real NFL action.
Houston vs. San Francisco: We still do not know who is starting at quarterback for the Texans, and I am not sure if I care. I am looking at the 49ers side of the ball though, as Blaine Gabbert gets a lot of snaps in the preseason and could fare well once the Texans' second string is on the field. Some might like the Texans defense in this one, but not if Gabbert heats up in the second and third quarters. Houston is more likely to run the ball with Chris Polk most likely to see the lion's share of carries. Two targets to consider are both TE Garrett Graham and WR Jaelen Strong for Houston, both of whom have had strong camps so far.