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

Welcome one and welcome all to the sixth overall edition of Camp Notes ahead of the Saturday 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 Saturday’s 4 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 (Red Zone Report) will be released this afternoon detailing our CORE options for the Saturday 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, make sure you have already signed up for our VIP services! A free 30 day all-access trial of our VIP services is available to new subscribers at DPA Premium. Please stay tuned to the DPA #NFL Slack network on Saturday between 6PM and 7PM for updates and live Q+A as more news becomes readily available following release of Saturday afternoon’s Red Zone Report (Core Plays) Article.

New England Patriots

1st Tier Plays: WR | Jakobi Meyers, WR | Braxton Berrios, WR | Dontrelle Inman

2nd Tier Plays: Patriots QBs, RB | Damien Harris, RB | Nick Brossette

Suggested Stack: Jarrett Stidham – Jakobi Meyers / Braxton Berrios

  • QB | Tom Brady played two series in the ensuing game the last time the Pats held joint practices in Week 2 of the preseason. Is expected to play tonight. Playing time TBD.
  • QB | Brian Hoyer crushed the Lions going 12/14 for 147 yards and 2 TDs last week. Has had a sterling camp by all accounts. Also waiting on playing time news with Hoyer.
  • QB | Jarrett Stidham went 14/24 for 179 yards and a TD in his first game as a Patriot.
  • RB | Damien Harris, the 2019 3rd round pick out of Alabama, should get a solid chance at reps after having missed the first game against the Lions recovering from injury. Harris is a good runner, and also has plenty of pass catching prowess.
  • RB | Nick Brossette drew an insane workload last week by carrying the ball a whopping 22 times for 66 yards and a TD. If the Patriots hold out their starting RBs, and Harris doesn’t play again, Brossette will be locked into another high volume scenario.
  • WR | Jakobi Meyers was an absolute stud last game, catching 6 passes for 69 yards and two TDs while drawing more targets than anyone from TB12 in Patriots camp (29). The Patriots are riddled with injuries to their WRs, with 5 of their top 6 likely to miss. This leaves Meyers, Dontrelle Inman and Braxton Berrios firmly in play for tonight.

Tennessee Titans

1st Tier Plays: WR/KR | Kalif Raymond, WR | Cody Hollister

2nd Tier Plays: QB | Logan Woodside, TE | MyCole Pruitt

Suggested Stack: Logan Woodside – Kalif Raymond / Cody Hollister

  • QB | Logan Woodside should see the majority of the 2nd half snaps on Saturday with experienced starters Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill entrenched ahead of him.
  • RB | Jeremy McNichols (RB4) is making the most of his opportunities as a pass-catcher and is one of two RBs expected to handle the load tonight.
  • RB | Dalyn Dawkins is battling Jeremy McNichols for a roster spot. Both players are expected to see the Lion’s share of the work against New England.
  • WR | Kalif Raymond impressed with the Giants last year in training camp and serves as a dual-purpose WR/KR. Has earned some first team reps over the first two weeks, and led the Titans in receptions (6) and receiving yards (80). Was a core play last week.
  • WR | Cody Hollister caught 4 balls for 58 yards in the opener against Philly. Is in a dead heat with Kalif Raymond and Darius Jennings for the 6th WR spot on the roster.
  • WR | Tajae Sharpe has starred as reliable chain-mover in practices/scrimmages and is ascending the depth chart. With more experience under his belt, we expect less from him than from guys like Raymond, Hollister, and Jennings.
  • WR | Taywan Taylor is looking to bounce back from a rough camp and ascend the depth chart with a good performance on Saturday. The speedster should get looks as he missed the first preseason game, and still needs to convince coaches that he’s sharp.
  • TE | MyCole Pruitt looks to be the leading candidate to land the Titans TE3 role, having caught 3 passes for 22 yards and a TD in last week’s opener.

