Camp Notes – Preseason Week 2 – Friday Slate – NFL DFS

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Welcome one and welcome all to the fifth overall edition of Camp Notes ahead of the Friday Classic slate of Preseason Week 2. My name is Alex Krall (@AlexKrallDFS on twitter), and as DPA’s head of football content I’ve dug up preseason and training camp reports on ALL relevant skill position players for every team competing on Friday’s 3 game main slate.

Outside of the summaries for each team, you will find a tiered system outlining our preference for particular players on each team. A separate article will be released on Friday afternoon detailing our CORE players for the Friday night slate, and it will be available to DPA Premium members exclusively after all updates on playing time are collected. In order to be able to view the Red Zone Report (Core Play) article, we encourage you to sign up for a free 30 day all-access trial of our VIP services at https://dailyplayaction.com/dpa-premium-offer

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Buffalo Bills

1st Tier Plays: RB | Devin Singletary, WR | Isaiah McKenzie, WR | Ray-Ray McCloud

2nd Tier Plays: TE | Tommy Sweeney, WR | Cam Phillips, QB | Tyree Jackson, WR | Nick Easley

Suggested Stack: Matt Barkley with Isaiah McKenzie

  • QB | Josh Allen likely to see up to a quarter of playing time tonight.
  • QB | Matt Barkley looked very good in Week 1, going 9/14 for 126 yards and a TD.
  • QB | Tyree Jackson likely to get a long look as a bubble UDFA. Struggled big Week 1. Can use his legs to move the chains as a mobile QB and should 1-2 quarters as one of only 3 Bills QBs available. 
  • RB | Devin Singletary has impressed with first team reps as a rookie in camp. Had 9 carries and 3 receptions in first preseason game. Expecting more work in Game 2.
  • RB | Marcus Murphy is on the bubble and is expected to see adequate playing time as he fights to stay on the roster. Averaged 4.8 YPC in regular season action last season.
  • RB | Christian Wade scampered for a 65 yd TD on his first NFL carry last game. He is listed at 7th on the Bills current depth chart, and will likely see action towards the end of tonight’s game.
  • WR | Cam Phillips has been making several great plays in the red zone and scored a TD in the first game as one of our core plays. Was The Athletic’s MVP of Bills training camp.
  • WR | Ray-Ray McCloud has impressed and is vying with McKenzie for WR6
  • WR | Isaiah McKenzie stood out in practices against the Panthers, scoring a TD on 3 rec. McKenzie also had two receptions for 62 yards against the Colts in Week 1.
  • WR | Nick Easley is likely to be in the mix for a lot of work on Friday as a fringe practice squad player.
  • TE | Tommy Sweeney has made most of playing time with starters out injured, he will be our most likely Bills TE to perform as Buffalo’s 2019 7th rd draft pick on the bubble.

Carolina Panthers

1st Tier Plays: RB | Reggie Bonnafon, RB | Jordan Scarlett, WR | Andre Levrone

2nd Tier Plays: WR | Curtis Samuel, RB | Elijah Holyfield, WR | Rashad Ross

Suggested Stack: Kyle Allen with Andre Levrone/Rashad Ross

  • QB | Kyle Allen and Will Grier are competing for the QB2 job. Allen looked much sharper in Week 1, while Grier threw for a TD and a bad INT. Playing time still TBD.
  • RB | Reggie Bonnafon had a nice first preseason game. He is known more as a pass-catching RB, but can make an impact quickly on a PPR site like DraftKings.
  • RB | Jordan Scarlett is expected to play after returning to practice this past Sunday. Expect him to see a decent workload as the Panthers look to see what they have with their 2019 5th round pick after sitting out the first preseason game.
  • RB | Elijah Holyfield looked slow last week despite scoring two TD’s. Will likely fade him as others chase points – doesn’t seem like a legit NFL prospect.
  • WR | Curtis Samuel has been the team’s preseason MVP, but is unlikely to see enough work to justify playing him in Game 2.
  • WR | Andre Levrone impressed with a 4 catch 51 yards receiving performance in Game 1 – leading the Panthers in both categories. Should be considered tonight.
  • WR | Aldrick Robinson, Rashad Ross and Terry Godwin are the other three WRs I would consider playing from the Panthers tonight, with Ross getting the most hype in camp.
  • TE | Ian Thomas (Questionable) is second on the Panthers depth chart, but he was a force in the red zone last preseason, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of him against Buffalo as the second teamer’s see more action. Was a 2018 2nd round pick.
  • TE | Chris Manhertz is currently positioned at 3rd on the Panthers depth chart and had a “great camp” according to Panthers beat writers.

