New Orleans Saints
1st Tier Plays: QB | Taysom Hill, WR | Tre’Quan Smith, QB | Teddy Bridgewater, RB | Dwayne Washington, WR | Emmanuel Butler
2nd Tier Plays: WR | Lil’Jordan Humphrey, RB | Devine Ozigbo, WR | Simmie Cobbs, TE | Dan Arnold
- QB | Teddy Bridgewater proved he still had it with a 14/19 134 yd 1 TD performance against his old team last week. Bridgewater is likely to play close to a half on Sunday. He is the most talented QB on this slate.
- QB | Taysom Hill will see about a half of football on Sunday after taking over for Teddy Bridgewater. Hill has proven rushing upside, carrying the ball 6 times for 45 yards against the Vikings. Hill is also the best athlete and overall weapon on this slate. Will divide most of my QB exposure among Hill and Teddy tonight.
- RB | Dwayne Washington dominated opportunity in the Saints backfield last week, playing 22 snaps, and carrying the ball 8 times for 36 yards rushing. Expected to see a half or more of football given his spot on the bubble.
- RB | Devine Ozigbo is expected to see a much longer look as he appears to have a hold on the RB3 job currently. Was a stud at University of Nebraska, scoring 12 TDs on 1,100 rush yds, and should easily exceed the 9 snaps he got last week.
- WR | Tre’Quan Smith is slotted in as the Saints 4th receiver, but was an absolute stud in last year’s preseason, recording 15 receptions for 189 yards through 4 games. Should benefit from the first/second team seeing more opportunity in game 2.
- WR | Emmanuel Butler has displayed a wide catch radius, run-after-catch ability and a high level of effort throughout camp. Saints coaches are looking forward to seeing him play after he missed the first game with a minor injury. Will be one of our top WRs on Sunday.
- WR | Simmie Cobbs played more snaps than any other Saints receiver last week with 30. Currently sitting in the 6th WR spot that is still very much up for grabs, should see just as much or more volume than last week.
- WR | Lil’Jordan Humphrey was a very impressive receiver for the Texas Longhorns last year before seeing his draft stock plummet for a bad combine. Caught a 33 yard TD pass on his way to leading the Saints in receiving yards (42).
- NO | Dan Arnold played 25 snaps against the Vikings, and put together a nice performance, catching 2 balls for 27 receiving yards and a TD. We expect similar usage here with two other Saints TE’s questionable for Sunday’s game.
Suggested Stack: Teddy Bridgewater – Tre’Quan Smith
Los Angeles Chargers
1st Tier Plays: WR | Artavis Scott, WR | Malachi Dupre, QB | Easton Stick
2nd Tier Plays: RB | Justin Jackson, WR | Geremy Davis, WR | Jason Moore, RB | Troymaine Pope, RB | Detrez Newsome
- QB | Easton Stick averaged 46 rushing yards per game in college. Coaches want to see him throw, but he should still make some plays with his feet. Possesses decent upside with his rushing skills, and ran the ball twice last week for 51 yards and a TD against AZ.
- QB | Cardale Jones will be given the opportunity to compete for the QB3 role in expanded snaps on Sunday. Saw 18 snaps last week, likely to see 30+ today.
- RB | Justin Jackson carried the ball 5 times for 22 yards and a TD in the opener. Expect coach Anthony Lynn to get him more work as second stringers see extended time on Sunday.
- RB | Troymaine Pope led the Chargers backs with 25 snaps last week, but only averaged 2.5 YPC on 6 opportunities.
- RB | Detrez Newsome was an intriguing prospect in 2018 preseason DFS, having gotten 31 carries through two games at one point. Got 5 carries on just 9 snaps last week.
- WR | Malachi Dupre played hard against AZ, leading Chargers receivers with two receptions for 32 yards. Has been a beat writer favorite recently.