Kansas City Chiefs

1st Tier Plays: QB | Patrick Mahomes, TE | Travis Kelce, RB | Darwin Thompson, WR | Mecole Hardman

2nd Tier Plays: WR | Tyreek Hill, WR | Sammy Watkins, TE | Blake Bell / Deon Yelder, WR | Cody Thompson

Suggested Stack: Patrick Mahomes – Travis Kelce

  • Chiefs Starters – Head Coach Andy Reid said that QB | Patrick Mahomes and TE | Travis Kelce are expected to play about a half of football with the rest of the starters. I love the GPP upside of banking on the best QB in football to get me 2+ TDs in the 1st half. Doing so would make Mahomes a guaranteed top 3 QB on this slate. The same could be said for a long TD by Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, or a red zone conversion by Travis Kelce. Since Hill is battling back from injury, I’ll have more Kelce in stacks with Mahomes. Watkins would make for a decent play here as well.
  • RB | Darwin Thompson, the team’s 4th round pick this season, has impressed the most among Damien Williams’ backups with nearly 5.0 YPC, and a 29 yard TD reception last week against the Bengals. We expect the 3rd stringer to see an ample amount of playing time tonight.
  • WR | Mecole Hardiman, a 2019 2nd round pick out of Georgia, has impressed staff with his speed and ability to create separation. Hardman looked sharp in his Chiefs debut last week, collecting 2 passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.
  • WR | Cody Thompson has impressed in Chiefs camp, and should see extended run as a bubble player with a decent amount of hype surrounding him in the preseason.
  • TE | Blake Bell currently holds the lead on the TE2 job, and re-enforced his positioning with two receptions while leading all chiefs in Rec. yards (37). Deon Yelder caught a TD last week. Both of these players are in still in contention for the job, and will continue to battle it out as the preseason rolls along.

Pittsburgh Steelers

1st Tier Plays: WR | James Washington, RB | Benny Snell Jr.

2nd Tier Plays: QB | Mason Rudolph, WR | Tevin Jones, TE | Zach Gentry

Suggested Stack: Mason Rudolph – James Washington

  • QB | Mason Rudolph, the Steelers 3rd round pick in 2018, should see ample reps as he looks to prove himself worthy of their day 1 selection on him last season.
  • RB | Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh’s 4th round pick this year, will be tasked with trying to unseat 2nd stringer Jaylen Samuels for the RB2 role. We expect Snell to get reps here as coaches look to see what they have with him as an unproven rookie.
  • WR | James Washington, a 2018 2nd rd pick, was a stud in the preseason last year, hauling in 7 balls for 158 yards and 2 TDs. Has turned heads in training camp once again, and led Pittsburgh receivers with 4 receptions, 84 yards and a TD last week.
  • WR | Tevin Jones caught a TD on 3 receptions for 24 yards against the Bucs defense last week. As one of the more impressive receivers in the preseason, and a player that’s on the bubble for a roster spot, we expect Jones to get opportunities to perform tonight.
  • TE | Zach Gentry (Questionable), Pittsburgh’s 2019 5th round pick is currently buried on the depth chart. Given that the Steelers have yet to kick the tires on him, we expect a decent workload if he manages to suit up against the Chiefs.

Detroit Lions

1st Tier Plays: QB | Josh Johnson, RB | Ty Johnson

2nd Tier Plays: WR | Chris Lacy

Suggested Stack: Josh Johnson – Chris Lacy

  • QB | Josh Johnson, though recently signed, actually started for the Redskins last season. Reports have mentioned that Johnson he has picked up the playbook very quickly, and is likely to play a ton considering David Fales is awful, and QB2 Tom Savage will miss the game due to injury.
  • RB | Ty Johnson averaged 7.3 YPC on the ground last week against the Pats. He’s a 6th round pick that also adds value by returning kicks, and is expected to see high volume with starters Kerryon Johnson and C.J. Anderson sidelined.
  • WR | Chris Lacy, a Lions practice squad player in 2018, has made the most of his opportunities as he battles for the WR6 job. Lacy shined in joint practices with HOU, and is one of our top sleeper WRs on tonight’s main slate.
  • TE | T.J. Hockenson has been a “fixture” in the first team and is likely to be a major threat in the Lions Red Zone offense. As a projected starter, it is unlikely the 1st round pick plays more than a few series at best in this contest.

