Preseason NFL DFS Picks - Core Plays for August 11, 2022

DraftKings and FanDuel have released big prizes for Week 1 of the NFL preseason, and you won’t want to miss the following tiered ranking of the top picks. Our projections team has examined the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Giants, and Tennessee Titans as they ready to begin their NFL Season. We have been studying for weeks to give you the full run down on which players could help you take home the cash, just as we did last Thursday for the Hall of Fame Game.

Sean “PSUFans2” Newsham has been one of the top (maybe THE top) Preseason DFS players for YEARS. He’s leading our team of Preseason DFS fanatics to bring you the top selections, broken down into tiers. Use these options to create a strong foundation for your winning strategy tonight.

We track all of the depth charts and all the injury reports to help guide our selections, in addition to any actionable information shared by coaches and beat writers. Combined with years of experience following College Football and the NFL Draft process, we are absolutely locked and loaded in this hard to predict environment.

Recommended NFL Preseason DFS Tools:
LineupHQ
— Core Plays – This Article
Preseason Injury Report and Depth Charts
Tiered Projections and picks in LineupHQ

UPDATE – 7:05 A.M. – this news broke and we’rve updated our projections and picks. New England will climb the ranks substantially – especially at the RB position where we already loved Pierre Strong

Quarterback Preseason DFS Picks

Tier 1

1. Malik Willis: Both Tannehill/Woodside are known commodities for the Titans, which means they are likely to hand the keys to Willis for an extended run. His mobility makes him the clear best quarterback.

2. Bailey Zappe: Projects for the majority of the New England QB snaps, and based on his skill set we would expect to see him get some opportunities to throw the ball around. He absolutely lit college on fire for fantasy, and will not be afraid to go out and sling it.

Tier 2

3. Davis Webb: Webb is expected to get the entire 2nd half for the Giants on Thursday.

Running Back Preseason DFS Picks

Tier 1

1. Pierre Strong Jr.: He’s not a household name yet, but there is some evidence the South Dakota State product could succeed in the NFL. The measurable athleticism has him closest comparable to another rather unknown player from a season ago: Elijah Mitchell. He can produce without volume given the skills, and if the Patriots limit starters Damien Harris or Rhamondre Stevenson (who has had his share of missed practice time already) he could end up through the ceiling in terms of fantasy potential. UPDATE – Patriots starters out – he’s clearly the top play.

2. Kevin Harris: With the starters not expected to play that leaves the Patriots with likely only 3 backs. Harris has been getting work with the 2nd unit in camp.

Tier 2

None

Tier 3

3. Hassan Haskins: Haskins is a bit of a bruiser and profiles for a team leading share of carries. The downside is that there are three other backs here that should get pretty equal opportunities, and there isn’t a ton of security in that assessment. Still, the position is thin on Thursday and the alternatives fall short.

4. Jordan Wilkins: Similar to Haskins, but with significantly more NFL experience. Quite frankly, he’s a snap eater in a run centric offense that you are hoping can find the end zone. We aren’t expecting anyone to see a massive share among Titans RBs, and he’s basically the best dressed pig at the ball behind Haskins.

Tier 4

5. J.J. Taylor: He’s likely been passed up on the depth chart by Pierre Strong, and the Patriots know what they have here. However one of his better traits is the PPR valuable receiving skills deployed frequently in the Patriots offense. He’s produced in similar situations in the past.

6. Saquon Barkley:. Normally not someone we would mention in a setting like this. However, running back is so thin that his potential efficiency in a limited role could be enough to matter. There is significant risk that he plays an underwhelming amount, but we would have said the same last week about some of the Raiders who produced.

7. Tyler Badie: Badie caught 54 balls last year at Missouri, including numerous games with 7 or more catches. The backfield is suddenly crowded, but preseason week 1 would not be a strange place for a rookie to outpace a laundry list of largely known commodities ahead of him on the depth chart.

Wide Receiver Preseason DFS Picks

Tier 1

1. Tyquan Thornton: The Patriots WR unit is the most depleted of those playing Thursday. They only have 10 guys on the roster (excluding WRINO Matthew Slater), and one of them is hybrid running back Ty Montgomery. Thornton is one of the fastest players in the league (ran a 4.28 in the draft process), and can claim big play upside to complement what we expect to be a heavy snap total.

2. Wan’Dale Robinson: WANDALE is a true legend from his time at Nebraska. He has been known to get heavy workload both in the slot or in the backfield. This is a guy who caught 104 balls last year. He’s also a guy who has had 20+ carries in a collegiate game. It is a classic opportunity for them to test drive his skills at the pro level, and we expect the Giants will do that.

Tier 2

3. Lil’Jordan Humphrey: Appears to be climbing the depth chart and has started to make an impact in practice. Has TWO career 100 yard games with a TD in his preseason career if game log surfing means anything to you. He’s 6’4’‘ with 74th percentile arm length playing with relatively experienced backup QBs if it doesn’t.

4. Tre Nixon: The Patriots have hopes he can emerge, and in this thin situation you can find value in a higher end snap total that is probably coupled with lower end ownership.