- WR | Artavis Scott has been lighting it up in camp, and looks to carve out a role as the team’s 3rd/4th receiver this preseason. Had 8 rec. on 11 targets for 81 yards last year. Led the Chargers wide receivers in snaps last week with 42, but didn’t produce much.
- WR | Geremy Davis scored a TD on nearly 100 yards receiving in preseason Week 1 last season, and is trying to lock down a roster spot. Expected to see run with the 2’s.
- WR | Jason Moore is expected to step up due to Keenan Allen’s injury. Didn’t do much in the first preseason game, so he should be considered a deep GPP flier in this spot.
Suggested Stack: Easton Stick – Malachi Dupre / Artavis Scott
1st Tier Plays: QB | Paxton Lynch, WR | Gary Jennings, WR | Jazz Ferguson, RB | Rashaad Penny
2nd Tier Plays: WR | D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Depth RBs
- QB | Paxton Lynch is expected to lead the Seahawks in total snaps this week. Played very well last week, going 11/15 for 109 yards and a TD against the Broncos.
- RB | Rashaad Penny is one of the few Seahawks RBs that is actually healthy. Despite taking a back seat to Chris Carson for the RB1 job, Penny still has a lot to prove to the Seattle coaching staff. We expect both of these factors to result in a healthy workload.
- RB | C.J. Prosise and Bo Scarborough are both questionable, but if one misses, the other would be come a core play as the Seahawks are depleted at RB. The only other options are Travis Homer and Xavier Turner who could also be in play if the above news becomes reality, so make sure to verify Seattle’s injury report prior to the game.
- WR | Jazz Ferguson was second on the Seahawks with 35 offensive snaps logged last week. The 6’5″ UDFA made the most of his opportunities against the Broncos, leading the Seahawks in receiving with 4 catches for 54 yards and a TD.
- WR | Gary Jennings led Seahawks receivers with 39 offensive snaps in last week’s game. The 120th overall pick in the 2019 draft is poised for another big workload, and possesses some of the best overall talent available on this slate.
- WR | D.K. Metcalf has been a “cheat code” in practice. Can win in the red zone with relative ease, but should see limited reps today as one of Seattle’s projected starters.
Suggested Stack: Paxton Lynch – Gary Jennings / Jazz Ferguson
1st Tier Plays: RB | Alexander Mattison, TE | Tyler Conklin, TE | Irv Smith Jr., WR | Olabisi Johnson, RB | Mike Boone
2nd Tier Plays: WR | Brandon Zylstra, WR | Chad Beebe
- RB | Alexander Mattison, the 2019 3rd round pick, was an absolute workhorse in college. Mattison currently has the lead for the No. 2 RB job, but is being pushed hard by Mike Boone.
- RB | Mike Boone scampered for a 64 yard touchdown as a DPA core play last week. Mattison will probably see more touches as the coveted rookie, but Boone is not to be ignored either.
- WR | Chad Beebe has been the most impressive non-bubble WR, and seems to have a firm grasp on the WR3 role after Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Beebe is further up the depth chart, so likely won’t see the same playing time as the receivers mentioned below.
- WR | Olabisi Johnson has been “distancing himself from other rookie receivers” in games and practices. Caught a TD on two receptions for 35 yards in game 1, and is one of our favorite WRs on this mini-slate.
- WR | Brandon Zylstra has caught multiple TDs in practice, and seems to be in pole position to land the WR5 job. His spot on the bubble has me thinking he’ll see a hefty chunk of audition time on the field.
- TE | Irv Smith Jr., the University of Alabama product taken in the second round by Minnesota, saw 7 balls thrown his way in Week 1. The Vikings will want to see more from their young stud tight end as he continues to develop before the season starts.
- TE | Tyler Conklin, the 2018 5th round pick, has gotten more buzz than 2019 2nd round pick, Irv Smith, or incumbent starter Kyle Rudolph. Conklin led the Vikings in receiving yards last week (56) as a DPA core play.
Suggested Stack: Alexander Mattison / Mike Boone – Vikings D/ST
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