Preseason DFS Picks - Core Plays for August 14, 2022

Kellen Mond will have his chance at fantasy redemption on Sunday, as Kirk Cousins will not play in the Minnesota Vikings vs. Las Vegas Raiders NFL Preseason Week 1 contest. In this article, we are excited to bring you the top DFS options. You won’t want to miss the following tiered ranking of the top picks.

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 each slate, 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 as much injury/availability insight as we can find 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 on who can bring home the cash in this hard to predict environment.

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

NFL DFS Preseason Core Plays

Tier 0 – The Top Options

1. Kellen Mond: With Kirk Cousins out we are expecting both quarterbacks to get a half. Mond is the one with more playing time upside as he is the more unproven quarterback and more raw. Also he possesses more upside in general due to his mobility.

Tier 1

1. Sean Mannion: See Kellen Mond – Vikings split the reps in practice and we expect that in the game as well.

2. Raiders: DST The defenses in this game are pretty much locks on DraftKings. High(ish) floor, high ceiling potential for preseason showdowns.

3. Vikings DST: See above. We let other people take the worst of it by not rostering defenses on every team around here. Take the advantage, the field still won’t roster defense enough.

Tier 2

1. Jarrett Stidham: Stidham was the clear leader of snaps in the HOF game, and just in general might be one of the better backup QBs in the league (if the talent blossoms the way we once expected in New England). Even in the event Derek Carr plays (doubtful), Stidham should see the most QB snaps of anyone on this team.

Tier 3

1. Daniel Carlson: Carlson absolutely smashed in the HOF game, and we really saw how valuable kicker can be in the format. His upside is limited in the vast majority of outcomes though, so use as a captain is ill advised.

2. Greg Joseph: See Carlson. Kickers finally matter again in when it comes to preseason DFS showdowns.

3. Ty Chandler: With Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison not expected to play much (if at all), it should allow the majority of the game to transpire with Ty Chandler and Bryant Koback at running back. Nwangwu could get some snaps as well, but his workload has been heavily managed during camp.

4. Bryant Koback: See Ty Chandler. He’s a 97th percentile SPARQ athlete that nobody knows or really cares about in the fantasy world who could play a significant number of snaps. This is player who has upside to say the least.

5. Zamir White: Zamir Whites workload in the HOF game was impressive to say the least. He was on the injury report just days before the game then got absolutely fed the rock during the game. He is our favortie Raiders running back here as there should still be an opportunity for him even if Jacobs (Q – missed the final “light day” practice prior to game) and Drake to play more.

6. Tyron Johnson: Johnson led the Raiders with 61% of snaps in the HOF game, 21% more than any of the other receivers. Based on that and his role in the offense he is our favorite option at receiver for the Raiders

Tier 4

1. Nick Mullens: Mullens played 30% of snaps in the HOF game. If he gets 1-1.5 quarters here that is enough time to produce.

2. Jalen Nailor: All of the Vikings receivers are going to be tricky here as we have not seen them in action yet and the room is not shallow. Nailer was impressive last year for Michigan State and is probably the favored option of the group. Albert Wilson and Dan Chisena should get an opportunity as well

3. Keelan Cole: Cole played the second most snaps in the HOF game at receiver and should get a chance to see similar action in this contest.

4. Kenyan Drake: Drake played enough in week one to have some production, and it is possible Josh Jacobs could be withheld (if his late week absence was injury related). Watch for news.

Tier 5

1. Demarcus Robinson: Robinson had 36% of the snaps in the HOF game and is fighting for a roster spot. He has big play ability at receiver.

2. Albert Wilson: See Jailen Nailor. Vikings WRs are tough to judge, but he’s on the short list among them.

3. Isaiah Zuber: Zuber had 39% of snaps in the HOF game, and is a big play threat. Playing in that general ball park again would be enough to make him a volatile GPP spike threat.

4. Dan Chisena: He returned to practice, and presuming good health he is among the more interesting Viking wideouts.

5. Chase Garbers: Garbers likely gets mop up duty again here but could possibly sit out especially if Carr gets some snaps.

6. Zach Davidson: Normally we don’t do TEs in preseason showdown, but he’s very athletic and attracts play calls for deeper routes than most TEs would. That means in addition to TD upside at the position, he actually isn’t drawing stone dead to a big play.

Good Luck!

Kellen Mond will have his chance at fantasy redemption on Sunday, as Kirk Cousins will not play in the Minnesota Vikings vs. Las Vegas Raiders NFL Preseason Week 1 contest. In this article, we are excited to bring you the top DFS options. You won’t want to miss the following tiered ranking of the top picks.

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 each slate, broken down into tiers. Use these options to create a strong foundation for your winning strategy tonight.

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