5. Kristian Wilkerson: One of last year’s favorites in the preseason with production that paid off.

6. Tylan Wallace: The Ravens receiving group is also thin, and Wallace profiles as a player they want to evaluate closely. Their quarterback play is also solid with veterans Huntley and Hundley expected to get most of the snaps. Targets are earned, and if he can get open he’ll have as much opportunity as any other Raven to acquire them.

Tier 3

7. Kyle Philips: Allegedly rising on the depth chart, he has been talked up thus far in camp. He should see early work in this game from the slot, and it would be surprising to see a zero next to his name at the end of the night.

8. Jaylon Moore: Like Wallace, a player they will look to evaluate in a thin group. Earned 5 targets in preseason week 1 of 2021 under comparable conditions.

9. Treylon Burks: Burks is trying to solidify a starting spot on the roster, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing. He should get a chance to play even if other starters do not play. It’s important to recognize that his draft capital is likely to attract a lot of ownership, which damages his tournament stock in a highly volatile situation like this.

10. Binjimen Victor: Last preseason, he caught 8 balls for 116 yards and a touchdown. He is a big receiver coming in around 6’4 and has the ability to be a red zone target. There have also been a number of positive reports surrounding his performance in camp. With the Ravens short of receivers and his spot on the depth chart, he should get extended playing time.

*Note: Wide Receiver is a volatile position to begin with, and preseason is no different. Please visit LineupHQ for additional deep suggestions for MME players that are viable under the circumstances. Our projections are ranked in tiers.

Tight End Preseason DFS Picks

Tier 1

1. Chig Okonkwo: Was unleashed last year for Maryland and showed quite a bit of athleticism. His draft metrics include 96th percentile speed for the position. He could get an extended look in an offense that likes to use their tight ends, thanks to injuries and limited action expected for veterans.

Tier 2

2. Isaiah Likely: Caught 12 touchdowns last year for Coastal Carolina, and the Ravens used 4th round capital to acquire him. The reports in camp have been positive for the most part. With Charlie Kolar out along with Mark Andrews, he’ll have a rock solid opportunity.

Tier 3

3. Josh Oliver: It’s fair to expect the ownership of Ravens TE to favor Likely. That leaves Josh Oliver as a lower owned option with upside on par with Likely. Oliver had 20 targets in the preseason last season, hauling in 13 of them. Both of those numbers lead the NFL. A nice pivot option.

4. Matt Sokol:. Sokol is not a pass catching tight end. However we do not think we will see much of Hunter Henry or Jonnu Smith. Asiasi and Keene are banged up, which leaves only Sokol to soak up a ton of snaps. It’s not sexy, but at the end of the day you have to be on the field to accumulate fantasy points.

5. Daniel Bellinger: A strong athlete with good size, he should run with the first group at minimum. Rickie Seals-Jones and Andre Miller are out, leaving a more limited group of 5 to compete with for snaps. Given his 4th round draft capital, it’s hard to imagine them not using the opportunity to see what their draft purchase can do in a live setting.

Defense

1. Ravens: The Ravens take the preseason very seriously. They are currently on a 20 game winning streak dating back to 2015. They get a game against rookie Malik Willis who may struggle in his first game out. He is also a mobile quarterback that may run into some sacks.

2. Giants: The Giants defense is a bit of a question mark on the slate. It depends how much Mac Jones and Hoyer play for the Patriots. Zappe will likely make some mistakes, and the more time he gets the better.

3. Patriots: Behind the Giants, but not by much. Don’t read excessive amounts into rankings on a short slate, as the position is very volatile.

4. Titans: The Ravens have two veteran quarterbacks, like to run the ball, and generally play well in the preseason environment.

DraftKings and FanDuel have released big prizes for Week 1 of the NFL preseason, and you won’t want to miss the following tiered ranking of the top picks. Our projections team has examined the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Giants, and Tennessee Titans as they ready to begin their NFL Season. We have been studying for weeks to give you the full run down on which players could help you take home the cash, just as we did last week for the Hall of Fame Game.

Sean “PSUFans2” Newsham has been one of the top (maybe THE top) Preseason DFS players for YEARS. He’s leading our team of Preseason DFS fanatics to bring you the top selections, broken down into tiers. Use these options to create a strong foundation for your winning strategy tonight.

We track all of the depth charts and all the injury reports to help guide our selections, in addition to any actionable information shared by coaches and beat writers. Combined with years of experience following College Football and the NFL Draft process, we are absolutely locked and loaded in this hard to predict environment.

Recommended NFL Preseason DFS Tools:
LineupHQ
— Core Plays – This Article
Preseason Injury Report and Depth Charts
Tiered Projections and picks in LineupHQ

NFL DFS Preseason Core Plays

Quarterback Preseason DFS Picks

Tier 1

1. Malik Willis: Both Tannehill/Woodside are known commodities for the Titans, which means they are likely to hand the keys to Willis for an extended run. His mobility makes him the clear best quarterback.

Tier 2

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