Miami Dolphins

1st Tier Plays: WR | Preston Williams, RB | Kalen Ballage

2nd Tier Plays: QB | Josh Rosen, WR | Brice Butler

Suggested Stack: Josh Rosen with Preston Williams

  • QB | Josh Rosen has come on very strong despite a slow start to camp with several consecutive solid practices. Expected to see a lot of time with starters on Friday.
  • RB | Kalen Ballage is pushing Kenyan Drake for 1st team reps. Had two 40 yard TD runs in joint-practices with the Bucs on Wednesday, and should be one of our preferred RBs on this slate pending playing time news.
  • WR | Preston Williams, a CSU alum, has absolutely “lit up” practices thus far as an UDFA. Stud DB Xavien Howard has gone on the record as saying he has the potential to be a “special player.” Talent is there. There were question marks about character issues which led his draft stock to slide, but he put up 4 receptions for 97 yards in the first game as one of our featured core plays in last Thursday’s Red Zone Report.
  • WR | Brice Butler had a nice first preseason game with the ‘Fins amassing 33 receiving yards on three receptions. Butler is the only other Miami WR I’d consider rostering tonight.
  • TE | Mike Gesicki, the 2018 2nd round draft pick, has struggled in camp. Will be a fade for us tonight for that reason.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1st Tier Plays: WR | Spencer Schnell, TE | Tanner Hudson

2nd Tier Plays: QB | Ryan Griffin, RB | Ronald Jones, RB | Dare Ogunbowale, WR | Justin Watson

Suggested Stack: Ryan Griffin with Spencer Schnell / Tanner Hudson

  • QB | Ryan Griffin tossed for 330 yards and a TD in the first game. Should see a good amount of playing time in the second half of Game 2.
  • RB | Dare Ogunbowale, an UDFA, scored two TDs against the Steelers last week on 10 carries. With that said, he only averaged 3.4 YPC, thus we should expect some regression here. Proved he can be used in short yardage situations, so we can use him as a GPP flier in some rosters.
  • RB | Ronald Jones will run with the two’s, thus will likely see at least a quarter of playing time on Friday. Has improved pass-catching and elusiveness in the off-season, and should be one of more talented players on the field when the two’s see action.
  • WR | Bobo Wilson has been praised by Jameis Winston in his press conferences recently. Has made several spectacular plays and has been the Bucs best depth WR in camp. Had a nice game catching 3 balls for 36 yards in Week 1.
  • WR | Justin Watson caught 4 balls for 37 yards last week, but we expected more. The 2018 5th round pick has a lot of competition on the depth chart, but is a red zone threat as he possesses the size to beat opponents inside the 20. Will be considered again here.
  • WR | Spencer Schnell absolutely torched the Steelers last week, catching 7 balls for 119 yards. Schnell is a short and shifty slot receiver standing at only 5 feet 8 inches, and makes for a nice GPP stack with Ryan Griffin.
  • TE | Tanner Hudson played an absurd 61 snaps in the first game, while reeling in 7 receptions for 84 yards and a TD. Hudson is a candidate to be our top TE on the slate tonight.

Chicago Bears

1st Tier Plays: WR | Javon Wims, RB | Kerrith Whyte Jr.