Houston Texans

1st Tier Plays: QB | Joe Webb, WR | Tyron Johnson, WR | DeAndre Carter

2nd Tier Plays: RB | Damarea Crockett, WR | Vyncent Smith, WR | Steven Mitchell

Suggested Stack: Joe Webb – Tyron Johnson

Bonus GPP Stack: DeAndre Carter – Texans D/ST

  • QB | Joe Webb is projected for the most playing time of any starter on tonight’s slate for the second week in a row. Deshaun Watson is unlikely to be risked much, and A.J. McCarron is out, leaving Webb and the unknown Jordan Ta’amu as the only two QBs left standing. Webb has excelled when given chances to play in the past, and he’s one of our top QBs tonight. Webb threw for 286 yards and also rushed for 47 yards in Week 1.
  • RB | Damarea Crockett is a leading candidate to be the beneficiary of recently departed D’Onta Foreman. Will see plentiful preseason action as Texans look to kick the tires on him. Crockett averaged 4.0 YPC last week.
  • WR | DeAndre Carter returned from injury and is on pace to be the starting slot receiver for the Texans in Keke Coutee’s absence. His presence on special teams adds to his intrigue, and makes for an interesting stack with Texans D/ST on tonight’s 4 gamer.
  • WR | Tyron Johnson has impressed in practices recently and caught a long 44 yard pass from Joe Webb last week. Extremely fast, ran a 4.3 40 yard dash in his Pro Day.
  • WR | Steven Mitchell has had the most opportunity in the slot since Keke Coutee was sidelined with injury. Caught 3 passes for 19 yards last week on nearly 40 snaps vs GB.
  • WR | Vyncent Smith has held solid “spring buzz” throughout the preseason, and has NFL regular season experience. In contention for one of last WR spots for Houston.
  • TE | Jerell Adams played over 50% of the snaps in last week’s game, and also caught a TD on one of his three receptions. Seems to have rapport with Webb which also helps.

Dallas Cowboys

1st Tier Plays: TE | Codey McElroy, WR | Jon’Vea Johnson, WR | Devin Smith

2nd Tier Plays: RB | Mike Weber, RB | Darius Jackson, RB Jordan Chunn, RB | Tony Pollard

Suggested Stack: Cooper Rush – Jon’Vea Johnson / Codey McElroy

  • RB | Tony Pollard could end up being a great play as he has excelled in camp. Since he may be the Week 1 starter with Zeke’s holdout, we worry they won’t risk him much.
  • RB | Mike Weber, a stud at Ohio State, was a tremendous playmaker in college, and was touted by coaches throughout camp. With the Cowboys lacking confidence in their RB situation, expect the Cowboys 7th round pick to get plenty of work in the 2nd half.
  • RB | Jordan Chunn will split work with Weber and Darius Jackson, as those three will dominate touches on Saturday night. Ranked slightly below the aforementioned players.
  • WR | Jon’Vea Johnson is currently slotted in as Amari Cooper’s backup after having “lit up” training camp. Struggled a bit in the first game, but will look to build off of his team high 8 targets last week with many other Cowboys receivers unlikely to suit up.
  • WR | Devin Smith led the Cowboys in receiving yards (54) against the 49ers. With the Cowboys somewhat thin at WR, we expect another big day for Smith.
  • TE | Codey McElroy is one of only 5 tight ends on the Cowboys roster. With Jason Witten doubtful, and both Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz questionable, it leaves only McElroy and Marcus Lucas (who was just signed 10 days ago). McElroy should be considered a top option tonight assuming Jarwin and Schultz sit out. Caught two passes for 24 yards in the Cowboys first outing.

Los Angeles Rams

1st Tier Plays: RB | Darrell Henderson, WR | Khadarel Hodge

2nd Tier Plays: RB | John Kelly, WR | Mike Thomas, WR | Jojo Natson

Suggested Stack: Darrell Henderson – Rams D/ST

  • RB | Darrell Henderson is the top outside-zone RB in the 2019 draft class. Has received high praise in practice, and should see more reps tonight with Gurley, Malcolm Brown and Justin Davis not expected to play. Coach Sean McVay was quoted as saying that he plans to “gradually increase Henderson’s touches throughout the preseason.”
  • RB | John Kelly, the Rams 2018 6th round pick, would benefit if the aforementioned 3 RBs didn’t suit up. Both Kelly and Henderson need to be considered as CORE pieces if this news holds true. All things considered, we prefer Henderson tonight.
  • WR | Khadarel Hodge posted 3 receptions for 48 yards receiving over 6 targets in the opener against the Raiders. Also led the Rams receivers in offensive snaps with 30.
  • WR | Mike Thomas has reportedly been one of the standouts at Rams camp. Thomas is very much on the bubble, so we expect him to get run and play hungry tonight as one of Blake Bortles “favorite targets.”
  • WR | Jojo Natson adds value as a WR/KR and has shined as a receiver in practice despite initial reports of him being on the roster bubble. Can contribute fantasy points in variety of ways, thus increasing his value. Didn’t play many snaps last week, so Natson remains a deep GPP flier at best.
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