2nd Tier Plays: WR | Riley Ridley, QB | Tyler Bray, TE | Ian Bunting, RB | David Montgomery

Suggested Stack: Tyler Bray with Javon Wims / Riley Ridley

  • QB | Tyler Bray is the younger of the two depth QBs and is much more likely to see time against NYG. Saw 17 pass attempts vs Chase Daniel’s 13 last week vs CAR. Daniel out played him.
  • RB | David Montgomery should become the Bears starter come Week 1, and impressed with a rushing TD, 5.3 YPC, and 3 receptions for 30 yards. With a strong game under his belt already, we expect more carries to go to RBs like Whyte and Nall.
  • RB | Kerrith Whyte Jr. led the Bears in rushing in the preseason opener on 6 carries for 35 yards (5.8 YPC). The 2019 7th round draft pick is likely to see a lot of work tonight once more as he looks to make the roster. Also has the least tape on him, so we expect more evaluation to come in extended snaps tonight. Ran a 4.38 40 yard dash.
  • WR | Riley Ridley is another impact rookie that can take the pressure off of Bears QBs with his ability to thrive in dump-off situations in the short to intermediate passing game. A hamstring strain held him out last week, but the 2019 4th round pick is in a heated competition for targets with Javon Wims. Both should see opportunity to thrive.
  • WR | Javon Wims showed out as a 7th round draft pick in the 2018 preseason, leading all WRs with 227 receiving yards. Has had another terrific effort in 2019 training camp practices and has been one of the most improved players in camp. His goose egg last week will have us going back to the well at lower ownership while many contestants shy away due to production concerns (2 rec. for 15 yds) in the Bears first preseason outing.
  • TE | Ian Bunting and Dax Raymond are rookies vying for the TE5 spot. As bubble players, expect to see most of the TE snaps going to these two. Bunting is preferred after having led the Bears in receiving yards last week (77 yards on 3 receptions).

New York Giants

1st Tier Plays: WR | T.J. Jones, WR | Reggie White Jr., WR | Alonzo Russell

2nd Tier Plays: QB | Daniel Jones, TE | C.J. Conrad, WR | Russell Shepherd

Suggested Stack: Daniel Jones with Alonzo Russell

  • QB | Daniel Jones is expected to get an extended look with no threat to start the season as the Giants QB1. The 6th overall pick has drawn rave reviews from Giants camp as he went 5/5 with a TD in his first ever game last week against the Jets. The Giants are expected to play all 4 QB’s however, making Jones a second tier play only.
  • WR | Cody Latimer has been the biggest standout at camp so far, but is unlikely to play much on Friday as he is set to start at the beginning of the season for the Giants.
  • WR | Bennie Fowler has gotten many more 1st team snaps, and is projected as the WR4. Less likely to see targets then guys like Russell, Shepard, Jones and White Jr.
  • WR | Alonzo Russell has stood out as has Reggie White Jr. (mentioned below) who is now running with the 2nd team offense. Russell has established rapport with Daniel Jones and was 2nd amongst Giants receivers with 32 snaps last week.
  • WR | Russell Shepherd has documented rapport with Daniel Jones, and caught a TD last week. Despite that, he saw only 12 snaps last week meaning that the Giants likely know what they have with him.
  • WR | T.J. Jones stepped up in a big way after just having been signed by the Giants a few days into camp hauling in 6 receptions for 72 yards and a TD on 28 snaps in his 1st game as a Giant. As a roster bubble WR, we expect more time for him in the 2nd half.
  • WR | Reggie White Jr, a 2019 UDFA, made his presence felt with 4 rec. for 60 yds receiving in the opener. Should get plenty of 2nd half reps as he led the Giants WR in snaps last week with 36.
  • TE | C.J. Conrad a former basketball player and UDFA has a “strong chance to make the team.” Expect snaps and red zone opportunities throughout the preseason. Gets special teams time too. Had 2 receptions for 7 yards in the opener. Saw 28 snaps in Week 1.

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